Sequoias caregivers join NUHW

September 30th, 2009

Workers reject cynical effort by SEIU officials to deny them the right to join a union

Jose Bolanos, cook“We organized our union so we could stand up for ourselves, and make sure our residents get the best possible care and that we are treated with the dignity and respect we deserve. Now we have a voice to do that. We’re thrilled to be part of a democratic union that is run by healthcare workers like us.”

Seventy caregivers at The Sequoias Assisted Living Facility in Portola Valley have won their election to form a union with NUHW.

SEIU had tried to block this election for several months with frivolous charges. When the labor board rejected their charges and scheduled the election, they failed to win enough support to get a spot on the ballot. The final vote was 40 for NUHW and 20 for “No Union.”