July 13, 2010

SHE'S GOOD:

Whitman attacks on nurses part of larger strategy (JULIET WILLIAMS, 07/13/2010, AP)

The California Nurses Association, one of the most aggressive labor groups in the state...is accustomed to winning, often in attention-grabbing ways. But it now finds itself in Whitman’s crosshairs as part of her campaign against California’s Democratically aligned public employee unions.

While the nurses association represents both public and private employees, it is part of the labor establishment Whitman has railed against. To Whitman, the unions symbolize California’s undisciplined spending, political gridlock and inefficient, outdated operations that are anathema to her corporate sensibilities.

After the nurses association rejected Whitman’s request to turn over its membership roster, she responded by buying a publicly available list of all the state’s registered nurses, about 370,000. She then began mailing them fliers that slam the union’s leadership, questioning its spending on anti-Whitman campaign events and saying its approach is unprofessional.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 13, 2010 5:16 PM
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