Two very different things are happening at two USC hospitals in Southern California today, as NUHW members go on yet another ineffective strike while SEIU-UHW members vote to approve a strong new contract.
SEIU-UHW members at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital are voting today to ratify a contract with 20% in raises and new job security—all locked in after just three months of negotiations.
On the same day, NUHW-represented workers at USC’s Keck Hospital are out on strike in a dispute over salary and benefits.
According to this article, NUHW themselves admit that they have been unable to negotiate higher wages in five years of representing workers there. From the article:
[NUHW] contends some workers are being paid “poverty wages and inadequate benefits,” saying some of its members qualify for food stamps and other forms of public assistance.”
Which union would you rather belong to today?