UHW rank and file members pay a visit to a secret SEIU office whose sole purpose is to wrest control of the entire West Coast health care workers union. A confidential list reveals top SEIU officers and staff coming to California to direct the hostile takeover even though hearing officer, former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, has yet to announce his decision.
January 23, 2009
Dear Friend of Labor:
As you may have read in The New York Times last Sunday, January 18, the dispute between SEIU-UHW is nearing a climax.
As we write, SEIU international staff and board members are setting up "war rooms" in the
At the same time, SEIU has released partial findings of the UHW trusteeship hearing it convened last September, with predictable results. The text of Ray Marshall’s decision and his actual recommendations have yet to be disclosed, however.
On January 9, the SEIU executive board (with a surprising number of dissenting votes and abstentions) gave President Andy Stern its backing for the removal of 65,000 members from UHW. These nursing home and home care workers are now being reassigned without their consent to a massive new 240,000-member
We are writing to urge you–and all who have expressed concern about this unwarranted trusteeship in the past–to contact SEIU leaders in your area immediately, particularly national executive board members, and urge them to speak out against Stern’s senseless organizational assault before it is too late.
Already, the leading Congressional backer of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), U.S. Rep George Miller (D-CA.), has been quoted in The Washington Post (on Jan. 9) warning of the damage that UHW dismemberment and trusteeship will do to labor’s already very difficult campaign for EFCA.