Workers choose NUHW at CCMS

San Francisco Nursing CenterApril 24, 2010

“We’ve taken our union back. They told us we couldn’t do it, but we did. I’m so happy we won and that we have a voice in our workplace again.” — Marilyn Aquino, Certified Nursing Assistant

Workers at a Foresight-owned nursing home voted 23 to 16 today to change their union from SEIU to the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).

While SEIU allowed the CCMS election because they thought they could win, they are still blocking elections at six other Foresight nursing homes where they know there is strong support for NUHW.

“They split up the Foresight nursing homes so they could divide us,” said Dexter Deluna, a certified nursing assistant at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living, where SEIU has is still blocking workers’ election. “The vote at CCMS shows that we want to stay united. SEIU should let us all vote, but they know they can’t win against all of us together.”