Union Pitted Against Union

The Los Angeles Times reports that one of the largest union votes in 69 years began yesterday as Kaiser employees starting voting on which union would be representing them; either, the current one, SEIU, or a new competitor, NUHW (National Union of Healthcare Workers).

If NUHW wins the votes, $40 million in yearly dues will be coming their way.  Of course, this is something that SEIU would not like to lose.   Of course, there is a bitter rivalry here and SEIU claims that NUHW doesn’t work well in supporting organized labor and doesn’t have the collective in mind when bargaining over contracts.  NUHW, on the other hand, claims that SEIU holds the power of the organization in a higher priority than the worker.

For more on this issue, check out this Los Angeles Times article, 43,000 Kaiser workers set to vote in bitter union faceoff

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