By Carl Finamore, Mar. 16, 2012
“With God on Our Side” is a very catchy book title. It also appears at first glance to be quite topical because mention of religion so dominates, and distorts many would add, political discussion in this country.
For that reason, curiosity may initially draw the reader’s eye. But the subtitle “The Struggle for Workers’ Rights in a Catholic Hospital” gives it all away. This is a book about organized labor and workers.
This is usually where most readers take flight. But that would be a mistake because it is so much more.
Books about labor post dreadfully low sales, true enough. Nonetheless, Adam Reich has written a very readable and colorful “story of worker leaders” at the largest and most prestigious hospital in the northern California town of Santa Rosa.
The story, however, carries political lessons far beyond the geography of this small-town power struggle. Reich has written a human-interest story about people and why some act so passionately to improve their lives.
NUHW Executive Board joined by Gary Allen, General Vice President, IAMNUHW Board Members Sal Rosselli, PresidentJohn Borsos, Secretary-Treasurer Vice Presidents LaNeta Fitzhugh, Kaiser LAMCMichael Beshears, Kaiser LAMCDanilo Mendoza, Kaiser LAMCEloise Reese-Burns, CottonwoodHelen York-Jones, Sutter CPMCPorfirio Quintano, Sutter CPMCRodney Dyson, Doctors Medical Center San PabloTurusew Gedebu-Wilson, Kaiser HCPMaria Padilla-Castro, Kaiser IBHSClem Papazian, Kaiser IBHSSpencer Gross, Kaiser […]
In a major step forward for workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, yesterday hospital management informed the union in writing of its “intention to move forward and commence negotiations for an initial collective bargaining agreement with NUHW.” The news caps a seven-year struggle by SRMH caregivers to win union recognition at their hospital. The hospital’s […]
The following is an opinion piece in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat about NUHW members’ year-long (and counting) struggle for union recognition at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, and how U.S. labor laws work beautifully for employers — and horribly for workers. Read the full piece at the Press Democrat. Guest Opinion: Memorial Hospital and the right […]
Last night, NUHW was proud to accept the “Working Class Hero Award” from the North Bay Labor Council on behalf of approximately 700 caregivers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital who won the largest hospital organizing campaign in the nation in 2009. The workers at Santa Rosa Memorial exemplify the principles and values that inspired the creation […]