September 26/27, 2008: UHW members protest SEIU trusteeship hearing in San Mateo, California.
  Thousands of UHW members from all over California protested a two-day hearing held by SEIU in an attempt to justify placing UHW in trusteeship. The charges against UHW were thrown out of court earlier in the year, but SEIU still pursues them in an effort to take control of UHW and stifle dissent within the union.


  Embattled UHW President Sal Rosselli welcoming UHW members to the Kangaroo Court from the outdoor stage during an intermission in the trusteeship hearing sessions. "The cards are stacked against us," Sal noted, in reference to the one-sided nature of the hearing. Referring to evidence that Employers currently in bargaining with UHW are stalling in the hope that SEIU appointees will take over UHW and give the employer a better deal, Sal promised "We will never allow employers to have a relationship with Andy Stern and SEIU-- Employers will have to deal with us!"

  Thousands of UHW members from the Hospital, Convalescent and Home Care divisions all over California converged on the San Mateo County Event Center to support UHW and protest the trusteeship hearing.

  Sal shared the stage with nursing home workers from Windsor Healthcare, a state-wide multi-million dollar nursing home chain. More than 700 union workers are engaged in a 2 day unfair labor practice strike at 8 Windsor nursing homes in the Bay Area. At the time of this hearing, Windsor had threatened to lock them out.


The red shirts on these UHW activists say "Hands Off Our Union!" Interspersed with these were purple shirts worn by members of the UHW/CHW bargaining team. This year's statewide contract bargaining has been seriously undermined by SEIU's trusteeship threat.

Note: Karen Bee, (2nd from left), is host of "Keepin' it Real," the popular and informative UHW-produced video series on union events. "Keepin' it Real" can be accessed at:

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