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Nurses Blast SEIU for Deceit in Hiding Violence at Michigan Conference
Date:4/24/2008

Orwellian Spin: SEIU Peddling Video That Does Not Show Attack

Nurses Will Never Forget SEIU's Violence

OAKLAND, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Desperate to hide the truth about a brutal attack on a labor conference in Michigan April 12, Andy Stern's Service Employees International Union is now peddling a video that does not show the violence ... as proof that the attack never happened. Stern's denials contradict dozens of first-person accounts of journalists, non- partisan trade unionists, and the organizers of the conference.

As a result, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee call on Stern to "renounce the use of violence, end the lies, and stop targeting women, nurses, and working people for threats and harassment."

The labor movement was shocked by SEIU's attack, which sent one woman to the hospital, introduced the use of violence to labor politics, and was widely covered and reported on by the 1,000 attendees.

"The violence in Michigan and the specific targeting of women labor leaders is reprehensible and should have no place in our labor movement or our country," said Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of CNA/NNOC. "For Andy Stern to direct this attack and its cover up is abusive, immoral, and unacceptable behavior. He demonstrates why RNs across the country want no part of an organization like SEIU."

In a letter sent out after the attacks, John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO said, "There is no justification -- none -- for the violent attack orchestrated by SEIU at the Labor Notes conference in Detroit. While there may well be multiple sides to any dispute, violence in any form is reprehensible. Violence in attacking freedom of speech must be strongly condemned. Any attempt to deny the right of free speech threatens the foundation of our movement and the future of working people."

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