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Caregivers Protest Foley & Lardner's Union Busting & Intimidation
Date:6/12/2008

in Environmental Services at St. Jude Hospital (Fullerton), says management's attempts to have it both ways are ruining staff morale. "I don't understand how they can spend all this money to fight us when all we are trying to do is take care of patients the best we can. It makes us feel very disrespected." The workers are calling on SJHS to live up to their core values of justice, dignity, service and excellence and work with, instead of against them to focus on providing better patient care.

The daytime demonstration featured workers from St. Jude, St. Joseph and Mission Hospitals in Orange County as well as community, political and religious supporters. Speaking to the upbeat and full-throated crowd, John A. Perez, candidate for the State Assembly seat representing downtown LA, joined the workers in also calling on the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange to stay true to their legacy of supporting workers' rights to organize, just as they did in the past with farm workers and janitors. "At a time when millions of Californians have inadequate, if any, healthcare coverage, and when healthcare professionals and community leaders struggle to find long term solutions to this major problem," said Perez, "it is tremendously disappointing that the Sisters of St. Joseph, once reliable allies to California's progressive communities, are wasting valuable resources to fight their own employees."

St. Joseph Health System, which has in the past been found liable for numerous Unfair Labor Practice violations by the National Labor Relations Board is currently under investigation for harassing and surveilling employees engaged in protected activity and continues to retaliate in other ways against workers engaged in the organizing drive. As dedicated caregivers, committed to our jobs and to our patients we believe there is a better way.

The 150,000-member SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West is the largest hospital and healthcare union in the western United States an
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