Press release: 300 Children’s Hospital Oakland workers vote to join National Union of Healthcare Workers

Children's Hospital OaklandAugust 9, 2016


Business and administrative workers will join nearly 600 other NUHW-represented Children’s employees

OAKLAND — More than three hundred office and administrative workers at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland voted 87 percent August 3 to join nearly six hundred of their coworkers as members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

Children’s workers organized to advocate for improvements in staffing levels, patient care, job security, and respect in the workplace.

“We want to work together for a better Children’s Hospital and we’re doing that by forming a union with NUHW,” said Office Associate Katie Jones. “Together we can make our voices heard.”

This election, combined with a June election in which more than seventy Children’s technical workers voted to organize, nearly doubles the number of Children’s employees represented by NUHW.

Children’s business and administrative workers include office associates, office administrators, office coordinators, schedulers, registration associates, development coordinators, accounting clerks, financial advisors, telecommunications operators, patient accounting representatives, authorization representatives, clerks, secretaries, care access services associates, discharge support specialists, accounts payable specialists, administrative assistants, administrative coordinators, buyers, transcriptionists, and others.

The technical workers who joined in June include medical interpreters, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, pharmacy technicians, nursing assistants, surgical technicians, unit secretaries, linen workers, maintenance workers, and other classifications.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers is a member-driven movement for democracy, quality patient care, and a stronger voice in the workplace. NUHW represents 12,000 caregivers at hospitals and nursing homes throughout California.