City of Hope Workers in Pasadena Vote to Unionize

Published : Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 5:13 AM

Pasadena healthcare workers at the City of Hope Clinic in Pasadena have joined others City of Hope employees in joining the Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers West, the union said Monday.

In a statement, SEIU-UHW said nearly 80 percent of the City of Hope workers — 170 of them — cast ballots voting to join the union.

They work in 14 clinics in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

The vote applies to more than 18 job classifications, including licensed vocational nurses, medical assistants, phlebotomists, radiology technicians, nuclear medical technicians, surgery technicians, radiation therapists, receptionists, medical records and billing clerks, coders and schedulers.

“Having formed a union, we will now have a unified voice when it comes to improving wages and benefits – which reflect the skill and dedication we bring to our patients every day,” Graciela Camacho, a medical assistant at City of Hope in Glendora, said.

The SEIU-UHW said earlier this year, a separate group of 144 workers at City of Hope Medical Foundation voted to join the union, bringing the total to 857 employees at the company who are members of the union.

The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), a union of some 95,000 health workers across California.

City of Hope was founded in 1913, and reported revenue of $2.4 billion in 2018.

In Pasadena, City of Hope’s clinic is located at 630 S. Raymond Avenue, provides care and treatment at a modern facility with multiple exam and treatment rooms. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org/location/pasadena or call (626) 218-9500.

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