The alliance’s (NUHW-CNA) top priority is the acquisition of 43,000 unionized Kaiser Permanente service and technical workers, which would suck more than $40 million a year in membership dues from SEIU, making it a prime score for the NUHW after it lost the unit in a 2010 election.
In the time since, the NLRB struck-down the election and ordered round two, which is expected to take place in 2013.
The rivalry between SEIU and the NUHW (founded in 2009, when one of the largest SEIU locals, SEIU Healthcare West, rebelled against trusteeship by SEIU International) heated up when SEIU filed a lawsuit against NUHW leaders, only to be trumped by Debbie Schneider, a top SEIU official who gave sworn testimony about her experiences – specifically the covert efforts by SEIU top officials to raid the CNA and illegally interfere with CNA’s internal membership elections.
The agreement between the CNA and SEIU expired when 2012 did, thus allowing for the NUHW-CNA alliance to make its move on the SEIU represented Kaiser unit.
In These Times, a non-profit magazine, produced this in-depth report on the nature of the NUHW-CNA alliance and the strategic move for the Kaiser contract.