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    The votes are in: Kaiser optical workers are staying united in NUHW

    It’s official: Kaiser optical workers are staying united in NUHW-CNA.

    Three months ago, with barely a handful of signatures, SEIU filed a petition to decertify our bargaining unit. It was obvious SEIU was just trying to pull off a publicity stunt they could use in the service and tech election. Within days, a supermajority of optical workers signed a petition affirming our unity as NUHW members.

    Today, the votes were counted, and we made it official. By a vote of 214 for NUHW to 103 for SEIU with 22 challenges and 3 voting for “Neither,” Kaiser optical workers demonstrated that we stand firmly with our union, NUHW-CNA.

    In fact, we’ve grown even stronger in our support for NUHW since the day we voted to switch out of SEIU. Our defeat of SEIU this time around was by an even wider margin than the first time.

    We’re saying NO to Kaiser’s cuts and NO to SEIU’s sell-out agenda. We’re saying YES to a union that stands up for workers.


    Gloria Villaseñor, Optical, Kaiser Union City

    National Union of Healthcare Workers - California Nurses Association



    NUHW supporters have been vindicated.

    Last week, a California appeals court reversed a lower court ruling in a lawsuit brought by NUHW supporters (myself included) against SEIU for alleged acts and threats of violence against workers organizing for NUHW.

    In a horrible ruling, the lower court had granted what’s called an “anti-SLAPP motion” to SEIU, holding the plaintiffs responsible for SEIU’s attorney’s fees. In a unanimous decision last week, the appeals court rejected that wrong-headed ruling. 

    California’s anti-SLAPP law was designed to prevent people from filing frivolous lawsuits whose only purpose is to intimidate others from exercising their free speech rights. As the appeals court correctly ruled last week, that is the farthest thing from what’s at the heart of our suit against SEIU.

    Describing SEIU’s threats and acts of violence as described in our lawsuit, the court asserted that “(c)onduct illegal as a matter of law is not protected by the anti-SLAPP statute … Threats of violence or bodily injury are not protected activities for the purposes of an anti-SLAPP motion … The conduct goes well beyond mere speech in connection with a labor dispute.”

    The bottom line is that when SEIU instructs its staff and supporters to intimidate us with violence and threats of violence, they can’t expect the courts to support their illegal actions. These acts of intimidation by SEIU have no place in the labor movement.

    You can read the court’s ruling here:



    Irma Dufulmeier, RN, Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center
    National Union of Healthcare Workers - California Nurses Association

    This is what it means to stand up for workers

    We joined NUHW to hold dishonest employers like Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital accountable. I’m proud to say that that’s exactly what we’re achieving.

    Last year, after we settled a contract with SVMH that included no takeaways and secured our defined benefit pension and employer-paid healthcare coverage, management did something so shady we could hardly believe it: they pretended that the across-the-board raises we’d agreed to automatically ended for each worker upon his or her next step increase on the wage scale.

    That would have taken a huge chunk out of our wages, and it would have resulted in workers with the same seniority in the same positions getting paid differently.

    We knew SVMH managers were just trying to lie their way into a nice payout for the hospital. So we took them to arbitration.

    Just a few days ago, we won our case with the arbitrator. Now, SVMH is obligated to pay us the raises we negotiated, with back pay and interest.

    This isn’t the only example of the unscrupulousness of SVMH administrators. In fact, the hospital’s former CEO was just fined $5,000 for violating California’s laws governing conflicts of interest by public officials.

    With such unethical employers to contend with, we’re glad we have a principled union that won’t stop fighting for what workers deserve. We’re proud to belong to NUHW.


    Esther Fierros-Nuñez, Patient Financial Services, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital
    National Union of Healthcare Workers - California Nurses Association


    Kaiser Optical Workers are Staying United in NUHW-CNA

    Kaiser optical workers in Northern California have a message for SEIU: We’re staying united in NUHW-CNA. 

    With barely a handful of signatures, SEIU officials filed a petition in March with the National Labor Relations Board for an election to contest NUHW-CNA’s representation of our bargaining unit. Within just a few days of SEIU’s filing, a supermajority of us signed a petition stating clearly that we’re staying united in NUHW-CNA.

    This week, ballots are going out in the mail. Over the last week, a supermajority of optical workers signed second petition reiterating our support for NUHW-CNA and for our elected bargaining committee. 

    Now we’re casting our ballots to make it final once and for all: we’re saying NO to SEIU’s cuts, and standing strong with our union, NUHW-CNA.


    Michael Nelson, Optical, Kaiser Stockton
    National Union of Healthcare Workers - California Nurses Association


    36,000 Kaiser workers united

    The last few days have been difficult.

    Thousands of us had high hopes and high expectations for last week’s election. We were confident it was finally our moment to escape management’s hand-picked union, SEIU-UHW, and put a stop to the cuts Kaiser is trying to force on us with the shameful complicity of SEIU officials.

    The election results left us not just disappointed, but stunned. To many of us, the numbers still don’t make sense. We have questions about the vote count. We deserve answers.

    NUHW’s attorney recently sent this email to the National Labor Relations Board to make sure evidence is preserved for a full investigation of those questions.

    While we reflect on what happened, many of us are already asking what comes next.

    Here’s what we can be sure of: NUHW-CNA members and supporters continue to stand strong against Kaiser and SEIU’s cuts, and we’re more united than ever before. More than 13,000 Kaiser Service and Tech workers cast ballots for NUHW-CNA. Combined with 18,000 Kaiser RNs in the CNA and 5,000 Kaiser NUHW members, the majority of Kaiser employees either belong to our union or voted to join us.

    The unity we felt every day at our hospitals in the weeks leading up to the vote count has not gone away; it is stronger than ever. In the coming weeks, we will be showing Kaiser just how united we are in our fight for a fair contract for NUHW-CNA members.

    This week, SEIU officials may be boasting about the outcome of the election, but one thing is certain: their takeover of our union and their suppression of the voices of rank-and-file dissent were a huge mistake that they’re still paying the price for. In one recent article, a labor expert referred to the trusteeship and its aftermath as “SEIU’s Iraq.”

    The election was a major setback, but it has not diminished in the least our resolve to put a stop to SEIU’s downward spiral of cuts at Kaiser and throughout the healthcare industry.

    Stay tuned for how you can help our movement prevail in that critical fight.



    Danny Romo, Food and Nutrition, Kaiser Woodland Hills
    National Union of Healthcare Workers - California Nurses Association