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by News on December 29, 2011

in Union Politics and Transparency, The Wall Street Journal 

After a year-and-a-half of negotiations, workers who are represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) at Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Southern California lost their contractual guarantees of minimum pay rates and fully employer-paid healthcare benefits.

Regular wage increases and 100 percent paid healthcare benefits were previously guaranteed under the workers’ former union contract with SEIU-UHW.

“Let’s get real here,” said Jeanene Aguilar, an employee at Providence Tarzana Medical Center and a dues-paying member of NUHW. “We took two huge steps back and one small step forward. I haven’t received a raise in 18 months, and under this contract the cost of my health insurance could now practically double.”

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