The SEIU manual, which came to light in an extortion lawsuit against the SEIU, calls for thuggish techniques to get employers to back down, stopping only milimeters short of outright blackmail. SEIU’s response is that this is an out-of-date manual–which is true–the SEIU’s current thuggery manual is obviously on an SEIU website behind multiple levels of password protection. If anyone can get to it, please share it.
[The SEIU's "Contract Campaign Manual"] recommends hiring students to pose as researchers to get inside information against a corporate target; find unrelated regulatory complaints for legal and regulatory pressure; and search a variety of sources, from divorce records to membership in clubs that discriminate to links with unpopular politicians, to find incriminating details on company officials.
“It may be a violation of blackmail and extortion laws to threaten management officials with release of ‘dirt’ about them if they don’t settle a contract,” according to the guide. “But there is no law against union members who are angry at their employer deciding to uncover and publicize factual information about individual managers.”
The actual Contract Campaign Manual is available here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/60893001/SEIU-Contract-Campaign-Manual-Pressuring-the-Employer