The case for SEIU at Kaiser - Page 2

What's going on right now with this union election is a shame


Earlene Person is a home health licensed vocational nurse at Kaiser Permanente Oakland and a member of the national bargaining committee for SEIU-UHW.



It's shameful that SEIU will stop at nothing to keep our union dues. Their campaign of "third world war" (from an SEIU memo), millions spent (between $700-900 per employee), and a company management that is illegally providing resources and payed employees to keep NUHW from gaining a foothold in Kaiser SFO.
The great contracts she talks about were all negotiated by the previous leadership of SEIU-UHW, the same people who have formed NUHW after being removed for not following the SEIU orders from Washington DC and asking that members be allowed to vote on the cahanges.
The money the NUHW was ordered to pay to SEIU is the wages they received from SEIU while forming the NUHW. What SEIU won't mention is they spent $25 million of our dues to win that $1.5 million judgement.
The SEIU is following the best union busting practices by outspending, attacking and lying about all the issues. They threaten that we may lose the wage increase and benefits if we switch unions, in violation of federal labor law. Oddly, when electricians in southern California were worried about the same thing if they switched to SEIU, they were told federal law protected any contract they already had in place.
Lie, misrepresent, and use fear & intimidation. If this is how they are treating us when they are trying to get us to support them, how will we be treated after when we will have no say?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 08, 2010 @ 9:55 am

to the guest who posted link to randy shaw's opinion piece:

save your post, read it 5 years from now and see the absurdity in your words.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 08, 2010 @ 11:22 am

The Shaw opinion piece linked to uses a quote from a union-buster as a springboard for Shaw's diatribe. What his piece says is that SEIU can only win at Kaiser by using lies and threats, just like union-busters do.

What Shaw really displays in his piece is that, just like union-busters, he has nothing but contempt for the workers he writes about. When Shaw implies that SEIU will win only if workers are unable to see through what he claims are lies and threats, isn't he also saying that these workers are too stupid to see the truth (as proclaimed by Shaw)?

It puts one in mind of another writer who likes to refer to the new SEIU contract with a Kaiser as a "sweetheart deal". Yup, a sweetheart deal that 23,000 Kaiser workers voted for. What a lot of stupid people must work at Kaiser.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 08, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

23,000 voted for that contract, out of 44,000 employees.

Posted by 12 year Kaiser employee on Sep. 08, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

23,000 is the most that have ever voted on a contract at Kaiser.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 09, 2010 @ 12:03 am

Fewer than 1300 voted AGAINST that contract--out of 44,000 workers. That's less than 3% of those eligible to vote. But those 1300 obviously possess wisdom far beyond that of their brothers and sisters. The 23,000 workers who voted for the contract--morons, the lot of them.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 09, 2010 @ 12:36 am