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On October 23, 1995, John Sweeney won the election to become president of the AFL-CIO. This ground shifting event began the process of moving the federation away from its staid Cold War policies and unwillingness to organize workers and attempted to make it once again a fighting force for the nation’s working people. The success […]
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Labor: Preparing for Bad Times

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On April 16, 2017
This article on SEIU’s budget cuts confirms what my own internal sources at the union have told me: it is cutting back big time because Friedrichs II is on the way and is going to ravage public sector unionism. “After spending big on Clinton, Obama, SEIU now facing steep budget cuts,” the Free Beacon published, […]

Labor’s Future

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On March 10, 2017

Rich Yeselson is always worth reading, agree with him or not. His long review essay of books by three former SEIU leaders, including former president Andy Stern and the activist Jane McAlevey, is quit

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SEIU and Airbnb, Revisited

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On April 28, 2016
The proposed agreement between SEIU and Airbnb collapsed under withering attack from other unions and the San Francisco left. In a statement obtained by the Guardian on Thursday afternoon, SEIU said it does not have an agreement or deal with Airbnb and that it plans to work with Unite Here, a separate union that represents […]

SEIU and Airbnb

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On April 19, 2016

There is no more difficult labor union to read and write about than SEIU. This is for two reasons. First, it operates somewhat differently than other labor unions, including having a very top-down app

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Big Win in the Fight for $15

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On June 27, 2015
Big victory for home health care workers in Massachusetts. The workers and their union, SEIU, came to an agreement with the state government to raise their minimum wage to $15 by July 2018. That’s still pretty far off given that they already make at least $13.30. But it’s also the first statewide agreement in SEIU’s […]

Franchising

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On May 20, 2015

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the system of franchising used by fast food companies, charging that it is designed to hold down

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