[Dec. 15, 2014] LOS ANGELES – Two-hundred healthcare workers have voted to improve patient care at a community hospital in Glendale, Calif. by joining SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West.
“I’ve worked here for almost eight years and always hoped that conditions would get better for patients, and by joining the union we can now make that happen,” said Wilson Calulot, a phlebotomist at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. “With a union, employees will now have more say when decisions are made and be able to play a bigger role in delivering the highest quality care. That benefits patients, workers and the entire community.”
By joining SEIU-UHW, the Verdugo Hills employees will also be able to participate in a statewide campaign by SEIU-UHW members, the California Hospital Association, clinics, doctors, community health groups and others to fix California’s broken Medi-Cal system, which pays the lowest rates in the nation and makes it difficult for many low-income Californians to get the medical care they need.
The hospital workers include certified nursing assistants, licensed vocational nurses, patient services representatives, secretaries, Obstetrical technicians, central processing and distribution technicians and phlebotomists, the workers who draw blood.
Established in 1947, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital is a non-profit facility with 158 beds.