SEIU Files Federal Lawsuit Against A California Local Alleging Financial Misconduct – 04/30/08
By Doug Cunningham
SEIU International has sued its California United Health Care West affiliate in federal court, alleging financial misconduct against ten officers of the California local. The suit alleges that UHW-W President Sal Rosselli and nine other officers diverted $3 million of UHW-W dues money to a fund they created and control.
The suit accuses the UHW-W officers of creating the fund under false pretenses to have access to money to fight any attempt by SEIU International to take over the local union.
SEIU International spokesperson Andrew McDonald says, “The highest ranking UHW-W officers used millions of dollars in members’ dues money to run a shadow operation off the books and they intentionally deceived their own members and the federal government about how the money would be used.” Rosselli calls the suit a “PR circus” and a waste of dues money.