SEIU, Unite Here End Bitter Feud
Two of the nation's most influential unions have ended a bitter feud that roiled the U.S. labor movement for more than a year. According to www.nydailynews.com reports, leaders of the powerful Service Employees International Union and UNITE HERE, the hotel and garment workers union, agreed last night to divide up hundreds of millions of dollars. They'd been fighting over the spoils since a faction of UNITE HERE split away and joined SEIU in early 2009.
Under the agreement, the faction that joined SEIU gets control of the only union-owned bank in the country, the Amalgamated Bank, with nearly $5 billion in assets.
UNITE HERE will get the union's 28-story office building on Seventh Ave., valued at $85 million. It will also get more than $75 million that a judge froze after the dispute began.
SEIU also has agreed not to compete with UNITE-HERE in the unionization of hotel and gaming workers anywhere in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada for the next 24 years. Since hospitality and gambling are growing industries, the provision means UNITE-HERE's membership is likely to expand.
Workers United, the faction that left UNITE HERE and joined SEIU, will keep the needle trades and laundries, two declining industries.
The leaders of Workers United were part of the old garment workers union that merged with the hotel workers back in 2005. The marriage quickly soured, and in February 2009, UNITE HERE president Bruce Raynor, who was about to be removed from his post, walked out with his followers and joined SEIU.
A public review board investigation later concluded Raynor and his aides improperly siphoned more than $15 million of UNITE HERE funds when they left. The panel recommended a criminal investigation.
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