The LA Times has reported on an upcoming labor election at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles, describing it as highlighting “a deep rift in the labor movement” – a rift that will be familiar to many workers represented by SEIU.
Last year, health care workers at USC rejected SEIU – described as “autocratic and nonresponsive to members.” Now, the workers will have an opportunity to certify the National Union of Healthcare Workers as their official union.
Today, the LA Times reports that SEIU, previously included on the ballot, dropped out in the face of certain defeat by NUHW. At best, SEIU has apparently abandoned any attempt to rebuild damaged relationships with its former members.
But wait, there’s more… SEIU is also accused of attempting to deny workers from having any representation at all.
As the LA Times reports, SEIU stands accused of “working in collusion with management to defeat the breakaway union and leave the workers with no collective-bargaining representation.”
SEIU and the hospital management are scheming and plotting together for people to vote no union,” said an NUHW supporter, Michael Torres, a respiratory therapist at USC University Hospital. “We don’t know the difference between SEIU and management anymore.”
Read the full story at L.A. Now — the Los Angeles Times’ news blog for Southern California
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