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Union Battle In California Threatens S.E.I.U.

Publication Date: 
September 13, 2010
The New York Times
Steven Greenhouse

Professor and former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board William B. Gould IV is quoted in Steven Greenhouse’s New York Times article on a union struggle against Kaiser Permanente.

During his two decades building one of the largest union locals in California, Sal Rosselli earned a reputation as a cunning strategist and street fighter — someone who often vilified hospital chains during contract battles.

These days, he is using those brass knuckles on his former colleagues at the Service Employees International Union in a battle that threatens to rip a giant hole in the most powerful union in the nation’s largest state.


“It’s tragic that with so many workers wanting to be organized into unions, so much energy and money are being devoted to the fight at Kaiser,” said William B. Gould IV, a labor law professor at Stanford University and former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.