Although the loss of the secret ballot may expose workers to various forms of intimidation, there is something attractive about the notion that it could be as easy to get union representation as it is to get legal representation. But that notion would only make sense if accompanied by another: It should be as easy to replace an ineffectual union as it is to replace a lousy lawyer.
Employee free choice means nothing if workers cannot dump an inept union. But for more than 50 years, the National Labor Relations Board has used an obscure rule — the so-called “contract-bar” doctrine — to strictly limit the ability of workers to trade in an incumbent union for a more attractive competitor.
On March 12, Fresno homecare workers rallied and marched on the SEIU UHW-W office to protest SEIU’s retaliation and interference in union elections. Check out this slideshow of their action.
Maria Armoudian on KPFK’s “Insighters” interviews John Borsos of NUHW’s founding executive board and Danielle Estrada, a healthcare worker at Kaiser Baldwin Park. Source: KPFK
On March 2, homecare workers filed petitions for 10,000 to leave SEIU and join NUHW.
San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center: Fresno Homecare Workers, Consumers, and Community Members March against SEIU Harassment
About 60 homecare workers and their allies rallied in front of the Service Employees International Union-UHW office in Fresno today. The workers want to disaffiliate from SEIU and join the National Union of Health Care Workers (NUHW). The union locked their doors, hid behind the curtains, took pictures of the members at the rally, and called the police. SEIU-UHW staff would not allow their own union members into the building.