Sodexo, USA, which is one of the world’s largest food service businesses and employs over 400,000 people, has filed a lawsuit against the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), alleging violations of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. They’ve had it with the union’s thuggish tactics of intimidation and dirty tricks.
SEIU has been incessantly battering Sodexo since 2007, in its desire to unionize some of its nearly 400,000 employees, many of them hotel and food service workers. Exacerbating the tensions was a longstanding turf war between SEIU and UNITE HERE over hotel and casino workers, which often spilled over into SEIU’s antics prior to the settlement the warring unions reached this past summer.
Sodexo USA has filed the lawsuit in an attempt to halt the over-the-top harassment from SEIU, alleging that many of the acts are very serious and outside of the normal realm of union tactics, including acts of ” SEIU blackmail, vandalism, trespass, harassment, and lobbying law violations designed to steer business away from Sodexo USA and harm the company.” [emphasis added]
Aside from some of its usual corporate smear campaign tactics, certain organizers in the SEIU subscribed to some especially nasty, and frankly repulsive, tactics:Be sure to read the whole thing, there’s much more to the story, including the SEIU’s bizarre response to the lawsuit. Hint: They blame the Koch brothers, among others.