CULVER CITY, Calif., Aug. 28 Four hundred healthcareworkers from every level of the healthcare industry, including respiratorytherapists, lab assistants, nurses aides, clerks, radiology and otherTechnicians, voted overwhelmingly to rally in front of Brotman Medical Centerto protect patient care and to protest the hospital's refusal to bargain ingood faith. Bargaining began almost a year ago and the hospital has failed tobargain fairly over wages and benefits, and has reneged on agreements it hasalready made. The Union has filed an unfair labor practice charge (ULP) withthe National Labor Relations Board over Brotman's bargaining delays.
"We are advocating for our patients but Brotman refuses to recognize ourvoice," said Kevin Monk, Chief Shop Steward and Medical Records Clerk atBrotman Medical Center. "Now we must raise that voice and rally for ourcommunity. We filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB becausemanagement has refused to bargain fairly over issues that affect ourlivelihood."
Despite a signed agreement, the hospital has yet to honor its commitmentto join the Training & Education Fund. The Training & Education Trust Fund isa state-of-the-art jointly administered employer and union fund that providesworkers the opportunity to increase their skills and keep up with changes inthe healthcare industry. With respect to wages & benefits, Brotman hasproposed to freeze wages indefinitely and take away the HMO plan benefit thatcurrently covers employees and their families at no cost to employees.
"We are united and will not give up this fight," says Kevin Monk. "It'stime for management to get serious at the bargaining table, invest in itsworkforce and put patients first."
Hospital workers also say they have noticed a marked decline in overallquality of patient care in the hospital, which is being documented. UHWmembers at Brotman plan to launch a patient care advocacy campaign and willbegin collecting surveys tomorrow at the rally.
SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, with more than 145,000 members, isthe largest and most powerful hospital and healthcare union in the WesternU.S. We represent every type of healthcare worker, including nursing,professional, technical and service classifications. Our mission is toachieve high quality healthcare for all.
Contact: Yvette DossWhat: A Rally for Justice Where: In front of Brotman Medical Center 3828 Delmas Terrace Culver City 90231 When: 11am-2pm rally. Press conference at Noon, Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Who: Healthcare workers, Community Leaders
SOURCE SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West