[Dec. 9, 2015] FRESNO, Calif. – Two-hundred healthcare workers recently voted to strengthen patient care at Coalinga Regional Medical Center by joining SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West.
“Our goal is to provide the best patient care and that’s more likely to happen when frontline healthcare workers like myself have a unified voice on the job,” said Amelia Culwell, a physical therapist aide at Coalinga Regional Medical Center. “By being able to speak up as a group, we can make sure that any patient care issues are addressed faster – something that helps everyone in the hospital and the community.”
The Coalinga hospital workers affected include certified nursing assistants, licensed vocational nurses, radiology technicians, laboratory technicians, physical therapy aides and administrative assistants.
By joining the union, the Coalinga employees will be able to help SEIU-UHW’s campaign to fully fund Medi-Cal, the program that provides health coverage to low-income seniors and people with disabilities in California, and qualify a statewide initiative for the November 2016 ballot that would gradually raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021.
Coalinga Regional Medical Center is a 123-bed facility established in 1938, and is part of the Coalinga Hospital District.