The Service Employees International Union’s push to raise the minimum wage to $15 has been losing steam, according to a new 2016 financial disclosure.
Under a review by the Department of Labor, the union has spent over $90 million on the “Fight for $15” campaign since 2012. Since then, there has been no major policy victories as a result, and the union itself is slowly losing membership.
Union members typically consist of public service workers, nurses, hospital staff and home-care providers, building services, security guards and food service workers. Center for Union Facts Executive Director Richard Berman gave a statement to Fox News on the growing matter:
“After five years and $90 million or more spent on the Fight for $15 campaign, the [SEIU] has failed to make progress on the metric that matters most: Getting more dues-paying members in the restaurant industry. It was reported earlier this year that the SEIU is cutting back its spending in the Trump era, and the costly and unproductive $15 campaign is surely on the chopping block.
An SEIU pullback on $15 wouldn’t be surprising — the UFCW [United Food and Commercial Workers] ended its commitment to the ‘OUR Walmart’ campaign after it became clear that employees had no interest in what they were selling. It’s a lesson the SEIU may soon learn the hard way.”
Berman also commented on the waning membership numbers, such as the departure of 21,000 members in the last six years:
“While the SEIU has scored some legislative victories, the union continues to bleed money with no major restaurant organizing win to show for it. Even former SEIU boss Andy Stern has acknowledged that the $90 million Fight for $15 wage campaign isn’t sustainable.”
It’s been reported the Fight for $15 campaign used up $14 million in funds to compensate workers organizing committees. In total, the campaign spent nearly $19 million.
H/T: Fox News
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