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Sweeping victory for SEIU reformers

Larry Bradshaw, the newly elected third vice president of SEIU Local 1021 in California, looks at how reformers are shaking up the "mega-locals" created by SEIU President Andrew Stern.
IN A stunning upset, union reformers in Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 swept to victory in their local's first-ever elections--an outcome that will rattle the top leaders of the 2 million-member union.

The reformers in Local 1021 were expected to do well given the Northern California local's poor performance in defending jobs and public services, and local officials' seeming inability to resist concessions.

Even so, the reform slate, calling itself Change 1021, surpassed everyone's expectations by winning 26 of the 28 positions it contested. The reform slate won all the officer positions, most of the local's industry and committee chairs, and secured a majority on the executive board.

Meanwhile, in the middle of the state, reformers in SEIU Local 521 captured a number of seats on the local's executive board after an uphill fight. The Voices of the Members slate had to battle an army of paid union staff. The reformers were unsuccessful in winning any of the officers' positions, but their gains, coming alongside the win in Local 1021, signal growing dissatisfaction with the SEIU's bureaucratic methods.

Meanwhile, in the middle of the state, reformers in SEIU Local 521 captured a number of seats on the local's executive board after an uphill fight. The Voices of the Members slate had to battle an army of paid union staff. The reformers were unsuccessful in winning any of the officers' positions, but their gains, coming alongside the win in Local 1021, signal growing dissatisfaction with the SEIU's bureaucratic methods.......


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Top Down Unionism Hurts The Labor Movement 10.Mar.2010 16:00

Power To Democratic Unions

For those who follow recent history SEIU's Corporate Unionism led by Andy Stern has been one hell of a blow to organized labor. We need MORE democratic member-run unions. The consolidation of power sells souls. Real POWER comes from the grassroots and not from those in Washington DC or Salem, Oregon.

The Rank and File 10.Mar.2010 17:14

are on the move CrossTradeSolidarityPDX@gmail.com

Portland building trades activists, calling ourselves Cross Trade Solidarity, are fighting locally for more democratic and progressive construction unions and for solidarity across trade lines meant to build worker power from the ground up. For too long business/corporate unionism has ruled the day and I believe it has lead to the undermining of the labor movement in America. The indy media of the labor set, Labor Notes, holds a bi-annual conference to teach union activists how to build power from within the belly of the beast of their undemocratic locals. This is not an AFLCIO controlled enterprise. And these California SEIU activists who wrestled control of their locals from the International will be there to share the stories and strategies of their struggles.

If you are a construction worker, get involved with Cross Trade Solidarity. Or support us by coming to a fundraiser for the group this Saturday at the Musician Union Hall, 7pm. We're trying to get a group to the conference in Detroit in April!

Time to reform SEIU 503 ! 10.Mar.2010 18:06

dex

Oregon's SEIU mega-local 503 is in dire need of REFORM !!!

If they can do it in California we can do it here.