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NYC Council Passes Backdoor Quasi-Dues Checkoff For Non-Union Fast-Food Workers

If even half of the City’s 65,000 fast-food workers donate $12 per month, the “non-profit organization” (e.g., #FightFor15) can rake in as much as $390,000 per month.

The SEIU’s eight-year old effort to unionize the nation’s fast-food workers just scored a major victory in New York City last week—the ability to collect money from fast-food workers.

Among a slew of other bills targeting New York’s fast-food employers, the City Council has approved a bill requiring fast-food employers to be able to withhold up to $12 per month and remit them to the “non-profit organization” of their choice.

Intro 1384, sponsored by Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-Queens), provides fast food workers with the ability to make voluntary contributions to not-for-profit organizations of their choice through payroll deductions. The purpose of this legislation is to make it easier for employees to support advocacy organizations working on their behalf.

The bill outlines standards for organizations eligible to receive the contributions. It also establishes a minimum contribution of $6 per biweekly paycheck and $3 per weekly paycheck in order to minimize the burden to the employer.

While the bill expressly states that the moneys collected are not to go to a union, it appears that the SEIU has found a clever way to recoup some of the $90 million it has invested in funding its fight to raise the minimum wage.


Although employers can seek remittance to recoup the costs of withholding the “donations,” if even half of the City’s 65,000 fast-food workers donate $12 per month, the “non-profit organization” (e.g., #FightFor15) can rake in as much as $390,000 per month.

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