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CNA Joins NUHW In Biggest Healthcare Strike Ever

California healthcare workers have now taken their fight to another level – on Thursday, September 22, some 21,000 struck the huge Kaiser Permanente chain, 24 major medical centers – while more struck Sutter, Kaiser’s healthcare partner in crime, also a giant in the California hospital business. It was the biggest single strike in healthcare history!

As usual SEIU is stabbing its brothers and sisters in the back.

I have been following the strike on the National Nurses United Twitter feed and meant to write about it earlier.

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SEIU not only opposed the strike but colluded with Kaiser management to break it. Kaiser workers were told by SEIU staff that they were prohibited from joining the strike; they might be terminated if they did. SEIU told members they would not be defended if they were disciplined. They circulated management warnings. Again at Redwood City, management used a mandatory monthly department meeting as a platform for an SEIU representative – inviting him to warn workers that they would face discipline, indeed that the whole unit’s scheduled pay increases might be jeopardized.

Nevertheless, Kaiser workers turned up Thursday wearing NUHW red (CNA’s color is also red). Management said “red” was not allowed. At Santa Clara managers were seen clothed in SEIU Purple! Nevertheless, statewide, as many as several thousand SEIU members may have joined the strike; at Walnut Creek reports were that more than 100 walked.


When the president met privately with the health industry leaders . . .  [then SEIU president Andy] Stern and a second Service Employees International Union official were the only labor representatives in the room.

The Obama-Stern relationship has emerged as one of the most curious within the young administration.
The SEIU spent $60 million to help elect Obama, according to the union. Stern said the group deployed 100,000 volunteers during the campaign, including 3,000 who worked on the election full time.


Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press contributed to this report.