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Another Union Marriage Ends In Divorce

Sal Rosselli - head of NUHW

Sal Rosselli – head of NUHW

Like the failed 2004 merger of Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE) and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE), the shotgun wedding of the California Nurses Association (CNA) and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) has crumbled after only 3 years.

As in most union insider intrigues, money and competition between unions appear to be the driving factors in the dissolution of the relationship. NUHW, formed when a large SEIU local went its own way, balked when the AFL-CIO labor federation agreed to an anti-raiding policy with the SEIU, NUHW’s favorite poaching target. When the NUHW suggested leaving the AFL-CIO, the CNA refused. There was

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Turmoil In The Land Of Solidarity

ufcwOUR Walmart is a UFCW front group that has been trying to organize Walmart employees for years. The employees working for OUR Walmart are non-union, and apparently, UFCW would like to keep it that way. When a group of Seattle-based OUR Walmart workers reached out to the union that represents other UFCW employees, they were fired. One of the ousted workers claimed that the UFCW “is all for workers’ rights yet it denied its own staff union contracts and didn’t pay us overtime and eventually fired us for reaching out to a union.”

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Sal Rosselli

When Sal Roselli and his SEIU local split

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The Good Life…

Life must be good for officials and staff of the California Nurses Association, since they just laid out about $65 million for the most coveted office space in San Francisco!

Life isn’t so good if you’re a Boilermaker in Pittsburgh. The FBI is investigating the potential diversion of over $1 million in unauthorized expenditures over the last three years. The excesses of this union had been documented in 2012 by a Kansas City Star expose, indicating that over half of the 125 employees of the international headquarters pulled down over $100,000 per year, and the union spent over $500,000 on maintenance and fees of its two planes that year. Apparently the Pittsburgh local thought they should be emulating the example set at the head office.

And if you want to succeed as a Teamster in Boston, it appears you had

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For What It’s Worth

US-IT-TELECOM-TRANSPORT-TAXIThe Teamster-Uber fight has been plastered across the media with Local 922’s claims that Uber and Lyft’s success has created an unlevel playing field for DC taxis. However, in spite of all their protests, traffic jams, and pressure on political officials, IBT failed to convince the Washington D.C. City Council of this. Last month, the council approved a bill establishing a framework for UberX to operate legally in the city. On the West Coast, other Teamsters locals are taking a different tact – choosing instead to side with these ride-sharing drivers in hopes of organizing them later on.

On November 7th, the Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) voted to merge with the United Steelworkers (USW). The Telecommunications Workers will remain intact as a USW local, but

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Healthcare Happenings

broken-arm-graphicHealth care unions have found Montgomery and Fulton counties in New York to be a hotbed of unhappy healthcare workers. Most of the upheaval is tied to companies trying to reduce costs as they attempt to satisfy requirements put in place by the Affordable Care Act.

Teamsters Local 294 garnered 60 new members this week when healthcare workers at River Ridge Living Center voted in favor of union representation. There are more than 400 additional healthcare employees in the area who are either looking to unionize as well or are currently caught in the middle of negotiations between their union and company.

Across the country, 57 percent of the employees at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, California voted against the California Nurses Association.

 

Defections, Mergers, and Global Expansion (oh my!)

The UFCW is apparently discussing defecting from Change to Win and re-joining the AFL-CIO. This dwarfs all the previous defections from Change to Win by a mile. The UFCW accounts for over a quarter of the remaining Change to Win members and a large chunk of the cash flow. More importantly, the UFCW has really been the one union all along actually using CtW resources on campaigns. Even today, three of the five current CtW campaigns are actually UFCW campaigns (Change at Walmart, WWU, Smithfield) and the other two aren’t really going anywhere without the UFCW (Clean and Safe Ports, Fairness for Farmworkers)

Change To WinAnd the UFCW needed CtW to save itself. Before CtW and the influence of SEIU the UFCW international was run like Afghanistan with feudal local presidents bickering over control of their own

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One-Day Strike Goes Long

CNA NursesNurses and healthcare workers often engage in one-day strikes to attempt to bring pressure to bear on their employer. The nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital were in for a bit of a surprise when they decided to walk off the job for a day in April, at the behest of the California Nurses Association (now part of National Nurses United).

To the surprise of the union and the nurses, the staffing agency that the hospital was working with required a five-day minimum to supply the replacement nurses. So Petaluma Valley Hospital told the CNA/NNU and its members, take your one day strike, but be prepared not to come back to work for an additional four days after that.

The CNA/NNU and the hospital are now wrangling over whether or not the union has a right

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Labor Relations INK ~ February 2013

In this issue:

Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson Union Bailout Update LRIOnline 2013 Annual Report Feature Love You or Leave You by Eric Vanetti SEIU Watch, Scoreboard, Sticky Fingers, and more…

 

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Unions love to hate companies, especially publicly traded ones. After all, attacking big companies lets unions combine some of their favorite pastimes. They get to rail against the 1%, hang out with politicians and celebrities, get on TV and, perhaps most important of all, bring out The Rat.

Scabby the Rat is

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SEIU Watch

Trending more than ever among scorned and alienated SEIU members, is the instinct to fight back against their oppressor – by becoming key players in the Big Labor arena through the creation of new unions.

The California League of City Employee Associations (CLOCEA), which was formed by Bill Shawhan in 2011 after an SEIU Local fired him, recently won a nearly two-year battle for a contract for Kings County employees.

According to Shawhan, CLOCEA doesn’t get involved in partisan politics and does not financially support politics in Sacramento or Washington, D.C.

Sal Rosselli started the trend in 2009 when he split from SEIU and founded the NUHW which recently joined forces with the California Nurses Association (CNA), and is about to

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INK ~ January 24, 2013

In this issue: Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson Union Bailout Update Right-To-Work Revival Employee Advantage by Eric Vanetti SEIU Watch, Scoreboard, Social Media Update, Sticky Fingers, and more…

 

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Labor Relations Insight by Phil Wilson

Could Right to Work Save the Labor Movement?

Unions are dead. Kaput. Finished. At least that’s what you’d think if you spent much time reading the labor press the last few weeks.

First, Michigan went right-to-work. Then, this week, the Department of Labor announced that union membership declined to its lowest level since the Roosevelt administration.

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