God coverA 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.

adam-reichAdam ReichIn 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.

bildeSanta Rosa Memorial HospitalAlthough 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.

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