Tension and animosity are driving a wedge between local organized labor groups right now.

Unions and other organized labor groups are a lot like other interest groups – sometimes they agree with one another, sometimes they don’t.

When they are united, though – either behind a candidate or a proposed policy – they can wield a lot of power, which is why the recent leadership shakeup at the Labor Council is making such big waves in San Diego politics.

In this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis lift the curtain on the current battle for the heart of organized labor.


Correction: An earlier version of this post included a photo of former local labor leader German Ramirez and misidentified him as Mickey Kasparian.

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    Written by Kinsee Morlan

    Kinsee Morlan is the Engagement Editor at Voice of San Diego and author of the Culture Report. Contact her directly at kinsee.morlan@voiceofsandiego.org. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter. Subscribe to her podcast.

    1 comments
    Bruce Higgins
    Bruce Higgins subscriber

    Unfortunately I have seen this many times before in my 40+ year career.  Unions treat their own people worse than any company would dare.  Try going to a union hall and asking to see the books for your union.  Don't disagree too loudly at a hall meeting, and god help you if you try to cross a picket line because you have to feed your family.


    It is little wonder that union membership is below 10% everywhere except government, and that when people are given a free choice ( which does not happen in California) they overwhelmingly vote with their feet and leave unions.