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SEIU vs. CNA: The Battle Exposed

SEIU vs. CNA: The Battle Exposed

August 19, 2008

Who is the SEIU?

According to, “the Service Employees International Union is 2 million working people and 50,000 retirees united to improve services and our communities throughout North America. SEIU members are winning better wages, health care, and more secure jobs at home, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers, not just corporations and CEOs, benefit from today’s global economy. … [SEIU is] the largest health care union, with 900,000 members in the field, including nurses, LPNs, doctors, lab technicians, nursing home workers, home care workers.”

What does the SEIU say?

From an SEIU-sponsored website,

• “Just days before 8,000 employees at nine Catholic Healthcare Partners (CHP) hospitals in Ohio were to vote on whether to form a union with SEIU, as part of a fair process won after a three-year struggle, CNA organizers descended on the hospital workers with an aggressive “vote no” campaign. The CNA’s actions were so misleading and intimidating that the elections had to be postponed.”

• “Contrary to the accounts from the CNA and Labor Notes organizers, the protest was mostly peaceful. Unfortunately, a brief period of pushing and shoving occurred when conference organizers attempted to block the protestors from entering, which resulted in a number of unintentional injuries—including several SEIU members and organizers.

• “‘Our plan was to march peacefully into the board room and support our CHP sisters as they spoke and handed out literature about their stolen right to vote for their union,’ said Rachael Holland, an SEIU organizer from Ohio. ‘However, the CNA’s supporters in the room ran out to confront us and used physical force to prevent our group from entering the ballroom and voicing our dissent.’ A photo later posted on the CNA’s website, intended to be evidence of violence by protestors, was in fact a photo of Rachael in the midst of the scuffle.”

• “As details unfold about the events of [April 12], clear and compelling evidence is emerging to contradict the CNA’s account of what happened in Dearborn. To those seated inside the banquet hall, what appeared to be happening near the door was only a minor tussle. Outside, however, a scuffle occurred between protestors trying to enter and conference organizers trying to keep them out. Contrary to the CNA’s description of what happened, however, many of the protestors were being pushed, shoved, and even assaulted by conference participants. In fact, photos on the CNA and Labor Notes websites offered as “evidence” of violence by protestors actually depict the peaceful protestors under attack by conference security.”

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