As Service Employee International Union (SEIU) officials gear up to spend $150 million in forced dues to defeat President Trump in this year’s elections, the theft of approximately $1 million in forced dues adds insult to injury. In 2018, SEIU spent almost $40 million on political activity, more than they spent on representing their members and recruiting new ones.
The National Right to Work Foundation-won Janus case in June, 2018, severely wounded many unions by mandating that government employees may exercise their Janus rights and resign union membership, or simply refrain from paying forced dues. Now union bosses are pulling out all the stops to stop the hemorrhaging of forced dues. Many workers become captive members rather than become fee payors. It all adds up to the same thing. Workers pay forced dues in order to get or keep a job. Union bosses spend all that forced dues money to further their own ends rather than to benefit their members. This is just what Robert Kurtycz did.
On February 27, 2020, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit commercial bribery, and thereafter, did perform and attempt to perform an act of promotion, management, and carry on, and facilitation of the promotion, management, and carrying on, of the unlawful activity. Kurtycz also pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in the form of an electronic transfer of union funds for expense reimbursements totaling $85,962 for fictitious expenditures. Kurtycz’s salary was nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
Check out SEIU’s LM-2 here.