Video: SEIU pushes out member protesting ballot-counting rules violations

posted at 3:10 pm on June 15, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Here’s another entry for the Somebody Left The Irony On Department today. The SEIU held an election by mail for an internal election — for which it apparently uses the same kind of secret ballots that they want to deny workers with Card Check. By SEIU’s own rules, those ballots are supposed to arrive via US Postal Service, with postmarks to note the date so that the counters can verify they arrived before the deadline. One SEIU observer noticed counters opening large envelopes of ballots with no postmarks at all on them — and when she tried to protest, the other SEIU officials in the room pushed her out the door:

An SEIU member says she was physically forced out of a room after she questioned union leaders about how they were counting ballots, and she recorded the confrontation on her cell phone.

Mariam Nojiam, a state worker for the Department of Motor Vehicles, began recording video as she walked into an SEIU election office while officials were giving instructions on counting procedure.

After one of the officials giving instructions asked if there were any questions, Mariam said she spoke up and began asking about large envelopes she says didn’t have any postmarks on them.

“Some people sent them in today, some people sent them in yesterday and the day before in priority mail, and there’s no postmark on them,” the official responded.

The ballot instructions clearly state that ballots must be received at the election office through the U.S. Postal Service, but when Mariam tried to insist that the envelopes without postmarks shouldn’t be allowed, the official cut her off.

For a final irony, the SEIU’s spokesman insisted that Nojiam’s protest was irrelevant, because the rules state that a challenge has to come from one of the candidates. How’s that for convenient, eh? The union apparently has no problem breaking the rules to count batches of apparently invalid ballots, but when it comes to someone catching them at that game, the SEIU insists on full compliance with the rules on protests.

Perhaps irony isn’t a strong enough word here.

Union organizers want to tell us that a union-administered Card Check is somehow more reliable than an independently-administered secret ballot election process when it comes to organizing workplaces. I’d call this a great example of why it’s important to keep Card Check buried — and also why right-to-work legislation should pass in all 50 states. No worker should be forced to contribute to the system shown here.

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The ballots with no postmark on them were from ACORN…

VastRightWingConspirator on June 15, 2011 at 3:13 PM

brought to you by the Jeep Wrangler drivin’ Democratic Party.

look for the label.

ted c on June 15, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I like living in a right-to-work state.
There’s still problems from the union, but not very many.

Badger40 on June 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Dry runs for November 2012

Roy Rogers on June 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

And of course this is the only time radical left wing groups have broken voting rules.

/sarc

It’s like they don’t even bother hiding it anymore.

rbj on June 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Irony? No, just more “progressive” hypocrisy.

GarandFan on June 15, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Someone needs to be put in jail here…election tampering is illegal…I think.. but I’m not sure any more, is it still?

tinkerthinker on June 15, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Bravo to Mariam Nojiam for standing up for fair elections!

More Union Members should follow her lead.

wren on June 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Throwback Thugs.

visions on June 15, 2011 at 3:23 PM

for an internal election

Ed, do you mean an internal office or position? Just curious.

The SEIU thugs are disgraceful! So they’re rigging an internal election? Isn’t that illegal? So who does someone take that kind of complaint to, the corrupt local, county, state or federal officials?

One get so confused. It’s hard to know which corrupt official one needs to go to these days.

dogsoldier on June 15, 2011 at 3:24 PM

I like living in a right-to-work state.
There’s still problems from the union, but not very many.

Badger40 on June 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

I love going into a Texas United and not seeing those fugly UFCW local decals in the store windows. In the Chicago area the only groceries without them are the Walmarts.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 15, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Bravo to Mariam Nojiam for standing up for fair elections!

More Union Members should follow her lead.

And subsequently be discovered floating face-down in nearby bodies of water…

oldleprechaun on June 15, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Perhaps irony isn’t a strong enough word here.

Definitely not.

Even “corrupt POSs” doesn’t quite capture what these people are.

UltimateBob on June 15, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Implosion will follow if more “Mariams” wake up.

parteagirl on June 15, 2011 at 3:30 PM

“No worker should be forced to contribute to the system shown here.”

