CNA vs SEIU - page 2
I live and work in Southern California. I'm a member of CNA and I keep getting information from CNA and SEIU about some kind of conflict and I don't understand any of it. All the information I am... Read More
Feb 15, '09i think this is a really important discussion for everyone involved in the labor movement especially at this time. in the broad view, this is not just about two unions- it is about the importance of union democracy and what that means for workers.
professor clyde summers, one of the authors of the landrum-griffin act or lmrda said, "workers gain no voice in the decisions of their working life if they have no voice in the decisions of the union which represents them." [color=#608686]union democracy, the basis of rank and file unionism, makes the union strong by ensuring the members are driving the direction of the union and are thereby encouraged to fully participate. it protects members' freedom of speech and gives them the ability to fight corruption in their union if that becomes neccessary.
i have read the articles about this issue with interest and if seiu leadership is behind this deception they have sunk to a new low, imo. it is one thing to fight someone head-on, to say who you are and why you disagree. it is another thing to impersonate a member and imply that you are part of a dissident group within a competing organization. we would expect this kind of behavior from union busters, not from a labor union.
union democracy and the rights of union members to speak freely are critical to the labor movement, and if these principles are being exploited in this manner, every rank and file unionist should be calling for andy stern's ( and anyone involved in this deception's) immediate resignation. this campaign crosses a sacred line, in my mind.
the op's comments remind all of us about the needs of the membership- to understand, to have transparency and ongoing communication. the issues and structures are complicated and confusion can be exploited weaken to solidarity among us.
i'd offer another resouce for objective info at: http://www.uniondemocracy.org/index.htm
Feb 15, '09This is yet another interesting take on the story - one which matches my personal experiences in the case.
Feb 15, '09There are plenty of RNs in our facility that attempt to take an active role in the union. The SEIU works very hard to "cooperate" with the hospital, which leads to many unresolved issues. Our current contract included provisions for staffing levels. It is a three year contract which expires this October. The provisions for staffing levels have still not been implemented. RNs are taking petitions to the DON in an attempt to get the hospital to comply with a binding CONTRACT that they agreed to in 2006. Where is the SEIU? Off adding more sheep to the herd.
Feb 15, '09K98 Looks like the SEIU is giiving you grounds to seek decertification , then look elsewhere for a union that will help you to enforce the contract . It appears from what you have said that you and your coworkers are participating in the process , the SEIU at least in your location is not . Fortunately for me , the union I belong to takes staff ratio's seriously.Good luck to you
Feb 16, '09I am not by any means anti-union, I think that an effective professional union can be an asset to the hospital RN. That said, the SEIU is neither effective or professional. It will be interesting to see how the next few moths go. Our contract is due to expire soon, and we were told that decertification must occur while there is no contract/contract is under negotiation.
Feb 16, '09As an ardent union supporter, I never thought I would be in the position of giving anyone this sort of advice, but I also believe that no group of workers should be forced to be in a union that is not meeting their needs. There are pretty precise rules on how to decertify a union. They can be found numerous places online. One example is here: http://www.ohanet.org/labor/attachme...%20Process.pdf
Note that the signature process can (and should) begin long before the window for filing a petition opens. Ideally, those wishing to de-cert should have their signatures done and be ready to file on the first day the window opens.
Having said all that, I would also put in a word for the idea of trying to make your union work better before de-certing, but it does rather sound like you've tried that already. And consider the possibility of joining a better union that does get nurse issues - the process of de-certing one and joining another can be done in one election.
Feb 16, '09Quote from K98From your contributions , I think it is obvious , you are not anti union , nor am I , So I do not take it lightly to advise you to look into decertification . I wonder if the information given you as to timing of applying for decertification is correct ( hopefully someone else on this forum will be able to supply you with the correct information on this ) , it just doesn't sound right . In the mean time research other unions . To me the security of a contract to ensure both sides of the employer / employee relationship , have a legal basis to their interactions and that you are no longer an At Will Employee , make the payment of Dues worthwhile .I am not by any means anti-union, I think that an effective professional union can be an asset to the hospital RN. That said, the SEIU is neither effective or professional..