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March 28th, 2009

Behind the News: Steve Early on labor’s prospects and SEIU’s rampage

Segment begins at 39:15 — Click to listen On Behind the News, Doug Henwood interviews labor journalist Steve Early about the labor movement’s hopes and SEIU’s destructive rampage against other unions. Source: … keep reading >

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March 25th, 2009

Juan Gonzalez: SEIU president goes to the extreme

Andy Stern, president of the powerful Service Employees International Union, seems hellbent on using classic corporate raider tactics to bring a huge portion of the U.S. labor movement under his absolute control.

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March 25th, 2009

Video: Worker leaders share their vision

Healthcare union stewards across California gathered in Los Angeles and San Francisco on February 28 to celebrate their victories and plan the next steps of building their new union, NUHW.

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March 20th, 2009

Seniors, people with disabilities, and their caregivers protest at Capitol to save homecare funding from budget “trigger”

Cuts would cost California an estimated $460 million in economic activity

CALIFORNIA—Hundreds of caregivers and healthcare consumers rallied in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Fresno today, calling on Gov. Schwarzenegger to fund vital healthcare services instead of running out the clock on the most vulnerable Californians. The protest was organized by homecare workers united in the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

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March 19th, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle: Nursing home workers join new union

About 350 employees at four Northern California nursing homes are the first workers to align with the National Union of Healthcare Workers, a new union formed in January by a group of California labor leaders ousted by Service Employees International Union.

The new union is led by Sal Rosselli, who had been president of the 150,000-member SEIU local in Oakland, United Healthcare Workers-West, until he was removed for allegedly misusing member dues, a charge he denied.

Rosselli and the president of SEIU, Andy Stern, have deep philosophical differences about union leadership, and the acrimony between the two of them and their respective camps remains sharp.