Tonight’s election results

May 3rd, 2013

You may have heard by now that the results of the Kaiser election did not go the way we had hoped. The NLRB’s final vote count was 13,002 for NUHW-CNA to 18,894 for SEIU-UHW, with 334 voting for neither union.

There’s a few things I would like to say about this election.

First of all, I have never been prouder to be part of this movement. For the last four months, tens of thousands of healthcare workers stood hand-in-hand with registered nurses at hundreds of Kaiser worksites all over the state and ran the most principled, spirited and courageous campaign the labor movement has ever seen. We should feel energized and inspired by the unity we achieved.

That unity is not going away. It will persist at our workplaces, in the friendships we’ve made, and in the continued affiliation between NUHW and CNA. It will fuel our continued struggle to stop the cuts that Kaiser is trying to force down our throats with the shameful complicity of SEIU-UHW.

I also want to note that I’m stunned by these election results. Speaking from decades of experience in elections like this, we have many questions that deserve answers.

We should feel very proud of our achievements, and ready to continue the fight to force Kaiser to put workers and patients before profits.

In Unity,

 

Sal Rosselli, President
National Union of Healthcare Workers – California Nurses Association