Diary

The More the Merrier: Monitoring the SEIU & UFCW

After nearly five years of blogging exclusively on union-related issues, it seems our world is getting much more crowded these days.  To that, given that this is not our full-time job, we can only say:  Good! The more the merrier!

Today, the Americans for Limited Government launched two new websites to monitor union behemoths SEIU and UFCW.

Americans for Limited Government today launched two new websites, SEIUMonitor.com and UFCWMonitor.com to, according to ALG President Bill Wilson, “help union workers keep track of how their union dues are being wasted by labor bosses.”

“Since Barack Obama took office, he has, almost from day one, rolled back earlier efforts that increased transparency in labor unions. Those regulations were crafted in accordance with the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act,” said Wilson.

Wilson said that Obama’s repeal of those regulations left a “big gap in union disclosure,” adding, SEIUMonitor.com and UFCWMonitor.com are designed to enable union workers to once again keep track of the strong arm tactics used against their own locals and political activities that their dues often pay for.”

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SEIUMonitor.com and UFCWMonitor.com will provide information to the public on union membership dues and what they are used for. Union workers can access information about their pensions, union management and any potential scandals that may affect their relationship with their union.

“One critical component of the websites is the ability of union workers to provide tips on union corruption, which our research department will look into,” said Don Todd, Director of ALG Research, former head of the Labor Department agency responsible for union oversight.

“The Department of Labor is cutting down on information available to union members,” Todd said, and encouraged union workers to use the websites “and provide us with any tips of misappropriation of funds.”

The websites are regularly updated with news and information helpful to a union member. Focusing on two of the largest and fastest growing union organizations, Wilson said the site would “shed light on shady union tactics by labor bosses to influence their members, media, and politicians into supporting their agenda.”

[Emphasis added.]

By all appearances, the websites are clean and appear easy to navigate, even for the novice web user.

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