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News, Feature Outside the Gates: Unions Versus Big Tech

Outside the Gates: Unions Versus Big Tech

Google's Mountain View campus is a sprawling checkerboard of manicured lawns and fountains around a cluster of sleek, blocky buildings. A small fleet of yellow and green bikes provides employees with an easy form of transportation along the winding…
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News, Feature Labor Pains

Labor Pains

Enemy number one of the American Worker sits with a cup of iced tea in front of a San Francisco coffee shop, looking hardly menacing at all. He's short, slight, and courteous; with his ruddy, goateed face, he resembles a…
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News, The Snitch Peace Breaks Out! Fasting Pro-Union Workers Come In From the Cold at Dianne Feinstein's Office

Peace Breaks Out! Fasting Pro-Union Workers Come In From the Cold at Dianne Feinstein's Office

This just in from the San Francisco Labor Council: Apparently a group of workers have broken off their fast at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's local office on Post Street. The workers' hunger strike was the latest in a series of local…
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SEIU boss Andy Stern wouldn't mind if McCain gets elected

In the final moments of a historic campaign, an old political hand pulls an outlandish stunt that will either damage him, or help make him one of the most powerful men in the world. Sarah Palin or the briefly suspended…
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Union, Heal Thyself

In February, Sal Rosselli, leader of the Service Employees International Union's local healthcare affiliate, roiled the U.S. labor movement by going public with his misgivings about a lobbying pact his union made with private nursing home chains, calling it "corporate…
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Local Union Leader Rosselli Blasts SEIU Boss Andy Stern

Somewhere in California there's a woman alone in a nursing home with bedsores that grow more painful and life-threatening by the day. And down the hall there's an orderly who would like to do something about her but can't, because…
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Unhealthy Union

Rarely do I find myself wishing the best for a journalistic competitor. But I'm hoping that an early obituary on California health care reform, run inside the B section of last Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle, ends up being spot-on. That's…
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Stern Reprimand

A once-secret power struggle between one of the Western United States' most powerful labor leaders, and America's most famous union boss, has broken out into the open. United Healthcare Workers West leader Sal Roselli has sent letters to union members…
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Letters to the Editor

ACTing the Fool Take a bow, Perloff: Thanks to Chloe Veltman for finally talking about the "elephant in the corner of the room" in the recent review . ACT under the artistic direction of Carey Perloff…
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News, Matt Smith Union Disunity

Union Disunity

“With time, my loss of Cassie began to transform the way I approached life.” —Andy Stern, Getting America Back on Track: A Country That Works, Simon & Schuster, 2006 “It is as if he cant help conflating the fate of…
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News, Matt Smith

Mean People's Court

If bumper stickers had subheads — newspaper jargon for the teaser sentences that dangle below headlines — then "Mean People Suck" would be followed by, "And watch out because they seem to pop up everywhere trying to screw up people's…
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News, Matt Smith

Gutted

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, life at Alta Vista Healthcare, a nursing home in Riverside, started with a break from the usual monotony. That morning, a twentysomething woman in a pantsuit and a young man in shirt sleeves arrived, saying they…
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Letters to the Editor

Parallel Snarking Shopping is our religion, too: Regarding Common-Fucking-Sense Rule No. 6 , I wished the writers had asked DPT why it disobeys the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment admonition to…
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News, Matt Smith Partners in Slime

Partners in Slime

On June 19, thousands of workers and supporters massed on the walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Wearing the trademark purple of the Service Employees International Union, they sang chants and sported T-shirt slogans demanding that every American have access…
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Closed Shop

Criss Romero suspected he might ruffle some feathers around the union hall when he went to work for Tom Ammiano's mayoral campaign last November, but he didn't think he would lose his job. When the supervisor made the runoff against…
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News, Postscript The Late Victor Van Bourg

The Late Victor Van Bourg

Last week, a luminary in the labor movement died in an airport on his way to the bedside of a dying daughter. Victor Van Bourg was a 68-year-old labor attorney who represented more than a million union members in locals…
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The Grid

Union Disorganizing San Francisco loves to remind itself that it's a union town. Unions are powerful here, we like to claim. We are pro-union. Look for the union label. Union town, loud and proud. But some unions in San Francisco…
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Unhealthy Debate

The health care industry in Northern California, which leads the nation in managed care and hospital restructuring, is in a state of flux, marked by mergers and acquisitions, consolidations and closures. For years, even decades, there had been too many…
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Dog Bites

Divorce, Doctor Style Consumer advocate and presidential candidate Ralph Nader drew first blood last week in the war of the stethoscopes that is scheduled for the November election. A few months ago, the California Nurses Association (CNA) -- backed by…
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What Price Hygiene?

Cesar Mejia scrubbed the toilets, emptied the trash, waxed the floors, and generally cleaned up the residue that business left behind every night for 35 years in the International Building at 601 California St. When that was finished, he cleaned…
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