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SEIU Puts Hood Back in Planned Parenthood

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For those who aren’t Star Trek fans, the Borg as depicted on the show was a race of beings that combined to create “a hive mind, or singular consciousness which incorporates all [individuals in their community] everywhere,” says the website Trek Mania. “After individuality has been stripped, and assimilation into the collective has taken place, a typical Borg drone will be programmed for certain … tasks.”


That sounds an awful lot like the progressives we all know and…well, we all know.

Well the geniuses on the progressive left have decided that the county’s premier abortion provider, Planned Parenthood should take on “certain union tasks.”

In short, they are trying to put the union “hood” back in Planned Parenthood.      

Local Planned Parenthood “healthcare” workers in Oregon voted last week to hook up with their partners in crime, the SEIU local Borg, in a vote that wasn’t close.

The process of assimilation has begun.

“161 care providers at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) voted to form a union with SEIU Local 49 in a National Labor Relations Board Election (NLRB), says the Lund Report. “The vote was a strong majority for the union with a tally of:  97 yes for the union and 43 no.”

If further local Planned Parenthood shops decide to unionize under SEIU, if would prove a very complicated - although admittedly ironic twist, and certainly one full of poetic justice- for the brazen abortion provider.    

Management at the Planned Parenthood clinic, of course, opposed unionizing for America for the same reasons that the rest of us think the SEIU sucks.

“In multiple emails, [Planned Parenthood CEO David] Greenberg told employees to weigh the arguments and make up their own minds,” reported the Portland Mercury. “But in an email dated July 19th, he writes that the union may be promising more than it can deliver and says, ‘I hope you will not vote to have SEIU represent you.’”


Greenberg cited the increased costs required for unionization as one the main reasons Planned Parenthood management was opposed to the move.

A more pressing issue is how much say the union will have in running things at Planned Parenthood.

“Unlike many unionizing campaigns, the workers at the local Planned Parenthoods don’t have a laundry list of complaints,” says the Mercury. “Instead, the drive for the union revolves around having more of a voice in the planning and administration of PPCW, as well as ‘gaining a livable wage for all staff’ and maintaining health benefits.” [My emphasis]

You know how greedy those capitalist non-profits are, always wanting a say in how their organization is run. What do they think this is a free society where non-profits have to be accountable to donors and funders?

Also complicating matters will be the PR hit that Planned Parenthood will take.

Combining an abortion provider with a local union, especially the blood-sucking SEIU, is a combination that only the devil himself could think up. Now Planned Parenthood has teamed up with union folks who know a thing or two about violence, threats and intimidation.

Maybe now they have a “talk” with babies during the third trimester and convince them to just spontaneously abort.

“You may also be hearing from your management that unionization will put you under the influence of outside interests and make you subject to the ‘union agenda,’” wrote progressive state legislator Michael Dembrow in an open letter to Planned Parenthood employees. No word whether he was holding a lead pipe in his hand as he wrote. “If so, they are simply following instructions from their outside HR consultants when they say that.”


Yes: Ignore management’s Vulcan mind meld and obey only the Collective.

It’s an offer Planned Parenthood really can’t refuse.

John Ransom | Create Your Badge

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