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Telling It Like It Is

by: KB RN

Tue Apr 22, 2008 at 20:09:45 PM PDT

I'm Karen Backus, a registered nurse on staff for SEIU, posting this statement on behalf of Norma Amsterdam, RN, MA, Executive Vice President of SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.

It's amazing how the California Nurses Association continues to cling to its distorted version of events, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary. When confronted with the facts, the CNA seems to respond by ramping up the rhetoric, embellishing their stories even more, and then throwing in a few publicity stunts-like seeking a temporary restraining order against SEIU.

Today the Alameda County Superior Court vacated the temporary restraining order. In the same court, SEIU also filed an "anti-SLAPP" motion to prevent the CNA from further engaging in dishonest efforts to silence its critics.

It's time for the California Nurses Association to stick to the truth:

· The alleged "stalking and harassing" by "mostly male staffers" was actually a registered nurse and respiratory therapist from Ohio-both women-knocking on the doors of CNA board members to ask for their help. See them at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

· The only visual evidence of violence at the Labor Notes conference produced by the CNA is a photo of SEIU organizer Rachael Holland being injured by a conference security guard, which you can see in the CNA's video here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiMH20aJiXg. Read Rachael's heartfelt response here: http://www.openleft.com/showCo...  

Clearly, the CNA is hoping their tall tales will divert attention away from the reason for the protest in Dearborn and the hospital workers' attempts to meet with CNA board members-namely, the deplorable actions of CNA organizers that destroyed the chance to form a union for 8,000 nurses and other hospital employees in Ohio.

One of those nurses, Susan Horne, RN, tells it like it is. A videotaped interview with her in Dearborn was featured in a video recently posted on You Tube by the Labor Video Project: http://youtube.com/watch?v=QsK... It's well worth watching for those who want to know what this is really all about.

KB RN :: Telling It Like It Is
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Eight days ago, the Puerto Rico Federation of Teachers, which represents 40,000 teachers, paralyzed island public schools with a strike.

The teachers, who earn top wages of $26,000 a year, had worked for 30 months without a contract. Union leaders were furious that Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila imposed new working conditions last year, decertified the union in January and suspended its dues checkoff.

The governor's draconian actions came after the union's membership voted in November to authorize a strike. Since 1998, Puerto Rico's government workers have not been allowed to strike.

While the clash between the teachers' militant leaders and the government was grabbing the headlines, Rivera was maneuvering to snatch control of the teachers for his Service Employees International Union.

Top labor leaders here and in Puerto Rico say Acevedo Vila gave Rivera, a close friend and a vice president of the 1.6-million member SEIU, a green light last year to oust the teachers federation and replace it with a newly formed labor group, the Union of Puerto Rican Teachers."


Since Dennis Rivera is her boss at 1199/UHE, I'd like her to respond to the NY Daily News article and I'd like to find out if she considers herself a hypocrite for accusing another union of the same thing her own union is doing. 

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