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A Different Kind of Union: SEIU Healthcare Florida from the Mid-1990s through 2009

Bruce Nissen

in Life and Labor in the New New South

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780813037950
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037950.003.0011
A Different Kind of Union: SEIU Healthcare Florida from the Mid-1990s through 2009

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This chapter examines the history of the SEIU healthcare workers union in Florida from the mid-1990s through most of the first decade of the 21st century. It covers the aggressive union organizing and “social movement unionism” that characterize this union. The union participates extensively in Florida's civil rights movement and immigrant rights movement, thus bridging the gap between its members' workplace and community concerns. By concentrating on the quality of patient care in nursing homes and hospitals, it likewise allies itself with the interests of patients. An extensive survey of the membership also shows that it has empowered many of its members and increased their civic engagement. This social movement union has been successful while other unions have been in decline.

Keywords: South; textile industry; deindustrialization; North American Free Trade Agreement; manufacturing employment; imports; sunbelt; textile workers

Chapter.  11110 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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