Former US Labor Secretary Appointed Hearing Officer in Trusteeship of United Healthcare Workers-West

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 General News
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 The Service EmployeesInternational Union (SEIU) today announced the selection of nationallyrespected labor expert and former US Labor Secretary Ray Marshall to act asoutside hearing officer in the International's proposed trusteeship over itsOakland-based local, United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW-W). TheInternational notified UHW-W last month that it would seek oversight of theLocal following allegations that its leaders engaged in a pattern ofretaliation, financial malpractice and fraud involving the diversion ofmillions of dollars of union treasury monies, in possible violation of federallaw.

Currently Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics andPublic Affairs at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs,Secretary Marshall served as U.S. Secretary of Labor under President JimmyCarter between 1977 and 1981.

As a labor arbitrator, Secretary Marshall has served on the panels of theAmerican Arbitration Association and Federal Mediation and ConciliationService. He is active on numerous boards, including the National Center onEducation and the Economy and the Work in America Institute. Past and presentmemberships include the Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, the StateDepartment's Advisory Council on Labor Diplomacy, City of Austin's SocialEquity Commission; the National Manpower Advisory Committee; and the NationalManpower Policy Task Force.

Secretary Marshall has authored or co-authored over 30 books andmonographs and is a recipient of the AFL-CIO's Lewis-Murray-Reuther SocialJustice Award. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley.

At a hearing set for September 26-27, Secretary Marshall will reviewsignificant evidence in support of allegations set forth in the Union's Noticethat UHW-W leaders created an illegal scheme to divert $6 million dollars ofmembers' money off the union's books into an outside fund; improperly used$500,000 of members' funds to create a legal defense fund for theirprotection; unlawfully misappropriated and misused proprietary electronicrecords; and retaliated against UHW-W members who expressed their views onunion affairs. The hearing officer will review the evidence and make a formalrecommendation to SEIU regarding the proposed trusteeship.

With 2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIUis the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers inhealthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winningbetter wages, healthcare, and more secure jobs for our communities, whileuniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensurethat workers, not just corporations and CEOs, benefit from today's globaleconomy.

SOURCE The Service Employees International Union


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