America’s new labor battle: SEIU versus … Media Matters

posted at 3:21 pm on April 17, 2014 by Allahpundit

I’m tempted to compare this to the Emperor versus Darth Vader, but Vader had already turned good when he threw the Emperor down that shaft. It’s more like Alien versus Predator. Jason versus Freddy. Jeb versus Christie.

Two left-wing attack dogs enter, one left-wing attack dog leaves.

Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff.

Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA’s staff through a Card Check election…

MMFA has regularly presented itself as a supporter of organized labor. It has argued that “economists point to declining union participation as one cause of the growing economic rift in America” and claimed it was a fact that “unions increase productivity [and] do not reduce business competitiveness.”

In other words, rather than accept the signatures of a majority of employees in favor of unionization (the card-check option), MMFA is demanding that SEIU conduct a secret-ballot election. That doesn’t necessarily mean that MMFA management opposes unionization, notes Sean Higgins; Volkswagen supported the UAW’s failed union effort at its Tennessee plant. True enough, but Tennessee law made secret-ballot the legally preferred means of union recognition in the state. It may be that Volkswagen chose to comply with that simply in the name of avoiding a court battle afterward. What’s MMFA’s reason for supporting secret-ballot? After all, they’ve been big fans of card check for everyone else:

Media Matters’ sudden and convenient discovery of secret ballots is also hypocritical, since the group pushed strongly for the noxious card-check bill that bore the Orwellian title “Employee Free Choice Act.” The group repeatedly published blog posts criticizing people who said the bill would abolish employees’ secret ballots. Of course, it would have—it mandated card check recognition with 50%-plus-one of the employees’ public card signatures, rather than private votes. (You can guess which one the SEIU prefers.) And it’s not just that: Media Matters has praised so-called “voluntary recognition agreements” (the union P.R. name for card checks):

“Voluntary card check neutrality agreements have become increasingly popular among unions in the face of nationwide anti-union laws and court decisions that have made it more difficult for unions to communicate directly with workers or to remain certified. Neutrality agreements have reportedly been at the root of more than half of recent successful unionization efforts. Should the Supreme Court find these neutrality agreements unconstitutional, it could ‘put a dagger in organized labor.’”

Now here they are, not only demanding a secret-ballot themselves but hiring powerhouse labor litigators Perkins Coie to defend them before the NLRB. Is this what SEIU gets, wonders LaborPains.org, for donating $100,000 to MMFA two years ago?

Makes me wonder: How damaging would unionization be to Media Matters’s bottom line for them to invite a PR disaster like this one in the name of preventing it? They know righty media will have a field day with the story. They also know, or should know, that their very left-wing employees are apt to vote for the SEIU unless there’s a powerful bottom-line reason to oppose it. Surely Tom Steyer or another liberal Koch equivalent will turn on the tap to rescue MMFA if union wages prove too much of a burden. Why not just acquiesce?

Sheesh. First we find out Kruggers is getting rich fighting income inequality, now this. What’s next? Al Gore burning tires in his backyard?


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Yes, can they both please kill each other?

22044 on April 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

red on red

rhombus on April 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM

This is just dripping with my good pal Schadenfreude :)

nullrouted on April 17, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Media Matters = NIMBY

BobMbx on April 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Planned Parenthood next…and eventually, Feinstein’s wineries will have to unionize…

right2bright on April 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I love it when the enemy fights itself.
May the battle drag on forever.

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Oh good Lord, that’s hilarious! Weasels vs weasels!

squint on April 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Media Matters = NIMBY

BobMbx on April 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Of course.

Even the UNION THUGS are guilty of hiring non-union rent-a-protestors themselves. Why? Hiring union would cost too much!

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

right2bright on April 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Maybe somebody (cough, cough) should start a card check effort in those organizations too.

rhombus on April 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Wait …

Wat?

You mean Al Gore ISN’T burning tires in his back yard?

Sheesh …

The more you learn.

Grinch on April 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Oh good Lord, that’s hilarious! Weasels vs weasels!

squint on April 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

More like skunks vs weasels.

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Blue on blue, heart-ache on heart-ache…

Heh.

Wethal on April 17, 2014 at 3:34 PM

There’s also an awful lot of lefty ‘zines and non-profit groups that regularly decry “income inequality” and push for disastrous policies like a higher minimum wage…but have unpaid or very low wage intern and other positions.

As with most lefties – they like their policies as long as it’s someone else who has to live under them.

gwelf on April 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

What is good for the goose is supposed to be good for the gander unless you are a lib.

major dad on April 17, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Time to make more popcorn. And get another supersized Slurpee.

rbj on April 17, 2014 at 3:38 PM

OT — Shep reporting….out of nowhere O is holding a Press Conference

Ukraine, Young people signing up for Ocare and will take questions.

Carney’s delayed Press Briefing was supposed to start at 3:15.

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2014 at 3:38 PM

I figure eventually this will have to migrate to Congressional offices, rendering all of DC hopeless.

