200 Healthcare Workers in Los Angeles Vote to Join SEIU-UHW to Improve Patient Care, Safety, and Jobs

200 Healthcare Workers in Los Angeles Vote to Join SEIU-UHW to Improve Patient Care, Safety, and Jobs

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July 22, 2022

LOS ANGELES – Two hundred healthcare workers at Kindred Hospital Los Angeles voted to stand together for improved patient care, safety, and jobs by uniting in SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), a union of more than 100,000 healthcare workers across California.

“We live in this community, and we care for its most vulnerable people, but for too long, we’ve been struggling under heavy workloads because of short-staffing and low wages,” said Sandra Lott, a respiratory therapist at the hospital.

The victory was overwhelming: 87 percent of the workers voting supported joining SEIU-UHW. The union now represents 700 healthcare workers at five Kindred facilities across Southern California.

“Now we’ll have a strong voice to improve patient care and safety here — and to protect good jobs in this community,” said Joy Collard, a certified nursing assistant at the hospital.

The vote applies to workers in various job classes, including nursing assistants, vocational nurses, respiratory therapists, environmental services aides, monitor technicians, operating room technicians, radiology technologists, cooks, culinary assistants, practical nurses, phlebotomists, and unit secretaries.

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Media Contact: Renée Saldaña – mediarelations@seiu-uhw.org

 SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) is a healthcare justice union of more than 100,000 healthcare workers, patients, and healthcare activists united to ensure affordable, accessible, high-quality care for all Californians, provided by valued and respected healthcare workers.