Media Matters not super-keen on SEIU unionizing its employees

posted at 10:01 pm on April 17, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

One for the hypocrisy hall of fame:

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.

A filing with the NLRB does not necessarily mean that the union and management are in direct confrontation. For example, although Volkswagen tacitly backed the United Auto Workers’ recent effort to organize its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant, the company still insisted on an NLRB-monitored election.

Media Matters has retained a law firm whose focus is representing management in labor disputes. It’s forcing its employees into a secret-ballot election, which is the kind of vote card-check proponents like the good folks at Media Matters decry whenever Republicans insist it’s important to maintain.

It is unclear why Media Matters did not opt to allow its employees to organize through a card check campaign, in which a union submits signed petitions from employees expressing their interest to join the union. MMFA, its attorneys, and the SEIU did not return requests for comment.

Media Matters has a long record of slamming Republicans and conservatives who want to protect secret ballot union elections.

The organization published multiple pieces celebrating the Democrat’s so-called Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for unions to organize through card check campaigns and prevent employers from forcing a secret ballot election.

Media Matters researcher Meagan Hatcher-Mays took to the organization’s blog to criticize “a wave of Republican anti-union legislation [that] has placed obstacles between workers and union representatives and disrupted opportunities for workplace productivity.”

The “obstacles” Media Matters is more than happy to employ when its own employees start exercising the rights Media Matters advocates. We can all hope maybe someone over there will go on strike.


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OMG! You mean I have to help subsidize free healthcare? That’s totally unfair!

John the Libertarian on April 17, 2014 at 10:03 PM

“Unionization for thee, but not for we.” — Media Matters

Bish?

predator on April 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Dammit, JtL. ;)

predator on April 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

The LEFT: “Do as we SAY, not as we do!!!”

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Another troll free thread.

Aplombed on April 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Dammit, JtL. ;)

predator on April 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I picked yer pocket.

John the Libertarian on April 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Suck it…Pope!!!

Electrongod on April 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Liberals are always experts on how everyone else should live their lives.

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Too tasty for words. And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving group of people.

fire them all on April 17, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Didn’t allahpundit do a post on this earlier today?

cs89 on April 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Liberals are always experts on how everyone else should live their lives.

The Rogue Tomato on April 17, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Yes because they are FAILURES in their own lives, so they become CONsultants for everyone else, except they use the VIOLENCE of government to force their bad opinions on us instead of persuading us.

ConstantineXI on April 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Didn’t allahpundit do a post on this earlier today?

cs89 on April 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Headlines.

Lanceman on April 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Another troll free thread.

Aplombed on April 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

My liberal collie says…

“collectivism…is good…”

union dues are in a couple weeks…

Don’t be late…

Electrongod on April 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

How do you spell hypocrite?

birdwatcher on April 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Didn’t allahpundit do a post on this earlier today?

cs89 on April 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Sorry, I lied. He did do a thread on this early today.

Lanceman on April 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

How do you spell hypocrite?

birdwatcher on April 17, 2014 at 10:23 PM

L-e-f-t-i-s-t

You’re welcome.

predator on April 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Media Matters not super-keen on SEIU unionizing its employees

“Si si puede” you b!tches.

arnold ziffel on April 17, 2014 at 10:28 PM

…I think the ‘commentators’ are unionizing on some of these threads today!

KOOLAID2 on April 17, 2014 at 10:32 PM

And these same people won’t know a moments hesitation to call out some other company for doing the exact same thing.

Cindy Munford on April 17, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I can think of no institution more deserving of a foot-thick stack of work rules dictating who can plug in a keyboard, change a toner cartridge, set up a new voicemail mailbox, etc.

JEM on April 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

[help! I can't breathe!]

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Have the MMFA hypocrites responded to this story?

guido911 on April 17, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Have the MMFA hypocrites responded to this story?

guido911 on April 17, 2014 at 11:56 PM

I think they employ some of our trolls so I am sure that they are aware of this post. Maybe the hive has not yet sent out talking points.

slickwillie2001 on April 18, 2014 at 12:14 AM

The left is all about hypocrisy. I worked at a power plant in Ky that was pretty much owned and controlled by the Democrat party (LBJ branch). They sent some of the workers, surreptitiously of course, to a nearby aluminum plant that was resisting union organization. They assisted other union goons in wrecking equipment, threatening employees, vandalizing workers cars and other assorted mayhem. No charges were ever filed against any of them. Yet when the workers at the Democrat power plant finally got a gut full of crony utopia and decided to go union the Democrat cronies screamed and whined to high heaven. I have never seen so many self professed devout Christians break that many commandments at one time in my life. The rationalizations were truly amazing.

Oldnuke on April 18, 2014 at 12:22 AM

But….but….MADE IN USA

ceraphym on April 18, 2014 at 5:23 AM

ACORN fought tooth and nail to keep its people without a union, and yet its corrupt practices meant that its employees were sorely in need of one to protect them from an abusive employer.

I’m betting the same is going on at Soros-Mouthpiece Central. Overworked, underpaid and getting shafted are its most likely problems that require anyone to even think about asking a Union in.

The best part is that places like SEIU will resist having its own internal workforce unionized. The only thing a Union hates more than employers are other Unions unionizing their workforce of employees and staff.

And yet when VW basically asks the Union to organize its workforce, that got voted down by the employees.

Fascinating times, indeed.

ajacksonian on April 18, 2014 at 6:51 AM

Love it when the chickens come home to roost on the ranch named ‘Hypocrisy Hills’

NeoDawg on April 18, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Rolling on the floor laughing my mamma jamma butt off. These are true same people that formed to check up on Fox News. Demanded participation in forums and on-air group discussions there on air and tried to act like they were an all-media watch dog group.

pffft

These are the bastages the IRS ought to be checking up on.

hawkdriver on April 18, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Prog hypocrisy has really been on display these past weeks. Guess that’s why I have this sh!t eating grin on my gob.

NavyMustang on April 18, 2014 at 9:41 AM

cant wait to see all the pajama boys picketing out front of the MMFA offices. should be cute.

t8stlikchkn on April 18, 2014 at 9:55 AM

It is clearly obvious that the Koch Brothers have funded a management takeover of Media Matters. The Koch Brothers are nothing more than anti-American, evil doers who only have an interest in destroying all of our most cherished American institutions. Bless Sen. Reid for bringing those nefarious Koch Brothers to our attention so that they can be properly villified by our Loyal American brethren, and their betrayal of American values quashed.

NOMOBO on April 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Give them knives and sporks and let them kill each other.

earlgrey on April 18, 2014 at 12:19 PM