[Dec. 28, 2015] LOS ANGELES – More than 220 healthcare workers voted to improve patient care at a hospital in La Mirada, Calif. by joining SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW).
“We entered this profession because we want to help care for people, and now that we’ve voted to join together in our union that desire will be even stronger,” said Juan Perez, a licensed vocational nurse at Kindred Hospital La Mirada. “By having a more unified voice on the job, we will have more say in delivering the best patient care every day, and that’s something that benefits patients, workers and the entire community.”
The Kindred workers affected include Certified Nursing Assistants, cooks, environmental services aides, food services aides, Licensed Vocational Nurses, materials management clerks, medical records clerks, monitor technicians, phlebotomists, radiology technologists, respiratory therapists, respiratory care practitioners and surgical assistants.
With the Kindred election, more than 1,500 hospital workers throughout California have joined SEIU-UHW in 2015.
By joining the union, the Kindred 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.