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Daily Caller Shocker: Guy Who Worked For Union Was ‘Required’ To Do Union Stuff

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Oh you can't scare meSorry, union thugs of the SEIU, but Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller has got your number! And that is that you forced people who worked for you as union organizers to perform work towards attaining your stated political goals, by canvassing and stuff. Is that even legal??? Can we get James O’Keefe’s Magickal Camera to go and document the atrocities?

In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for the political future of the Service Employees International Union, a former SEIU organizer told a right-to-work group and a best-selling author recently that the union forced him and other workers to volunteer their time for Democratic political campaigns. On a video segment provided exclusively to The Daily Caller, the organizer says he and other SEIU staff “had to do some political work. We were required as staff to do that.”

Oh shit you guys. Game: Changed!

Tell us more of these horrible goings-on, Daily Caller, where you “required” people who were employed to further your political goals to work towards furthering your political goals!

“I wish it were surprising that the SEIU was coercing this organizer into supporting union boss politics, but these days that’s standard operating procedure for Big Labor,” [some guy] said in an email to TheDC.

“Organized labor’s mission has almost completely morphed from representing workers on the shop floor to pushing left-wing politics. The only difference between Big Labor and other political groups is that union officials get to force workers to contribute, instead of relying on voluntary contributions.”

Well we guess it is time to take away unions’ right to collective action, as some fine fellows are trying to do in California with the not at all malevolent and definitely not the most breathtakingly bad-faith proposition we have ever heard of, Prop. 32!

But is there more? Well, isn’t there always?

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In 2006 the same union’s website sought “volunteers” who would receive “a cell phone, money for mileage, and meals [and] … a $50 stipend” for Election Day work in conjunction with the AFL-CIO. “They are looking for members to visit precincts, talk to voters, and identify problems,” the union said.

That is some serious skullduggery, these quote unquote “stipends.” If you would like to read about six more examples of such “stipends” for “volunteers” they have dug up, by all means, click through. IF YOU CAN STAND THE TERROR. I mean, it’s no paid-vacation Brooks Brothers Riot, or paying “volunteer” homeless people to wear “Obama Supporter for Brown” T-shirts, but they did pay mileage!

Wait for the Daily Caller’s next shocking expose, “Political Speechwriter: I was forced to write political speeches” and “Democratic Campaign Manager: I was required to work on Democratic campaigns.”


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  • EatsBabyDingos

    Wait until we have a New Black Panthers Employees Union.

  • sbj1964

    Boo hoo,try having a boss that expects you to watch his kids at the office while he runs errands.Cheap bastard.That's what after school day care is for.

    • Barbara_

      Oh hell no!

    • Jus_Wonderin

      I think I'd continually be asking little boss kid "show us on this doll where Daddy touches you".

      I hate that shit. I used to have a owner/manager who would use his kid as an excuse for being "always fucking late". Hey asswipe, we don't have kids or responsibilities????!!!"

      • Katydid

        The top asshole in my office routinely puts out "requests" for employees to buy his kid's "fundraiser" of the week. I used to buy, feeling really pressured to do so, but now I refuse. And, surprisingly enough, he's an all-around unlikeable cocksucker to boot.

    • BerkeleyBear

      Try having a boss (who drives a brand new Mercedes and endowed a scholarship at his alma mater) who asks you if you have any plans for the weekend, then asks if you can help move his college aged daughter's shit out of his house. Oh, and she can't help because she's living off Daddy's dime in France until the day she starts grad school in DC. And you don't even get a sammich out of the damn deal.

    • PugglesRule

      Now if the Union Thug Boss (UTB) made the guy pick up his dry cleaning, that is something to get pissed off about.

  • BadKitty904

    And today's winner of The Captain Louis Renault Award for Hypocrisy is…

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Your move, David Siegel.

  • CivilMcMannerly

    "Daily Caller intern: I was forced to let Tucker Carlson toss my salad"

    • memzilla

      Goodbye, breakfast! Sorry you couldn't stay longer!

    • sullivanst

      And Riley thought he had it bad…

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Assume Obama campaign dead.

    Is this meme past it's shelf life already?

