The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging in pertinent part that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been contracting out union work in the run-up to the November elections. The CWA represents employees who work for the SEIU’s Local 1021, which is very politically active in Northern California. This election season, according to the CWA, Local 1021 has contracted out union labor to temporary workers and consultants. Needless to say, the CWA is not pleased.
“We oppose, and we challenge, and we picket, and then our own union is contracting out our jobs,” said Daz Lamparas, the CWA shop steward who filed the original complaint in July. CWA Local 9404 represents the organizers and other staff at SEIU Local 1021.
An SEIU spokesperson has denied the charges. Interestingly, the NLRB’s San Francisco regional director ordered the dispute to arbitration. The CWA will have the ability to request that the RD review any award that is rendered.