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Remember the up-is-down names that the Bush Administration gives to its programs? No child left behind left millions out. Clear Skies meant clear of birds.

In the same tradition, Andy Stern now brings us 'Justice for All.'

A long row of burly guards stand watch outside the convention center in San Juan, Puerto Rico as the SEIU International convention gets started. Security is unprecedented.

The Health Care Division met today and already made three anti-democratic, anti-justice decisions that:
    1) reduce and may even eliminate Members' roles in decision making;
    2) weaken the Right of workers to be involved in their own bargaining; and
    3) initiate rules that might force Home Care workers out of the union that they already voted to be a part of.

It appears that they are off to a good start of stealing power away from the rank and file members and bringing more of it to the International in Washington DC.

UHW members are reporting on their efforts to change the direction of SEIU towards member democracy with members themselves deciding if they want to be part of a local or not; members being at the bargaining table to be assured that their issues are dealt with; and members being empowered and involved to keep the union strong and help build the membership.

Check out their video from today 'Keepin it Real' for May 31, 2008 (pay special attention to the all the security---what's up with that???  Why did fascism come to mind???)

Originally posted to ludlow on Sat May 31, 2008 at 10:21 PM PDT.

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  •  It's stomach turning (4+ / 0-)

    So much ground has been lost over the past 30 years on so many fronts, and even those small corners where one would think progressive possibilities should still have a toehold, even there we find ourselves doing no better than fighting rear-guard actions.  

    More and more I find myself believing that I was right when I was young, only revolutionary measures offer any real answers, but this is even more conflicted by the complete absence of any visible social base for a revolutionary alternative.  The Corporate State is relentlessly totalizing, just as Il Duce guaranteed.

  •  UHW/seiu members ARE keepin' it real (2+ / 0-)
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    Prison4Bushco, ludlow

    Thanks for this link, and you're right, the picture of the armed guards speaks volumes. Dissent will not be tolerated! It reminds me of our own organizing drive, and, that's what this is; UHW vs the SternBOTS. I wish them well; those UHW workers can be likened to Jonah going into the belly of the beast, so to speak.

    Fascism?! Here's what the SternBOTS don't want their members to know:

    1. Corporate power is protected: through the creation of a business/government relationship and power elite.
    1. Suppression of rank and file labor power: organizing power is a threat to fascist regimes.
    1. Cronyism and corruption: governed by friends and associates who appoint each other and use their power and authority to avoid accountability; appropriation of resources; smear campaigns against the opposition.
    1. Tendancy toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.
  •  The SEIU is NOT a progressive organization (2+ / 0-)
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    RN4MERCY, ludlow

    Stripping power from locals and rank and file, supporting Joe Bruno and his Repub NYS Senate caucus, endorsing a union-busting Repub attorney in a NYS Senate special election and busting the PR teacher's union are NOT hallmarks of a progressive organization. Tim Tagaris and others can spin all they want for Andy Stern, but the facts remain the facts.

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