Fresno Business Journal: Home care workers to vote in union election

NewsJune 2, 2009

Ballots were mailed out today in a hotly contested election that pits unions National Union of Healthcare Workers and Service Employees International Union against each other.

Home care workers will be voting on whether to remain members of SEIU or to join NUHW.

According to union organizers, the ballots should start arriving today, and need to be filled out and returned via mail to the State Mediation and Conciliation Service by June 15. The results will be tabulated and issued by June 19.

In May, a similar vote held by workers at Doctor’s Medical Center in San Pablo was overwhelmingly won by NUHW, with the majority of workers there wanting to join the union.

Out of the 10,000 care givers eligible to vote in the Fresno election, organizers believe less than 50 percent will vote.

NUHW has blasted SEIU for using scare tactics and violence to keep workers from voting to leave SEIU.

Meanwhile, SEIU has filed a class action lawsuit to keep the state and Fresno County from reducing home care workers’ wages and hours, which could go into effect July 1.

Source: Fresno Business Journal