Okay, so I raised my eyebrows ever so slightly when I read that the SEIU actually has a manual for intimidation. But then I thought “Yeah, they would.” It’s called Intimidating Employers and Their Families 101. Alright, I made that up, but it could be called that. Vincent Vernuccion calls it Intimidation for Dummies. That works, too.
SEIU’s manual details how “outside pressure can involve jeopardizing relationships between the employer and lenders, investors, stockholders, customers, clients, patients, tenants, politicians, or others on whom the employer depends for funds.” The union advises using legal and regulatory pressure to “threaten the employer with costly action by government agencies or the courts.”
It details the use of community groups to “damage an employer’s public image and ties with community leaders and organizations.” SEIUrecommends going after company officials personally. Not mincing words,SEIU states, “It may be a violation of blackmail and extortion laws to threaten management officials with release of ‘dirt’ about them if they don’t settle a contract. But there is no law against union members who are angry at their employer deciding to uncover and publicize factual information about individual managers.”
The “dirt” includes charges such as “racism, sexism, exploitation of immigrants or proposals that would take money out of the community for the benefits of distant stockholders.” SEIU recommends “[l]eafleting outside meetings where [targeted managers] are speaking, their homes, or events sponsored by community organizations they are tied to are some ways to make sure their friends, neighbors, and associates are aware of the controversy.”
Putting this into practice, in May SEIUdrove 14 busloads of protesters to the quiet suburban home of Bank of America’s deputy general counsel,Greg Baer. Fortune magazine’s Washington bureau chief, Nina Easton,Mr. Baer’s neighbor, reported on the “hordes of invaders” shouting into bullhorns and waving signs. Ms. Easton wrote that “a more apt description of this assemblage would be ‘mob.’ Intimidation was the whole point of this exercise.”
Only Mr. Baer’s teenage son was home. Terrified, he locked himself in the bathroom, pleading with Ms. Easton, “When are they going to leave?” …
It gets worse from there. They also advocate breaking the law, and they’re being aided and abetted in their crimes by the Obama administration and the NLRB.
Mr. LC has one employee. He keeps thinking of hiring one more, possibly two. The shaky economy has kept him from doing so. Even if the economy recovers, he may want to just remain a very small business. I’m thinking that his one employee will have nobody to “unite” with. Not to mention that his current employee is a hard working conservative who has no use for unions. I don’t think he’d be too happy being card checked. Then again, he does own guns, so maybe he’d be okay with it.
Update: The manual can be viewed here.