3about financial or operational problems at UHW that might serve as legitimategrounds for trusteeship. Instead, the email reveals the outlines of a Machiavellianplan by top SEIU officials to use whatever means necessary to take over, dismemberand eviscerate UHW and thereby remove UHW’s elected leaders.5.
In the email, Ragen discusses a number of possible strategies for accomplishing thisgoal, including: orchestrating the “implosion” of UHW; weakening UHW bystripping away its 65,000 long-term care (“LTC”) members through SEIU’s jurisdictional process; weakening UHW by recruiting away some of its key staff leaders; attempting to exploit “pockets of dissatisfaction” among UHW members inan effort to change UHW’s leadership during upcoming internal officer and boardelections; filing lawsuits against UHW; initiating regulatory actions against UHWwith the U.S. Department of Labor; and imposing trusteeship on UHW. Ragenidentifies two leading options for displacing UHW’s elected leaders – trusteeship or“implosion” – and notes that his preferred strategy is orchestrating the “implosion”of UHW.6.
The email, with its military references to “Iraq” and a “suicide mission,” isreminiscent of a secret government plan aimed at overthrowing a foreigngovernment. The email begins as follows:
Post-convention UHW work. A few thoughts.
Trusteeship would be difficult – it’s like Iraq, easy and then to get in and thena slog
Implosion would be better outcome – but what will it take?
Loss of LTC means half the local will be in the south, where there are pocketsof dissatisfaction
Local elections are early next year
Some key senior staff may want to get out of a suicide mission
DFR’s – possible filing at Kaiser Sunset, elsewhere
The email reveals that SEIU officials, under the guidance of Andrew Stern and AnnaBurger, consider trusteeship to be simply one of many possible means to accomplishtheir political goal of removing UHW’s elected leaders.8.
The email also demonstrates that Stern and Burger are employing a broad array of the union’s resources to carry out a political coup d’etat against UHW’s electedleaders, including field staff, communications experts and legal support. The emailhints at the scope, complexity and intensity of Stern and Burger’s campaign in itsdiscussion of strategic and operational issues, including “communications strategy,”“member outreach,” outreach to other SEIU local unions, and legal strategy.9.
The truth about the purely political nature of SEIU’s proposed trusteeship of UHW isalso made evident by SEIU officials’ recent public assertions that SEIU had nointention of placing UHW under trusteeship, presumably because there was notsufficient evidence, nor legal rationale, to justify a legitimate trusteeship. On or