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San Francisco Home Care Workers Describe Lies, Coercion, and Fraud in Union Signature Drive
Date:8/31/2009

With More than 1,000 Reported Incidents, Caregivers Call for Comprehensive Process to Verify Signatures

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Home care workers called for a hand-examination of each signed card submitted by an organization seeking to decertify the workers' union, saying they had been subjected to lies, coercion, and fraud.

The home caregivers, members of the Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers - West (SEIU-UHW), have described more than a thousand incidents in which improper tactics were used to coerce workers, their family members, and the people they care for to sign cards by representatives who came to their homes. To watch some of these workers as they relate their stories, please click here. The decertification cards were collected by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), an organization formed by officials who were ousted from SEIU-UHW in January for, among other things, improperly moving $3 million in members' dues money to a bogus non-profit for their own use.

"We support our union - SEIU-UHW doubled our wages and won our healthcare. Apparently, the only way NUHW believes it can get the number of signed cards they need is by frightening and tricking us into signing," said Dedria Smith, a San Francisco home care worker for the past 8 years. "First they tried to take our money. Now they are trying to take our union."

Workers have shared over a thousand stories describing how NUHW improperly collected signatures and asking to have their cards returned. NUHW's tactics are part of a pattern that emerged in Fresno earlier this year when more than a third of the cards they collected from home care workers were found to be invalid when hand checked.


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