    • Chet Kincaid_

      In strictest form the meme is 3 words, and the 2nd and 3rd words have to start with the same consonant. So yes, your reckless disregard of Tradition has killed it. Pleased with yourself?! (winky)

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Assume Flagass fuckup.

        I hope there are no rules about the number of syllables.

        • eggsacklywright

          Just don't put the emPHASis on the wrong syllAble.

        • Chet Kincaid_

          Assume Chet chippy.

      • sullivanst

        Assume Obampaign over?

    • HistoriCat

      Since when has Wonkette ever cared about a meme's shelf life?

      You who else paid no attention to a meme's shelf life?
      All of them Katie! (OK, I'll stop now)

    • sullivanst

      Is this meme past it's shelf life already?

      Are you inviting us to assume meme moribund?

  • sullivanst

    That's nothing, Tucker. My boss forces me to write software all day, every (week) day.

    • PsycWench

      My boss thinks I should give lectures, grade exams and hold office hours.

    • Toomush_Infer

      That's nothing – my boss thinks I should show up!!!!!….

    • PhilippePetain

      My boss makes me come in and pretend to work while I troll the Wonketez all day!

  • BadKitty904


  • Chow Yun Flat

    They are looking for members to visit precincts, talk to voters, and identify problems,” the union said.

    The next logical steps: smashing the state and building Communism.

    • sullivanst

      Some time soon, they'll be forcing employees to assist with the negotiation of collectively bargained contracts. The horror! The horror!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    “volunteers” who would receive “a cell phone,"

    Is it one of those free Obama phones? In 2006?

  • Chow Yun Flat

    Horrors! Almost as bad as the job I once had, doing boring stuff for eight hours a day in exchange for money.

  • memzilla

    What a pile of craptastic "Sky Blue, Water Wet" journalism. Of course, I'm prejudiced, since I'm still receiving benefits from my grandfather's membership in Horse Shoers And Bayonet Sharpeners Local 37.

    • Willardbot9000_V2.5

      It should come as a surprise to no one that Fucker Carl-son's big contribution to politics is to argue that poor people should not be allowed to vote. It's what he says everytime he talks about voting…that the 'informed' should be allowed to vote because they'll make 'rational' (selfish and self centered as hell) choices and that uniformed poor people are incapable of making rational choices (they especially hate unions for giving poor people a rational choice). Of course Fucker's definition of being informed is to spout GOP talking points without any regard for whether or not they are truthful…but hey he's a trust fund douchebag so he's important!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    How about those mine workers that were forced to attend a Romney rally while off the clock? Bet they would have liked to have that cell phone, mileage, meals, and a 50 dollar stipend.

    • Chet Kincaid_


    • BoroPrimorac

      They got their paychecks docked for the privilege of standing next to Romney.

    • Willardbot9000_V2.5

      Yes…but that's differnt because theyze workin' for the mine owners…so see he owns them. Unions don't own themz, now if you'll excuse me I need to go accuse people of lying about Romney's tax plan being deficit neutral by just claiming it's deficit neutral..that's good enough for me. < Romney supporters take.

      I know and its totally different when a corporation tells their employees if that fat headed tax evader doesn't win he'll have to fire them all. Not a word from wingnuts on that one or Romney essentially telling businesses to do it…

    • Willardbot9000_V2.5

      That wouldn't have been the fat ass who owns Massey energy that mandated it, would it? Don Blankenship…looks like Chris Christy with a porn 'stashe. Also he's the asshole who makes campaign contributions based upon who will let him get away with negligence and homicides of his workers rather than pay to make sure the mines are safe. Of course to Republicans that's terrible to make him pay for safety becuz he's a J-A-W-B creator! Nevermind black lung or terrible benefits…that just means more openings when someone dies…

  • fawkedifiknow

    Which is worse – I can't decide – a coal company that requires it's employees to take an unpaid day off work to attend a Romney campaign event, or a union that pays its employees to do their job?

    What a conundrum for the flummoxed voter.

  • Goonemeritus

    I can’t for the life of me figure out why unions wouldn’t be delighted with todays GOP.

    • boskolives

      A new union work chant, "thank you sir, may I have another but this time with a little lubricant?"

  • SayItWithWookies

    Workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your $50 a day stipends and your cell phone. And your right to organize, your right to collective bargaining and eventually your right to vote altogether, but that's talk for the quiet rooms.

