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UHW Trustees File Federal Suit Against Former Officers for Undermining Members
Date:3/3/2009

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  • a widespread and coordinated campaign of intimidation against employees who chose to work for UHW after the trusteeship, which some former UHW staff employees or their agents have carried out by threatening UHW staff with physical violence, harassing anonymous phone calls, and vandalism of their automobiles.
  • Those former leaders named in the suit were removed on January 27 after an independent hearing officer, former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, found that Sal Rosselli and other officers had engaged in financial wrongdoing and failure to abide by the democratically-determined mandates of the Union as a whole.

    In a follow-up hearing on February 27, it was disclosed that while they were still in office, the former officers of UHW had failed to secure or even bargain contracts for thousands of workers.

    "The former officers of this local not only lost their way, they put the members on the path to ruin," said Eliseo Medina, Trustee of UHW. "They won't get away with it. From the very beginning of the trusteeship, we have been working with the membership to put a structure in place that will support UHW members' interests from the bargaining table to Sacramento. And part of our commitment to protect the members' hard-won gains is to hold their former leaders accountable to the hardworking women and men who deserve the full benefits and protections of this union."


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