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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Workplace Democracy in Unions

One of the more interesting discussions out there is how progressive organizations live up to their ideals. Questions abound about environmental organizations that waste energy or paper, unions that treat their staff badly, groups dedicated to equality that discriminate in hiring based on ethnic group, and more.

The following is one of the more frightening quotes in a long discussion online: "Unionized staff of the International of SEIU actually have a clause in their contract that permits SEIU to terminate them if they assist staff of SEIU locals in organizing themselves."