At a Glance:
SEIU-UHW represents nearly 1,400 workers at El Camino Hospital and 180 workers at what is now called the “Silicon Valley Medical Development” (SVMD) clinics. These caregivers include medical record clerks, surgical technicians, certified nursing assistants, and a variety of other vital roles.
El Camino Hospital consists of two non-profit hospitals created in 1961 to serve the El Camino Healthcare District, which includes Mountain View, Los Altos, and parts of Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and Cupertino, along with satellite clinics.
When SVMD, a wholly owned subsidiary of El Camino Hospital Board, purchased five clinics in the South Bay from Verity Medical Foundation, they chose to bring workers in through temporary staffing agencies, causing workers to lose key benefits like health insurance. They are also making offers that aren’t comparable to the wages and benefits these experienced caregivers earned under the previous owners.
SEIU-UHW is fighting to ensure accessible healthcare for everyone in the healthcare district and good jobs for the caregivers who have dedicated decades to providing quality care.