[April 25, 2014] LOS ANGELES – More than 300 healthcare workers voted yesterday to improve patient care at two hospitals near Los Angeles by joining Service Employees International Union.
“Caring for our patients is a big source of pride for us and we’re determined to give them – and the rest of the community – the best possible care,” said Melito Lustre, a Certified Nursing Assistant at Kindred South Bay Tri-City in Hawaiian Gardens. “By joining the union, our experience and voice as healthcare workers means a lot more in making decisions that affect patients every day.”
Two-hundred twenty employees at Kindred Hospital South Bay in Gardena and Kindred Hospital South Bay Tri-City voted to join SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW). They include licensed vocational nurses, certified nursing assistants, monitor technicians, phlebotomists, housekeepers, respiratory technicians and food service. An additional 100 registered nurses at the Gardena facility voted to join SEIU 121RN.
More than 800 Kindred employees in Glendora, Livermore, Redding, Salinas, San Francisco, San Marcos, Santa Cruz and Stockton are already members of SEIU-UHW.