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Democracy on Trial: SEIU's $25 Million Lawsuit Against Union Reformers Goes to Court Monday
Date:3/17/2010

SAN FRANCISCO, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the last year, SEIU officials have been suing 29 local union reformers and whistleblowers who exposed the union's corruption and backroom deals and helped healthcare workers protect their democratic right to join a new union after a hostile takeover.

On Monday, SEIU lawyers will have to argue their case in a trial that labor journalists and historians say is an unprecedented attack on workers' right to a democratic voice in their union.

"Are elected union leaders accountable to the workers who elected them, or must they only take orders from above, even when workers oppose it?" asked Cal Winslow, historian and author of Labor's Civil War in California: the NUHW Healthcare Workers' Rebellion.

"SEIU is advancing a dangerous legal theory that leaders can be personally targeted to collect damages, even when there is no allegation of personal gain, simply because of a difference of opinion."

The suit stems from SEIU's takeover of a loca
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