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

e exercise our right to form a union. We need free choice now."

"It is therefore especially difficult to understand why as union members all over the country are united and hopeful about making change that will help all workers, the disgraced former leaders of Ms. Collins' and Mr. Johnson's 140,000 member local union are trying to tear it down.

"Sal Rosselli and the former officers of UHW are engaging in efforts to destabilize and undermine the contract protections that UHW members employed at Catholic Healthcare West hospital had secured less than 6 months ago. At a time when healthcare workers across the country are united in the work to make universal healthcare a reality, Rosselli instead is directly jeopardizing workers' hard won gains and their union.

"Sal Rosselli and the former officers of UHW were removed after being found guilty of financial wrongdoing, misleading members and attempting to subvert the democratic processes of the union. Not even 18 hours after their removal from office, they claimed to have started a new organization whose main goal appears to be to divide and weaken the very local union they once took an oath to protect. One of Rosselli's team confessed to the Los Angeles Times: "If we have to tear everything down to build it back up again, so be it."

"There seems to be no bottom to the place where Rosselli and his crew are willing to sink.

"It is both reckless and feckless to play games with workers' lives. While our members like Sterling Johnson are concerned about the budget crisis and the welfare of their families, Sal Rosselli remains focused on his ego. Enough is enough.

"UHW is a principled and powerful, vibrant and democratic movement of healthcare workers, dedicated to the achievement of dignity and
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