This week’s message from the SEIU to state workers is stand strong.
Throughout California, Local 1000 members are purpling up and standing shoulder-to-shoulder to show the state we’re committed to fight for a contract we can all be proud of. We’re telling the state their current contract offer does not value or respect the services we provide and we won’t stop until we win a contract we can all be proud of.
Link: Weekly update Sep 14th
Besides the obligatory slap at management this week, the item that really caught my attention is the section on rights. I get told what my rights are as someone involuntarily represented by SEIU but it got me to wondering. Let’s change the context slightly and see if I really have the rights SEIU is claiming.
I’m a Christian so do I have these rights too?
Support our God
You have the right to support our God and to express pro-Christian opinions to other employees and to management.
Wear our Christian colors
You have the right to wear buttons and stickers and to wear Christian clothing.
Display our Christian materials
You have the right to post and display Christian materials inside your workspace.
Distribute our Christian materials
You have the right to distribute Christian materials during non-work time.
Post our Christian materials
You have the right to display Christian materials on appropriate bulletin boards.
Attend our Christian meetings
You have the right to attend Christian meetings on nonwork time.
Somehow I think this is a one-way street.
If I were to offend someone with talk of Christ, I would get a stern talking to by my supervisor and told to cut it out.
If I involuntarily took money from my coworker’s desk it would be called theft but in government it is called a “fair share” payment to SEIU (“Fair Share” is 99.5 percent of what union dues cost.)
If I display too much Christian stuff and offend someone I would have to take it down but if I want to advocate socialism and statism then it’s my right; nay, my duty to do so.
So is working for the state a “hostile work environment”?