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Welcome to your one-stop online resource for information and facts about the upcoming union representation election. Because your voice is important to us, we invite you to ask a question or provide a comment in the Questions section. I hope you’ll also sign up for alerts so you can be the first to receive our latest updates.

Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to learn about this important decision. 

David O'Brien, M.D.

News & Announcements

SJE Is Committed to Upholding State & Federal Labor Laws, Catholic Social Teachings & Our Code of Conduct

Please see SJE's response letter to Adam Reich, an Assistant Professor (on leave) from Columbia University (NY), in which we reaffirm that our actions to support our employees’ ability to make informed decisions regarding unionization are consistent with state and federal labor laws, Catholic Social Teachings and our own Code of Conduct.

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Secret Ballot Election Details

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has informed us that this secret ballot election will occur via mail ballot. This means voting will not take place here at the hospital in a voting booth. Instead, ballots will be mailed to the homes of every eligible voter.

The NLRB will mail a voting kit containing election instructions and the secret ballots to the homes of eligible voters on Wednesday, March 26 at 5:00 pm.

As soon as you receive your ballot in the mail, you can vote and mail it back to the NLRB. Voters must return their mail ballots so that they will be received in the NLRB Region 20 office by close of business on Wednesday, April 16. If the NLRB does not receive your ballot by then, your vote will not be counted.

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Can a Union Guarantee Higher Pay? No, They Can't.

Can A Union Always Deliver On A Promise Of Higher Pay? No, They Can’t.

Did NUHW Get Employees At Santa Rosa A Bigger Raise Than They Would Have Received Without The Union? NO, They Did Not. Please view our latest flyers to see the full story.

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Did You Know?

In return for their dues, NUHW members at Santa Rosa ended up with EXACTLY the same health benefits and premium costs as non-union Santa Rosa employees who don’t have to pay dues.

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Could You be Fired for Not Paying Dues? Yes.

Did you know that, according to the NUHW contract at Santa Rosa, the NUHW’s Bylaws and Constitution, and an actual letter from NUHW to a Santa Rosa employee, you could be fired for not paying dues?

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Facts About NUHW Strikes, Plus Latest FAQs

Did you know that, in just two years (2011 and 2012), NUHW-represented employees in California went on 12 strikes? That's an average of one strike every two months. Find out what those strikes cost workers in our latest flyer: Facts about NUHW Strikes. Also, we have posted answers to many of the questions we have received from employees over the past week. You can view those on our FAQs Tab.

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Update on the NUHW Election Process

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has decided which job classifications are eligible to vote. In addition, March 26th has been set as the date for the upcoming secret ballot election. "Read More" to see the list of eligible job classifications, as well as the complete list of eligible voter employee names.

We have also posted the NLRB’s entire “Decision and Direction of Election” document on under the Just Facts tab if you wish to read it.

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New Communication Tool:

We're excited to announce the launch of – St. Joseph Eureka’s online resource and information exchange for employees considering unionization. Because this is such an important decision, and because we are committed to keeping you informed, we thought this new online tool, designed to provide you with information about unionization and other issues important to you, would be helpful.

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Update on the NUHW Election Process

Two weeks ago we announced that we had received notice from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) had filed a petition requesting to hold a secret ballot election for some of our employees. We also committed to keeping you informed throughout this process, and what the next steps will be to determine which job classifications are included in the upcoming secret ballot election so we all know exactly who of our employees will be able to vote in the election and when the election will be held.

Representatives from St. Joseph Eureka and the NUHW met with the NLRB on Monday, January 27th and Tuesday, January 28th to address the job classification question.

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St. Joseph Eureka Announces Notice of Union Election

St. Joseph Eureka has received notice from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) has filed a petition requesting to hold a secret ballot election for some of our employees.

Consistent with our Code of Conduct and values, we respect the rights of our employees to decide whether being represented by a union is in their best interest and we fully support the secret ballot election process. We look forward to using this as an opportunity to further engage with our people about our commitment to provide a fair and just workplace, and our preference to continue working directly with them as we carry out our important mission for our patients and the communities we are privileged to serve.

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