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

Publication Date: 
September 13, 2010
Source: 
The New York Times
Author: 
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.

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“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.