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SEIU Impersonates Nurses in Hostile Takeover Campaign Against California Nurses Association/NNOC
Date:2/5/2009

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Impersonating nurses in a multimillion dollar campaign replete with deceptive mailers, phone calls, a website linked to a phony RN group, and the diversion of groups ostensibly working on "healthcare reform," the Service Employees International Union has sharply escalated an offensive to seize control of the nation's largest nurses' organization, the California Nurses Association/NNOC charged today.

SEIU is trying to take over the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (AFL-CIO) by soliciting SEIU-allied individuals to run for the CNA/NNOC national board of directors, as well as attempting to harass and intimidate the CNA/NNOC leadership, said CNA/NNOC.

The SEIU playbook bears sharp resemblance to a hostile corporate takeover -- and emulates tactics SEIU and its agents have used against other unions, said CNA/NNOC.

Elements of the multimedia campaign include the creation of a false "RN" group titled "RNs for Change" with a fake website, e-mail address, and 800- phone number. All it was missing was actual RNs. Under the "RNs for Change" banner, SEIU has sent multiple smear mail pieces, e-mail alerts, and robo calls soliciting recruits to run for the CNA/NNOC board on SEIU's behalf. (For more details, see the CNA website, http://www.calnurses.org or http://www.servingemployersinsteadofus.org.)

The attack coincides with SEIU's seizure of its largest California local United Healthcare Workers-West. SEIU President Andy Stern has appointed a top enforcer, Dave Regan, as a director of that takeover. Regan has also been Stern's key lieutenant in attacks on CNA/NNOC.

For its CNA/NNOC takeover bid, SEIU has brought staff from around the country to impersonate RNs for phone banking and uni
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SOURCE California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee
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