Stupid is as stupid does

J_Crater on April 17, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Ugh…here he comes.

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Even the UNION THUGS are guilty of hiring non-union rent-a-protestors themselves. Why? Hiring union would cost too much!

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Oh yeah, forgot about that…that one cracks me up.

right2bright on April 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Planned Parenthood next…and eventually, Feinstein’s wineries will have to unionize…

right2bright on April 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

The Unions need to go after the Tuna canneries Pelosi and her Husband own.

Johnnyreb on April 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Liberals being hypocritical about their own wallets? yawn…that ain’t news…
Goose, sauce, gander, some assembly required, see above

“I was all for Obammycare until I learned I was going to be paying for it!”

DublOh7 on April 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Obama lying to the country again. Where did I leave those boots?

birdwatcher on April 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM

A donk eat donk story. Of course with SEIU involved it could be literal.

Southernblogger on April 17, 2014 at 3:44 PM

YOU LIE!

birdwatcher on April 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM

It’s more like Alien versus Predator. Jason versus Freddy. Jeb versus Christie.

The snark is strong in this one.

KCB on April 17, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Oh good grief….he’s using this afternoon, unannounced Presser to tout……….ta da OCARE. I guess his nose is still out of joint by the ABC networks not giving him prime time to spout his BS the other day.

Ocare is working!!!! esh

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Good.

Good Lt on April 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Funny!!!!!

But typical of lefties – do as I say, not as I do….

dentarthurdent on April 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Al Gore burning tires in his backyard?

To find him frozen to death w/b the ultimate revenge.

Schadenfreude on April 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Python vs alligator….
Spider vs wasp…..
Capone vs Giovanni…..

dentarthurdent on April 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

omg….did O really try to say there is over 14M now benefitting from Ocare?

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Obama: 14 million people have signed up for insurance.

tommer74 on April 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Obama: 14 million people have signed up for insurance.

tommer74 on April 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Just 14 ?
His lies are so limp ;-)

burrata on April 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

tommer74 on April 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

he included those staying on parents plans, Medicaid expansions…

he’s not very slick. This is a Ocare press conference. Every question is reverting back to Ocare. But then he goes and says he wants to talk about jobs, economy, training and helping Americans….esh

CoffeeLover on April 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Obama: 14 million people have signed up for insurance.

tommer74 on April 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Just making B$ numbers up, it is what Obama does. No one will call him on it and he constantly gets away with it so why not? I would have reached for the Stars and said 150 million have signed up so far if it was my plan.

Johnnyreb on April 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff.

Maybe we should be for the unionization MM…it would make Media Matters less effective in their mission.

:)

William Eaton on April 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Media Matters is part of the 1%, they are not down with the struggle.

It is time for a cultural revolution on the Progressive Movement…

:)

William Eaton on April 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

This is hilarious.

AP, MM is opposing the unionizing of its workers for the same reason that most employer’s oppose it: it drives up costs, particularly with benefits. How many full time employees does MM have? How many part-time contract employees or unpaid “interns” does MM have? I bet it’s a lot and they don’t want anyone knowing about it.

Captain Kirock on April 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Maybe we should be for the unionization MM…it would make Media Matters less effective in their mission.

:)

William Eaton on April 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I agree.

If they were unionized it would mean lots of democrat donations to them being eaten up in cost instead of producing propaganda.

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 4:14 PM

maggots eating their hosts.
good.
maybe they will debride each other.

dmacleo on April 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

How many part-time contract employees or unpaid “interns” does MM have? I bet it’s a lot and they don’t want anyone knowing about it.

Captain Kirock on April 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Maybe the lefty interns they have trolling HA would be better if they were unionized, and paid a “living wage”….

dentarthurdent on April 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM

How many part-time contract employees or unpaid “interns” does MM have? I bet it’s a lot and they don’t want anyone knowing about it.

Captain Kirock on April 17, 2014 at 4:13 PM

How many “employees” are there at MM?

4?

BobMbx on April 17, 2014 at 4:43 PM

-Sniff- -Sniff-

Does anyone else get a whiff of hypocrisy in the air, or is it just me?

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM

The Unions need to go after the Tuna canneries Pelosi and her Husband own.

Johnnyreb on April 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM

You mean the ones they got exempted from minimum-wage laws?

slickwillie2001 on April 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Blue on blue cat fight. Hope the infighting continues

neyney on April 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Media Matters – “Why yes, we will have another heaping helping of HYPOCRISY! Yum-yum!”

GarandFan on April 17, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Al Gore being a global warming hypocrite was old news long ago:

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/national_world&id=5072659

calbear on April 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

As with most lefties – they like their policies as long as it’s someone else who has to live under them.

gwelf on April 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Obamacare would have “worked” if they had just exempted everyone with a Dem registration card.

AesopFan on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

It’s more like Alien versus Predator.

o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on April 17, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Alien versus Predator.

Nope. Whoever loses… we win.

blammm on April 18, 2014 at 8:05 AM