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NLRB sets date for new Kaiser Permanente election

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Forty-five thousand Kaiser Permanente employees in California will start receiving new union ballots April 5 following a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that a 2010 election was invalid.

The NLRB found that the health workers’ union—the Ser­­vice Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers (SEIU-UHW)—“interfered with the em­­ployees’ exercise of a free and reasoned choice” when voting on which union would represent them in 2010. SEIU-UHW won the 2010 election.

The April election is a do-over, pitting the SEIU-UHW against the National Union of Health­­care Workers. Kaiser Perma­­nente employees will have until April 29 to return their ballots to the company’s Oakland office to allow counting to begin May 1.

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