Public Employee Unions steal from taxpayers to fund organizing efforts

Public Employee Unions like AFSCME have been working overtime to organize private businesses that contract with governmental units. Businesses like home health care providers and child care providers are their number one targets. These businesses are typically small businesses with a handful of employees and would be nearly impossible to target without the help of union friendly regulations from state governments like California and Minnesota.

AFSCME in Minnesota got caught stealing from taxpayers to fund their organizing efforts in St. Paul as they were going after child care providers.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Opponents of an effort to unionize family child-care providers have long suspected — but could never prove — that some taxpayer money designated for training was instead used for union organizing.

There now appears to be a smoking gun that supports their allegation — mandated disclosure forms, uncovered by Watchdog Minnesota Bureau, were filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Two LM-2 annual financial reports filled out by AFSME Council 5 in 2011 and 2012 show $33,300 in taxpayer money from Ramsey County DHS — Department of Community Human Services — were categorized as an “organizing reimbursement” and apparently spent on organizing for a controversial child-care providers’ union.

In other words, Ramsey County paid AFSCME $33,000 to cover some “training cost” in 2011 and 2012. Just why the county would be paying to train AFSCME people is beyond us, but they did. The union then misappropriated the funds and used the “training” money to fund their organizing efforts against the private child care providers.

In the best tradition of unions, the AFSCME spokesperson was ready.

AFSCME spokesman Jennifer Munt declined to comment on the LM-2 reports or why county money designated for training and outreach purportedly went for labor organizing.

In other words, “Huh?”

It will be interesting to see if the county is able to get any real information about what’s going on here. It will be even more interesting to see if the state of Minnesota – Progressive Democrats top to bottom at the State level – or the federal government, through the US Department of Labor, will take any action.

In reality, this is just business as usual for the union, the only thing that’s unusual here is that they actually got caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

 


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Posted by on January 8, 2014.
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Michael Becker is a long time activist and a businessman. He's been involved in the pro-life movement since 1976 and has been counseling addicts and ministering to prison inmates since 1980. Becker is a Curmudgeon. He has decades of experience as an operations executive in turnaround situations and in mortgage banking. He blogs regularly at The Right Curmudgeon, The Minority Report, Wizbang, Unified Patriots and Joe for America. He lives in Phoenix and is almost always armed.

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  • jim_m

    Don’t expect to see anyone actually punished for this. They did it all in service of a leftist agenda so it’s OK.

  • jim_m

    Don’t expect to see anyone actually punished for this. They did it all in service of a leftist agenda so it’s OK.

  • 914

    They mimic the golfing campaigner in chief.

  • 914

    They mimic the golfing campaigner in chief.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    As shocking as high poverty rates in Detroit, Philly, L.A., Boston and Chicago.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    As shocking as high poverty rates in Detroit, Philly, L.A., Boston and Chicago.

  • Kids Rock!

    Actually, Ramsey County taxpayers paid more than $50,000 to AFSCME for “training, educating people about asthma and other health concerns, and speaking with providers.” More than $33,000 of that was used by AFSCME for trying to unionize family child care providers. We all own our own businesses. As if it wasn’t bad enough that we have to face this big green monster, now we have the government using taxpayer money to feed it!

  • Kids Rock!

    Actually, Ramsey County taxpayers paid more than $50,000 to AFSCME for “training, educating people about asthma and other health concerns, and speaking with providers.” More than $33,000 of that was used by AFSCME for trying to unionize family child care providers. We all own our own businesses. As if it wasn’t bad enough that we have to face this big green monster, now we have the government using taxpayer money to feed it!

  • Jennifer Parrish

    The County will not hold them accountable. The union modified their LM-2s and changed two years worth of Government LM-2 reports so it now says the money was used for training…which it wasn’t. What little training they have put on from what we can see has been provided by other County subsidized organizations like WIC and Ramsey County Public Health so there is little to no cost for this training to the union. It doesn’t appear the County is investigating the matter at all, the unions word and change on their LM-2s is good enough for them. The funding will continue.

  • Jennifer Parrish

    The County will not hold them accountable. The union modified their LM-2s and changed two years worth of Government LM-2 reports so it now says the money was used for training…which it wasn’t. What little training they have put on from what we can see has been provided by other County subsidized organizations like WIC and Ramsey County Public Health so there is little to no cost for this training to the union. It doesn’t appear the County is investigating the matter at all, the unions word and change on their LM-2s is good enough for them. The funding will continue.