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NLRB rules new union election needed at Kaiser Permanente (Read More…)

by Chris Rauber
August 10, 2011

The National Labor Relations Board issued an order Wednesday that it said will necessitate the re-running of a fall 2010 election regarding representation of roughly 43,000 workers at Kaiser Permanente.

That election, between SEIU’s United Healthcare Workers West and the rival National Union of Healthcare Workers, ended with a resounding Service Employees International Union victory over NUHW and former UHW head Sal Rosselli.

But the NLRB has ruled in favor of some NUHW objections to the election, resulting in the determination that a new election must be held.

The order released Wednesday, by NLRB Chairman Wilma Liebman and members Brian Hayes and Mark Gaston Pearce, with member Craig Becker recused, remanded the case to NLRB’s Oakland region “for appropriate action, including the scheduling of a new election,” the agency said Aug. 10.

That means a new election, likely within a few months, will once again pit incumbent SEIU against the breakaway NUHW.

Posted by Admin on 08/11 at 03:50 PM