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Local 1004
Takes Campaign
For ISSI Contract
To Los Angeles Hospitals


Picketing in front of the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center.

Picketing in front of the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center.

UE members from around Los Angeles came out to support ISSI workers ...

UE members from around Los Angeles, including District 10 Pres. Marianne Hart, came out to support ISSI workers in their struggle for a first contract. UE picketed Orthopedic Hospital as well as the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center.

Union members have taken their campaign for a first contract covering food service and housekeeping workers at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia to two hospitals here. Both hospitals use the services of Integrated Supported Solutions Inc. (ISSI), the for-profit subcontractor which provides dietary and housekeeping services to Henry Mayo.

ISSI workers at Henry Mayo voted for UE representation by a two-to-one margin in April 2000. In the year since, ISSI has engaged in delaying tactics and other unionbusting practices rather than settle a fair contract.

On March 23, Julius Menrath, UE Local 1004-ISSI negotiating committee member, and Leticia Ramirez, Local 1004 leader at Henry Mayo, were joined by Local 1422 members from Industrial Wire and amalgamated Local 1421 members from Industrial Alloys, Graham Packaging, Kraco Enterprises and Stepan Chemicals for protests at the Los Angeles hospitals. UE members regarded both protests as successes. At day’s end, Menrath said the unity of workers proved to be the biggest victory of all.


One of the ISSI owners showed up at the first hospital — and ducked into a back door. At the second, the hospital CEO informed the protesters that because of the demonstrations, they had already met with ISSI.

Menrath, chief steward for food services and housekeeping, explained to reporters: "We work in the hospital every day, some of us feed patients and others clean their rooms, but we can’t afford healthcare for our own families."

Family health insurance at Henry Mayo Hospital costs employees $288 a month, almost one-third of the average take-home pay. That amount is out of reach for the majority of ISSI employees — which is why only one of 75 employees is enrolled in the program, Menrath pointed out.

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