12/30/09

'Anything But SEIU'

Labor-state healthcare workers reject Purple People Beaters

The National Labor Relations Board may ultimately decide whether workers at Kitsap (WA) Mental Health Services still are represented by the Service Employees International Union.

While one employee said there is some division among staff over the current status of the SEIU, many said Tuesday they want no part of it. The union has represented KMHS employees since about 1991 under two locals, including the present one, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW.

SEIU leaders recently sent a letter to high-ranking legislators accusing KMHS of union-busting and misuse of state-appropriated funds. A day after that news was published in the Kitsap Sun, KMHS employees gave their perspectives on the story.

Some employees aren’t ruling out other union representation in the future.

Said clerk Jackie Fitzgerald, “I think we can do this ourselves.” Agreed Tina D’Astoli, an office coordinator, “We’re going with no union ... We can always bring in another union; we could even be our own guild. “It was anything but SEIU.”

(from kitsapsun.com)

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