    • BerkeleyBear

      Well, and your right to unite (can't let those commies have meetings or anything). First Amendment? What part of this has to do with worshiping babby Jeezus on the public square?

  • weejee

    And this differs dramatically from the "King of Versailles" sending an email sent to all 7,000 of his employees serfs at Westgate Resorts,that they may want to think twice about voting for Obama if they want to keep their jobs? The hypochristie of it all.

    • Chet Kincaid_


      • decay500


  • CthuNHu


    Donald Trump's wife was required to performing disgusting sex acts with a physically and morally repulsive old man!

    • thatsitfortheother1

      And that THING on his head.

      • eggsacklywright

        She actually likes that THING on his head, 'cause she can cover his face with it.

    • boskolives

      Is the Trump casino as under water as his love life wants to be?

    • LagunaB

      Don't forget the Doberman Pinscher that The Donald likes to included.
      Wait, she probably likes the dog. Let work for her.

  • BadKitty904

    Will this article be followed up by a scandalous expose of the assorted plutocrats trying to coerce their wage-slaves into voting for Rmoney?

    • freakishlywrong

      Nope. I've not seen that anywhere, save the 'tubes.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "the union forced him and other workers to volunteer their time for Democratic political campaigns."

    Well, if you are in a union and you are even thinking about volunteering or voting Republican, you obviously have an IQ that ranges somewhere between that of a cucumber and cold glass of water.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      I think that I shall never see
      A cucumber dumber than a GOP.

    • oenspiek

      COLD WATER LIBEL!!1!(one!)

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Huh-huh. She said "Shocker."

  • Disassembly

    Does the Daily Caller require that its contributors be douchebags or is that voluntary?

    • sullivanst

      Happy coincidence that it just always seems to work out that way.

  • freakishlywrong

    For the life of me cops and firemen, why in fucks name do you vote GOP?

    • sullivanst

      I can't for the life of me work out why cops might vote for the authoritarians…

      • Toomush_Infer

        But why do women?…..

        • DemmeFatale

          Why do they hate Vagina-Americans?

  • ManchuCandidate

    It's a grand exercise in political organizing and honorable service when Koch Brother pays Dick Armey to organize a Dick Army (aka Teabaggers) so they won't pay those tyrannical extra taxes on their bajillions.

  • Lucidamente1

    As a Wonkette commenter, I am forced every day to read the Editrix's posts and fantasize about her writing them.

    • Jus_Wonderin

      I fantasize that she touch types.

      • eggsacklywright

        Using her tongues.

    • Chet Kincaid_

      Compared to some of the fapmeisters here, you have suprisingly mild Editrix fantasies.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      "fantasize about her writing them."

      Naked, of course?

      • CthuNHu

        Look, wonketteers, no hands!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    OT, but is Obama going to head to Reverend Wright's birthday party in preparation for the coming east coast storm? There will be cake!

    • FlownOver

      A Paul Thomas Anderson feel-good sequel?

    • SigDeFlyinMonky

      Someone left the cake out in the rain. I don't think that I can take it….

    • Stevola

      Those cakes we like?

  • gullywompr

    I can't imaging anybody on the staff at, say, The Cato "Institute", being forced to do stuff.


    • PubOption

      Testify about dogs barking?

  • LibrarianX

    That's nothing! People who work for FOX are forced to repeat stupid shit every day.

  • Jus_Wonderin

    How can I post a gif I made of Tucker?

    • thatsitfortheother1

      First, you will need to harvest a liter or two of pond scum…

    • eggsacklywright

      Try Crasstalk.

      [runs away and hides behind topiary]

  • eggsacklywright

    Snarkomatic for the people.

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Life is simpler when you're not in a dumb union, you don't have to negotiate your wages , or rights, and your boss kindly tells you how to vote.

  • PsycWench

    But did Joe Biden write this poor wretch a thank-you note?

  • Come here a minute

    “Political Speechwriter: I was forced to write political speeches”

    Sure, go ahead and laugh, but some of those speeches ended up on [shudder] TELEPROMBTERZ!!1!!!!11!

  • Lot_49

    You know the Daily Tucker is as much a parody as The Onion because they call it "big" labor.

