As Labor Day weekend began, more than 440 healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles celebrated a union election where an overwhelming majority of the lab technicians, nurse assistants, radiology techs and others voted to stay united in their union, the Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW).
The two-day National Labor Relations Board-supervised election ensures that hospital workers will continue to have a united voice in patient care and will retain the union contract that guarantees average raises of 11.2% over the next three years, protects healthcare coverage and job security.
“Healthcare is a fast-paced, ever changing environment,” said Trecena Pledger, who works in the blood donor center at the hospital. “We need our union now more than ever to have a voice in changes that affect our patients and ensure we have the staffing to provide quality care.”
The SEIU-UHW contract that covers Good Sam caregivers was negotiated and ratified by union members in May.
“We won a strong contract in the worst economy in our lifetime,” said Linda Atkins, health records technician at Good Sam. “For our patients, for our communities and our families, sticking together pays off. We have real reasons to celebrate Labor Day weekend!”
Good Samaritan is one of Los Angeles’ oldest hospitals and is historically remembered as the hospital where then Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy died. Caregivers at the hospital have been represented by SEIU-UHW for 10 years.