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 also the matter of the $7.2
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It’s LM-2 season, which means we get to look at the financial expenditures of labor unions for the previous year. The most compelling bit of information that came from SEIU International’s LM-2 was its contribution to “Political Activities” – $27.7 million in all.
What SEIU-UHW’S revealed was quite interesting as well. Despite losing almost 40% of its membership, SEIU-UHW still made $16.6 million in 2015 (a profit margin of 14%). “To put that into perspective, it’s higher than Fortune 500 companies like Coca-Cola.”
SEIU lost another election to the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The bargaining unit was 300 workers at Oakland’s Hospital and Research Center. 145 votes went to SEIU. 153 to NUHW. 4 voted against representation all together.
SEIU Local 1021 is currently being accused by their
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OUR 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.”
When Sal Roselli and his SEIU local split off to form the separate Nation Union of Healthcare Workers, the SEIU sued and
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Prime 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.
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
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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 enforcement 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
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