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


Update:
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

KQED
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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For over two years during the pandemic, we’ve come to work for our patients — even when we didn’t have enough PPE; even when we didn’t have enough staff; even when we were exhausted and burned out. @ChineseHospital https://bit.ly/37VMRFk #HealthcareJustice

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.@ChineseHospital’s attacks on its workforce come in the midst of a healthcare staffing crisis across the state. Management should be trying to keep experienced healthcare workers, NOT driving them away. #HealthcareJustice

Even though we’ve put our lives on the line for over two years through the pandemic, management @ChineseHospital is now trying to eliminate the healthcare coverage that our families need to stay alive and healthy. #HealthcareJustice

Healthcare workers at @ChineseHospital are protesting today from 2:30 pm-5 pm due to understaffing and severe cuts to benefits, which endanger patient care and retention of experienced staff at the facility. #HealthcareJustice

Still in awe of the power of our amazing Members & Leaders of @seiu_uhw #CedarsSinaiStrike . So many young workers on the line , so many working moms on the line. So many kids watching their parents take a stand 💜. We are back at the Bargaining Table Monday #TheRealCedarsSinai

A huge shout out to my brothers and sisters who will be striking outside of @CedarsSinai, fighting for their patients and standing up to be paid a meaningful wage - stop the corporate greed. #TheRealCedarsSinai

When patient care is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back! We are proud to support @CedarsSinai workers getting ready to strike. Stay strong, brothers and sisters. We've got your back. #TheRealCedarsSinai

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When patient care is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back! We are proud to support @CedarsSinai workers getting ready to strike. Stay strong, brothers and sisters. We’ve got your back. #TheRealCedarsSinai

Solidarity with @seiu_uhw healthcare workers entering day 4 of a strike demanding that @CedarsSinai put their patients above their profits. Their corporate greed hurts workers, patients and the community. #UnionStrong #TheRealCedarsSinai

When patient care is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back! We are proud to support @CedarsSinai workers striking right now. Stay strong, brothers and sisters. We’ve got your back. #TheRealCedarsSinai

With their massive profits, @CedarsSinai has no excuse: they should be investing in top-quality care for patients and good jobs for workers. That’s why I stand with @CedarsSinai workers on strike right now. #TheRealCedarsSinai

$5.6M for the CEO of Cedars-Sinai and low wages for healthcare workers? That’s not how a non-profit should work. I stand with frontline healthcare workers preparing to strike to get @CedarsSinai back on track. #TheRealCedarsSinai

With a reported more than $1 billion in 2021 profits, @CedarsSinai has no excuse for refusing to invest in their caregivers. I stand with @seiu_uhw workers. #TheRealCedarsSinai

With a reported more than $1 billion in 2021 profits, @CedarsSinai has no excuse for refusing to invest in their caregivers. I stand with @seiu_uhw workers. #TheRealCedarsSinai

I support health care workers striking outside of @CedarsSinai fighting for their patients and standing up against corporate greed. #SupportWorkers #TheRealCedarsSinai

Religious community leaders in Los Angeles came out to speak this morning in support of workers as they stand strong in their 5th day on the strike line. The @seiu_uhw member led bargaining team continues to negotiate with #TheRealCedarsSinai

Joined @seiu_uhw on strike at Cedars Sinai!

Our essential hospital workers deserve higher pay and fair treatment, let’s stand with them! #UnionStrong 👊🏽👊🏽

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Joining @SenMariaEDurazo to stand with @seiu_uhw workers standing for safe staffing and safe patient care.

@CedarsSinai CEOs got $5.6M but low wages for healthcare workers? That’s not how a non-profit should work. #EssentialWorkers deserve respect & justice.
#TheRealCedarsSinai

I stand in solidarity with the @seiu_uhw healthcare heroes of @CedarsSinai These essential workers deserve safety, fair treatment, and fair wages so they can continue to provide excellent patient care.

Employers need to respect all essential workers. Proud to support @seiu_uhw healthcare workers on strike at @CedarsSinai #AnInjuryToOneIsAnInjuryToAll #TheRealCedarsSinai

It’s Day 5 of the Cedars-Sinai ULP strike! Drop a purple heart in the comments in solidarity with healthcare workers at Cedars-Sinai!

From staffing shortages to lack of PPE, healthcare workers are at a breaking point. Between January 2021 and April 2022, there were 76 healthcare strikes across the country.

Read more on how healthcare workers are fighting back: https://bit.ly/3a0Wpzt

Healthcare workers from @CedarsSinai have been on strike since Monday, May 9.

