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SEIU Seeks Damages for CNA's Effort to Silence Workers, Suppress Criticism of Anti-Union Tactics
Date:4/21/2008

hey don't like being criticized," said Stephen Berzon, a partner at Altshuler Berzon LLP, the San Francisco-based law firm handling the case.

At a hearing this afternoon at the Alameda County Superior Court, the court conveyed it was "strongly of the belief" that the temporary restraining order obtained by the CNA was unlawful under the labor code. The court granted the CNA the opportunity to respond to the SEIU motion to vacate the order within 24 hours -- by 3PM pacific on Tuesday, April 22 -- and is expected to make a ruling immediately thereafter.

TRO IS LATEST TACTIC IN CNA MISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN

The CNA filing of the temporary restraining order last Wednesday is the latest tactic in a campaign of untruths and misinformation led by the California-based union. After waging a vicious "vote no" operation at Catholic Healthcare Partners (CHP) hospitals in Ohio that sabotaged a three-year effort by nurses and hospital workers to win a fair process to freely choose whether to form a union with SEIU, the CNA has consistently and inaccurately characterized efforts by CHP workers and supporters to engage with CNA leadership over the union's anti-union tactics as "harassment." Video footage shows that what the CNA called "5 male staffers harassing CNA Board members" was actually a registered nurse and respiratory therapist going door-to-door to try to speak to CNA leadership: (available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGw2QJTgw4I).

"I just wanted to talk with CNA leaders and ask them to explain why they stood in the way of union elections for me and other hospital workers in Ohio," said Sue Allen, a registered nurse with CHP in Springfield, OH who spent a week door-knocking alongside one of her coworkers to try to reach CNA board-members. "For the CNA to call that 'stalking' is an exaggeration to say the least."

Last week, the CNA posted widely an
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