Eating Their Own: SEIU Launches Petition Drive Against Media Matters

'Employees at Media Matters have been organizing to form a union and join SEIU Local 500, but Media Matters executives have been fighting it every step of the way -- even though they claim to pro-union!'

Local 500 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has started an online petition to force Media Matters for America to "walk the walk" on being pro-union and allow their workers to organize.  MMfA has been fighting their employees desire to organize for months. They've even hired a notoriously anti-union law firm and have disallowed "card check" at their posh, DC office tower. 

The Washington Examiner reports that the two left-wing bullies have no reached an impasse and the powerful labor union has begun a petition drive to shame MMfA into submission:  

Local 500 has apparently withdrawn its official NLRB petition for an election. Union spokesman Christopher Honey did not explain the reason for this but indicated that they were still pursuing representing Media Matters' staff.

"The situation is that their lawyers are continuing to push back and fight against a union," he said. Honey has previously claimed that 36 of MMFA's 51 staff members have signed cards saying they want to join the union.

Local 500 withdrew, then re-filed its petition regarding Media Matters last month. There are strategic reasons why a union might pull an election request. An NLRB petition can take a long time. Local 500 may think a public pressure campaign will be more productive.

To add to the "left-wing bullies eating their own" deliciousness, the petition is hosted on MoveOn.org. 

The petition reads:  

Employees at Media Matters have been organizing to form a union and join SEIU Local 500, but Media Matters executives have been fighting it every step of the way – even though they claim to pro-union!

They advocate for card check and pro-union and pro-workplace democracy policies for everyone else, but oppose it inside their own office.

Click here to sign a petition telling them to cut it out and “walk the walk” when it comes to being pro-union.

If you're keeping score at home make sure your scorecard reflects the following:  

  • SEIU ​(a group of left-wing bullies) has donated to MMfA ​(a group of left-wing bullies) to utilize their bullying tactics against media outlets that challenge union interests
  •  MMfA employees want SEIU representation to help them gain better pay and work conditions
  • MMfA is resisting the move and has forbidden open voting or "card check," something they've advocated for in the past
  • SEIU is now trying to publicly shame MMfA (a tactic MMfA uses to silence their opponents) by using MoveOn.org (a group of left-wing bullies) to host a petition

That's really all you need to know. Now pass the popcorn.

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