Why are we here again? Because of Cedar’s unfair labor practices and its refusal to invest in its workforce. #TheRealCedarsSinai

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Governor @GavinNewsom is proposing a $933 million dollar package to give up to $1,500 bonuses to healthcare workers! It shows he understands our message that the healthcare worker staffing crisis requires immediate attention. You can read more here: https://bit.ly/3wrksiE

Please support ⁦@seiu_uhw⁩ healthcare heroes in their fight for a fair contract ⁦@CedarsSinai⁩ ! Here is why it matters to us all! #TheRealCedarsSinai #UnionStrong #FairContract #healthcarejustice

Thank you to @danielwaynelee0 and@MarkJGonzalezLA
for standing in solidarity with @CedarsSinai healthcare workers. #TheRealCedarsSinai

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@seiu_uhw @CedarsSinai The workers are demanding better wages, better safety protocols, and better PPE. Cal/OSHA issued the hospital seven citations for violating OSHA regulations designed to protect workplace safety. Cedars-Sinai must do better. https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/2000-cedars-sinai-service-workers-planning-to-strike-monday/2888540/

Stand with Cedar’s Healthcare workers demanding increased staffing and wages and improved patient and worker safety. Strike Day 2 is Working Women + Family Day.(8700 Beverly Blvd). @seiu_uhw #supportworkers #wright4weho #cedarssinaihospital

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Sending solidarity to the @seiu_uhw workers of @CedarsSinai! I hope and expect that the parties will quickly come to an agreement that will improve conditions & pay for workers and underscore the hospital’s commitment to exceptional patient care.

A huge shout out to my brothers and sisters who will be striking outside of @CedarsSinai, fighting for their patients and for fair wages and treatment in the workplace. @seiucalifornia

Standing in solidarity with @seiu_uhw!

Our essential healthcare workers deserve essential fair treatment, from fair wages, to safety and more!

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/2000-cedars-sinai-service-workers-planning-to-strike-monday/2888540/

I stand with @seiu_uhw Cedars Sinai Healthcare Workers. They deserve safe staffing for quality patient care, living wages, safe working conditions during the pandemic and the right to speak up for patients

I Call on Cedars Sinai Leadership to settle a fair contract

A huge shout out to my brothers and sisters who will be striking outside of @CedarsSinai, fighting for their patients and standing up against corporate greed. #TheRealCedarsSinai

When patient care is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back! We are proud to support @CedarsSinai workers getting ready to strike. Stay strong, brothers and sisters. We’ve got your back. #TheRealCedarsSinai

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Health care workers at @CedarsSinai are on strike, demanding better pay, more staffing and improved COVID protocols.

Essential workers shouldn't suffer while execs make millions.

We must take care of the people who take care of us. I am proud to stand with
@seiu_uhw workers.

$5.6M for the CEO of Cedars-Sinai and low wages for healthcare workers? That’s not how a non-profit should work. I stand with frontline healthcare workers preparing to strike to get @CedarsSinai back on track. #TheRealCedarsSinai

I stand with @seiu_uhw and the health care workers at Cedars-Sinai on strike.

They deserve better - better working conditions and better wages! https://laist.com/news/health-care-workers-at-cedars-sinai-are-on-strike

$5.6M for the CEO of Cedars-Sinai and low wages for healthcare workers? That’s not how a non-profit should work. I stand with frontline healthcare workers preparing to strike to get @CedarsSinai back on track. #TheRealCedarsSinai

https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/hundreds-of-cedars-sinai-workers-launch-weeklong-strike/

Today I’m standing with the essential healthcare workers of @CedarsSinai in their fight for a living wage.

Protect patients by investing in @seiu_uhw workers.

#TheRealCedarsSinai

Day 3 - @CedarsSinai has canceled their fashion show fundraiser amidst another day of workers on strike. This is a WIN for @seiu_uhw members as they continue to build power in their fight for fair wages and safe staffing levels at #TheRealCedarsSinai

Standing in solidarity with my friends Gisella and Miranda supporting #TheRealCedarsSinai in their fight for safe staffing and a decent wage. As a 22 year healthcare worker I know that their fight is my fight.Together we can make the changes to that better our communitys

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With their massive profits, @CedarsSinai has no excuse: they should be investing in top-quality care for patients and good jobs for workers. That’s why I stand with @CedarsSinai workers who are striking for dignity and respect. @seiu_uhw #TheRealCedarsSinai

Yesterday, I heard the lived experience of @seiuuhw workers at @cedarssinai As a patient, I am grateful for the care I receive. As a community leader, I am grateful for the partnerships we have in @wehocity & @countyofla All of this is possible because of their work.

.@seiu_uhw and all of our health care workers deserve to be treated with dignity.

Proudly standing with them in their fight for fair wages and working conditions.

