Kaiser Union Election Produces Winner, Legal Battle

​The Service Employees International Union yesterday decisively won an election to represent 43,000 workers at Kaiser medical facilities around California, an occurrence academic observers predict could be the death knell for dissident leader Sal Rosselli's quest to re-make U.S. unionism.
But the National Union of Healthcare Workers, the upstart union that hoped to dislodge the SEIU from its role representing Kaiser's hospital housekeepers, lab technicians, and other workers, claimed the 18,290 to 11,364 defeat was merely a prelude to legal challenges calling for the National Labor Relations Board to toss out the results and call a new election.
The NUHW “will exhaust every opportunity to achieve a fair election for Kaiser workers to choose their union,” Rosselli said in a statement. A labor expert contacted by SF Weekly, however, said the challenge would likely fail.

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