Unwanted Union Refuses to Go Away

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fresno beeBy a vote of 42% to 58%, SEIU decisively lost a decertification election; but it used a technicality to overturn the election so it could continue to collect dues from unwilling members. Although this fight has been going for the past four years, SEIU complained that the ballots were mailed four days earlier than was agreed.

In an election ruling released Monday, a state Public Employment Relations Board lawyer says ballots for the election landed in the hands of voting members before voting was scheduled to get started under the agreement between the two groups…

“We believe those four days were critical and potentially altered the outcome of the election,” said Laura Basua, SEIU chapter president in Fresno County. “We lost four days’ worth of conversations with our members to explain the importance of staying united and what was truly at stake.”