New Union Pushes for Vote at Kaiser Facilities, Aims To Replace SEIU
More than 25,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in California have signed petitions requesting a vote on dropping the Service Employees International Union as its union, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The move comes after SEIU took over Oakland-based United Healthcare Workers-West in January and removed Sal Rosselli as its president (Raine, San Francisco Chronicle, 2/27).
After the takeover, Rosselli and other former UHW leaders helped form a new union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (San Francisco Business Times, 2/26).
NUHW has been filing requests with government officials and pursuing elections at workplaces where UHW had represented workers, including Kaiser facilities (Larrubia, Los Angeles Times, 2/27).
In a statement, Kaiser said it is not part of the dispute and will not take a stance on its eventual outcome (San Francisco Chronicle, 2/27).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.