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The election extended over two days, tue and wed, ending 5 PM on the 14th.
Fotos on this page were taken about 10 AM on the 14th. Ellen had been out leafletting at 6 AM shift change and performing in-hospital organizing assignments until 8:30 when she took a breakfast break. In order to take a few fotos I accompanied her back to Mercy..


  Local 250's banner drenched 'bus' was parked just across the street from Mercy General Hospital, and just across the sidewalk from Mercy's HR offices.


  Morgan Gay, local 250's organizer in charge of Mercy General Hospital, gives Ellen a last minute organizing assignment to be accomplished before her shift at Mercy began at 10:30 AM. The contents of Ellen's back pack increased dramatically during the campaign as flyers, notices, buttons, a camera, and manila folders joined the copies of the Kaiser and existing bay area CHW contracts she always carried.


  Liana, Mercy employee, SEIU organizer Rebecca, and Darlene Burleson, Mercy/Kaiser employee, selecting numbers for last minute calls. The table was set up next to the 'bus'.



Inside the 'bus' there was a bee-hive of activity. Josie Summers (right) was local 250's choice to be the Mercy General employee placed on 'union leave', meaning she worked for local 250 during the last weeks before the election.
CHW at one point advised her she would be trespassing and escorted off the property if she returned to Mercy. She did, and wasn't.
Throughout the campaign employees found the courage to do what needed to be done.


  How was organizing accomplished before cell phones? Morgan and Rebecca in a familiar posture.
It seemed we always had a message from Morgan on our answering machine.


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