SEIU protest shows public sector can’t read maps

posted at 5:25 pm on May 24, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

What if you held a protest to stop the destruction of the environment, and instead demonstrated that you couldn’t tell the difference?   The nation’s fastest-growing public-employee union put a new meaning to the phrase close enough for government work.  The SEIU’s protest of shale drilling and tax policy literally didn’t come within miles of actual shale drilling:

When union workers and environmental activists picked a Hastings-area site to protest inaction on a Marcellus Shale severance tax, they made one mistake.

Marcellus activity isn’t occurring within miles of it.

Service Employees International Union officials issued an apology Monday, saying they mistakenly set up their protest Thursday – and a makeshift tollbooth asking the industry to pay its fair share – next to a surface well property that has been around for years and isn’t set up for shale drilling.

“There is no Marcellus Shale drilling on that property, and we’ve contacted the property owners and apologized. It was a mistake, and there was no malice intended even when we thought it was a Marcellus well,” said Neil Bhaerman, a SEIU Healthcare spokesman. “It was an honest mistake that we are going to take extra care to ensure never happens again.”

What?  All of the expertise that we’ve come to expect from agencies like the Departments of Education, Transportation, and Health and Human Services, and they couldn’t figure out how to read a map?  How utterly … unsurprising.

The Boss Emeritus has some fun with this:

SEIU stands for Sorry, Error in Unionizing! …

Question: If hapless SEIU members collected sick pay while on protest duty, will they have to give it back now?

Just remember, the same people who couldn’t find an actual Marcellus shale site with both hands and a map will be the same people expected to administer ObamaCare.

More seriously, let’s ask this question: what exactly is the SEIU’s interest in Marcellus shale?  If this doesn’t affect their compensation or working conditions, why did this PEU stage the protest at all?  Just as we saw in Wisconsin, the PEUs are no longer about representing workers, but acting as a political party in defense of a hard-Left agenda.  It’s a good example of why government at all levels should be curtailing PEU power by setting open-shop rules and voluntary contributions.  When PEUs focus on actual worker issues, then let the workers make the decision to fund their activities rather than forcing them to contribute and making government their bagman.


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You can trust the union label.

davidk on May 24, 2011 at 5:29 PM

SEIU stands for Sorry, Error in Unionizing!

Brilliant, Michelle.

John the Libertarian on May 24, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Do Marcellus look like a bitch?

Ward Cleaver on May 24, 2011 at 5:33 PM

that cartography shizzat is hard, just like them dates n’ such.

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Do Marcellus look like a b!tch?

(the first thing that came to mind)

Ward Cleaver on May 24, 2011 at 5:34 PM

When PEUs focus on actual worker issues, then let the workers make the decision to fund their activities rather than forcing them to contribute and making government their bagman.

AMEN!!! 100% correct!!!

capejasmine on May 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

that cartography shizzat is hard, just like them dates n’ such.

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 5:33 PM

ROFL!!! That reminds me of that commercial with the lone dancer of a flash mob who hadn’t gotten the message, of a change of time. LOL

capejasmine on May 24, 2011 at 5:36 PM

These are the same people who look at grazing land & cry it’s overgrazed.
They have absolutely no f*@king clue about anything they’re talking about.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 5:38 PM

If this doesn’t affect their compensation or working conditions, why did this PEU stage the protest at all?

That really is the question, isn’t it?
And the follow up question: When are public employees going to hold their leadership accountable for this waste of union dues?

billy on May 24, 2011 at 5:38 PM

in another world the SEIU would recognize shale development would create solid paying jobs and Union possibilities.

rob verdi on May 24, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Are the Marcellus shale wells right to work wells and that’s why SEIU is protesting? Or what? WTF?

JimK on May 24, 2011 at 5:39 PM

SEIU stands for Sorry, Error in Unionizing!

Major fridge brilliance. I love it.

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 24, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Do Marcellus look like a b!tch?

(the first thing that came to mind)

Ward Cleaver on May 24, 2011 at 5:34 PM

hahaha! me too

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 5:41 PM

PEUs are no longer about representing workers, but acting as a political party in defense of a hard-Left agenda

They are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.

TheBigOldDog on May 24, 2011 at 5:41 PM

…and there was no malice intended even when we thought it was a Marcellus well…

No malice intended? Really? Riiiigghhttt!

Chappy on May 24, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Is Google Maps up to their old shennanigans (like moving the Lincoln Memorial)?

WashJeff on May 24, 2011 at 5:41 PM

These are the same people who look at grazing land & cry it’s overgrazed.
They have absolutely no f*@king clue about anything they’re talking about.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 5:38 PM

that’s funny, they can’t tell a parking lot from a cow pasture.

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 5:41 PM

And we’ve told again and again, only retard dumb redneck hillbillies vote R. People voting Dems are simply smarter, and better than average Joe.

Sir Napsalot on May 24, 2011 at 5:43 PM

SEIU needs to changes to WUPS!

