October 16th, 2015

No More Suicides! Neoliberalism on the Kaiser Couch

By Cal Winslow (Click here to see the story on CounterPunch) It was unnerving, last winter, marching in downtown Oakland, to see placards, “No More Kaiser Suicides.” The march was a union march, hundreds of Kaiser Permanente workers, members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) demanding a contract. The workers, on strike, were […]

October 13th, 2015

NUHW endorses Bernie Sanders for president of the United States

Thank you to the nearly two hundred elected rank-and-file leaders of NUHW for a successful 2015 Leadership Conference! (See the slideshow below.) Our theme this year was Raising Our Voices — taking our message and our issues to the people through the political process, through the media, and through union actions in our facilities and on […]

July 31st, 2015

NUHW members march for Medicare in Oakland, Los Angeles

NUHW members in Oakland and Los Angeles marched and rallied in honor of Medicare’s 50th anniversary on Thursday, July 30. See slideshow below. Speakers in Los Angeles included L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Dr. Paul Song (Courage Campaign, Campaign for Healthy California), Congresswoman Hilda Solis, musician Richard Montoya (Culture Clash), and actor Mike Farrell (MASH). Speakers […]

July 1st, 2015

“Corporate Collaborator” Dave Regan undercut by SEIU International; SEIU-UHW members caught in crossfire

“In the labor movement, there are two kinds of leaders — those who fight big corporations, and those who collaborate with them,” Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court wrote in the Huffington Post this week. “The poster child for the collaborators just had half his membership taken away. “David Regan, head of United Healthcare Workers West, […]

July 1st, 2015

Pawns in SEIU’s Game

By Cal Winslow (Originally published by CounterPunch, BeyondChron, and ZNet.) California’s healthcare unions are being reorganized. Again! The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), still the country’s second biggest union at just under 2 million members, has announced the creation of a new local union: statewide Local 2015 with 280,000 members, now set to be the […]