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May 1st, 2009

SEIU gives up on healthcare for workers’ families — “a groundbreaking concession”

San Jose Mercury News — April 30, 2009 “The district is happy with the contract overall. It’s a good contract. We’re pleased with it,” the hospital’s associate administrator, Kerry Easthope, said. The contract … requires employees to pay health care contributions for their spouses and children, which Easthope said is a groundbreaking concession for a […]


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May 1st, 2009

Talking Union: New prescription for a healthy union movement

It’s not every day that a new national union is formed in the United States. But that’s exactly what happened on April 25 in San Francisco. If the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) turns out as planned, it’s a date for the history books.

“You will be able to tell your grandchildren in years to come,” NUHW leader Sal Rosselli boldly predicted to 700 cheering delegates, “that you attended the founding convention of a five-million member healthcare workers’ union.”


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April 30th, 2009

Full report from our Founding Convention

More than 700 workers gathered on Saturday in San Francisco for NUHW’s founding convention. We celebrated our record-breaking accomplishments, and developed plans to make our new union even stronger. Click below for the highlights!


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April 30th, 2009

Workers picket Sutter Health at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Workers picketed Sutter Health-owned Alta Bates Summit Medical Center on Wednesday over layoffs and collusion with SEIU. Since SEIU took control of Sutter workers’ union in January, Sutter has reduced staffing levels in its hospitals, forcing Alta Bates Summit workers off the job for ten days a year and announcing the elimination of 200 jobs […]


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April 29th, 2009

Fresno homecare providers outraged at SEIU’s second failure to defend wages

100+ workers pack County Supervisors’ meeting to protest another round of cuts

Fresno, Calif.—Over a hundred Fresno homecare providers packed the Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to oppose an agenda item that would reduce their wages and benefits to $9.50 an hour. But they weren’t just there to protest the wage cuts—they also pointed to the repeated failure of their union, SEIU, to support them in stopping the cuts.

“SEIU just failed to stop a different set of cuts last week,” said Flo Furlow, a homecare worker. “Now the county wants to cut our wages even more, and this time SEIU isn’t even going to take it to arbitration. How many times can we let this happen?”