Warning: Unions Having Success Invading Healthcare Industry

-By Warner Todd Huston

This month a warning was noted on how successful unions have been in cajoling the healthcare industry in falling to union organizers.

Unions won 72 percent of representation (RC) elections held in healthcare in 2007 – versus a union win-rate of 62 percent in non-healthcare industries. The success rates for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) and various state nurses associations were even higher at 79, 80 and 83 percent, respectively. The SEIU accounted for 47 percent of all representation petitions filed in the healthcare industry in 2007.

A report has been issued by IRI Consultants detailing the danger that this unionizing incursion into the Healthcare industry can be.

The report raises concerns about potential impacts of corporate campaigns being conducted by SEIU and UNITE-HERE against vendors that support healthcare providers, including Aramark, Cintas and ServiceMaster.

Corporate campaigns are designed to damage an organization’s reputation and image by inflicting significant external pressure on an organization in hopes of gaining leverage. Union-sponsored campaigns often aim for negotiating strength or to force employers to accept “neutrality,” “free access” or “card check recognition” that make organizing workers far easier by side-stepping traditional secret-ballot elections overseen by the NLRB.

For more information call Sharon Allen at 312.422.3722.

One thought on “Warning: Unions Having Success Invading Healthcare Industry”

  1. he unions are doing to healthcare to what they have done to the public schools. Check out the State psychiatric hospitals in New Jersey. People are dying in the them and you can blame AFSCME for throwing monkey wrenches into any kinds of reform.

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