St. Joseph Hospitals, Sonoma County

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March 23rd, 2012

Talking Union: “With God on Our Side” by Adam Reich, a review

By Carl Finamore, Mar. 16, 2012
Talking Union

With God on Our Side” is a very catchy book title. It also appears at first glance to be quite topical because mention of religion so dominates, and distorts many would add, political discussion in this country.

For that reason, curiosity may initially draw the reader’s eye. But the subtitle “The Struggle for Workers’ Rights in a Catholic Hospital” gives it all away. This is a book about organized labor and workers.

This is usually where most readers take flight. But that would be a mistake because it is so much more.

Books about labor post dreadfully low sales, true enough. Nonetheless, Adam Reich has written a very readable and colorful “story of worker leaders” at the largest and most prestigious hospital in the northern California town of Santa Rosa.

The story, however, carries political lessons far beyond the geography of this small-town power struggle. Reich has written a human-interest story about people and why some act so passionately to improve their lives.


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March 19th, 2012

Talking Union: “With God on Our Side” by Adam Reich, a review

By Carl Finamore, Mar. 16, 2012
Talking Union

With God on Our Side” is a very catchy book title. It also appears at first glance to be quite topical because mention of religion so dominates, and distorts many would add, political discussion in this country.

For that reason, curiosity may initially draw the reader’s eye. But the subtitle “The Struggle for Workers’ Rights in a Catholic Hospital” gives it all away. This is a book about organized labor and workers.

This is usually where most readers take flight. But that would be a mistake because it is so much more.

Books about labor post dreadfully low sales, true enough. Nonetheless, Adam Reich has written a very readable and colorful “story of worker leaders” at the largest and most prestigious hospital in the northern California town of Santa Rosa.

The story, however, carries political lessons far beyond the geography of this small-town power struggle. Reich has written a human-interest story about people and why some act so passionately to improve their lives.


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March 12th, 2012

Congratulations to NUHW’s new Executive Board

NUHW Executive Board joined by Gary Allen, General Vice President, IAMNUHW Board Members Sal Rosselli, PresidentJohn Borsos, Secretary-Treasurer Vice Presidents LaNeta Fitzhugh, Kaiser LAMCMichael Beshears, Kaiser LAMCDanilo Mendoza, Kaiser LAMCEloise Reese-Burns, CottonwoodHelen York-Jones, Sutter CPMCPorfirio Quintano, Sutter CPMCRodney Dyson, Doctors Medical Center San PabloTurusew Gedebu-Wilson, Kaiser HCPMaria Padilla-Castro, Kaiser IBHSClem Papazian, Kaiser IBHSSpencer Gross, Kaiser […]


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December 30th, 2010

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Workers are Certified as NUHW Members

In a major step forward for workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, yesterday hospital management informed the union in writing of its “intention to move forward and commence negotiations for an initial collective bargaining agreement with NUHW.”  The news caps a seven-year struggle by SRMH caregivers to win union recognition at their hospital. The hospital’s […]


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December 21st, 2010

In The News: Memorial hospital and right to organize

The following is an opinion piece in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat about NUHW members’ year-long (and counting) struggle for union recognition at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, and how U.S. labor laws work beautifully for employers — and horribly for workers. Read the full piece at the Press Democrat. Guest Opinion: Memorial Hospital and the right […]