Unions are desperate to find new members since people are finally learning they are not good for workers.
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The media have extensively covered global fast food “strikes” today. But very few actual workers participated in #FastFoodStrike. USA Today reports only “hundreds of fast food workers” went on strike – out of 10.6 million U.S. fast food employees. Fewer than 1 in 10,000 workers have joined the protests. So why such buzz?

Because of an extensive – and expensive – PR campaign by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The end goal: taking dues from millions of fast food workers. But don’t just take my word for it. An openly socialist magazine called In These Times investigated. It reports that:

The tale being told in the media is one of a spontaneous, worker-led uprising … But three former organizers in Chicago who joined the campaign in late 2011, and two former organizers with NYCC who began petitioning in March 2012, all dispute this story. All say that from the get-go, the stated goal was to organize low-wage or fast-food workers. All say they were told within weeks or months that SEIU was funding the organizing, and all say that it became increasingly clear that SEIU was directing the campaign …

Brooke (not his real name), who was hired by Action Now in December 2011, says that despite close supervision, organizing leaders denied they were in charge: “I was told, ‘It’s all about the workers. We have to leave it up to the workers.’ Then [SEIU leadership] tells the media, ‘It’s spontaneous; the workers came to us.’ It’s duplicitous. It’s to get people to stop asking questions.”

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