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February 24th, 2009

500 Orange County hospital workers petition to join NUHW

“An absolute majority of workers at our hospital have signed petitions to choose NUHW as our union. We don’t want any other union to represent us.”

—Joe Ruocco, senior lab assistant at Western Medical Center for 35 years

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February 24th, 2009

IHHI caregivers become first in Orange County to petition to join NUHW

Anaheim, Calif.—Five hundred workers at Western Medical Center in Anaheim and Coastal Communities Hospital in Santa Ana, both owned by Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (IHHI), filed petitions yesterday for an election to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).

“An absolute majority of workers at our hospital have signed petitions to choose NUHW as our union,” said Joe Ruocco, a senior lab assistant at Western Medical Center for 35 years. “We don’t want any other union to represent us. IHHI should negotiate with us in NUHW to resolve the open issues in our contract.”

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February 23rd, 2009

Workers seek a voice with NUHW after SEIU and Unite Here abandoned them in secret deal with employer

LOS ANGELES—Workers employed through a subcontractor at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, who were denied their right to form a union by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Unite Here in a secret deal with the Compass Group, filed petitions today for an election to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).

In May, the Wall Street Journal exposed the secret deal between several large corporations and the heads of the Service Employees International Union and Unite Here. Union officials agreed to forbid most low-wage workers who work for Compass, Sodexho, and Aramark from joining either of their unions, in exchange for access to a smaller number of workers at facilities chosen by the employers. The unions agreed not to admit the existence of the agreement to workers or the public.

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February 23rd, 2009

Workers seek a voice with NUHW after SEIU and Unite Here abandoned them in secret deal with employer

LOS ANGELES—Workers employed through a subcontractor at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, who were denied their right to form a union by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Unite Here in a secret deal with the Compass Group, filed petitions today for an election to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).

“Everyone in this hospital should be able to join together and choose what union we’ll be part of,” said Julia Sidrow-Thompson, an SEIU member and monitor tech who works at Providence Tarzana. “I don’t want to be part of an organization that would take that decision away from healthcare workers and let the boss make those decisions for us.”

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February 23rd, 2009

Labor Video Project: SEIU UHW-W workers speak out on Andy Stern and trusteeship

Scheduled to air Feb. 27, 2009, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST on San Francisco Comcast Channel 29.