STOCKTON – More than 100 Kaiser Permanente employees took to the hot sidewalks surrounding the health care provider’s massive West Lane complex Wednesday afternoon to protest what they say are Kaiser’s unfair attempts to stop them from organizing and joining a new union.
The red T-shirt-clad demonstrators – medical assistants, licensed vocational nurses, radiology technicians, member services employees and others – want to leave their existing union – SEIU-UHW, the Oakland-based local of the Service Employees International Union – and vote to join a new group, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, or NUHW.
The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – May 27, 2009 at 6:00pm Click the green button to listen—the NUHW segment begins at 33:57. Source: KPFA
United Farm Workers co-founder supports vote for National Union of Healthcare Workers in next week’s union election
Fresno, Calif.—Central Valley labor legend Dolores Huerta took the stage today at a rally in downtown Fresno to support thousands of workers in a fight for independence from the Service Employees International Union.
Next week, 10,000 Fresno County homecare providers will vote in what journalists have called “the most important union election in the country.” Thousands of them asked the County to schedule the election so they can join the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and quit the Washington, D.C.-based SEIU, a union stained by corruption scandals that has failed to protect their wages against devastating cuts by the County and State.