[Aug. 23, 2017] TURLOCK, Calif. – Healthcare workers at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif. voted Aug. 22 to join SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), a union of 93,000 healthcare workers across California.
The vote affects nearly 400 workers in dozens of job titles at the hospital, including certified nursing assistants, licensed vocational nurses, housekeepers, respiratory therapists, and radiology technicians.
“We voted to join the union because we want to provide the best patient care and have a stronger voice in making that happen,” said Martha Alvarez, a patient care technician at Emanuel Medical Center. “Being able to speak up with one voice about staffing and patient care means both the hospital and the community benefit.”
Emanuel Medical Center opened in 1917 and is owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation. More than 3,400 employees at nine other Tenet-owned hospitals in California are already members of SEIU-UHW, including Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, Calif. and Doctors Hospital in Manteca, Calif.