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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Breaking News: SEIU Takes Over Oakland Affiliate; Local Boss Roselli Bounced

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 5:25 PM

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This just in from our LA Weekly colleague Steven Mikulan:

A press release just issued by the Washington, D.C.

headquarters of the Service Employees Union International announced it has

served trusteeship

papers on its rebel health-care workers local, known as the United

Healthcare Workers-West. The Oakland-based UHW, headed by its president, Sal

Rosselli, has been engaged over the last few years in a struggle with SEIU's executive

board, led by its president, Andy Stern, over the latter's program of

consolidating the union's locals into more centralized mega-locals. In

particular, Stern has ordered that 65,000 UHW members, who care for home

shut-ins, be removed from Rosselli's control and placed into one giant local of

long-term-care employees, based in Los Angeles.



To read about the labor battles that led to this takeover and ouster, see Matt Smith's articles here, here, and here.


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