July 29, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishnia And Neal Tepel
The California Nurses Association chalked up another organizing victory July 23, when nurses at Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center voted to join it.
The CNA won almost 70% of the vote over the United Nurses Associations of California. The union, which now represents 20,200 nurses in the giant Kaiser Permanente health-care network and almost 90,000 RNs in California, has grown considerably in the last 15 years, winning elections to represent almost 30,000 nurses in Southern California. But winning a contract with Kaiser is expected to be a tough battle. The CNA has tangled with Kaiser at other hospitals, and it and the National Union of Healthcare Workers are not part of the network’s Labor Management Partnership, whose 28 local unions include the United Nurses Associations and the SEIU-affiliated United Healthcare Workers West. Read more here.