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Archive: Jun 2009

  • SEIU’s Amazing Hypocrisy On EFCA

    Posted on Jun 30, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The Daily News ran an editorial making similar arguments that I’ve made here about how the SEIU’s conflict with other unions is exactly why EFCA cannot be passed. The SEIU is asking for the federal government to intervene against the NUHW, charging that signing a petition is not a good indication of what workers actually […]

  • Labor Movement Seems To Back UNITE HERE Against SEIU

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    I noted that the UNITE HERE convention would provide a good picture of what to expect from the UNITE HERE-SEIU conflict.  It appears, based on Randy Shaw’s reporting, that the rest of the labor movement is coalescing around UNITE HERE in its fight against the SEIU. Day One featured a who’s who of labor bosses […]

  • Unions Demand More $ For Already Well-Compensated BART Employees

    Posted on Jun 29, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Talks appear to continue to stagnate between management and unions representing BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) workers, increasing the potential for a strike. California sent state mediators – four, an unprecedented number, according to a BART spokesman – to help resolve the situation, but efforts appear to be unsuccessful so far. BART is attempting to […]

  • UNITE HERE’s National Convention: The Calm Before The Storm?

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    As UNITE HERE opens its national convention today in Chicago, there is still considerable tension and uncertainty in its ongoing battle with Andy Stern and the SEIU. Labor activist Randy Shaw observes that “[t]he convention should illuminate how other unions view this fight, and whether SEIU will soon find itself not just opposed by UNITE […]

  • The SEIU’s “Curiously Close” Friendship With The White House

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    The Los Angeles Times‘ featured an article examining the “curiously close” relationship the SEIU enjoys with the Obama administration. According to the Times, Andy Stern visits the White House at least once a week and enjoys nearly unfettered access to top administration officials on policy issues ranging from healthcare to immigration. The SEIU enjoys unparalleled […]

  • SEIU-NUHW Battle Continues

    Posted on Jun 26, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    The Los Angeles Times reports that the SEIU won another organizing election against the NUHW. Healthcare workers at a hospital and two nursing homes in Hollister, CA voted to remain with the SEIU instead of joining the recently formed NUHW. Much like their bitter contest in Fresno last week, the NUHW plans to challenge the […]

  • EFCA: It’s all about the Benjamins

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    Brad Peck over at the Chamber Post reminds me of the Teamster’s intimidating letter targeting Wall Street money managers. Reading between the lines, it reads: “It’d be a shame if we had to take our member’s multi-billion dollar pension fund elsewhere.” But you don’t have to read between the lines to get a better understanding […]

  • New Ad: Unions would never agree to arbitration. Huh?

    Posted on Jun 24, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Some days it seems like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is leading the charge against the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act. At least, that seems to be the case according to its action. Smack-dab in the middle of the biggest labor legislation fight in a generation, the SEIU decided it was a perfect time […]