February 2017 – Victories and updates from around the union

February 2nd, 2017

Read more below for the latest developments in the union, including grievance victories and settlements, bargaining updates, a new career ladders for surgical techs, and elections of new stewards and bargaining committee members.

Radiology workers from Marin General Hospital voted 32-0 in favor of merging with NUHW in a December 19 election. Current officers will soon announce a process for electing new leaders in the bargaining unit.

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital management agreed to monthly meetings to address grievances and CNA scheduling concerns. We will be discussing a recent grievance over management’s proposed changes to our paid sick leave policy.

From left to right: Vanessa Gutierrez (Staffing Supervisor), Yolanda Zazueta (steward), Trini Juarez (Sr. Admin. Director of Patient Care Services), and Mary Serrano (steward) meet for monthly labor management meetings at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

From left to right: Vanessa Gutierrez (Staffing Supervisor), Yolanda Zazueta (steward), Trini Juarez (Sr. Admin. Director of Patient Care Services), and Mary Serrano (steward) meet for monthly labor management meetings at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

Members from Novato Healthcare Center, a Brius Healthcare nursing home in Marin County, won a cease-and-desist demand to put an end to management’s English-only demands, restoring a healthier working environment where members could freely communicate in their native languages.

Members from the Sacramento region’s North American Health Care won a grievance to restore their sick leave bank — up to 250 hours for some members — and compelled management to correct its paycheck errors to account for the raises and retroactive pay guaranteed in our members’ new contract.

Workers at Alameda County’s Glenn Dyer Detention Facility have elected three new stewards and are recruiting stewards for three more open positions at both Glenn Dyer in Oakland and Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Sodexo-employed workers at Norris Cancer Hospital at the University of Southern California have elected their bargaining team and are bargaining their first ever contract. This group of Norris workers voted to join NUHW in November. We now account for nearly 1,000 workers at Norris and Keck, further expanding our presence and power at these USC facilities.

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Bargaining committee at Norris Cancer Hospital.

Surgical techs at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco won a new Surgical Career Ladder, resulting in an approximate 2.5 percent pay increase for at least nine members. Surgical techs hope to expand the career ladder to include more career incentives and to improve patient care in their department’s next round of negotiations.  

NUHW’s newest members at St. Joseph Health’s two Humboldt County hospitals just completed bargaining. Forty workers, including admin assistants, cooks, EVS workers, patient care techs, and EKG techs will be included in the same contract as their co-workers at St. Joseph Hospital Eureka and Redwood Memorial Hospital and will enjoy the same protections, benefits, and working conditions, plus guaranteed raises every year.

Bargaining is underway at eight facilities: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, St. Joseph’s Queen of the Valley in Napa, Mission Neighborhood Health Center in San Francisco, Kindred Hospital Bay Area in San Leandro, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital in Orange County, Norris Cancer Hospital of USC, and Brius Healthcare’s San Rafael Health and Wellness Center and Novato Healthcare Center.

Julio Perez, Executive Director of the Orange County Labor Federation, shows his support for our Fountain Valley members in bargaining.

Julio Perez, Executive Director of the Orange County Labor Federation, shows his support for our Fountain Valley members in bargaining.