Kaiser workers vote to stay with SEIU

Rival union contemplates legal challenge[Updated: 4 p.m.] CALIFORNIA -- Kaiser Permanente employees throughout the state voted to remain with the Service Employees International Union–United Healthcare Workers West instead of joining its rival offshoot, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

NUHW is considering a legal challenge to the election.

In voting from Sept. 13 through Oct. 4, a total of 18,290 votes were cast for SEIU, compared to 11,364 for NUHW, and 365 voted for no union at all.

A total of 1,222 ballots were voided, and 276 were challenged.

About 43,000 Kaiser employees took part in the vote, considered the largest since 1941, when the United Auto Workers organized at Ford Motor Co.

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