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Largest union election since the 40s
Source Michael Munk
Date 13/05/05/14:48

THE LARGEST UNION election in the US since the 1940s has resulted in the California employees of the nonprofit health care organization Kaiser-Permanente voting by a comfortable margin to retain the SEIU as bargaining agent for 45,000 workers over the challenger NUHW.

The size and historic character of the election reflects the decline of major manufacturing unions (union “density” is less than 7% of the private sector labor force) as well as the shift of unionized workers to large service sector public and nonprofit employers.

Unions used to confront profit hungry corporations and predatory bosses. Negotiating with government bureaucrats and service organizations can be a different order of struggle.

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