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Statement by UHW Trustee Eliseo Medina on the Trusteeship of Local UHW-W
Date:1/28/2009

chose to do otherwise.

"If you push aside the smoke screen that UHW officers created, the core issue and root cause of their repeated misconduct -- as found by Secretary Marshall -- has always been their disagreement over the creation of a single long term health care local in California.

"They took their argument to the Convention -- and lost.

"They took their argument to the International Executive Board of SEIU -- and lost.

"They took their argument to the hearing officer -- and lost.

"UHW leaders, rather than acknowledging and supporting the decision of the majority, decided to wage war in order to overturn these decisions.

"That is flat-out wrong.

"No single local union can stand above all others. In a democracy, you cannot decide that you will only comply with those decisions you agree with. For a democracy to function, after a fair and thorough debate -- as was the case with the long term jurisdiction -- you must abide by all the decisions that are made, whether you prevail or not.

"Dozens of locals have undergone similar transformations over the last two years. In fact, local leaders in both Washington state and Oregon presided over the transfer of long term healthcare workers into one union and healthcare workers into another. Those local leaders argued their cases forcefully. Some won their arguments; others did not. But after the decision was made no local except UHW-W refused to comply. And, as Secretary Marshall noted in his decision, '...no democratic labor organization can permit local unions to nullify International decisions reached through their democratic processes specified in their constitutions and bylaws.'

"UHW's leaders knew by the International Executive Board's discussion on January 22 that their failure to comply with the Board's order on jurisdiction -- which was in any event
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