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SEIU Wages War on Progressives
by Randy Shaw via Beyond Chron
Tuesday Nov 17th, 2009 6:40 AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 : The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) held a boisterous picket line in San Francisco last night, but their chants targeted a surprising adversary: labor leaders and their political allies. While California Democratic Party Chair John Burton (labor’s greatest California ally), State Senator Mark Leno and leaders of UNITE HERE, the Sailors, Plumbers, Building Trades, and Police and Fire unions, were inside the Plumbers Union Hall honoring the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), SEIU was outside denouncing NUHW – and by implication its supporters – as corrupt.
Last week, SEIU informed Burton that it would end its $1 million annual donation to the state Party unless he withdrew his support for NUHW, which he refused to do. SEIU’s threat to labor hero Burton, and its reported statement to the United Teachers of Los Angeles (sponsor of tonight’s NUHW fundraiser) that it would seek to organize charter school teachers in retaliation for UTLA’s pro-NUHW stance, reflects a union increasingly at odds with the labor movement. In July, 25 international union leaders condemned SEIU’s raids on UNITE HERE, and new AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has since vowed to defend UNITE HERE against SEIU attacks. SEIU is now isolated, viewing fellow unions and pro-labor politicians as adversaries, and its scorched earth campaign against its former California health care leadership is coming at a steepening internal and political cost.

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local 1021Richard MellorTuesday Nov 24th, 2009 11:00 PM
Thanks to the commenters heretruth-seekerSunday Nov 22nd, 2009 4:49 PM
The smell of hypocrisyRank and FileSaturday Nov 21st, 2009 1:32 AM
Forget about Shaw and his contradictions for a minute --- Anti-Stern Tuesday Nov 17th, 2009 10:48 PM
AmazingJohn ReimannTuesday Nov 17th, 2009 6:01 PM
1021 Union Representation and Nate HolmesRank-And-File memberTuesday Nov 17th, 2009 3:02 PM
SEIU1021 and Randy ShawTHC employeeTuesday Nov 17th, 2009 9:42 AM
Randy Shaw needs to add a disclaimer in all his "labor" writingsRank and File SEIUTuesday Nov 17th, 2009 9:28 AM
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