A long, often bitter union organizing effort in Santa Rosa offered lessons in practical theology for both sides, and may have set some important precedents as well.
In the early stages of the union organizing effort at Santa Rosa Memorial Hosptial, management sought to invoke religious considerations to oppose the campaign, reports Adam Reich, author of With God on Our Side, a new book about that campaign.
It took a while for the union representatives to find an effective counter-argument, Reich says, but when they did, it eventually became part of the contract they negotiated.
Although the protracted organizing effort at Memorial Hospital didn't attract a lot of attention from outside this region, Reich suggests that it holds some lessons with much wider application—for both sides.
The Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa is hosting a book signing party with Adam Reich on Friday evening, June 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Several of the important figures from the organizing campaign are also due to attend.