Nov 09, 2015 - 10:30am

SEIU-Funded Protests Not About Wages

Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division


On November 10, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-funded demonstrators will engage in made-for-media protests in various cities around the country. Organizers claim there will be “strikes” in 270 locations, although if history is any guide only a few cities like New  York will see more than a handful of protestors and virtually no employees will actually walk off the job. 

The simple truth is, these protests won’t be about workers or wages at all, but about the labor leaders who are pinning their own professional hopes on unionizing fast food workers. Selling union memberships to this sector would be a huge revenue boost – worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually – for the struggling union industry.

  • The SEIU has spent at least $30 million on these protests since 2013. (Source:  SEIU’s 2013 and 2014 LM-2 filings with the U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Protestors are often bussed from one city to another to give the appearance of a national campaign.
  • While demanding a $15 an hour wage, unions have actually tried to exempt unionized workplaces from local minimum wage ordinances.
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Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division

Glenn Spencer is senior vice president of the Employment Policy division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.