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I have watched as the SEIU and CNA have fought each other over the right to unionize nurses in Central Ohio. Particularly disturbing to me was SEIU head Andy Stern's blunt statement, "We will unionize your workforce or we will destroy your reputation."

With the current troubles at UNITE HERE as well as the battles between the SEIU and CNA, it is apparent that the union leadership is more interested in securing their own positions and power than in speaking out for the workers they claim to represent.

The Democratic Party only regained power once it returned to its roots. So too will unions return to their position as the defenders of workers' rights when they remember that this is their sole reason for being.

Mark Schrider

Columbus, OH

Feb 27 2009 - 7:59am