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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.”


Sal Rosselli

When Sal Roselli and his SEIU local split off to form the separate Nation Union of Healthcare Workers, the SEIU sued and won a tremendous financial settlement. The California Nurses Association agreed to merge

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St-Vincent-Medical-CenterPrime Healthcare’s bid to purchase the six Daughters of Charity Hospitals in central California continues to breed controversy – all of which can be traced back to the Service Employees United Healthcare West. It began last summer when Prime Healthcare refused to sign a deal that would have pushed through two ballot initiatives in SEIU’s favor.


Dave Regan

Dave Regan

Since then, Dave Regan has done everything he can to keep Prime Healthcare from purchasing the six hospitals; most recently, by coercing state legislatures (most of whom are in his pocket) to ask Attorney General Kamala Harris to reject Prime’s bid (a privilege delegated to her under Section 5914 of the Nonprofit Corporation Law) and by forcing SEIU-UHW members who work for DCHS to file unfair

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SEIU Watch March 2014

People join unions because they believe in the power of a unified voice and they trust that their union representative is going listen when they talk, understand the problems they are having, and express those ideas to upper management in such a way that a better workplace environment is created. That is, after all, a union representative’s job. Specifically, they are “the staffers who help workers with day-to-day worksite problems, grievances, arbitrations, contract unsmiley-faceenforcement problems, etc.”

A leaked document of a recent in-house survey of SEIU-UHW representatives showed that the majority of SEIU-UHW staffers are beyond unhappy with the representation they receive; so Dave Regan, being the competent leader that he is, proposed a plan to get rid of some of inept representatives  within their organization. Come to find out, seven of the eight representatives who are getting let

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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…



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 a fixture at these events. Earlier this month the Teamsters brought Scabby to the SuperInvestor Conference (you probably deserve

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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 embark on a long-awaited re-run election with SEIU-UHW for

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Kaiser Permanente Re-Run Election Announced: SEIU-UHW, NUHW Face Off

After years of fighting over some 45,000 California-based Kaiser Permanente employees, Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers – West (SEIU-UHW) and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), which originated as a breakaway union from SEIU, will finally face off in a re-run election set to take place in April.

SEIU-UHW currently holds the reigns but the NUHW has long been on their heels, fighting tooth and nail to spite their archrival with the steal of such a large unit, in what happens to be the largest private-sector union election since the 1940s. The upcoming election is a do-over of the October 2010 election where voters favored the SEIU-UHW. The original results were tossed due to multiple violations by SEIU-UHW, which the Judge ruled as interference with the employees’ “free and reasoned choice.”

With the recent merger of NUHW and the California Nurses Association, some

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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…



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. And I’m not talking about the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration (who adopted

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NUHW and CNA Align Against SEIU

The bitter battle between the California Nurses Association (CNA) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that raged until the installation of a noncompetition agreement in 2009 recently reignited when the CNA and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) officially announced an affiliation agreementbetween the two groups.According to the new alliance, the two groups will remain autonomous while sharing personnel and financial resources, namely in an effort to steer the market of the unionization of healthcare workers toward themselves and away from SEIU, of which nearly half of its members are in the healthcare industry.

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

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Mary Kay Henry, International President of SEIU spoke in support of “Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week” last week at a press conference in Washington DC, despite the consistent record of abuse allegations against SEIU and their affiliates that earned the union the nickname “purple people beaters,” courtesy of victims of SEIU-thuggery.

Last issue, we brought you news of a RICO suit that has been filed against SEIU affiliates in Connecticut and New Jersey. In the suit, the companies allege that two SEIU locals have made them the target of criminal activities including defamation and sabotage. (Sounds like bullying to us.)

Moreover, the same day that Henry showed her hypocrisy by boasting views of anti-workplace bullying, a civil rights lawsuit was filed in California against some of her SEIU

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The California state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) issued a complaint late last month against SEIU that charges the union with physically threatening its members who want to join another union. The complaint is based on SEIU’s bad behavior during the run-up to a 2009 election against the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) for representation rights for central California homecare workers. SEIU won that election by a slim margin and the complaint is part of an attempt by NUHW to have that election overturned.

The complaint alleges that SEIU staff threatened their members who supported NUHW by “kicking in a bargaining unit member’s screen door,” “threatening to physically assault,” and forcibly removing pro-NUHW signs from “the private property of a bargaining unit member.”  The complaint also charges SEIU with engaging “in campaign misrepresentations by falsely

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