The Service Employees International Union is proposing healthcare cost ballot initiatives in California and Oregon that industry officials say is covering up a union organizing drive.
Proposed measures in both states would cap executive pay and limit how much hospitals can charge consumers. Both sides say they are prepared to spend millions on opposing campaigns if the measures get on the ballots in November 2014.
It isn't uncommon for unions to wage negative public campaigns to win agreements from employers, including organizing accords. But experts say the SEIU appears to be ramping up the tactic by setting the stage for a direct appeal to voters.
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