Steve Early

Several hundred frustrated health care reform advocates showed up at the governor’s inauguration—and they weren’t there to applaud. Instead they staged a sit-in, chanting and singing, unfurling banners and refusing to leave.

AFL-CIO leaders basked in a glow of favorable media coverage of their 2013 convention. But unfortunately missing were strategies for defending and re-energizing union members.

The powerful union is making an object lesson of dissidents who dared disobey.

NUHW supporters must now pursue a “minority union” organizing approach. The upstart union lost its second bid to represent 45,000 service and technical workers at the giant California health care chain.

Most Teamster conventions in the last 25 years have been held in Las Vegas. But this year's official expense-paid vacation will see telling reminders of rank-and-file discontent, in the form of two opposition candidates.