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-05-09/cedars-sinai-workers-strike-over-wages-conditions

In light of healthcare workers who are striking ​to stop unfair labor practices, and trying to raise families while earning $17/hour @CedarsSinai, we urge #womensguildcs to cancel their event. #TheRealCedarsSinai

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Cedars keeps​ bargaining in bad faith and ​telling us they can’t afford to invest in us and give us real raises that reflect what we’ve been through and the high cost of living in LA. #TheRealCedarsSinai @CedarsSinai

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@JonesSawyerAD59Thank you for supporting and helping spread the word about what's happening at Cedars! Be sure to use our hashtag #TheRealCedarsSinai to help continue shed light

📢Shout out to our @seiu_uhw colleagues in Los Angeles who are calling on the hospital to put #patientsoverprofits & support #safestaffing! #unionstrong 💪 #TheRealCedarsSinai
http://ow.ly/9YhM50J4icS

The second day of health care workers out on strike for unfair labor practices at #TheRealCedarsSinai. Started off with mariachis 🎶 on Beverly Blvd before marching for fair wages, safe staffing, and better conditions in the workplace. #ULPStrike @seiu_uhw

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With a reported more than $1 billion in 2021 profits, @CedarsSinai has no excuse for refusing to invest in their caregivers. We stand with @seiu_uhw workers. #TheRealCedarsSinai

Instead of lining the pockets of a handful of executives, Cedars needs to invest in frontline patient care. #TheRealCedarsSinai @CedarsSinai

It’s time for @CedarsSinai to listen to caregivers: bargain in good faith, increase staffing, improve patient and worker safety, and invest in the workers who take care of Cedars patients every day. #TheRealCedarsSinai

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“We definitely didn’t want to do this, but we’re very disappointed in how they’ve treated us over the last two and a half years.” #TheRealCedarsSinai https://bit.ly/3wkMdJw

Healthcare workers at @CedarsSinai are on the strike line, and we're proud to have the support of our elected officials as we fight for real investment in our workforce and patient care. Thanks to @RepTedLieu for standing with us! #TheRealCedarsSinai

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Thank you @RepMaxineWaters for standing with healthcare workers at @CedarsSinai! Your support will help us keep fighting for a contract that invests in the workforce and patient care. #TheRealCedarsSinai
https://bit.ly/3vY6yFJ

We’re asking @CedarsSinai to stop committing unfair labor practices and to bargain in good faith. #TheRealCedarsSinai

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Healthcare workers @CedarsSinai have been out of contract since March. The same month that LA City Council approved the expansion plans at #TheRealCedarsSinai. Adding 203 patient beds is important and so is safe staffing + paying workers fairly. @seiu_uhw

We are very frustrated that despite us risking our lives to deliver word-class healthcare for our patients, management at @CedarsSinai has not bargained in good faith and continues to commit unfair labor practices. #TheRealCedarsSinai

We need to make sure we are receiving basic protections to ensure patient and worker safety. #TheRealCedarsSinai @CedarsSinai

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Day 1 of our ULP strike! Healthcare workers are sick and tired of leading a stressed out life for an employer that doesn’t want to treat us right. #TheRealCedarsSinai @CedarsSinai

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms fighting for a better life for their families! 💗👩🏽‍⚕️ This Mother’s Day, stand with working mothers at @CedarsSinai who are getting ready to go on strike. https://bit.ly/3KW1ohN #TheRealCedarsSinai

Thank you @RickChavezZbur for standing with healthcare workers at @CedarsSinai! Your support will help us keep fighting for a contract that invests in the workforce and patient care. #TheRealCedarsSinai
https://bit.ly/3kM1GNx

Healthcare workers at @CedarsSinai are ready to strike, and we're proud to have the support of our elected officials as we fight for real investment in our workforce and patient care. Thanks to @SupJaniceHahn for standing with us! https://bit.ly/3wuijTt

Thank you, @PaulKoretzCD5, for your strong support of
@cedarssinai healthcare workers who are fighting for better care, staffing, and working conditions. #TheRealCedarsSinai

Frontline healthcare workers are sounding the alarm about the hospital staffing crisis. 🚨🚨🚨
Download the Crisis in Care Report: https://bit.ly/3kOlboF

In a new survey of more than 33,000 healthcare workers, respondents report crisis-level staffing shortages at facilities across CA. The results detail the devastating impact on working conditions and patient care. Read more: https://bit.ly/3LUtUl1

Thank you @LALabor for standing with healthcare workers at @CedarsSinai! We've had enough with Cedars-Sinai putting profit over patients and workers. Your support will help us keep fighting for a contract that invests in patient care. https://bit.ly/3vZ8axE #TheRealCedarsSinai

Profits are up at @CedarsSinai but they refuse to address workforce shortages. That's why we're thankful to have the support of @ClueJustice as we prepare to strike. Together we can win for patient care!
https://bit.ly/3yeyira
#TheRealCedarsSinai

In an absolute LANDSLIDE, 1442 doctors in training (interns, residents, and fellows) at Stanford vote to join @cirseiu 835-214. Housestaff everywhere are done being exploited, and we’re on an absolute organizing tear right now.

