The beleaguered New York City hospital workers’ union, Local 1199, shows signs of renewal. In a rare break with the power of union incumbency, the scandal-ridden regime of President Doris Turner was narrowly defeated in a late-April ballot monitored by the Department of Labor. The final tally shows the opposition “Save Our Union” slate—led by social worker Georgianna Johnson and backed by a coalition of forces with ties to the union’s old Leon Davis leadership—with 19,381 votes to 17,017 for Turner. There was an unprecedented 54 percent turnout. This is probably the biggest win by union insurgents since Ed Sadlowski’s 1974 victory for the Steelworkers’ district directorship. As those who have follo...
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