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

mployment 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
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