July 7th, 2009

Labor movement unites against SEIU

Randy Shaw of Beyond Chron reports on last weekend’s Unite Here convention: “The real story of this convention is that this is no longer a fight between SEIU and UNITE HERE. Rather, it is SEIU vs. the American Labor Movement.” The labor movement has united against SEIU’s anti-union attacks that divide workers and weaken our […]

July 1st, 2009

Against the Current: The NUHW Revolt

THE LARGEST BATTLE within the U.S. union movement in decades is happening right now. It is an organizing campaign to leave the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for the newly formed National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).

Like many fights within U.S. labor, the struggle within SEIU is being widely characterized as a battle between stubborn men — Sal Rosselli (ousted leader of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West) and SEIU national president Andy Stern. To understand what’s at stake, however, is to look beyond the personalities, rhetoric and ideological dispute among the top leaders. The actual goods democracy can deliver should be discussed concretely.

Within 72 hours of SEIU’s placing UHW in trusteeship, rank-and-file leaders at 100 worksites with some 9,000 workers signed up a majority of their coworkers on decertification or de-authorization petitions.(1) Currently petitions have been filed with majority support (far more than the 30% required) covering over 360 facilities, 100 employers, and close to 2/3 of the locals’ 150,000 members.

June 30th, 2009

Fresno homecare workers protest illegitimate election

Provider Sarah Jones announces the PERB complaintFresno homecare providers filed a formal complaint yesterday against SEIU’s violent and illegal tactics to stop them from having a fair election to choose NUHW. The complaint describes eight categories of violations that affected thousands of workers and allowed SEIU to eke out a narrow lead in the initial […]

June 25th, 2009

McKnight’s: California healthcare union struggle continues, SEIU accused of using anti-union tactics

The battle appears to be raging on over representation of California’s healthcare workers. Recent reports indicate that as part of its strategy to win, the Service Employees International Union may be resorting to anti-organization tactics it once railed against. In February, deposed former leaders of United Healthcare Workers West, an Oakland-based union, filed petitions with […]

June 25th, 2009

Healthcare workers protest SEIU’s illegal tactics in union election

Caregivers at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital demand re-run

Hollister, Calif.—Caregivers at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital are requesting that their election be re-run in light of SEIU’s widespread use of illegal tactics to poison this month’s election. Workers petitioned the Public Employee Relations Board for the election more than three months ago so they could quit the scandal-plagued SEIU and join the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).

“SEIU completely crossed the line in this election and made it impossible to have a fair vote. We are filing objections to this election with the Public Employee Relations Board and are requesting a new and fair election,” said Patsy Myers, an Environmental Services worker at the hospital for 12 years. “SEIU told workers to bring their ballots to SEIU organizers and to vote in front of SEIU organizers in the hospital,” said Patsy Myers. “They should not be allowed to get away with this.”