This morning, an e-mail went out from SEIU International, the parent organization for SEIU Local 503, to members across the country, including Oregon. The e-mail was adressed from Andy Stern, President of SEIU. It pointed the recipients to a video posted on YouTube.
The video is a fake horror "movie." It paints opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act as the monsters of the film. But the true monster of this incident may be Andy Stern himself.
Whether you support the Employee Free Choice Act or not is not the issue. What is an issue is the lack of facts and failure to disclose.
The video contains many images, quotes, and clips of the opponents. However, neither the video, the YouTube information, or the site linked to provide any references to the sources of that information. Without these facts, the video is nothing more than an unsubstantiated propoganda vehicle. If the information provided in the video is true, providing proper references can only strengthen your argument, not hinder it.
Perhaps worse is the e-mail itself. First, it was sent through the state e-mail system. SEIU Local 503 Communications Director, Ed Hershey, has stated that the e-mail should not have been sent to the worksites. They are asking the International to remove those work addresses from mailing lists. However, this is the second time that such e-mails have been sent, and the previous request was obviously ignored.
The second problem with the e-mail is the falsification of the source of the e-mail. In total, three (3!) e-mail addresses were given. When contacted, all of them are unreachable. This is exactly what spammers do when they send out their offers for male enhancement products, easy degrees, etc. Perhaps the next e-mail will include links to install malware on your state computers as well.