Long Beach Press-Telegram: Los Alamitos Medical Center workers to unionize

NewsSeptember 29, 2009

By John Canalis, Staff Writer

LOS ALAMITOS—Maintenance workers at Los Alamitos Medical Center have agreed to organize, union representatives said Tuesday.

Workers voted 35-7 in favor of joining the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The workers are employees of a medical center subcontractor, Hospital Housekeeping Systems.

“I’m overjoyed that we finally have a voice to protect our jobs and our families,” said Matilde Garcia, a member of the organizing committee, in a statement. The workers are seeking medical benefits from their employer.

Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, had tried to block the election, but the move was rejected by the National Labor Relations Board.

The SEIU represents other employee groups at the hospital. The National Union of Healthcare Workers represents more than 100,000 members.

Source: Long Beach Press-Telegram