Monday, June 24, 2013

More California Healthcare Workers Are Bolting SEIU-UHW

Last week, workers at a nursing home in Northern California requested an NLRB election to join NUHW. Recently, workers discovered that their current union, SEIU-UHW, inked a secret deal with their Boss to slash workers' wages, benefits and even their working hours.

Here’s how one worker at San Rafael Healthcare and Wellness Center described it:

SEIU lied to our faces for months, telling us they weren’t bargaining in secret with our boss. But they were. And five months later, we finally got a copy of the deal they signed. With one secret deal, SEIU has destroyed all of the benefits and standards that we’d slowly built up over 25 years of bargaining.

Sources tell Tasty that Myriam Escamilla, the director of SEIU-UHW’s Nursing Home Division, is the official who signed the backdoor deal... and then refused to give copies to workers and refused to even disclose that she was bargaining with their Boss. Last year, Escamilla pocketed $138,756 in pay from SEIU-UHW, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Since Escamilla’s dirty deal, the nursing home company has boosted workers’ share of health care premiums to more than $700 a month for family coverage. And the company has slashed workers’ vacations, sick pay, holidays and work hours. Sources tell Tasty that the company also cut the work hours of part-time workers to 19 hours a week so they’re no longer eligible for any benefits whatsoever.

Workers also report that SEIU-UHW reps are totally MIA when workers need help.

Last week, more than 90% of the workers signed a petition to dump SEIU-UHW and join NUHW.