An attempt to overturn the results of the June 2009 union election among 10,000 Fresno County home care providers was completely shut down this week.
The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) dismissed all of the objections filed by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) after they lost a union election among Fresno County’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) home care providers to the Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) on June 19, 2009.
PERB ruled that NUHW simply didn’t have the facts to make their case in spite of being granted a request to extend the time they had to support their allegations. The board dismissed every single allegation made by NUHW. NUHW had wrongly alleged in the complaint and in the media that SEIU-UHW improperly used coercion, physical threats, shout downs, false statements about loss of wages or healthcare benefits as a result of voting for NUHW.
“NUHW has cried wolf after every election they’ve lost,” said Leonard Martin, Fresno County home care provider. “SEIU-UHW members voted to keep our union so that we could continue our work to improve and protect home care workers and the seniors and people with disabilities who count on us for support and care.”
Fresno County home care workers are among the 65,000 SEIU-UHW members in 11 Northern California counties who are leading a campaign to protect the IHSS program from the deep cuts proposed by Governor Brown and instead use federal dollars available to California to save money and improve long-term care for frail seniors and people with disabilities.
More than 138,750 out of 145,350 members of SEIU-UHW have rejected NUHW, effectively ending the two-year challenge by the former officials of SEIU-UHW, who formed NUHW after being removed from office for misusing millions of members’ dues money. So far this year alone, more than 17,240 workers have chosen SEIU-UHW, compared to just 83 for NUHW. Since its creation two years ago, NUHW has failed to win a single contract for any of the roughly 6,000 workers it now represents.