An ongoing, acrimonious battle between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the California Nurses Association to organize nurses nationwide took a modest turn toward civility recently when a California court commissioner lifted a temporary restraining order that briefly muzzled SEIU officials.
Jon Rantzman, commissioner of the Superior Court of Alameda County, granted the SEIU’s request to lift a temporary restraining order he had issued against union President Andrew Stern and all SEIU staff.
Rantzman originally issued the injunction based on allegations that SEIU members were stalking and harassing officials of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC).
Rantzman had ordered Stern to instruct his workers not to attempt to enter any CNA/NNOC offices or private property.
The two unions have clashed in recent months as they both seek to represent nurses in several states, crashing each other’s rallies on several occasions, including at least one in which a fistfight broke out.
Final note: This case is another indication that the fight to organize workers is alive and well. But at least in this case, it’s a union fighting another union. Hopefully, employers aren’t getting caught in the crossfire.
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