Workers at nursing home in Saginaw vote to join new union Carrie Sharp | WNEM.com Sept. 27, 2011
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -Workers at Luther Manor Nursing Home in Saginaw voted by more than a 2-to-1 margin to leave the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and join a new union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).
The final vote count was 47 for NUHW to 22 for SEIU with one vote for neither union, and four challenged ballots.
“For years, SEIU negotiated substandard contracts for us and failed to represent us at the workplace or provide real contract enforcement,” said Olga Vasquez, a certified nursing aide at Luther Manor. “It seemed like all they really cared about was our dues. Last week we finally got our chance to join a union that takes its members seriously. We can’t wait to get started bargaining a strong contract and putting our members’ interests first.”