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SODEXOv.SEIU-Complaint2011

SODEXOv.SEIU-Complaint2011

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIAALEXANDRIA DIVISIONSODEXO, INC.,Plaintiff,v.SERVICE EMPLOYEESINTERNATIONAL UNION; CHANGE TOWIN; SEIU LOCAL 32BJ; SEIU LOCAL615; SEIU LOCAL 1; WORKERSUNITED; SEIU-UNITED SERVICEWORKERS WEST; MICHAELFISHMAN; MARY KAY HENRY; BRUCERAYNOR; AUTUMN WEINTRAUB;THOMAS WOODRUFF,Defendants.)))))
 
) Civil Action No. _______
 
)
 
)))))))))COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES AND EQUITABLE RELIEF
 
 (i)
TABLE OF CONTENTSPageNATURE OF THE CLAIMS FOR RELIEF ..............................................................................1
 
JURISDICTION AND VENUE ..................................................................................................13
 
PARTIES AND NON-PARTY PARTICIPANTS ....................................................................13
 
I.
 
T
HE
P
LAINTIFF
......................................................................................................13
 
II.
 
T
HE
D
EFENDANTS
.................................................................................................14
 
III.
 
N
ON
-P
ARTY
P
ARTICIPANTS
..................................................................................19
 
RELEVANT TIME PERIOD .....................................................................................................24
 
FACTS REGAR
DING DEFENDANTS’ UNLAWFUL EXTORTION SCHEMES
.............25
 
I.
 
O
VERVIEW OF
T
HE
U
NION
C
ORPORATE
C
AMPAIGN
:
 
D
EFENDANTS
'
 
I
LLICIT
T
ACTICS
F
OR 
A
VOIDING
L
AWFUL
U
NION
O
RGANIZING
........................25
 
A.
 
Defendants' Common Goals and Objectives .........................................25
 
B.
 
Defendants Use Extortionate Corporate Campaigns toAchieve Their Forced Unionization Objectives ...................................26
 C.
 
Defendant SEIU Has Devised Its Own Playbook forSmearing, Pressuring and Extorting Employers ..................................31
D.
Engaging in Extortionate Corporate Campaigns isDefendants' Regular Way of Doing Business ........................................38
 
II. D
EFENDANTS
D
EVISE
T
HEIR 
U
NLAWFUL
S
CHEME TO
E
XTORT
S
ODEXO
...........40A.
Defendant SEIU's Plot to Monopolize Sodexo's Industry ....................40
B.
Formation of the Sodexo Conspiracy .....................................................44
C.
Defendants Have Substantial Motive to Extort Sodexo .......................49
III.
 
D
EFENDANTS
 
U
NLAWFUL
T
HREATS AND
A
TTACKS AGAINST
S
ODEXOTO
O
BTAIN
S
ODEXO
'
S
P
ROPERTY
.........................................................................51
 
A.
 
Nature of Defendants’ Actions
................................................................51
 
 (ii)
B.
Defendants Have Directly and Explicitly Attempted toExtort Sodexo on Multiple Occasions ....................................................561. Defendants' Initial Threat to Launch theirExtortionate Campaign ...............................................................562. Defendants Make Additional Explicit ExtortionateDemands During the Campaign .................................................58a. The August 17, 2010 Face-to-Face Meeting inVirginia .................................................................................58b. The September 22, 2010 Face-to-Face Meeting .................61c. The October 13, 2010 Phone Call ........................................63C. Defendants Publicly Announce the Commencement of theClean Up Sodexo Campaign ...................................................................64
D.
 
Preparation and Use of Inflammatory and Misleading"Studies" and "Reports" With Which to Smear theCompany ...................................................................................................65E. Direct Attacks on Sodexo's Business Relationships ..............................701. Colleges and Universities .............................................................71a. George Mason University .....................................................71b. "Kick Out Sodexo" ...............................................................74c. Other College & University Activities .................................772. K-12 School Districts ...................................................................853. Hospitals........................................................................................87a. City of Los Angeles Contract ...............................................87b. Harris County Hospital District ..........................................89c. Other Hospital Activities ......................................................914. Government Contracts ................................................................945. Direct Attack on Sodexo's Corporate Headquarters ..............101

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