Bureau of National Affairs: NUHW Affiliates With California Nurses To Jointly Fight Kaiser, Sutter, and SEIU-UHW
NUHW Affiliates With California Nurses
To Jointly Fight Kaiser, Sutter, and SEIU-UHW
SAN FRANCISCO—The independent National Union of Healthcare Workers has affiliated with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United with the goal of restoring worker and patient safety standards, the unions announced Jan. 3.
Speakers at a news conference at CNA headquarters in Oakland, Calif., to announce the affiliation, said the two unions have common enemies—United Healthcare Workers West, a local of the Service Employees International Union; Kaiser Permanente; and Sutter Health.
“This is a significant affiliation that should send an unmistakable message to California’s hospital industry,” CNA President Deborah Burger said at the press conference. “California’s RNs now joined by other health care hospital workers will not accept the outrageous and unwarranted attacks on patient care protections and our own contract standards, conditions, and our livelihood.”
The 10,000-member NUHW joins with the 85,000-member CNA as an official thorn in the side of hospital managers and the industry.
“We’re pooling our power to stand up to the [California] Hospital Association and their members like Sutter and Kaiser and in Sacramento to stand up to the Hospital Association’s attempts to weaken the nurse-to-patient ratios,” NUHW President Sal Rosselli told BNA.