Dolores Huerta visits Gilroy

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers of America
with Cesar Chavez, stopped by Friday in Gilroy at Kaiser Permanente
to spread word about the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez, stopped by Friday in Gilroy at Kaiser Permanente to spread word about the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

As Huerta made her rounds at the 7520 Arroyo Circle facility, stopping at each of the hospital stations, she greeted licensed vocational nurses, telling them to vote for NUHW on the Sept. 13 ballot.

“You’re fighting for yourselves and your organization,” Huerta told Kaiser employees. “You guys have got the power.”

NUHW key complaint against the Service Employees International Union, which currently represents Gilroy Kaiser employees, has been the lack of representation from union members in important decision concerning union policy, according to Alejandro Murillo, union organizer for the NUHW. SEIU spokesman Steve Trossman refuted the claim Monday.

The 44,000 participants in the election will be tech and service workers at Kaiser as well as some other professionals, not including doctors, registered nurses or supervisors.

“Seeing her support us, it really means a lot,” said Mary Fierro, licensed vocational nurse.

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