8/19/08

Stern struggles to damage-control scandal

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Audit trail could lead back to Andy Stern

Today a representative of the Executive Board of SEIU Healthcare United Long Term Care Workers, Local 6434 ("ULTCW") filed a letter of complaint with SEIU International against United Healthcare Workers-West ("UHW-W").

In the letter written to President Stern and the SEIU International Executive Board, Joyce Hayashi -- an elected Vice President of ULTCW and member of its Executive Board exposed the fact that UHW-W is calling ULTCW members to solicit their participation as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against President Tyrone Freeman.

"This latest attack on ULTCW once again speaks to the unfortunate extremes UHW-W leadership will take to fuel their war waged on SEIU, its programs, and those who support its vision in order to redirect public focus off of their own internal issues surrounding the investigation and legal action taken by its own members for the improper transfer of $3 million of dues money into an outside fund," wrote Hayashi.

Hayashi also points out that this is not the first attempt by UHW-W to attack ULTCW. In a previous letter sent to President Stern and the SEIU International Executive Board, President Freeman outlined UHW-W's concerted efforts to interfere in ULTCW internal elections by sponsoring ULTCW member Eva Lozada's protest of our election -- in addition to being bankrolled by them.

In closing, Hayashi called on International to conduct a thorough investigation into this matter and take the appropriate action.

(foxbusiness.com)

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