SEIU: THE PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS RAIDERS OR SWEETHEARTS?
Although the two unions "buried the hatchet" in Spring 2009, during its ongoing feud with the California Nurses Association, in the Summer 2008, the SEIU sent six busloads of militant demonstrators (some allegedly wearing bandanas to hide their identity) to disrupt a conference of union activists from different unions. What transpired was a violent confrontation that resulted in one SEIU member dead from a heart attack and a least one injury requiring medical attention. Read more here...
View the petition denouncing the SEIU's violent action here...
SEIU-represented RNs, including former organizers and reps, complain about the SEIU and its representation.
“We want to take our union back,” said Melanie Sisson, RN. “[SEIU President] Andy Stern’s agenda does not address any of the nurses’ issues. All he wants to do is grow his members and not provide the services we need to help nurses’ professional practice. SEIU is interested in running a top-down organization where they’re like the boss.” [Source: Nursing Link, May 8, 2008]
PUERTO RICAN TEACHERS ACCUSE SEIU OF RAIDING
Amid an illegal teachers' strike in Puerto Rico, wherein the governor decertified the existing teachers union, the SEIU allegedly stepped into the fray in an effort to take the members from their existing union and into the SEIU. Ultimately, the SEIU was defeated, but not before its union raid was on the teachers' union was protested at the SEIU's 2008 convention in Puerto Rico.
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