NUHW: a defining moment

In my previous posts, United Healthcare Workers Holding our Ground and We are the Union. SEIU who are you? I shared my experience of the trusteeship SEIU International imposed on SEIU-UHW and the birth of our new union, NUHW. What I'd like to do today is share with you why this experience has been a defining moment for me and my sisters and brothers building NUHW...

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Reality Check: Here's the Real Deal on Employee Free Choice

This is a cross-post from the Firedoglake blog. AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel provides a reality check for the media spin around the Employee Free Choice Act. Bill was on NPR yesterday in a discussion of the issue with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Check it out here.

As most of you know, the Employee Free Choice Act was introduced in the U.S. House and Senate this week.

Make no mistake: This is a big deal.

This year--finally--we have a chance to restore some balance to our economy and help working people share in the prosperity they help create.

This year--for the first time in 30 years--we will take up the challenge of fixing the nation's labor law that for decades has been badly broken.

Those in the public who rely on traditional political reporting could be forgiven for missing the significance of this moment in history.

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NUHW: Let us vote!

In the five weeks since SEIU International trusteed California's SEIU-UHW West something enormous has transpired: California's healthcare workers have spoken.

What those workers have said is crystal clear: We choose NUHW.

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Detailed head count on EFCA

EFCA is not expected to come to the floor in the coming weeks, since Democrats will wait for Al Franken to get his seat before attempting anything. Yet, we have been hearing a lot about the bill - and it looks like conservatives are increasingly confident about the bill's prospects. So it seems important to know where we stand and who are the Democratic Senators who are holding EFCA down.

Today, Campaign Diaries posted a detailed whip count on the EFCA bill.

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Citigroup Uses Taypayer Dollars to Fight Workers' Rights

It seems that another bank on the public dole is using its taxpayer-subsidized time and resources to lobby against the Employee Free Choice Act.

Today, Sam Stein of the Huffington Post reports that Citigroup hosted a private conference call yesterday to bolster opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act that included a senior executive at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a business lobbying group that has put tens of millions of dollars into the anti-Employee Free Choice disinformation campaign. Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake notes that the Citi stock analyst who downgraded Wal-Mart over fears of the Employee Free Choice Act passing was on the call, too.

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