CNN Runs Ad Featuring Payday’s Work Not Authorized by Us

SEIU Preisdent Mary Kay Henry (KPFA)

Tonite during the Presidential Debate, CNN ran a TV ad from the anti-union “Center for Union Facts” entitled “Times Up SEIU”. 

The ad features a screenshot of Payday’s expose “SEIU Prez Knew of Sexual Misconduct and Personally Promoted Staffer Anyhow”.  The ad then goes to call out Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for not speaking out on SEIU sexual misconduct. 

Let me make this clear that Payday did not authorize to be used in this ad. 

Furthermore, many in the labor movement would say that ads like this are why we shouldn’t talk about sexual misconduct in labor movement openly. However, I would say that not talk about this is only hurting the labor movement. 

I’ve interviewed scores of women in the labor movement, who have told me that they fear speaking up about sexual misconduct cases out of fear of hurting unions. As a result, the problems of sexual misconduct are rampant in the labor movement.

As long as we allow union leaders to sweep sexual misconduct problems under the rug, we give the ammunition to the enemies of unions to use against us.

It’s up to us in the labor movement and the left press to expose the problems of sexual misconduct so that we can eliminate it. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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