February 19th, 2009

SEIU UHW-W trustees team up with employers to deny healthcare workers a free choice

Caregivers protest at local union’s headquarters in Oakland

Oakland, Calif.—Hospital and nursing home workers protested today outside the office of their own local union, SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West (SEIU UHW-W), which was recently seized in a hostile takeover by national officials of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Since the takeover, tens of thousands of members have petitioned to form an independent union—the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW)—and SEIU UHW-W’s new trustees are working with employers to intimidate workers and stop them from having a free choice.

February 17th, 2009

Truthout: New union and California homecare workers fight budget cuts

Several dozen homecare workers, some with their patients, gathered February 10 on the west steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento to protest Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal to cut state spending on the In-Home Supportive Services program for disabled and elderly people.

February 12th, 2009

Sacramento News & Review: Rank and riled

On January 27, Andy Stern, national president of Service Employees International Union, came one step closer to realizing his dream of uniting service employees under a single SEIU banner. But Stern’s dream is nothing less than a nightmare for local members of United Healthcare Workers West, the Oakland-based affiliate that’s the latest union to be swallowed whole by the SEIU, the second-largest labor union in the country.

February 11th, 2009

IndyMedia: New member-led healthcare union leads fight against governor’s cuts

“In a crisis like this, our top priority should be making sure the most vulnerable people don’t fall through the cracks,” said Mary Padilla, a homecare worker in Fresno County for eight years who is organizing other caregivers to join NUHW. “The governor’s cuts to IHSS won’t save money and they won’t protect the safety and dignity of the people we care for.”

February 10th, 2009

Sacramento Business Journal: New union protests home care cuts

Home care workers and their clients, other caregivers and union leaders rallied on the steps of the State Capitol Tuesday to protest proposed cuts to the program that funds services that keep more than 400,000 seniors and disabled Californians in their own homes.