SEIU certified against challenger at Kaiser

05/14/2013 12:00 AM

05/14/2013 8:12 AM

The federal government has certified the Service Employees International Union's recent election victory at Kaiser Permanente, the union announced Monday, capping a bitter fight with an upstart union.

SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West said the May 2 results were certified by the National Labor Relations Board.

The union, which has represented Kaiser workers for nearly 70 years, beat back a challenge from the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The NUHW was founded by two dissidents who were fired by SEIU in 2009.

The NUHW was aided in the fight by the California Nurses Association.

Neither the CNA nor the NUHW "filed objections to the election, despite months of wild accusations that they were not being treated fairly," the SEIU said.

The vote affects 45,000 nursing aides, janitors and other employees at Kaiser statewide, including 6,500 in the Sacramento area. The SEIU won by 58 percent to 41 percent, with 1 percent voting for no union.

Call The Bee's Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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