Where U Put Shale?

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Lawyers, can the Well owner sue for defamation?

I’d do it just to bust their balls.

TheBigOldDog on May 24, 2011 at 5:44 PM

that’s funny, they can’t tell a parking lot from a cow pasture.

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 5:41 PM

They don’t know the difference btwn a cow & a bull, either.
Remember that commercial where the guy goes to milk the bull for his cereal?
I think of liberals everytime I see that.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Just as we saw in Wisconsin, the PEUs are no longer about representing workers, but acting as a political party goon squad in defense of a hard-Left agenda.

Accuracy.

hillbillyjim on May 24, 2011 at 5:47 PM

No doubt educated by union teachers.

CurtZHP on May 24, 2011 at 5:47 PM

drill baby drill! oh wait, over there….. oops

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 5:49 PM

And unfortunately this isn’t just limited to leftwing protest groups. A disturbing number of my friends are totally lost if their “electronic backseat driver” isn’t working.

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Oh, please, oh, please… let some SEIU thugs accost a bunch of tool pushers on a working rig. They will leave the drill site wearing their a$$es as hard hats.

Yoop on May 24, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Stupid Effers In Unions.

Bishop on May 24, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Stupid Effers In Unions.

Bishop on May 24, 2011 at 5:53 PM

++

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 5:55 PM

And unfortunately this isn’t just limited to leftwing protest groups. A disturbing number of my friends are totally lost if their “electronic backseat driver” isn’t working.

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Our world is full of tragic idiots who cannot think for themselves.

And remember this family?

I’m not trying to be insensitive here.
I watched the special on the Kim family.
It’s truly tragic Americans are so ignorant they have no basic human survival skills.

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 5:56 PM

let some SEIU thugs accost a bunch of tool pushers on a working rig. They will leave the drill site wearing their a$$es as hard hats.

Yoop on May 24, 2011 at 5:52 PM

OH HO YES!

Badger40 on May 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM

It’s a good example of why government at all levels should be curtailing PEU power by setting open-shop rules and voluntary contributions.

It’s a good example why public unions should be outlawed.

Rebar on May 24, 2011 at 6:01 PM

well think about it ….Tom Corbett our newly elected Republican gov has slashed state spending …… no RAISES FOR STATE EMPLOYEES …..* GRIN *

Aggie95 on May 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Just remember, the same people who couldn’t an actual Marcellus shale site with both hands and a map will be the same people expected to administer ObamaCare.

Ed – I think you are missing a “find” somewhere in there ;)

ReformedAndDangerous on May 24, 2011 at 6:08 PM

My neice who lives near Pittsburgh just graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and has plans to get a job working for the gas company doing the fraking of the rock that is in question. These SEIU thugs/quacks are bad news all around.

sonnyspats1 on May 24, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Just goes to show that SEIU doesn’t know their azzes from a hole in the ground.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM

“There is no Marcellus Shale drilling on that property, and we’ve contacted the property owners and apologized.

If you pricks came onto my property there would be no need for an apology.

BigWyo on May 24, 2011 at 6:23 PM

in another world the SEIU would recognize shale development would create solid paying jobs and Union possibilities.

rob verdi on May 24, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Except you actually have to work your a$$ off in the oil/gas exploration industry. I don’t imagine a mob of malcontents that think the world owes them a living could cut the mustard.

I guess they could try and unionize the existing workers….

BigWyo on May 24, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Just goes to show that SEIU doesn’t know their azzes from a hole in the ground.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 24, 2011 at 6:10 PM

but, just when they go looking for a hole in the ground they sure do a good job at showing they a$$es.

ted c on May 24, 2011 at 6:36 PM

and there was no malice intended even when we thought it was a Marcellus well

What, the SEIU malicious? Never!!

disa on May 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Oh, please, oh, please… let some SEIU thugs accost a bunch of tool pushers on a working rig. They will leave the drill site wearing their a$$es as hard hats.

Yoop on May 24, 2011 at 5:52 PM

A few years ago a bunch of hippies decided it would be a good idea to stage a nuisance attack on the floor of a London trading pit that specialized in energy and fossil fuels. They struck just after the traditional (and well-lubricated) late lunch break. The London traders treated the hippies like it was a rugby scrum. It clearly didn’t go well for the hippies, but it went better than when they tried to attack a ship docked at a Thai power station back in 2005. The Thai sailors treated the hippies who attacked their livelihood as pirates.

Something funny happens whenever the watermelon left tries their old “direct action” approach these days. It’s almost like people don’t want what they’re selling, or something…

Blacksmith on May 24, 2011 at 7:50 PM

LMAO!!

This is the friggin’SEIU – I’m amazed those dopes even ended up in the right state!

Tim_CA on May 24, 2011 at 7:53 PM

what exactly is the SEIU’s interest in Marcellus shale?

That was the first thing I thought when I started reading this.

jeffn21 on May 25, 2011 at 9:31 AM