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SEIU: 'Rogue Organization's Attempt to Destabilize UHW is Both Reckless and Feckless'
Date:2/5/2009

Statement of UHW Trustee Eliseo Medina on the attempts of disgraced former leaders to undermine healthcare workers' contract protections

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by SEIU:

"We worked really hard to win a good three-year contract at CHW, which just took effect last month. And we've had to work just as hard to keep divisive forces out of our hospital. That includes the people from CNA, who tried to disrupt our negotiations and our unit. It also now includes Sal Rosselli and his dangerous decertification scheme attacking our union and our contract. The fact that they are now mounting these attacks together is hypocritical and hurtful to me and fellow members. Their scheme to decertify our union is a dead end. It is a road I would never take or lead my fellow members to go down."

-- Sterling Johnson,

St. John Regional Medical Center

Patient Access Representative, 15 years at facility

Statement of UHW Trustee Eliseo Medina:

"Today, I marched in the rain with over six hundred union members --- nurses, home care workers, janitors, longshoreman, engineers, and others --- united in our efforts to restore America's prosperity and rebuild the middle class by passing the Employee Free Choice Act.

"All over the state of California, hardworking men and women are facing foreclosures, wage and benefit cuts, job losses and assaults on their dignity. All over this country, people are struggling for a voice on the job and a chance to make a better life for their families. In the words of United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW) member Michelle Collins, "In this hard economy, a union and a union contract are the best protection workers have. No workers, including health caregivers, should face cruelty, abuse, or firing just because w
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