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California SEIU Members Support Single Union Uniting Long-Term Care Workers
Date:12/12/2008

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SEIU announced today that its California healthcare members have voted to support the creation of a single local uniting the state's long-term care workers. The International Executive Board (IEB), SEIU's highest democratically elected decision-making body, will weigh the results of the non-binding advisory vote next month as it considers reforms designed to strengthen the representation of California long-term care workers.

"This democratic advisory vote will be carefully considered by the International Executive Board," said SEIU President Andy Stern. "Our members sent a clear message today. A single statewide local can instantly transform long-term care workers into one of the leading political and economic forces in the Golden State. With a massive budget crisis and Governor Schwarzenegger calling for devastating cuts in worker pay and patient care, our members are saying now is the time to pool our strength."

In more than three weeks of mail-in balloting, members affected by the proposed reorganization were given the opportunity to vote their preference on whether to create a new single statewide long-term care local or a new statewide local representing a broader classification of healthcare workers. The result was 86.2% to 13.8% in favor of a long-term care local.

The California reorganization is part of a systematic reform of SEIU that has been taking place since 1996. In 2000, delegates to the SEIU International Convention adopted the New Strength in Unity Plan, and the Union launched an aggressive restructuring program, breaking up old political fiefdoms and uniting workers by industry and geography into larger, more modern locals. Organizational reforms have increased political strength and bargaining power for SEIU members in Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Illinois,
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