For five years, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has being doing its best to lobby for a $15 per hour minimum wage. But after spending tens of millions of dollars, they’ve gotten nowhere.
Fox News reports:
An analysis of the 2016 financial disclosures from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to the Department of Labor by the Center for Union Facts (CUF) reveals that the union spent over $90 million on the Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign since 2012 without a single major policy victory.
The watchdog CUF says that in addition, membership for the union -- which represents public service workers, nurses, hospital staff and home-care providers, building services, security guards and food service workers -- has been waning since the start of the initiative.
CUF’s Executive Director Richard Berman told Fox News that the failure to gain more membership is the nail in the coffin for this initiative. SEIU may even have to abandon the campaign.
"It was reported earlier this year that the SEIU is cutting back its spending in the Trump era, and the costly and unproductive $15 campaign is surely on the chopping block,” Berman said. “An SEIU pullback on $15 wouldn't be surprising -- the UFCW [United Food and Commercial Workers] ended its commitment to the ‘OUR Walmart’ campaign after it became clear that employees had no interest in what they were selling. It's a lesson the SEIU may soon learn the hard way."
There was a spike in membership between 2015 and 2016, but was still over 21,000 members less than what it started with in 2011. Membership and financial losses like these, Berman said, “isn’t sustainable.”
In a last-ditch effort, the Fight for $15 group has paired with Black Lives Matter and have planned demonstrations in major cities across America on the 49th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The slogan will be, “Fight Racism, Raise Pay.”