A new Oakland-based union — the product of a brutal fight between the elected leaders of healthcare workers in Northern California and their superiors in Washington — announced Tuesday that it had gained its first members.
North American Healthcare agreed to recognize the National Union of Healthcare Workers as the representative of more than 350 nursing home workers at four of the company’s facilities in Northern California, the union said.
More than 350 workers at three Sacramento-area nursing homes and one in Pacifica have chosen the(NUHW) to represent them, union officials announced Tuesday.
The upstart health care union — formed in January after its leaders were fired by— replaces SEIU in what appears to be its first successful organizing drive.
UPDATE: We won! All written warnings were removed from stewards’ files. Healthcare workers protested Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles for colluding with SEIU to harass and intimidate caregivers who are joining together in NUHW.
“Healthcare workers need a voice in our union so we can stand up for ourselves and for the people who need our care. We asked SEIU over and over to let us vote and determine our own future, and they refused because they wanted to divide us… Now we are in a union that will respect our voices.”
—Eloise Reese-Burns, certified nursing assistant at Cottonwood Healthcare in Woodland for over 39 years
With majority support, more than 350 nursing home workers become first to leave SEIU and win representation with NUHW
SACRAMENTO—Workers at three Sacramento-area nursing homes and one Pacifica-area nursing home have overwhelmingly chosen the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) as their union. North American Healthcare, Inc., which operates the facilities, has agreed to recognize the union and begin contract negotiations with NUHW’s elected bargaining team. NUHW and North American Healthcare also agreed to continue the terms and conditions of the current collective bargaining agreement while caregivers negotiate a new labor agreement with their employer.
Despite an aggressive effort by SEIU to intimidate workers and deny them a free choice of which union they wanted to represent them, caregivers rejected SEIU and chose NUHW as the representative of North American Healthcare workers.