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Embattled union seeks to blunt second year of city cuts
(UPDATE: A reform slate of candidates won victory in the election. For details, see Kevin Stark's blog).
Whoever wins the election at Northern California’s largest public-sector union this weekend will inherit a troubled labor local damaged by internal conflict and controversial negotiations in San Francisco that cost the union hundreds of jobs last year.
Women, minorities hurt
A year of hard feelings
Taxes to the rescue?
Fired, rehired and fired up
Carmen Rutherford, a certified nursing assistant at Laguna Honda Hospital, said the stress of losing her job made patient care more challenging. “They feel it,” Rutherford said. Photo by Monica Jensen/SF Public Press.
Clerk Michael Carroll showed off his layoff notice at a protest sponsored by SEIU Local 1021 over the summer. Photo Monica Jensen/SF Public Press.
Raul Ramirez, a certified nursing assistant at Laguna Honda Hospital, said he and other staff were told not to speak to the media. Photo by Monica Jensen/SF Public Press.
Certified nursing assistants and clerical workers protested inside City Hall last summer. Photo by Monica Jensen/SF Public Press.
About the Author
Kevin Stark is a journalist living in Chicago. He has worked for the Public Press since April 2009. He has covered local politics, labor, health care and the environment. He is a recipient of the Comer Scholarship for environmental journalism and is pursuing a masters degree at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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See our previous coverage on the issue: San Francisco layoffs disproportionately hit women and minorities, workers assert