Welcome to Obowmaland…

Seven Percent Solution on June 15, 2011 at 3:32 PM

So will Mariams tell us who won the election or is she floating face down somewhere?

docflash on June 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Rules for thee but not for me

Scum

cmsinaz on June 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Priority mail doesn’t need a post mark?

When did that happen?

Kini on June 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

More Union Members should follow her lead.

And subsequently be discovered floating face-down in nearby bodies of water…

oldleprechaun on June 15, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Are you implying that all those big brave Union Members are afraid of their own fellow Union brothers & sisters?

Will the real men & women please stand up and do what is right?

wren on June 15, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I like living in a right-to-work state.

Badger40 on June 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Me, too!

ladyingray on June 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

. . . by any means necessary.

Pablo Snooze on June 15, 2011 at 3:56 PM

I like living in a right-to-work state.

Badger40 on June 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Me, too!

ladyingray on June 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Me, three!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 15, 2011 at 3:59 PM

I like living in a right-to-work state.

Badger40 on June 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM
Me, too!

ladyingray on June 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Me three! I just got back to TX last night. WOOOOOOTTTT! Got the heck out of NY. I’m baaaaaaaacccccckkkkkk! B)

sicoit on June 15, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Its not who votes that counts,

Its who counts the votes.

iurockhead on June 15, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Me, three!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 15, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Oh cr@p, okay then, Me Four!!!! Man annoyinglittletwerp, you is fast wit da fingers!

sicoit on June 15, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Me three! I just got back to TX last night. WOOOOOOTTTT! Got the heck out of NY. I’m baaaaaaaacccccckkkkkk! B)

sicoit on June 15, 2011 at 4:02 PM

You’re me, four-I’m me’ three danggit!
*ducks*

annoyinglittletwerp on June 15, 2011 at 4:04 PM

sicoit on June 15, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Mr. Twerp was offered a VERY well-paying position in Wisc.
We turned it down because even with Scott Walker-Wisconsin’s still too blue.
Texas is Free.
You can’t put a price-tag on freedom.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM

You’re me, four-I’m me’ three danggit!
*ducks*

annoyinglittletwerp on June 15, 2011 at 4:04 PM

ducks he!!, you better run too girl! :0

sicoit on June 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Texas is Free.
You can’t put a price-tag on freedom.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Exactamundo! Hence why I came back.

sicoit on June 15, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Listen, lady, if you don’t like the way things are run around here we can beat some sense into you until you understand. Understand?

Bishop on June 15, 2011 at 4:10 PM

What on earth is “ironic” about Communists acting like Communists?

logis on June 15, 2011 at 4:12 PM

If there’s one thing in this life I will never, ever shed a tear over, it’s a member of an entirely corrupt union whining because the corruption is occasionally directed inward rather than the usual outward. That’s your union, lady. Suck it.

Rational Thought on June 15, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I expect to see, and or hear this kind of crap going on during the 2012 elections as well.

capejasmine on June 15, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Battle of Athens

fossten on June 15, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Who needs Card Check, when you’ve got the old tried-and-true method of stuffing the ballot box with fraudulent votes?

Christien on June 15, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Why go through the elaborate dance, if the desired result is predetermined?

Sir Napsalot on June 15, 2011 at 4:18 PM

File charges for assault, battery, and kidnapping.

“California Penal Code Section 207 defines kidnapping as the use of force or fear to take a person and move him or her a substantial distance. The penalties and punishment for a kidnapping conviction in California is up to eight years of state prison-more if there was injury or abuse to the victim, if the victim was a child, or if the kidnapping was done to facilitate another crime.”

Socratease on June 15, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Rational Thought on June 15, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Yes, yes, but imagine teh awesome of this poor lady and thousands upon thousands of her fellow disenfranchised union members bringing the wood against their corrupt union leaders. We should be encouraging SEIU’s implosion.

This woman deserves all our sympathy and support!

