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

So, Doug, I guess being a political organizer for SEIU, you kinda have to say the things you do in your post. There are many facts that contradict your statements, but I will not bother to challenge you with facts enumerate them, they are available on the NUHW web site and It would be futile to discuss the facts with someone so obviously wedded to SEIU, because SEIU's modus operandi seems to be to distort facts. There are takeaways built into the recently "ratified" Service & Tech group's contract. None of the S&T members I know was even notified of an opportunity to "ratify" the contract. In fact, to get a copy of the contract (actually a summary - the members don't even get a copy of the actual full contract) people were required to sign a card stating that they would vote for SEIU in the election. Does that sound like democracy? One of the clauses in the contract actually allows the employer to change any aspect of the contract unilaterally and at will. Does that sound like protection? As for SEIU's motivation to create a weak contract? They want to be the boss's friend, so that they are assured lots and lots of members (and lots and lots of dues money). That is why we decertified and went with NUHW.

6 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Adam Front on 05/10/2013 at 9:48 PM

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

First, full disclosure: I am a member and a shop steward in NUHW. The real problem with both elections, 2010 and last week, is the framing of the question. SEIU framed it this way: why would you go with a small upstart union with no power, when you have always been with us, a large, powerful union that has won you great contracts?" This is a distortion. SEIU did what amounts to a hostile takeover when it put the local in trusteeship, and the leaders who were erroneously charged with malfeasance and thrown out formed NUHW. They are the strong leadership that Kaiser workers always had, and the trustees, who are now the leadership under SEIU, have been working with Kaiser behind closed doors to erode the good contracts that the ousted leaders won for the workers. So NUHW is not a rogue union trying to steal members from SEIU. NUHW is the Kaiser workers old union, reconstituted after a hostile takeover, trying to rescue Kaiser workers from a union that wants to sell them out to make the boss happy. Estimates are that SEIU's agreed cuts to retirement has saved Kaiser something like $1.8 Billion already, at the workers' expense. Meanwhile, Kaiser, supposedly "non-profit," makes larger and larger profits each year. The Kaiser workers who, after last week's vote, remain stuck in SEIU, stand to lose healthcare benefits, watch jobs be subcontracted, and other protections eroded. SEIU sided with the Healthcare industry in lobbying against staffing ratios that protect patient care.

I am glad to be represented by NUHW. Time will tell, but this reminds me of the Pacifica / KPFA civil ware several years ago. That fight went the other way and Goliath was pushed back by David. We are still a David, fighting the Goliath of Kaiser and its ally SEIU, who will make contract concessions to Kaiser at the expense of its own members. Last week's vote is being investigated for irregularities similar to the ones that prompted NLRB to void the 2010 election. I do think that the voters were lied to and intimidated. The intimidation seems not to have been as much of a factor this time, but the lies were rife and oft-repeated, so that in the end, SEIU was believed. The workers and their patients are the ones who will suffer for this, and SEIU and Kaiser, both large corporations scratching each others' backs, will profit.

24 likes, 30 dislikes
Posted by Adam Front on 05/08/2013 at 6:47 AM

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