SEIU Faces Fight With Its Own Employees Over Layoffs
March 24, 2009
Service Employees International Union, a labor organization long considered among the most influential unions in the country and one of the unions leading the charge in the fight over the Employee Free Choice Act, is facing a battle from within as it announces the layoffs of 75 of its national field staff members and organizers, as detailed by the New York Times and the Washington Post. The union that represents the SEIU field staff workers filed an unfair labor practice charge against the SEIU with the National Labor Relations Board, contending that the union has engaged in unfair labor practices by failing to give proper notice of the layoffs, by contracting out work to temporary-staffing firms, and by banning union activity. In support of their cause, the unionized SEIU employees recently picketed a speech given by Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU, in Philadelphia, as detailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer.