As NLRB Election Ballots Arrive in Mailboxes,
Majority of Kaiser Permanente Caregivers
Pledged to Vote for SEIU-UHW
Voting for SEIU-UHW Will Retain Best Pay, Benefits, Job Protections in Healthcare Industry
September 13, 2010 03:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time
OAKLAND, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The majority of Kaiser Permanente caregivers voting in a
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election that starts this week have pledged to vote for Service Employees
International Union–United Healthcare Workers-West (SEIU-UHW), according to member-organizers across
California who have collected pledge cards from their co-workers.
“I’m voting for SEIU-UHW to protect our guaranteed raises, family health insurance and job security,” said Les
Harris, a physical therapy assistant at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center for 22 years. “We’ve made our jobs
some of the best in the industry by working together in our union, SEIU-UHW. Why would we risk all of that and
have to re-bargain our contract? Not now, not in this economy.”
Another union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) is seeking to represent Kaiser workers and
filed a petition with the NLRB that triggered the mail ballot election. Ballots will be mailed to 43,000 union members
on September 13, are due back to the NLRB offices in Oakland on October 4 and will be counted October 6.
Thousands of SEIU-UHW members at Kaiser backed their elected 121-member SEIU-UHW negotiating team to
win a new two-year national agreement that goes into effect October 1, 2010 and guarantees 9% wage increases,
family healthcare with no cost increases and job security protections not found anywhere else in the industry.
“SEIU-UHW is the union we’ve built at Kaiser over the last 65 years and we’re uniting as never before to keep it
that way,” said Jon Duff, a lead respiratory therapist at Kaiser Vallejo, who is one of thousands of member-
organizers working on the statewide campaign.
NUHW is led by former SEIU leaders who were removed from o