Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SEIU's Aussie Posse

Tasty hears that SEIU's scab workforce from Down Under continues to slither their way through hospitals, clinics and call centers across California. The organizers -- who work for an Australian union called "United Voice" or "Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union" that's headed by Louise Tarrant -- have been spotted in Kaiser Permanente facilities stretching from Los Angeles and Orange County in the south to San Francisco, Sonoma, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties in the northern part of the state.

Apparently, SEIU-UHW is footing the cost of the Aussies' airfare, hotels, rental cars, wages, expenses, etc. 

Here's a photo of one scab Aussie named David Malley who wore his SEIU-UHW identification badge while crossing workers' picket line during last week's strike at Kaiser Richmond Medical Center in Northern California.

David Malley, Aussie Scab, crossing Kaiser workers' picket line

On the day before the strike, a Kaiser worker snapped this photo of Malley resting inside the hospital after a big meal in the hospital's cafeteria.

David Malley, Aussie Scab, at Kaiser Richmond Medical Center

Meanwhile, at Kaiser Santa Rosa Medical Center, a worker shot this photo of an Aussie who's been busy patrolling the hospital.

Aussie Scab at Kaiser Santa Rosa Medical Center

In the run-up to the strike, this female Aussie and an SEIU staffer approached workers on the job and quizzed them about whether they planned to come to work on the day of the strike. When workers said "No," they tried to bully workers into crossing the picket line by saying they didn't have a legal right to honor the strike line and "that Kaiser and SEIU are expecting you to show up for work."

For the members of "United Voice" in Australia, you might wanna ask Louise Tarrant if your union staffers will be deploying these same tactics against you and your co-workers when they fly back to Australia. Tasty hears that each Aussie organizer will be carrying a purple Bag of Tricks like this one of this one.

P.S. Has the Aussie Posse been in your facility? Send Tasty a photo so Australian workers can see what their union staffers are doing in the US!