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November 16th, 2009

Modern Healthcare: Laboring to unite

After years of feuding and raiding each other’s ranks, more healthcare unions are joining hands so they can work together on a common pro-labor agenda

By Joe Carlson

Imagine a time when healthcare unions were endlessly fractured, when labor leaders spent as much time launching public relations attacks and raiding parties against one another as they did trying to organize new workers.

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November 15th, 2009

Sacramento Bee: Rival union accuses SEIU of ballot manipulation

FRESNO—A competing union has accused the Service Employees International Union of changing ballots and threatening to report workers to immigration officials in a contentious battle to represent more than 10,000 home health care workers in Fresno County.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers filed charges Nov. 6 with the California Public Employment Relations Board.

SEIU’s United Health Care Workers-West narrowly defeated NUHW in a June election, winning the right to represent workers in the county’s In-Home Supportive Services program. NUHW wants the board to throw out the victory.

“SEIU not only tolerated but encouraged people to break the law, intimidate people and harass people,” said Sal Roselli, NUHW president.

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November 14th, 2009

In These Times: California healthcare battle gets uglier

By Kari Lydersen

The battle between SEIU and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) over organzing home health care workers in northern California got even uglier recently with charges filed alleging SEIU organizers intimidated and threatened workers and even told Latino workers they would be deported if they didn’t vote for SEIU in a June election between the two unions.

SEIU won the election to represent 10,000 home healthcare workers in Fresno, but NUHW is challenging the result in charges filed Nov. 6 with the California Public Employment Relations Board.

The charges cite a former SEIU organizer alleging he was pressured to change ballots from the June election between the two unions, and did change a ballot himself.

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November 13th, 2009

Fresno Bee: Rival union accuses SEIU of election pressure

By Brad Branan / The Fresno Bee

A competing union has accused the Service Employees International Union of changing ballots and threatening to report workers to immigration officials in a contentious battle to represent more than 10,000 home health-care workers in Fresno County.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers filed charges Nov. 6 with the California Public Employment Relations Board.

SEIU’s United Health Care Workers-West narrowly defeated NUHW in a June election, winning the right to represent workers in the county’s In-Home Supportive Services program. NUHW wants the board to throw out the victory.

“SEIU not only tolerated but encouraged people to break the law, intimidate people and harass people,” said Sal Roselli, NUHW president.

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November 12th, 2009

Former SEIU staff blow the whistle on SEIU’s illegal Fresno campaign

Fresno workers spoke out about SEIU’s tactics during the controversial election in June. Today’s Wall Street Journal and Fresno Bee report that SEIU engaged in illegal threats, ballot-tampering, and other serious violations of election rules during a June union election for 10,000 homecare providers in Fresno, according to voters and union staff who worked for […]