March 25th, 2009

Video: Worker leaders share their vision

Healthcare union stewards across California gathered in Los Angeles and San Francisco on February 28 to celebrate their victories and plan the next steps of building their new union, NUHW.

March 20th, 2009

Seniors, people with disabilities, and their caregivers protest at Capitol to save homecare funding from budget “trigger”

Cuts would cost California an estimated $460 million in economic activity

CALIFORNIA—Hundreds of caregivers and healthcare consumers rallied in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Fresno today, calling on Gov. Schwarzenegger to fund vital healthcare services instead of running out the clock on the most vulnerable Californians. The protest was organized by homecare workers united in the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

March 19th, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle: Nursing home workers join new union

About 350 employees at four Northern California nursing homes are the first workers to align with the National Union of Healthcare Workers, a new union formed in January by a group of California labor leaders ousted by Service Employees International Union.

The new union is led by Sal Rosselli, who had been president of the 150,000-member SEIU local in Oakland, United Healthcare Workers-West, until he was removed for allegedly misusing member dues, a charge he denied.

Rosselli and the president of SEIU, Andy Stern, have deep philosophical differences about union leadership, and the acrimony between the two of them and their respective camps remains sharp.

March 18th, 2009

Los Angeles Times: National Union of Healthcare Workers gets its first members

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.

March 18th, 2009

Sacramento Business Journal: 350 nursing home workers choose NUHW over SEIU

More than 350 workers at three Sacramento-area nursing homes and one in Pacifica have chosen the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) to represent them, union officials announced Tuesday.

The upstart health care union — formed in January after its leaders were fired by Service Employees International Union — replaces SEIU in what appears to be its first successful organizing drive.