United Healthcare Workers-West was the kind of union we need in California – more, it was in historian Nelson Lichtenstein’s words a “model.” The SEIU assault on UHW has indeed – as so many warned – been a tragedy. Nevertheless, someone had to stand up to Andy Stern’s SEIU. Now is the time for us to stand up with NUHW – we need a new beginning.
Just last week, tens of thousands of California health care workers signed a petition to decertify the Service Employees International Union as their collective bargaining representative, alleging threats and intimidation.
They’re forming the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
From Washington, SEIU officials dispatched staffers to California to maintain control. They accused the leader of the breakaway union, Sal Rosselli, of being power-hungry, misappropriating dues money and bargaining in bad faith with employers to lay the groundwork for poaching SEIU members.
Healthcare workers held press conferences in Los Angeles and Oakland to announce that a majority of Kaiser’s 50,000 union members had petitioned to leave SEIU and join NUHW. To get the full story, with video from Oakland and interviews with Kaiser workers, click “Click for more…”
Oakland, Calif.—The following statement was issued today by the National Union of Healthcare Workers:
“In less than five weeks, 91,000 healthcare workers have petitioned to quit SEIU and join NUHW, repudiating the corrupt and undemocratic practices of SEIU’s appointed officials like Dave Regan and Eliseo Medina.
“It’s no surprise that SEIU has resorted to extreme measures—including threats, lies, and now baseless lawsuits—to lock healthcare workers into an organization where they have no voice.
More than 300 caregivers at Alameda County Medical Center—many of whom were forced out of SEIU UHW-W in 2006 by an SEIU merger—have joined 90,000 California healthcare workers in petitioning to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers
Alameda, Calif.—More than 300 caregivers at Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC) are the latest to petition the state labor board for an election to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). The petition was signed by a majority of the two bargaining units, including clinical psychologists, dieticians, health educators, pharmacists, clinical lab scientists, as well as housekeeping and dietary workers.