[Sept. 16, 2015] LOS ANGELES – Two-hundred twenty healthcare workers overwhelmingly voted Sept. 15 to ensure quality patient care at a hospital in Orange, Calif. by joining SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. The vote passed by a 3 to 1 margin, with more than 75 percent of eligible employees participating.
“I’ve worked here for 15 years and I’m excited about joining the union because now we’re in a better position to help provide the best possible patient care,” said Brittany Perez, an admitting representative at Chapman Global Medical Center. “With the union, employees will have more say when hospital decisions are made and that benefits patients, workers and the entire community.”
By joining the union, the Chapman Global Medical Center employees will also be able to participate in a statewide campaign by SEIU-UHW, the California Hospital Association, clinics, doctors, community health groups and others to fix California’s broken Medi-Cal system, which pays providers one of the lowest rates in the nation and makes it difficult for many low-income Californians to get the medical care they need. In addition, SEIU-UHW is sponsoring a statewide ballot initiative to gradually raise California’s minimum wage $1 each year until it reaches $15 an hour in 2021.
The Chapman hospital workers affected include licensed vocational nurses, cooks, respiratory therapists, secretaries, nursing assistants, admitting representatives, medical records clerks and janitors.
Established in 1969, Chapman Global Medical Center is a for-profit facility with 114 beds.