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NLRB orders rerun of union vote for Kaiser workers

Sam Hananel

One of the largest private sector union elections in U.S. history is headed for a do-over.

Labor regulators say about 43,000 California health care workers at Kaiser Permanente will decide once again whether to stay with the giant Service Employees International Union or leave for a much smaller rival.

Last year, workers voted 61 percent to 39 percent to remain with the SEIU. But a judge at the National Labor Relations Board ruled last month that the election was tainted. The judge found the SEIU led workers to believe they would not get the same raises and benefits if they joined the rival National Union of Healthcare Workers.

The full Board agreed that another vote is warranted.

The new union was started by former SEIU leaders who were forced out.

The Associated Press