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HILLHAVEN OFFICIALS REACT TO JACKSON VISIT; STRIKE

CONCORD, Calif., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan McPherson, Vice-President of Operations for Hillhaven Corporation's Far West Region, issued the following statement in response to the Reverend Jesse Jackson's visit to Hillhaven's facilities today:

"We are disappointed that the Reverend Jackson has taken sides in this labor dispute without ever taking the time to contact Hillhaven.

"Jesse Jackson has long advocated for government protections for workers and other groups. We are at a loss to understand why he would lend his support to a union which is seeking to deny health care workers their legal right to have a government-conducted election to decide if they want to be represented by the SEIU.

"Our sympathy lies with our employees who are being used by the SEIU as pawns in a game intended to increase SEIU membership. We have proposed fair wage and benefit increases that we would like to provide our employees as soon as possible. Unfortunately, SEIU continues its strategy of strikes, media stunts, and a smear campaign in an effort to blackmail Hillhaven into agreeing to their demands for easy organizing. Our employees are tired of the union's tactics. We understand that a large number of Hillhaven workers have already resigned from the union and several nursing centers are seeking to decertify the union.

"We call on the SEIU to put aside its organizing agenda and enter into responsible negotiations so that Hillhaven employees can receive their increases and will no longer be pressured into participating in strikes and pickets."
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/CONTACT: Kassy Perry, Jennifer Nelson or Michael Marr for Hillhaven, 510-602-0540/

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