Donna Norton 
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Re: “SEIU Tries to Crush Local Union Dissident

I am an nurse at Kaiser and I’ve been a proud member of UHW for 19 years. Being part of this union has given me the confidence and strength to grow as a person and as a caregiver. Before becoming active in my local union I didn’t know I had a voice. I didn’t know I should be treated with dignity and respect. I didn’t know we could make a difference. Now I do, and that’s why I want to give my opinion of what UHW is fighting for.

This SF Chronicle article shows how Andy Stern made a lot of false accusations against UHW in retaliation for us speaking out against his top-down leadership. If you take the worker out of the mix, whether it be bargaining a contract or a department issues meeting and replace us with a “pro” from DC, we have just lost what I referred to above.

We can't afford to lose the very thing that we have worked so hard to get – strength in the workplace in the form of credibility, accountability, and the recognition that we the workers are a vital part to the workplace. With that recognition we have the power to win great contracts, bring about change, raise standards at the worksite. I have to wonder how we can demand that management treat us with dignity and respect when our own International Union won't

When you take away someone's voice, they eventually stop caring. When they stop caring, they stop wanting. When they stop wanting, they stop organizing. When they stop organizing, the union stops growing. And that would be a great loss for our patients and communities -- a loss we and others are fighting so hard to prevent.

Donna Norton
Vacaville CA

Posted by Donna Norton on 03/29/2008 at 10:41 AM

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