We’ve told you before about the thumpin’ Change To Win
allies rivals UFCW and SEIU took in a recent vote among St. Louis nurses. Well, we thought the story was important enough that we should drop a letter to the editors of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who in turn kindly published our thoughts today:
St. John’s Mercy hospital employees sent a powerful message to union officials when 1,036 voted against union representation, while two voted to keep their current union, United Food and Commercial Workers (“Union says hospital used access to influence nurses,” Aug. 22). It’s equally notable that employees chose not to cast their lot with UFCW’s ally, the Service Employees International Union.
Labor organizations frequently suffer these public defeats thanks to increased employee education, as was the case at St. John’s. To stop the bleeding, both of these unions are lobbying Congress to keep employees from having the ability to vote their personal choice by secret ballot. They aggressively are pushing the misleadingly named “Employee Free Choice Act” in a brazen attempt to stop fair and open elections and prevent such visible embarrassments in the future.