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Center for Union Facts Invites Politicians to Live the Lavish Life of Union Bosses

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to calls by a major U.S. labor union for politicians to spend a day in the shoes of working Americans, the Center for Union Facts (CUF) has called on politicians to spend a day in the wingtips of a union boss as well.  On January 30, the Service Employees International Union launched a "Walk a Day in My Shoes" campaign challenging presidential hopefuls to work as janitors, nurses, or other service employees.  After learning how real Americans work, politicians are called upon by CUF to kick back and enjoy the cushy life of the labor union chiefs -- and learn about corruption, embezzlement, discrimination, and efforts to disenfranchise employees.

To provide a deeper understanding of the union official lifestyle, the "Walk a Few Steps in Union Officials' Wingtips" campaign recommends the full breadth of daily activities of union officials:

    *  Push the limits of the law -- regularly: The National Labor Relations Board reports that union leaders have faced more than 40,000 complaints of federal labor law violations since 2000;

    *  Discriminate relentlessly: According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, labor officials have been accused of more than 14,000 racial, sexual, religious, and other discriminatory acts between 2000 and 2006;

    *  Advocate reckless strikes that only hurt workers: Labor leaders led strikes that cost members 5 million days of lost income in 2004 and 2005;

    *  Use mandatory member dues as your own piggy bank: 339 criminal cases during the last year have resulted in 118 indictments and 129 convictions of union officials for embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, or other legal violations;

    *  Intimidate people into joining unions: In 2006 alone, unions lost 350,000 members. Now, union leaders want Congress to make it easier for them to intimidate workers into joining without allowing secret ballot elections;

"No one has a more detrimental effect on the American employee than irresponsible union bosses," said Richard Berman, executive director of the Center for Union Facts. "If presidential hopefuls want to understand the issues facing the American workforce, union corruption is a good place to start."

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