Report: Shady group with labor union ties joins $15 wage fight

By Neal McNamara | March 20, 2014
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A report by the Olympia-based Freedom Foundation has found a link between the push for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, a very, very big labor union, and a questionable activist group.

Maxford Nelsen, a labor policy analyst for the Freedom Foundation, found the connection, showing how the Service Employees International Union, one of the largest labor unions in America, is helping a group called the Restaurant Opportunity Center.

Freedom Foundation describes the Restaurant Opportunity Center as a “controversial, labor-backed organization trying to build a nationwide presence … [that] has not been active in the Pacific Northwest until now … [and] serves as a foundation for labor organizing, attempts to increase the minimum wage and harassment of restaurateurs.”

According to the report, ROC and the labor union is glomming on to the recent minimum wage push in Seattle. ROC has a history of shady practices, including noisy restaurant picketing. California U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa once sought to investigate why ROC received $275,000 from Hilda Solis’ Labor Department in 2009.

Read Nelsen’s full report on the ROC and its intervention in Seattle here.

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