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November 12th, 2009

Wall Street Journal: New salvo fired as unions battle over workers

By KRIS MAHER

As labor leaders fight to sign up 10,000 health-care workers, a California-based union is charging the Service Employees International Union with changing ballots and threatening to report a worker to immigration officials.

…The NUHW filed charges Nov. 6 with the California Public Employment Relations Board, which oversees the election. Included in the charges are statements from a former SEIU organizer, who said that he was encouraged “to pressure voters to change the ballot” and that on one occasion he himself changed a vote to SEIU’s favor.

The charges also contain statements from workers who said SEIU representatives came to their house as many as five times a day, pressuring them to vote for the SEIU. In one instance, a woman said she was questioned about her legal status. Others were told they would lose wages and benefits if they voted for the NUHW.

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November 9th, 2009

North Bay Business Journal: Memorial Hospital election set after long union battle

By D. Ashley Furness, Business Journal Staff Reporter

SANTA ROSA, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA—The last-minute scheduling of a union election for about 600 Memorial hospital workers came as a bitter-sweet surprise last Monday morning, even within the context of a high-pitched battle between two Northern California unions.

…“We were all surprised. I fully expected one of the unions to seek a delay. [SEIU] had delivered all sorts of information suggesting a strategy to litigate unless changes were made to the bargaining unit, which would have posed an enormous time sink to the process,” said Tim Peck, assistant to the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in San Francisco, where the hearing was meant to take place.

…The six-year unionization saga of hundreds of Memorial nursing assistants, respiratory therapists and other health care-related technicians’ has been one fraught with tactics to obstruct the process, but oddly the most recent six months of delays were not the work of an employer but one of the unions.

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November 3rd, 2009

North Bay Business Journal: December election set for Memorial employees

By D. Ashley Furness, Business Journal Staff Reporter

SANTA ROSA—After more than six years of attempts to organize, about 600 Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital workers will finally vote whether to have union representation Dec. 17 and Dec. 18, following an agreement this morning between two warring labor groups and the employer.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers, Service Employees International Union and St. Joseph Health System officials and attorneys were slated to debate final concerns related to the election during a hearing this morning, but just before the meeting, the parties signed an agreement.

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November 2nd, 2009

Election scheduled at Santa Rosa Memorial; SEIU folds under community pressure

Melisa Bosanco, care partner “I’m so glad the delay is over. Now we can form our union with NUHW and focus on what’s important: making our hospital a better place to work and a better place for our patients.” After six years of struggle against their employer and six months of obstruction by a rival […]

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November 2nd, 2009

NUHW union election set for Dec. 17 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

SEIU folds under pressure from workers, religious leaders, and labor council—but still won’t agree to ground rules

Santa Rosa, Calif.—After six years of struggle against their employer and six months of obstruction by a rival organization, victory is in sight for caregivers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital who are organizing to form a union with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). The National Labor Relations Board today scheduled their union election for Dec. 17 and 18.

“I’m so glad the delay is over,” said Melissa Bosanco, a care partner at Memorial Hospital. “Now we can form our union with NUHW and focus on what’s important: making our hospital a better place to work and a better place for our patients.”

A majority of the hospital’s 650 workers chose NUHW on April 13, when they filed a petition with the labor board requesting an election to certify NUHW as their union.