In late December, Kaiser gave its "last, best, and final" offer to Kaiser workers who are members of NUHW
in Northern California, with smaller raises, big increases in healthcare co-pays, no defined-benefit pensions for new hires, large new costs for retiree healthcare and no retiree healthcare for new spouses and new hires, and layoffs with just a two-week notice.
In Labor's Civil War in California: The NUHW
Healthcare Workers' Rebellion historian Cal Winslow recounts such a story--the tragic destruction of United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW) by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the struggle to rebuild the union as the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW
The supposed incidents never happened, not one, and now after years of wild and defamatory public charges we find out what we knew all along - NUHW
didn't have a shred of evidence to support a single allegation.
Immediately, IAM and NUHW
will begin working together to organize the unorganized, and each union will provide mutual support in collective bargaining and in other areas.
deal is the first major contract NUHW
has been able to negotiate in nearly three years and abandons many of the standards workers have fought hard to win over the years.
The leaders of NUHW
continue to play fast and loose with union money, hiding financial information from members," said Jerome Scott, a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist at Kaiser Corona Medical Offices whose is represented at Kaiser by NUHW
But now NUHW
is seeking to delay a new election despite asking for it.
In March, Prime Centinela Hospital Medical Center workers in Inglewood not only defeated NUHW
but stood up to an intensive campaign by Prime to discourage workers from remaining in their union.
In early April, workers in Modesto staged a revolt against NUHW
, filing to decertify the union and join SEIU-UHW after not having a single negotiating session with the hospital owner Tenet Healthcare to bargain a contract.
These are just the latest setbacks for NUHW
since its founding more than two years ago.
Workers at Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) across California delivered another major blow to the already besieged National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW
) this week by refusing to sign NUHW
petitions to decertify their current union.
Just days after Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) members' win at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center on January 21, NUHW
cancelled two elections on January 24 covering more than 750 workers at Covenant and Evergreen nursing home chains to avoid further losses.