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March 18, 2014                                                                                                                  202-677-7060         

Union Bosses Organize More Attacks Against American Employers

‘Wage Theft’ Hallmark Of Big Labor History Hurting Middle Class Families

Washington, D.C. (March 18, 2014) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today responded to labor orchestrated protests concerning so-called ‘wage theft’:

“With their membership falling and pension plans insolvent, labor bosses are continuing to escalate their war against American employers in a desperate attempt to secure more revenue.  This is demonstrated in news that protests will take place in various cities against fast-food establishments which employ hundreds of thousands of workers across the country,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI).  “The plain truth is if anyone is guilty of so-called ‘wage theft,’ it’s union bosses who have been stealing money from middle class families for generations and failing to give proper oversight to pension fund investments causing union members to lose their retirement savings.  If today’s staged protest participants looked at the facts, they would be demonstrating not with, but against the labor organizations who are financing their activities, with you guessed it, workers’ dues, many of which have been unfairly collected and used.  Now, this is real ‘wage theft.’”


Big Labor Continues Attacks Against American Employers:

“‘The lawsuits that were filed last week put McDonald’s on notice that fast food workers are aware that they’re getting their money stolen,’ said Kendall Fells, who works for the Service Employees International Union but said he was ‘on loan’ to the campaign for higher wages.” (Candice Choi, “Fast-Food Protests To Spotlight ‘Wage Theft,’” The Associated Press, 3/18/14)

Who Is Kendall Fells? Professional Protestor On Loan From The Service Employees International Union (SEIU):

“Kendall Fells, an…organizer from Fast Food Forward…” (SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, “We Cannot Build A Strong, Equitable Economy On Low-Paying Jobs,” SEIU, 8/8/13)

Who Is Fast Food Forward? Nothing More Than Another Union-Run Effort To Grow Membership:

“Fast-food workers in New York are scheduled to protest today as part of a campaign to seek union recognition for the industry and negotiate pay raises.  ‘Hundreds of workers at dozens of McDonalds, Taco Bells, KFCs and Burger Kings across the city’ will call for a $15 per hour wage so employees can ‘support their families, and put money back into the economy, instead of relying on taxpayers to shoulder the burden for the fast food industry’s low-wages,’ according to a statement for the workers’ campaign, called Fast Food Forward.” (Ben Livesey, “Group Seeks Union, Pay Raises For NYC Fast-Food Workers,” Bloomberg, 11/29/12)

“Organizers of the Fast Food Forward movement said they expected hundreds of workers would walk out or not show up for work at dozens of McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food chains … The Fast Food Forward action, which is supported by the Service Employees International Union along with civil rights and community groups, comes less than a week after a union-backed effort to draw attention to wages and working conditions at Wal-Mart led to protests at stores across the country on Black Friday.” (Martha White, “Fast-Food Workers In NYC Flex Their Muscle For Better Pay,” NBC News, 11/30/12)

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To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Lauren Zelt at (202) 677-7060.


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