Saturday, April 12, 2008

NURSES CLAIM SEIU IS HARASSING THEM

THE CALIFORNIA & NATIONAL NURSES ASSN claims that the SEIU is targeting its members to try to force them into the union. "SEIU's behavior, sending swarms of staff to threaten women in their homes, is especially disgraceful, and another illustration of their contempt for a predominantly female profession that they treat as chattel in so much of their activity, including trying to force RNs into his union," said executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro. "Roving bands of SEIU staff, four or five at a time, arrived on the doorsteps of at least two female board members in Southern California Thursday, with video cameras to film their abusive exploits. Debbie Cuaresma, RN, was confronted by five SEIU staffers chanting they were "from another union and another state, 'who harassed her and her daughter. Margie Keenan, RN saw four SEIU staff members arrive at her door, yelling epithets and screaming at her. Both called the police; the SEIU staff ran off before the police arrived.' Subsequently, Keenan learned that SEIU staff had first showed up in her nursing unit at Long Beach Memorial Hospital searching for her, and asking a co-worker where to find her.

'I was home alone. Four people were staring at me through the window. When they saw me they started screaming and trying to scare me. I called the police and they ran off,' said Keenan.

"Union membership is about collective democracy. Nurses decide they need a union and then choose the union of their choice," Cuaresma said. "We will continue to give voice on behalf of our patients and we will never be intimidated in our struggle to defend our ratios and our hard-won benefits. Stern should rethink his strategy - he will not intimidate me or the CNA."

Also on Thursday, CNA/NNOC obtained a letter from an SEIU staffer who resigned in disgust with the behavior of SEIU International and quoted a top SEIU official bragging of plans "targeting ten to fifteen C.N.A. bargaining units."

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