[Marxism] SEIU and California Nurses: Interesting move, any comments?
charles1848 at sbcglobal.net
Thu Mar 19 10:55:28 MDT 2009
From a blog that dogs SEIU's trusteeship of California healthcare workers:
SEIU and CNA have come to some sort of a truce, the main point of which
is that CNA get to be the national RN union. SEIU also agree to give
CNA's healthcare plan some limited support, and CNA agree to stop
It's got to sting, but it makes sense. You have to have a friend, even
if they said mean things about you yesterday, and you know they're just
using you. But after years of violent opposition, it'll be interesting
to see how this actually pans out. Old habits die hard - CNA like to
speak their minds, and Andy must already have the sweet smell of new
members in his nostrils. Perez bets he's just like a vampire struggling
to pretend he's human long enough to lure CNA to a dark place!
There's plenty of history and tension between staff and members too -
we'll leave Alex "Krooked" Espinoza's comments out of this, but Perez
did hear that SEIU 121RN members aren't too thrilled about the trade,
and are (in the words of one staffer) "flipping out". Kirk Adams sounded
pretty cautious introducing the deal to International healthcare
division staff too. He's probably wondering how they feel about being
pushed into physical confrontations with CNA staff and told Rose Ann
DeMoro was the devil, now it seems it's all so easy for the bosses to
work it out.
Oh, and while SEIU will doubtless make a big deal of the clause that
stops CNA from giving money or staff to help NUHW, there's of course
nothing in there that can stop the real workplace solidarity between
nurses and other healthcare workers that's helping NUHW activists build
their union, and kick SEIU out!
Posted by Perez Stern at 12:18 AM
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