Rescuers help evacuate people during Hurricane Harvey aftermath. Source: Texas National Guard/Flickr

Unions Use Hurricane Harvey To Fundraise For Community Organizing In Texas

Unions exploit Hurricane Harvey by asking for donations to fund community-organizing efforts.

Victims of Hurricane Harvey cross a flooded roadway. Source: The New Yorker

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” — Rahm Emanuel

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA), along with community organizing groups, are using Hurricane Harvey relief efforts to solicit funds to organize in the Houston area, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon.

Big Labor is looking to exploit the devastation of Hurricane Harvey to raise money for its organizing efforts in Texas.

The Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, a labor-affiliated group looking to make inroads in right-to-work Texas, launched the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund in the wake of the flooding that has devastated the Houston area. The donation page says the fund will “move the material aid the most vulnerable hit by Harvey,” but that “material” goes beyond standard humanitarian aid. Donations, the page says, will help the SEIU-funded group organize workers.

“Your donation is vital to ensuring that we have the resources we need to organize and fight for Texans devastated by Hurricane Harvey,” the page says.

The fund raising is being done by the Texas Organizing Project, a group whose “mission” is to promote “social and economic equality for low to moderate income Texans through community and electoral organizing.”

Read more from the Washington Free Beacon here.


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