    In 1987, United States unionization was 37 points below the average of seventeen countries surveyed, down from 17 points below average in 1970. Between 1970 and 1987, union membership declined in only three other countries: Austria, by 3%, Japan, by 7%, and the Netherlands, by 4%. In the United States, union membership had declined by 14%.

  • weejee

    So is Sandy the Cocktober blow job surprise? Hang-on all you Eastercoast snark bunnies. Bamz will be there on Wednesday with FEMA Marines. No ghost of Brownie on his watch.

    • sullivanst

      She sure is starting to huff and puff… my sister in law lives in Freeport, so we're playing host. There were already streets flooded last night at high tide, without the winds even being felt much by then. Tonight's high tide is gonna be the big one.

  • eggsacklywright

    My fingers are being forced by my brain to type words at my imaginary friends. And no fucking stipend either.

  • deanbooth

    I have been forced to write this comment, for free!

  • pinkocommi

    Wait. This is totally inconsistent with the Republican meme that unions exist to prevent any work from being done. So, improvement!

  • Mittens Howell, III

    Engaging with Tucker is like having a conversation with last months cum sock.

    • thatsitfortheother1

      Ehem. Whip sock.

      • Mittens Howell, III

        Thanks for the technical correction.

        Carry on.

  • CrunchyKnee

    "Organized labor’s mission has almost completely morphed from representing workers on the shop floor to pushing left-wing politics."

    So, it has come down to that giving employees the right to organize and collectively bargain is LEFT-WING POLITICS? No wonder these hacks think Obama with his center-right ways is a commie. Nixon? Socialist. Eisenhower? Commie.

  • SigDeFlyinMonky

    United Plutocrats & Amalgamated Lickspittles Local Union No. 5 made me watch Atlas Shrugged parts I & II and made me pay for my own Clockwork Orange eyelid props and speedballs.

    • DemmeFatale

      You deserve an award for "United Plutocrats & Amalgamated Lickspittles."

  • DahBoner


    I ain't even backing out of the driveway, until they get more specific…

  • barto

    I dunno, I heard somewheres that Big Coal was forcing their "workers" to do political stuff without any pay whatsoever. Probably just a rumor, though.

  • BoroPrimorac

    OT: Nate Silver has Hopey up 296 to 241 on the electoral vote, with a 74.6% chance of winning the election.

    Princeton electoral consortium has him up 305 to 233 on the electoral vote with a 91% chance that he'll win re-election.

  • Incitefully_Joe

    So just to be clear:

    Using general corporate funds to finance compaigns without shareholder input: perfectly okay

    Mine owners forcing employees to participate in campaign events and give up a day's pay for the privilege: perfectly okay

    Other CEOs sending threatening mass-emails to employees, telling them that they'll get fired if the election goes the "wrong" way: not only perfectly okay, but more people should be doing that.

    Union organizers being given a stipend for organizing union-members in some way on election day that is "political" but for some reason studiously only implies that this means "partisan": Well that's complete thuggery.

  • bibliotequetress

    Oh my god! My employer also expects me to work!! So unfair! Who do I sue?

  • bibliotequetress

    "In 2006 the same union’s website sought “volunteers” who would receive 'a cell phone, money for mileage, and meals [and] … a $50 stipend' for Election Day work in conjunction with the AFL-CIO. 'They are looking for members to visit precincts, talk to voters, and identify problems,' the union said."

    So the Daily Caller is taking a bold stand against…poll watchers?

    Back in 88, after working our volunteer shift as poll watchers in a small town south of Richmond VA, a Repub poll watcher also leaving noticed my friend & I walking to my car with a Dukakis sticker on it. He gassed his car and made a run at me, slamming on the breaks to a skid stop about three feet away.. Hahaha it was so funny.

  • Stevola

    “Democratic Campaign Manager: I was required to work on Democratic campaigns.”

    Democrat. It's spelled Democrat.

  • PugglesRule

    Befuddlement, rather than snark: Why would anyone go to work for a UNION and not expect to be doing union-related business, e.g. helping to promote that union's preferred candidate??

  • redarmyzombie

    BREAKING NEWS: Oceans Made of Water

  • ttommyunger

    Some say the Koch Brothers force Tucker to swallow.