SEIU charged with unfair employment practices

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“SEIU Local 1021 won a good city contract last year using a show of force and solidarity in City Hall and the streets.” Photo credit

Well isn’t this embarrassing. Local 1021 of the Service Employees International Union, which, according to its website, believes “in and will fight for a just society, where all workers are valued and all people are respected,” is being charged with unfair employment practices.

That’s right, employees of the union whose members are “united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide, and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families” threatened to go on strike.

SEIU’s local 1021 is asking its own workers, represented by the Communication Workers of America, for concessions on pensions and health care benefits, and the employees, who have been without a labor contract since the fall, are balking.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Steven T. Jones reported:

After several cancelled negotiating sessions between the two sides (which haven’t met since our story was published), CWA last week called for a strike authorization vote that was approved by 94 percent of voting members. CWA Area Director Libby Sayre and Nick Peraino, a CWA shop steward at Local 1021, say the vote repudiates Sanchez’s characterization that it is a small but vocal group that is unhappy with management.

“We’re very much united in our position and our willingness to do what it takes to get a decent contract,” Peraino told the paper. “There is widespread sentiment they’re being low-balled by management.”

Since making this statement, “the two sides reportedly reached a tenative agreement over the weekend,” the Guardian noted.

The Washington Examiner reported two years ago that the SEIU was the president’s favorite collective bargaining organization. Andy Stern, its international president, was the White House’s most frequent visitor and top fundraiser. I’m sure those discussions between Stern and Obama eventually centered on the workers of America receiving their “fair share” and getting a “fair shot.”

Read more at the San Francisco Bay Guardian.


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