Zelly Lodin 
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Re: “It's Time for the Union Fighting to Stop

Soooooo Mr. Jay Youngdahl, I understand your cousin is Jon Youngdahl, the Executive Director of SEIU California State Council - their chief lobbyist! There goes whatever credibility you had as a journalist... And to think, I used to enjoy East Bay Express...

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Posted by Zelly Lodin on 05/09/2013 at 12:39 PM

Re: “It's Time for the Union Fighting to Stop

I'm sorry, but this article misconstrues everything that's actually going on at ground zero in these Kaiser facilities. Jay, I implore you to ACTUALLY GO INTO A FEW FACILITIES AND TALK TO THE WORKERS YOURSELF. This is the umpteenth journalist that's written on this issue without actually having talked to workers (or at the most they'll simply obtain one quote from either side to 'get a balanced story').

You should be ashamed for how you framed this issue. The first time around, NUHW was barely even allowed into the hospital and yet SEIU had access to regular staff meetings to preach their gospel - that doesn't constitute a fair election according to the NLRA! The second election was not much different either: Kaiser called the police on NUHW, SEIU called Kaiser security regularly to eject NUHW from the facility, and SEIU harassed workers and NUHW staff at each and every Kaiser site. The funny thing is that many hospitals, workers still refuse to accept SEIU'S representation, now that they recognize who they really are: management's lap dog. When a union bullies its own member and threatens to report them to management (and often does report them), it ceases to be a union. I'm sorry, but I think calling them a mafia would be a better characterization.

Lastly, before you call CNA the 'loser' here, I must once again ask that you actually make the effort to step into one of these hospitals before you write this BS. The nurses have a newfound camaraderie with their co-workers, which is more essential than any union label or brand. In fact, because of the affiliation, many of the workers have learned more about their rights under the NLRA and how to approach a dispute with management from the RNs. One worker was going to receive punitive action for getting hurt on the job before an RN stepped in to help inform him of his rights - I thought that was the stewards job? There's a reason NUHW keeps coming back, they're for the workers by the workers. That's why there was hundreds of rank and file NUHW supporters out at the ballot count, but less than 40 paid SEIU stewards and staff - the rest of SEIU's paid staff was enjoying an-all expense paid trip to the Disneyland resort. And the dues went up recently...

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Posted by Zelly Lodin on 05/08/2013 at 10:24 AM

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