Kaiser Workers Deliver 18,000 Signatures to the Labor Board Calling for an Election Date

For Immediate Release: August 17, 2011
Contact: Elizabeth Brennan, 323-888-8183

“We’re Ready to Vote for SEIU-UHW”

Oakland – Healthcare workers, who are members of SEIU-UHW, delivered thousands of petitions to the National Labor Relations Board Wednesday calling for a speedy election to decide union representation for 45,000 Kaiser Permanente workers.
More than 18,000 thousand Kaiser employees have signed the petition in the last two weeks.
“We voted for SEIU-UHW last year and we are ready to vote again so we can continue to move forward to secure a strong contract with good annual wage increases, guaranteed health and retirement benefits and job security,” said Stan Lotz, a respiratory therapist at Kaiser Richmond.
Workers delivered the signed petitions to the NLRB’s Oakland office and asked the board to set an election date immediately.
“We want to take this opportunity of this vote to show Kaiser that we are unified going into national bargaining next year. We intend to win by an even larger margin than last time,” said Janice Williams from Kaiser in Southern California.
A hearing officer issued a recommendation to the National Labor Relations Board July 14 that called for a second election for Kaiser workers.
The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) had filed objections to the original election after it lost last year’s vote. But now NUHW is seeking to delay a new election despite asking for it.

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