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.