�Josh Eidel­son

Bloomberg Businessweek (North America) - - Politics / Policy -

To Henry’s al­lies, that’s an out­moded way of think­ing about la­bor. SEIU Health­care Illi­nois Pres­i­dent Keith Kelle­her says a po­ten­tial model could be the New York–based Free­lancers Union, which doesn’t have col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing deals with in­di­vid­ual com­pa­nies. In­stead, it funds it­self by tak­ing com­mis­sions on health in­surance and other ser­vices sold to its mem­bers. “If it has the power to raise wages and it con­tains a model for or­ga­ni­za­tional re­siliency and stan­dards en­force­ment, does it mat­ter?” asks David Rolf, pres­i­dent of the largest SEIU lo­cal in Wash­ing­ton state. Given the chal­lenges unions face, Henry says, “you can’t go smaller in this mo­ment. You have to go big­ger.”

The bot­tom line SEIU, the sec­ond-largest U.S. union, has won a $15 min­i­mum wage in Cal­i­for­nia but no union con­tracts for fast-food work­ers.

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