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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?”

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April 27th, 2009

NUHW Founding Convention

Photos from our Convention On Saturday, healthcare workers and leaders gathered in San Francisco to celebrate our record-breaking success and plan for the future. We approved a provisional constitution that puts … keep reading >

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April 25th, 2009

Workers picket CPMC over layoffs, collusion with rejected union

Workers at California Pacific Medical Center picketed on Thursday to protest the elimination of 200 jobs and CPMC’s collusion with SEIU, a union almost 80 percent of workers rejected months ago. A … keep reading >

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April 24th, 2009

Fresno Bee: In-home caregivers to decide on union support

Fresno County personnel managers deemed valid a petition filed last month to decertify the Service Employees International Union’s United Healthcare Workers-West (SEIU/UHW) as the bargaining agent for workers in the county’s In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority.

It’s part of a bitter statewide battle between the established union and the upstart National Union of Healthcare Workers, launched earlier this year by former SEIU/UHW officials, over representation of nursing-home and in-home health workers in labor negotiations.

The dispute is flaring as Fresno County prepares to slice caregivers’ wages and benefits by more than $1 per hour to make up for similar cuts by the state in its support for such programs.

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April 24th, 2009

Fresno County says 10,000 homecare workers can vote to join NUHW

Flo Furlow, Fresno homecare worker“SEIU told us we couldn’t stay in the same union with hospital and clinic workers. SEIU failed to protect homecare funding in Sacramento, and for the first time in County history our wages and benefits might be rolled back. Now we’ll have the chance to decide for ourselves, and join a union where homecare workers have a voice.”