March 19th, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle: Nursing home workers join new union

About 350 employees at four Northern California nursing homes are the first workers to align with the National Union of Healthcare Workers, a new union formed in January by a group of California labor leaders ousted by Service Employees International Union.

The new union is led by Sal Rosselli, who had been president of the 150,000-member SEIU local in Oakland, United Healthcare Workers-West, until he was removed for allegedly misusing member dues, a charge he denied.

Rosselli and the president of SEIU, Andy Stern, have deep philosophical differences about union leadership, and the acrimony between the two of them and their respective camps remains sharp.

March 18th, 2009

Los Angeles Times: National Union of Healthcare Workers gets its first members

A new Oakland-based union — the product of a brutal fight between the elected leaders of healthcare workers in Northern California and their superiors in Washington — announced Tuesday that it had gained its first members.

North American Healthcare agreed to recognize the National Union of Healthcare Workers as the representative of more than 350 nursing home workers at four of the company’s facilities in Northern California, the union said.

March 18th, 2009

Sacramento Business Journal: 350 nursing home workers choose NUHW over SEIU

More than 350 workers at three Sacramento-area nursing homes and one in Pacifica have chosen the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) to represent them, union officials announced Tuesday.

The upstart health care union — formed in January after its leaders were fired by Service Employees International Union — replaces SEIU in what appears to be its first successful organizing drive.

March 18th, 2009

Workers protest Olympia Medical Center

UPDATE: We won! All written warnings were removed from stewards’ files. Healthcare workers protested Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles for colluding with SEIU to harass and intimidate caregivers who are joining … keep reading >

March 17th, 2009

350 nursing home workers win recognition of NUHW as their union

“Healthcare workers need a voice in our union so we can stand up for ourselves and for the people who need our care. We asked SEIU over and over to let us vote and determine our own future, and they refused because they wanted to divide us… Now we are in a union that will respect our voices.”

—Eloise Reese-Burns, certified nursing assistant at Cottonwood Healthcare in Woodland for over 39 years