NUHW members at Alameda County jails win $350,000 settlement over missed meal periods

December 18th, 2015

In October, healthcare workers at Alameda County’s jails — Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility in Oakland — overwhelmingly ratified a settlement that stewards negotiated with Corizon, the for-profit subcontractor responsible for providing healthcare to inmates at the two facilities. The $350,000 settlement compensates 130 workers for missed or delayed meal periods. Each worker will get an amount based on his or her number of missed or delayed meal periods since Corizon workers voted to join NUHW in November 2013.

“This is a huge victory,” said NUHW steward Zeny Gutman, an RN at Santa Rita Jail. “This is exactly why we left SEIU for NUHW. SEIU failed to address this problem for years, but with NUHW behind us, we were able to hold the employer accountable.”