Navigation Links
San Francisco Home Care Workers Demand that Former Union Officials Come Clean
Date:9/15/2009

Caregivers say it's time for Sal Rosselli and others to admit they came up far short in a bid to woo SEIU-UHW members

Ousted officials have now been rejected by more than 35,000

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Home care workers demanded today that an organization created by former union officials acknowledge that it failed in its attempt to force a new union election. The San Francisco workers say they overwhelmingly want to stay with their current union, Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW).

The failure to even get an election in their home base in San Francisco is a major blow to the former SEIU-UHW officials, who in eight months have failed to attract any members to their struggling organization, which is now facing major internal problems and personnel defections.

"For months we have been telling them to go away - that we are happy with SEIU-UHW - but they kept bothering us and bothering us," said Dedria Smith, a San Francisco Home Care worker for the past eight years. "Now it's time for them to admit they are unwanted, that they didn't come close to getting the signatures they needed, and leave us alone so we can work through our union to protect our wages and healthcare benefits."

Over the past several months, Sal Rosselli, former president of SEIU-UHW, and other former union officials have been trying to collect signed cards for an election to "decertify" the workers' union. The former officials, who in January were removed from office in SEIU-UHW for, among other things, trying to transfer $3 million off the union's books, wanted some 22,000 San Francisco home care workers to switch to a new organization they are calling the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).

Officials of NUHW delivered a box of cards to the Public Employment Relations Board August 31 some 30 minutes before the filing deadline. In the two weeks since it has become clear that they filed far short of the 30 percent of home care workers - some 6,600 signatures - they needed to call an election.

Indications are that about 80 percent of the home care workers who were eligible refused to sign cards for a new union election. The workers were particularly upset when they learned that a top

NUHW official, Paul Kumar, worked behind the scenes to support Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to cut home wages by $2 an hour.

"Since January, more than 35,000 SEIU-UHW members have rejected direct appeals by NUHW to join their organization. Eight months after they were formed, NUHW represents no members, has no contracts, has dwindling resources, and is seeing its staff flee to other jobs," said Rebecca Malberg, who heads SEIU-UHW's home care division.

Places where workers have rejected NUHW include Alameda Hospital, Alameda County Medical Center, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center in Union City, Fresno County home care, Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, Washington Hospital and Monterey County employees. In addition, petitions filed by NUHW covering nearly 67,000 workers at Kaiser Permanente and Catholic Healthcare West were ruled invalid by the National Labor Relations Board.

SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, SEIU (SEIU-UHW) is the largest hospital and healthcare union in the western United States with more than 150,000 members. We unite every type of healthcare worker with a mission to achieve high-quality healthcare for all. SEIU-UHW is part of the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation's fastest-growing union. Learn more at www.seiu-uhw.org.

    Contact: Steve Trossman
    213-300-1882


'/>"/>
SOURCE SEIU-UHW
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. 1,200 RNs Gather in San Francisco Tuesday: Take Next Step to Form Nations Largest Ever Union of Nurses
2. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Talks About Immigration and Drugs on Azteca Americas Issues: Caras y Voces
3. San Francisco Health Plan Recognized as Top Health Plan for Quality in the California Medi-Cal Program
4. Jacobs Receives Contract for San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center Rebuild Program
5. San Francisco Home Care Workers Describe Lies, Coercion, and Fraud in Union Signature Drive
6. Healthy San Francisco Enrollees Express High Levels of Satisfaction With Citys Health Access Program and Survey Shows Signs of Improved Access to Care
7. The San Francisco SPCA Wins Best of the Bay for Best Non-Profit by Readers of San Francisco Bay Guardian
8. Looking Good! SOMA Pet Day Benefit for San Francisco SPCA Hosted by the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology Saturday, August 22, 2009
9. CRF announces featured clinical trials to be presented at TCT 2009 in San Francisco
10. CRF announces late breaking trials to be presented at TCT 2009 in San Francisco
11. The San Francisco SPCA Launches Online Guide for Summer Pet Health & Safety
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of ... collection of specialty vendors and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event ... wellness services offered by the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented host, actor ... on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning ... innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), an industry leader ... range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual American Healthcare Association ... held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( ... today the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The ... get maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Dr. Parsa Mohebi, ... a medical article to the newly revamped Cosmetic Town journal section, ... hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). , Dr. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ) ... of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Lilly will ... the investment community and media to further detail the ... begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, media and ... the conference call through a link that will be ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... Sept. 28, 2017 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ... conference call and webcast on Friday, November 3, 2017, ... and ending at approximately 8:30 a.m. (CDT) / 9:30 ... company,s 2017 financial performance and guidance for 2018, Hill-Rom ... to enhance operational performance, and long-range financial outlook through ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017   Montrium , ... File solutions, today—from the IQPC Trial Master Files ... , NL)—announced that EastHORN Clinical Services has selected ... programs and TMF management. EastHORN, a leading European ... platform to increase transparency to enable greater collaboration ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: