SEIU-UHW Remains Steadfast in Our Support of the Local 39 Operating Engineers

SEIU-UHW Remains Steadfast in Our Support of the Local 39 Operating Engineers

On Dec. 10, our SEIU-UHW Executive Board voted to continue our efforts in support of the engineers’ fight for a fair contract by:

  • Contributing $300,000 to the IUOE Stationary Engineers Local 39 strike fund from our general fund (line item: Solidarity Donations), with the intention that it support our Kaiser engineers;
  • Publicly raising awareness of the importance of the engineers to the care team and quality patient care;
  • Sounding the alarm over unresolved problems with medical equipment and hospital facilities that Kaiser’s replacement engineers are failing to address;
  • Organizing actions in facilities to share these concerns;
  • Mobilizing political support; and
  • Potentially doing an additional sympathy strike in the future.

On November 18, we were all part of the largest sympathy strike in the United States in over a century. 40,000 Kaiser union members from SEIU-UHW, OPEIU Local 29, IFPTE Local 20 were the largest group of working people since 1894 to say we care enough about another group of workers to leave our job, give up pay and take a stand with the Local 39 Operating Engineers.

This is quite remarkable but not at all surprising. As healthcare workers, we have dedicated our lives to caring for others. We have risked our lives and health these past two years to care for patients during the pandemic. After seeing our co-workers, Kaiser engineers out on strike for 62 days, we said enough is enough. We joined them on the line with courage and honor in a moment that will define us for decades to come.

News Coverage

Sacramento Bee
Kaiser strike in Northern California: Engineers uplifted as thousands picket in solidarity
November 18, 2021
Features quote from UHW members Lanette Griffin, Rod Thomson, Adwin Chand (video)

Mercury News
Kaiser strike shutters some services Thursday. Friday could be worse

Thousands of Kaiser Permanente Staff Join Picket Line in Solidarity With Striking Engineers

San Francisco Chronicle
Kaiser union employees to hold sympathy strikes Thursday, Friday in solidarity with Local 39

Fox 40 Sacramento
Kaiser union employees engage in sympathy strike in support of local engineers
November 18, 2021
Includes quote from UHW member Kim Samuels of Kaiser So. Sacramento, footage of So. Sacramento sympathy strike

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• It helps retain workers who are considering leaving and recruit new ones

• It helps ensures our workplaces are fully staffed, which improves patient care


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Let's give a shout out to the people who labor in the fields to put food on our tables.

Mandemosle un saludo a la gente que trabajan en el campo para poner comida en nuestras mesas.

#WeFeedYou #AB2183 #LaborDay

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This #LaborDay, we honor the historic efforts of American workers participating in labor movements. In response to African American exclusion from labor organizations, Black workers created all-Black unions that championed their members’ class & racial interests. #ANationsStory

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HCA has a lengthy history of defrauding the Medicare system and data reveals a pattern of prioritizing profit-making over patients. #PatientsOverProfits

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Senator Rendon staff member on #fairwages4Health@seiu-uhw

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🚨Downey Registered Voters 🚨
Did you accidentally sign one of the deceiving petitions to remove the healthcare worker minimum wage? It’s not too late to remove your signature. Text 323-888-8123 to get started! #FairWages4Health

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Some cities are leading the way in raising the minimum wage for healthcare workers. Meanwhile, employers are refusing grants that would give their healthcare employees fair compensation. #FairWages4Health

A recent survey of roughly 5,000 frontline healthcare workers finds that more than two years of dealing with the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic is causing profound negative impacts on workers’ mental health. Download the report:

Mental Health America@MentalHealthAm

A recent survey of frontline healthcare workers found that 2+ years of the COVID-19 pandemic is causing profound negative impacts on workers’ #MentalHealth.

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Buckley’s story resonates with a lot of healthcare workers in California too. This is why healthcare workers deserve a fair minimum wage. #FairWages4Health

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This week Long Beach became the fourth city in SoCal to move forward with an ordinance to increase the minimum wage to $25 for healthcare workers in the private sector. #FairWages4Health

“I’m working hard to follow my calling and serve my community. I have nothing to show for my sacrifices. We as healthcare workers are feeling broken.” #FairWages4Health

Thank you, @LongBeachMayor! ICYMI, the City of Long Beach, is one step away from passing our $25 minimum wage for healthcare workers! #FairWages4Health


Healthcare corporations have no shame. They’ve been tricking voters into signing their petition to REMOVE the $25/hr healthcare worker minimum by pretending they’re helping those same healthcare workers. #FairWages4Health

Imagine you and your partner working 60 hours a week and still barely making ends meet.

That’s the reality for so many healthcare workers who are called “heroes” by the same CEOs who are trying to deny them a fair minimum wage.#FairWages4Health

Long Beach is the latest of 4 SoCal cities to move forward with establishing a $25 minimum wage for healthcare providers in the private sector

While some states and Congress refuse to increase the inhumane federal $7.25 minimum wage, our city is setting a historic new wage of $25 for healthcare workers.

Long Beach is close to joining LA, Downey & Monterey Pk in a $25 minimum wage for healthcare workers. SEIU-UHW members spoke up yesterday & 8/1 to let Councilmembers know LB healthcare workers need #FairWages4Health so we can take care of our families while caring for theirs

We’re proud to join the #UnitedToHouseLA coalition in bringing a mansion tax to the November ballot that will generate funds to reduce homelessness and help keep low-income seniors in their homes.

You don’t pay. Everyone benefits.

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We’re all in this together. We all came into work seeing death after death during COVID. We need to fix this staffing shortage by retaining and attracting qualified caregivers. #FairWages4Health

The Monterey Park City Council has passed a $25 minimum wage for healthcare workers, joining LA & Downey! Thank you Mayor Henry Lo @henrylo626 & Councilman Hans Liang for supporting #FairWages4Health in @CityofMPK

Did you hear? LA, Downey, and now MONTEREY PARK have a $25 healthcare minimum wage! We aren’t stopping until we win a $25 minimum wage for all healthcare workers in CA. Let's ensure our workplaces are fully staffed to improve patient care! Let’s go! #FairWages4Health

The wins keep coming for healthcare workers and patients! Monterey Park joins Downey and Los Angeles in passing a $25 healthcare worker minimum wage ordinance! Leave a 💜 in the comments to celebrate #FairWages4Health! 🙌🏻 🙌🏼 🙌🏽 🙌🏾 🙌🏿

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Carta Abierta de los Lideres de la Junta Ejecutiva de SEIU-UHW Dirigida a Nuestros Compañeros de Trabajo y Pacientes

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