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Unions battle over healthcare workers

San Francisco Chronicle, December 8, 2008
A major California healthcare workers' union and its parent union are locked in a struggle that could end in early 2009 in a takeover, with the state labor leaders dismissed and replaced by leaders of the larger group. If that is the outcome in the fight between California's SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, representing 150,000 health care workers, and Service Employees International Union, the nation's fastest-growing union, the ramifications may be messy.