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Dozens of nurses picketed in front of Kindred Hospital last week, chanting, “Ready to fight? Damn Right!” and waving signs. But the nurses weren’t disputing their salaries or contracts — they were protesting their own union.
The nurses organized the demonstration in order to highlight their struggle with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which they accuse of ignoring them and unfairly sanctioning workers.
“We’re choosing NUHW because it’s led by healthcare workers and it was founded on the principle of democracy. The fact that nearly 100,000 healthcare workers have petitioned to join NUHW means that we’ll be able to build a strong union and have a real voice at Memorial.”
—Nancy Timberlake, telemetry technician at Memorial for 24 years
North Bay Business Journal: Memorial hospital staff file petition to join union after four-year effort
SANTA ROSA—More than 650 Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital staff filed for a petition Monday to join a union after a several-year effort, according to a release sent by the labor organization today.
“Right now, frontline caregivers don’t have a real say in the decisions that affect us and our patients,” said Memorial vocational nurse Shirley Cervellie. “And with the recent layoffs, we’re worried about having enough staff and job security.”
Hundreds of Health care workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board calling for a union vote, according to labor organizers.
Organizers say the petition was submitted Monday by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, or NUHW, a new labor group headed by former leaders of Oakland-based United Healthcare Workers West.