Friday, August 25, 2017

More Workers Join NUHW

This month, two groups of California healthcare workers voted to join NUHW… including a unit of 100 caregivers who last year declined to join SEIU-UHW.

The 100 caregivers are employed at Dignity Health’s 223-bed Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital in Santa Cruz. They include Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Dietitians, Physiologists, Speech Therapists and others.

One year ago, the same group of workers declined to join SEIU-UHW. Earlier this week, however, they voted by a margin of 78 (NUHW) to 12 (No Union) to join NUHW in an NLRB election. SEIU-UHW did not try to put its name on the ballot.

Dignity Health is one of California’s largest hospital chains and operates more than 30 hospitals across the state. Since 2009, SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan has repeatedly made backroom deals with Dignity’s execs to slash SEIU-UHW members’ pensions and health insurance, and impose wage freezes on thousand workers… even as Dignity was pocketing big profits.

Earlier this month, a second group of workers in Santa Cruz, Calif. also voted to join NUHW. They’re employed by an addiction treatment center that includes Treatment Technicians, Intake Referral Specialists, Medical Assessment Specialists, Custodians, Receptionists, Office Assistants and Dietary Staff. The unit of 55 workers at Janus of Santa Cruz voted to join NUHW by a margin of 35 (NUHW), 2 (No Union), and 2 (Voided Ballots).

Here's an article in a local newspaper describing the election outcomes: Santa Cruz Sentinel, "Dominican Therapists, Janus Staff Unionize."

Also this month, workers at a small outpatient medical clinic run by the University of Southern California voted to join NUHW, according to NLRB records.