Failing Its Membership

The SEIU has a history of failing to deliver its members proper results and pays striking members far less than a living wage. The SEIU has been accused of using ineffective tactics and has been on the receiving end of over 1,000 unfair labor practice complaints since 2020.

Workplace Safety And Bargaining

The SEIU has been criticized for using ineffective tactics and failed to deliver a safe workplace for state government workers in California.

Ineffective Tactics

The SEIU has been accused by its members of using ineffective tactics that do not benefit the union’s membership.

  • In 2023, the State Employees Association of North Carolina decided to disaffiliate from the SEIU, partly because they disagreed with the union’s tactics and said that they were ineffective.
  • In 2020, the SEIU 1000 agreed to two furlough days per month for its California membership, a reduction in salary that equates to over 9% a year. The agreement also delayed a general salary increase of 2.5% that had been scheduled for July 1.

Failure to Ensure Safe Workplace

In 2019, the SEIU failed to ensure its members at a Vallejo, CA, office building were working in safe conditions.

  • In 2019, the Vallejo, CA, Economic Development Department Office – staffed by SEIU members – was allegedly rat infested and unsafe for workers.
  • Employees at the office were forced to contact ABC 7 News to cover the issue and claimed the conditions of the building were not only harming their health but also hurting the public they serve.

Glassdoor Reviews

An analysis of reviews from Glassdoor based on comments from alleged past and present employees reveal that many employees feel like the SEIU does not properly care for its members.

Members are treated like dues paying cows that need to be milked and there is very little attempt to actually empower or support them.
If you want to work for an organization that is an arm of the right-wing of the Democratic Party and has no respect for members rights or actual democracy, then this is the organization for you.
Never once did I see SEIU take seriously the opinions of the membership.
SEIU will always have 1 person working grievances and 10 people working dues collections.
These folks in leadership do the absolute least required by law for their members.

Strike Benefits

Failure To Pay Striking Members A Living Wage

There have been multiple instances where the SEIU has admitted to paying striking membership far below a living wage while they are on strike despite the union having over $400 million in assets.

  • In 2019, an SEIU-UHW document revealed that striking workers would only be paid $200 dollars a week and only if the strike lasted longer than one week. This amounts to just $5.00 an hour for a forty-hour work week, far below what can be lived off of for workers.
  • In 2019, the SEIU Local 503 claimed to pay striking workers $400 a week if the strike lasted longer than a week. This amounts to just $10.00 an hour for a forty-hour work week, still far-below a living wage.
  • In the 2000’s, one SEIU member claimed she was only paid $10.00 a day after going on strike, she would go on to lose her job and her apartment.

Unfair Labor Practice Complaints (ULPS)

Since 2020, the SEIU has seen over 1,000 unfair labor practice complaints against it, these range from allegations of coercion, bad faith bargaining, and threats and/or violence.

Unfair labor practice complaints are issued against unions when allegations by workers are made against the organization for a host of complaints that include bargaining in bad faith and coercion.

  • On average, the SEIU has been charged with an unfair labor practice charge nearly daily for the last three years (Jan. 2020 to present).
  • Of the charges filed, 169 were for bargaining in bad faith and 51 were for using coercion including threats and/or violence.

Poor Leadership

SEIU leadership has been accused of tolerating harassment and even retaliating against employees who speak out. Crime, corruption, and infighting have also plagued the top ranks of leadership at the SEIU.

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Mistreating Employees

The SEIU has been accused of treating its own employees worse than the corporations the union seeks to unionize. The SEIU’s employees have even made claims that the union employs union busting tactics.

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The SEIU has been involved in a number of controversies. These include incidents of harassment and violence, as well as assaults on rival unions, such as its hostile takeover of united healthcare.

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