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Archive: Dec 2009

  • Union Bros before Hos

    Posted on Dec 30, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a feminist scholar, but a bit of news coming out of Toledo left me flabbergasted. The Toledo Blade reports that Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerkin, who is a retired UAW official, leased his wife an Acura for Christmas–a non-union Ohio made Acura. Of course that is […]

  • This Just In: Elves issue strike notice against Santa, Christmas in jeopardy

    Posted on Dec 22, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    I just received this from the North Pole.  It’s almost unbelievable, given the spirit of the season . . . and the billions of children who would be affected. [See below] In response to the strike notice, Santa Claus has made the following announcement. [See below] It’s a little unclear what the NLRB’s jurisdiction is […]

  • Update on Santa Rosa election: NUHW victory

    Posted on Dec 21, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    [youtube][/youtube] It was no contest.  The NUHW trounced the SEIU, 283 to 13.  That’s patently embarrassing.  The real competition ended up being between those who wanted the NUHW and those who wanted no union at all.  263 ballots were cast for no union at all, and with 17 votes challenges, as of late Friday evening, […]

  • Seeing Red? Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital workers vote on unions today

    Posted on Dec 18, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Today and yesterday, workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital are voting whether to join the NUHW, the SEIU, or not unionize at all. In a piece entitled “Hospital vote pits upstart union against colossus,” the LA Times framed it this way yesterday: The NUHW doesn’t yet have a single dues-paying member but is waging a […]

  • Health care reform: Labor leaders barking, but will they ever bite?

    Posted on Dec 17, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Labor leaders have been back and forth on different portions of the health care bill, but in the last day, SEIU President Andy Stern and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka have both come out with a “We’re just so disappointed” statement against the current version of the Senate health care bill. Don’t confuse this with labor […]

  • A New Year without Broadway?

    Posted on Dec 16, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    Something to keep an eye on. From the Arts Beat New York Times blog: A group of more than 260 workers on Broadway — cleaners, porters and matrons (bathroom attendants) at some 30 theaters — inched closer to the possibility of a strike on Tuesday afternoon. A unanimous vote, in which more than 200 members […]

  • It must be love: VP Biden and Teamsters share holiday card

    Posted on by J. Justin Wilson

    You know what’s so special about the holidays? Everyone can get their true feelings out in the open. Even Vice President Biden. The Delaware Online shares this little nugget: For the probably thousands of Delawareans who recently received Christmas cards from the vice president and his extended family (virtually everyone in the newsroom did), there’s […]

  • SEIU: Going Green for Greenbacks

    Posted on Dec 15, 2009 by J. Justin Wilson

    And you thought it was all about wages and pensions! Unions and management bring alot of things to the table for negotiations: wages, paid leave, paid sick leave, furloughs, hours, breaks, overtime, pensions, health benefits, insurance…the list goes on and on. Specifically for janitors, something else has been added to the list: Cleaning supplies and […]