Christien on June 15, 2011 at 4:21 PM

one key skill area of the Left is to be able to lie really well at anytime. The guy interviewed was very good…very cool, matter-of-fact…with this story of UPS bundles coming over the transom.

Yeah, I bet their coming over the transom.

r keller on June 15, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Yes, yes, but imagine teh awesome of this poor lady and thousands upon thousands of her fellow disenfranchised union members bringing the wood against their corrupt union leaders. We should be encouraging SEIU’s implosion.

This woman deserves all our sympathy and support!

Christien on June 15, 2011 at 4:21 PM

If the story gets legs — and it won’t — they’ll either crush her or buy her off, and that story won’t get legs either. Screw ‘em all. You lie down with dogs and all that. No sympathy here. None whatsoever.

Rational Thought on June 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Rational Thought on June 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Of course, you are right, but no popcorn for you, if not! (Okay, maybe a little…)

Christien on June 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

SEIU pushes out member protesting ballot-counting rules violations

The protesting member is just a bump in the road.

Sir Napsalot on June 15, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Are you implying that all those big brave Union Members are afraid of their own fellow Union brothers & sisters?

Will the real men & women please stand up and do what is right?

wren on June 15, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Years ago, while living in a “right-to-work” state, I worked in a shop where the mechanics had voted to accept representation from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). At the time it was headed by William Winpisinger (1924-1997). Winpisinger was a deeply committed Marxist/NationalSocialist, and ran the union in the finest tradition of his idealogical predecessors, the Sturmabteilung (SA). The union representatives were thugs, but one of our guys expressed an opinion that was contrary to the party line. His was quickly – and bluntly – informed that if he wanted to criticize the union, they had his address and knew where his family lived.

Typical criminals using criminal tactics to retain power. Crossing the unions is very little different from crossing the Mothers And Fathers of Italian Americans. (MAFIA)

oldleprechaun on June 15, 2011 at 6:08 PM

me 5 :)

IowaWoman on June 15, 2011 at 6:27 PM

This is what the NLRB is SUPPOSED to oversee, not prevent Boeing from expanding in South Carolina. Geesh.

karenhasfreedom on June 15, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I really hate these lying, cheating, hypocritical, socialist a$$holes.

Dopenstrange on June 15, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Bravo to Mariam Nojiam for standing up for fair elections!

More Union Members should follow her lead.

wren on June 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Good for her!!!

TN Mom on June 15, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Mr. Twerp was offered a VERY well-paying position in Wisc.
We turned it down because even with Scott Walker-Wisconsin’s still too blue.
Texas is Free.
You can’t put a price-tag on freedom.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Ah, but Idaho is more free!

Ace ODale on June 15, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Ah, but Idaho is more free!

Ace ODale on June 15, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Ah, but I don’t live in Idaho-I live in Texas.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 15, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Ah, but Idaho is more free!

Ace ODale on June 15, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Yes, only because there are more cows than humans in that state.

Conservative Samizdat on June 15, 2011 at 8:32 PM

File charges for assault, battery, and kidnapping.

“California Penal Code Section 207 defines kidnapping as the use of force or fear to take a person and move him or her a substantial distance. The penalties and punishment for a kidnapping conviction in California is up to eight years of state prison-more if there was injury or abuse to the victim, if the victim was a child, or if the kidnapping was done to facilitate another crime.”

Socratease on June 15, 2011 at 4:19 PM

But the law does not apply to union members if Democrats control all the offices. Here in NY, I offered evidence of compensation fraud to the local State’s Attorney but he said they would never prosecute such cases. He relied on the union support to get elected. He then had the nerve to return and discuss geting support for a cross endorsement from our Republican Committee. I told him it was very doubtful.

KW64 on June 15, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Thanks Ed,for putting this up,TRANSPARENCY BABY!!!!:)

canopfor on June 16, 2011 at 5:31 PM

This is what the NLRB is SUPPOSED to oversee, not prevent Boeing from expanding in South Carolina. Geesh.

karenhasfreedom on June 15, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Thank you for making this very important point about the proper role of the National Labor Relations Board, Karen!

wren on June 16, 2011 at 6:08 PM