#MayDay marks the first day of #APAHM, a reminder of the power Asian and Pacific Islander workers have to build a better future for their families and all communities when we are able to join together in a union.

SEIU-UHW members joined the @CRONAnurses strike line @StanfordHealth along with State Senator @SenJoshBecker and U.S. Senator @SenAlexPadilla.

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Two thousand Service Employees Union International-United Healthcare Workers West members at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are set to go on strike May 9. https://www.modernhealthcare.com/labor/cedars-sinai-workers-set-strike-date via @modrnhealthcr

.@CedarsSinai believes they have done no wrong and has rejected all pandemic protection proposals. The truth is with the healthcare workers (see the flyer that was posted at the facility back in early 2020). We need our health and safety prioritized #TheRealCedarsSinai

I was proud to stand with @seiu_uhw today with my colleague @LindseyPHorvath and others in their call for @CedarsSinai to invest fairly in their workers. These Hero’s deserve more than just praise, they deserve a JUST compensation package. https://twitter.com/IrMiklat/status/1516859822271983616

(((Aryeh Cohen)))@IrMiklat

I am proud today to be standing with @seiu_uhw demanding that @CedarsSinai invest in its workers. 3

Yesterday, healthcare workers at Chinese Hospital delivered a petition demanding @ChineseHospital invest in their workers and patients

#HealthcareJustice

While millions of Americans fight for access to healthcare, @HCAHealthcare is giving money to allies of politicians who vow to block access to care.

We’re demanding transparency in HCA’s political giving. Hospital PACs shouldn’t fund extremist politicians.
#PatientsOverPolitics

Nurses at @Stanford deserve industry-leading pay and benefits, and working conditions that make their jobs sustainable. We stand in solidarity with @CRONANurses in their fight for dignity and quality patient care! #ShameOnStanford

.@StanfordMed threatened to cut off health benefits for @CRONAnurses who are striking for good jobs and patient care. Join our union family and sign their petition demanding Stanford retract this union busting threat. #ShameOnStanford https://bit.ly/3k7nuCV

Jose Sanchez, a Lead Transporter @CedarsSinai says the last 2 years felt like a rollercoaster ride. #TheRealCedarsSinai

Yesterday a picket occurred at @CedarsSinai over the $97,000 health and safety violations.

“It’s outrageous that Cedars-Sinai… left some of its employees defenseless against COVID-19…” - Taryne Mosley, surgical technician: https://www.laweekly.com/cedars-sinai-workers-protest-after-multiple-safety-violations-by-hospital/

#TheRealCedarsSinai

Yesterday we took a stand to tell our stories at @CedarsSinai. They made over $1 billion in profit last year - it’s time to invest in the workplace and patient care. #TheRealCedarsSinai

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Today I stood with @seiu_uhw workers on the picket line fighting for fair compensation & safe staffing at @CedarsSinai I will always stand in #solidarity with #frontline #healthcare #workers fighting for better patient care & dignity in the workplace ✊ cc: @SepiShyne

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Enough is enough. We need @CedarsSinai to invest in frontline healthcare workers and patient care. #TheRealCedarsSinai

Workers are sick and tired of leading a stressed-out life for an employer that doesn’t want to treat us right.

#TheRealCedarsSinai @CedarsSinai

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Jose S, Lead Transporter @CedarsSinai says the last 2 years felt like a rollercoaster ride:
"We've been risking our lives to make sure our patients were safely cared for during this pandemic. We want Cedars to understand that the way they treat us puts our patients at risk."

The picket is picking up at @CedarsSinai as healthcare workers voice their concerns over the hospital’s safety violations! #TheRealCedarsSinai

From lack of safety protocols to lack of adequate training on PPE usage and limitations, healthcare workers and patients @CedarsSinai are being put at risk. Stop putting patients and workers in danger by not complying with basic health and safety laws. #TheRealCedarsSinai

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Healthcare workers at @CedarsSinai are prepared to fight for a contract that invests in the workforce, and patient care, and addresses short-staffing issues we’ve felt during the last couple of years. #TheRealCedarsSinai
https://bit.ly/37EIwFV

Cedars-Sinai Employees Vote to Authorize Unfair Labor Practice Strike Over Hospital’s Bad Faith Bargaining - Workers Seek to Address Low Wages, Short Staffing, Despite $1 Billion in Profits

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