Devil shows his hand.... As it turns out, there is another
element in play. While the UHW-w member-elected bargaining team
is trying hard to bargain a contract with CHW, SEIU President Andy
Stern is working hard to undermine UHW's efforts. SEIU informed
CHW of its intent to place UHW-w in trusteeship, which means, in
effect, telling CHW that they might as well stall and almost certainly
get a better deal with SEIU as the bargaining agent. (NOTE: SEIU
is notorious for Employer-friendly contracts in exchange for the
unimpeded right to organize. Result: Employer gets labor peace,
SEIU gets dues, the employee/members pay dues and get crumbs).
In an effort
to intimidate our union, SEIU informed UHW-w of its intent to send
"personal representatives" to "attend any meeting
of the local union." On September 3, SEIU sent two monitors
(Thomas DeBruin & Joe Buckley, in blue shirts, far left) to
the bargaining session in Sacramento.
The UHW-w bargaining
team erupted in outrage when the SEIU monitors appeared.