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What They Are Saying About I-1501

What They Are Saying About I-1501

November 3, 2016

"A Trojan Horse"

The Olympian Editorial Board I-1501 is Thinly Veiled Union-Protection Measure
"Initiative 1501 — which claims to protect the identities of the elderly and vulnerable — walks and talks like a special-protection measure for the Service Employees International Union Local 775 Northwest. Voters should reject it and leave the state's public records laws intact." (Editorial, The Olympian 11/3/2016)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: The SEIU Is So Worried About Their "Declining Membership" They Are "Trying To Trick Voters Into Supporting A Ballot Measure" Claiming To Protect Seniors. "How worried is Big Labor about declining membership? Worried enough that unions are trying to trick voters into supporting a ballot measure that claims to protect seniors from identity fraud. … The SEIU sued the agency and the Freedom Foundation, and the foundation won in two state courts. In late September the state Supreme Court declined to hear the case, forcing the health agency to provide the names under the state Public Records Act. Now the unions are trying to accomplish through the initiative what they were unable to do through the courts, blocking access for anyone who would inform union members of their rights." (Editorial, "The SEIU's Ballot Fraud," The Wall Street Journal, 10/25/16)

The Seattle Times Editorial Board: "I-1501 Is A Trojan Horse. It's Being Run By A Deep-Pocketed Special-Interest Group That Wants To Weaken The State Public Records Act, Reducing The People's Access To Government Records." (Editorial, "Reject I-1501 And Urge Lawmakers To Address Identity Theft," The Seattle Times, 10/4/16)

Tri-City Herald Editorial Board "This Proposal Is Deceitful And Wrong. The Tri-City Herald Opposes I-1501, Changing The Public Records Act." (Editorial, "Our Voice: Vote No On I-1464, I-1501; Yes On I-735," Tri-City Herald, 9/29/16)

Tri-City Herald Editorial Board On I-1501's Title: "Don't Let The Heading Fool You." "Initiative 1501 is titled 'Washington Increased Penalties for Crimes Against Vulnerable Individuals.' Don't let the heading fool you. This initiative has less to do with protecting people and more to do with a union's attempt to keep its members." (Editorial, "Our Voice: Vote No On I-1464, I-1501; Yes On I-735," Tri-City Herald, 9/29/16)

National Review's Austin Yack: "The Measure's Sole Sponsor, The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Is Brazenly Attempting To Deceive Voters And Misuse The Statewide Initiative Process." (Austin Yack, "In Washington State, Unions Advance A Ballot Measure To Keep Members In The Dark," National Review, 10/24/16)

Seattle Weekly Editorial Board: I-1501 sets "a dangerous precedent" voters "should not be tricked into setting." "The Pro-I-1501 campaign frames its initiative as a way to protect seniors (and their caregivers) from fraud; to that end, along with changing the PRA, it increases the punishment for bilking seniors. That's a good talking point, but it's also a smokescreen. Restricting the flow of state information to prevent people from knowing their rights is a dangerous precedent Washington voters should not be tricked into setting." (Editorial, "The Endorsements," Seattle Weekly, 10/19/16)

Seattle Stranger Election Control Board: "Keeping old people safe" is "not really the point" of I-1501. "SEIU's initiative is a bad idea masquerading as concern for your grandma… Vote no." (Editorial, "The Stranger's Endorsements for the November 2016 General Election," Seattle Stranger, 10/18/2016)

For The Benefit Of The SEIU At The Expense Of Workers

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Editorial Board: I-1501 "Protects Union Bosses' Wallets While Hurting Workers And Vulnerable Individuals." "It's all about keeping caregivers from discovering they no longer have to share their paychecks with the union. Follow the money. I-1501 protects union bosses' wallets while hurting workers and vulnerable individuals." (Editorial Board, "I-1501 Won't Help Seniors Or The Vulnerable," Walla Walla Union Bulletin,8/26/16)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: "The Unions Know That When Workers Know They Have A Right Not To Pay Union Dues, They Often Don't."  "Under the ballot measure, the Freedom Foundation or other outsiders would be blocked from obtaining the list of union members' names. The unions know that when workers know they have a right not to pay union dues, they often don't." (Editorial, "The SEIU's Ballot Fraud," The Wall Street Journal, 10/25/16)

The Daily News Editorial Board: I -1501 "Is Largely About Growing SEIU Membership By Keeping The Names And Contact Information Of In-Home Care Workers Private." "For example, the SEIU is a driving force behind I-1501, which is on the ballot this year. This initiative, marketed as protecting senior citizens, is largely about growing SEIU membership by keeping the names and contact information of in-home care workers private. A judge ruled the information is public, giving anti-union groups access and the ability to let in home care workers know it's not mandatory they join the SEIU." (Editorial, "Saturday Thumbs," The Daily News, 10/15/16)

