Oakland, Calif.—The National Union of Healthcare Workers issued the following statement today from Founding Executive Board Member Sal Rosselli:
“The dedicated healthcare workers of the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire lost a spirited ally last week in the passing of former Assemblywoman Nell Soto. Healthcare workers dedicate their lives to protecting the health of their communities, and through her tireless work as a public servant to raise water and air quality standards, former Assemblywoman Nell Soto was our valued partner. Above all, Nell was a warrior for working families who always put the interests of everyday people first. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nell’s family and friends.”
“We need a union run by healthcare workers in California, not union officials in Washington, D.C.. When we had democracy in our union, homecare workers in Fresno won a living wage for the first time. In NUHW, we have a real voice to protect what we won and keep fighting budget cuts that hurt consumers and workers.”
10,000 in-home healthcare workers to join the 80,000 Kaiser, hospital and nursing home workers uniting in National Union of Healthcare Workers
Fresno, Calif.—In-home healthcare workers filed a petition today with the Fresno County In-Home Support Services Authority, calling for an election to join the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). Caregivers say they’re getting rid of their old union, SEIU, so they can stay united with other healthcare workers at hospitals and clinics across California.
Andy Stern, SEIU international president, has trusteed the 150,000 local, United Healthcare Workers-West. He has removed its elected officers, stripped the local of 65,000 members, taken control of its treasury and collective bargaining, and seems on the road to destroying one of the most politically influential labor organizations in California, one with a long respected record for progressive unionism. In so doing, he has waved aside mass protests and petitions from thousands of SEIU members; he has shrugged off written objections from over 100 pro-union educators, academics, writers, and intellectuals around the country, and from 50 more of their colleagues in California. He has ignored an appeal from political leaders in California and representatives of community, ethnic, and religious organizations that he abandon the trusteeship threat. In November, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors presented a Certificate of Honor to Sal Rosselli, UHW-W president, “and the 150,000 members of UHW-West for their continued fight for real democracy in the American Labor Movement and their commitment to building real power for healthcare workers.”
Healthcare workers gathered at Kaiser Oakland and Kaiser Bellflower in Los Angeles to announce that a majority had chosen NUHW as their union.