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

Some workers were told that signing a card was the only way they could keep their union, while others were threatened that they could be deported if they did not sign. In some cases, NUHW representatives said they were from a government agency, and in still others they pressured family members and even home care consumers to sign the cards, rendering them invalid if thoroughly checked.

"To protect these workers' rights and ensure a fair process, each card and each signature should be hand checked against official records," said Leon Chow, who has represented San Francisco home care workers for SEIU-UHW for 12 years.

Examples of the tactics used by NUHW, which home care workers share on video and can be viewed here, include:

Asya Tilman was told to sign "a petition to protect our rights," and it was not until "a few months ago that I realized that, through their lies, they try to move me to a different union." After Asya signed, she was then asked whether her daughter, also a home care worker, was at home, "and he said that I could sign under her name. And that is what I did."

Yuk Wan Leung was overwhelmed when two workers from the hotel union knocked at her door pressuring her to sign a petition. They told her the petition was for their voting freedom and it would not affect her union. Then they refused to leave until she signed.

Mei Fong Tsoi was approached while walking to work and was told to sign the petition to support the un
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SOURCE SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West
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