The Spokesman-Review Editorial Board: The "Back Story" Of I-1501 Is The SEIU "Doesn't Like" The Freedom Foundation's Work To Inform Union Members Of Their Rights. "A libertarian think tank wants to contact home-health-care workers to let them know they have the right to leave their union and stop paying dues, thanks to a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The union, Service Employees International Union, doesn't like this, so it wants an exemption to the Public Records Act that would keep workers' information under wraps. That's the back story of Initiative 1501." (Editorial Board, "Our Advice: Yes On I-1491; No On I-1501," The Spokesman-Review, 10/18/16)

National Review's Austin Yack: I-1501 Is SEIU's "Final Attempt" To Keep The Freedom Foundation From Obtaining The Union's Membership List. "In the aftermath of its legal loss, SEIU has donated $1.6 million to fund I-1501 public advocacy in a final attempt to prevent the think tank from obtaining its membership list. The authors of I-1501 don't explicitly state its true purpose, though. They have disguised the initiative with the spin that it protects seniors and vulnerable individuals from identity theft." (Austin Yack, "In Washington State, Unions Advance A Ballot Measure To Keep Members In The Dark," National Review, 10/24/16)

Wenatchee World Editorial Board: I-1501 Is Designed To "Prevent Those Employees From Being Informed The Supreme Court Has Ruled They Need Not Pay Union Dues Or Agency Fees." "But the purpose behind [I-1501], is to keep secret the names of home health care providers who are quasi-state employees and members of the Service Employees International Union, the initiative's sole backers. That will prevent those employees from being informed the Supreme Court has ruled they need not pay union dues or agency fees. That ignorance through secrecy is wholly beneficial to the union's cash flow." (Editorial, "EDITORIAL: World Editorial Board | Secrecy For Dues," Wenatchee World, 10/9/16)

Wenatchee World Editorial Board On I-1501: "To Weaken The State's Crucial Public Records Act To Serve A Union's Exclusivity And Thwart Communication That Might Reduce Its Income, Is A Cynical Ploy." "To weaken the state's crucial Public Records Act to serve a union's exclusivity and thwart communication that might reduce its income, is a cynical ploy. To cloak the true intent in noble language is even worse. Vote no on Initiative 1501." (Editorial, "EDITORIAL: World Editorial Board | Secrecy For Dues," Wenatchee World, 10/9/16)

Is Not About Helping Seniors

The Daily News Editorial Board: Initiative 1501 "Isn't About Protecting Seniors, It's A Fight Over Unions Under The Guise Of Protection And We're Not Buying It." "As part of protecting seniors, the initiative also states, 'Sensitive personal information about in-home caregivers for vulnerable populations is protected because its release could facilitate identity crimes against seniors.' This clause would do what the judge's rule would not for the SEIU, make the in-home professionals contact information off-limits to the Freedom Foundation. This isn't about protecting seniors, it's a fight over unions under the guise of protection and we're not buying it." (Editorial Board, "Voters' Guide To State Initiatives," The Daily News, 9/14/16)

Walla Walla Union- Bulletin Editorial Board: "Despite The Benevolent Sounding Description," The Initiative "Seems More Likely To Benefit The Service Employees International Union" Than The Elderly. "This measure, despite the benevolent sounding description that it 'concerns seniors and vulnerable individuals,' seems more likely to benefit the Service Employees International Union, which has about half of its members working in the home health care field." (Editorial Board, "I-1501 Won't Help Seniors Or The Vulnerable," Walla Walla Union Bulletin,8/26/16)

The Spokesman-Review Editorial Board: There's A Better Way To Protect Seniors Than With Initiative 1501. "The American Association of Retired Persons says there are ways to protect seniors without touching the public records law. AARP will be advocating for a bill in the Legislature. That's a better way to go, so vote no." (Editorial Board, "Our Advice: Yes On I-1491; No On I-1501," The Spokesman-Review, 10/18/16)

The Columbian Editorial Board: "The True Purpose Behind The Measure Is To Protect The Service Employees International Union," Not The Elderly. "The second clause reveals that the true purpose behind the measure is to protect the Service Employees International Union, which represents a large percentage of in-home caregivers. Union officials would prefer that members not be informed that they no longer can be forced to pay dues to the SEIU." (Editorial Board, "In Our View: 'No' On I-1501," The Columbian, 10/5/16)

The Columbian Editorial Board: 'Because Of What Lies Beneath The Surface," Of I-1501, The Board "Recommends A 'No' Vote." "On the surface, Initiative 1501 is the kind of measure that nearly everybody can agree with. But because of what lies beneath that surface, The Columbian's Editorial Board recommends a 'no' vote." (Editorial Board, "In Our View: 'No' On I-1501," The Columbian, 10/5/16)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: "The State Public Records Act Already Protects Sensitive And Personal Information. No Grandmothers Will Be Harmed If The SEIU's Initiative Loses, But Thousands Of Workers Will Pay More If It Passes." (Editorial, "The SEIU's Ballot Fraud," The Wall Street Journal, 10/25/16)

 

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