When Democrat Gloria Romero Roses runs for Congress this fall, her biggest opponent may not be incumbent Republican Rep. David Rivera, but her own résumé.
For nearly three years, Roses worked for a Hollywood-based condo management company that fought a nasty battle against one of the Democratic Party’s biggest contributors: the Service Employees International Union.
Roses headed the employee relations department and later became director of communications and community relations for The Continental Group, which manages condo properties across South Florida. Beginning in 2004, a local SEIU chapter tried unsuccessfully to unionize Continental’s condo workers, mostly in Miami Beach. The union accused the company of interfering with the union effort.
Roses, however, said she backs unions — and that Continental merely “engaged in an open dialogue” with its workers. The company pointed out to employees that it paid a salary higher than the industry average, she said, and provided workers with health benefits and a 401(k) retirement plan.
“I’m a strong supporter of collective bargaining,” Roses told The Miami Herald. “What do they call it — union busting? That wasn’t my role.”