April 30th, 2009

Workers picket Sutter Health at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Workers picketed Sutter Health-owned Alta Bates Summit Medical Center on Wednesday over layoffs and collusion with SEIU. Since SEIU took control of Sutter workers’ union in January, Sutter has reduced staffing levels in its hospitals, forcing Alta Bates Summit workers off the job for ten days a year and announcing the elimination of 200 jobs […]

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?”

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 our democratic principles in writing, and guarantees healthcare workers will always be in control. We elected interim leaders that we can hold accountable, and […]

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 majority of workers voted unanimously to hold the informational picket.

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.