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Obama silent on card check bill (click for full text)

Speaking to an audience of union chiefs and prominent members of Congress, Obama said he favored reversing President Bush’s labor policies, but the new president did not discuss the key labor-backed bill, the Employee Free Choice Act.

“We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests, because we know that you cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement,” Obama said.
The card check bill, on the other hand, has the potential to expand union membership dramatically.

The silence from Mr. Obama on the issue came a day after Vice President Biden said he and Mr. Obama thought that action on the card check bill would be slower than expected and that the measure might be watered down.

SEIU Trusteeship for United Healthcare Workers West? (Click here for full article)

The Decision Is In

The second shoe has dropped in the saga of the contentious battle between United Healthcare Workers West (UHW), the 150,000 member California local union, and its parent International Union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Ray Marshall, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, was chosen by SEIU president Andy Stern to conduct a hearing to determine if UHW should be placed in trusteeship (International union seizes control of the Local) and have local leadership ousted.

He recommended that UHW not be placed in trusteeship at this time, but only if UHW complies with certain conditions.  The main condition is that UHW has to agree to cooperate with the SEIU Executive Board direction to create a single Local Union in California to represent long term care workers.  That means UHW would have to give up approximately 65,000 of its dues paying members to the new Local.  Mr. Marshall recommends that Mr. Roselli retain his leadership position in UHW if he accepts this sacrifice.  Otherwise, the trusteeship will be imposed and he will be removed altogether.

For a copy of the complete Marshall report call us at 909.980.8736 or write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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