NUHW leader shares Kaiser strike insights during International Working Women’s Day panel

POSTED ON March 21st, 2019

Following a year marked by worker strikes in female-dominated fields including mental health care, NUHW Vice President Elizabeth White reflected on December’s Kaiser strike as part of a panel discussion for International Working Women’s Day. White, a Kaiser psychiatric social worker, joined union leaders from UNITE HERE and UTLA, to talk about their recent strikes […]

Kaiser suicide victim’s parents profiled in CALmatters

POSTED ON March 12th, 2019

After struggling for more than a year to get mental health care from Kaiser Permanente, Elizabeth Brown took her life at the age of 19. Jocelyn Wiener spoke with Elizabeth’s parents for her March 10 article in CALmatters: For families across California, a desperate struggle to get mental health care. Photo by Penni Gladstone for CALmatters

Chronology: Kaiser Permanente’s Mental Health Crisis

POSTED ON January 7th, 2019

Kaiser Permanente has a shameful history of denying its patients timely access to mental health care. Because clinics are chronically understaffed, patients have to wait a month or more for therapy appointments. As a result, many patients pay out-of-pocket for the care they need, or give up on getting help altogether. Those who persist are […]

NUHW members put pressure on Kaiser with statewide strike

POSTED ON December 21st, 2018

Four thousand NUHW members staged a five-day strike this month, putting intense pressure on Kaiser Permanente to settle a contract that treats its workers fairly and provides patients better access to mental health treatment. Strikers included psychologists, social workers, therapists, psychiatric nurses, addiction medicine specialists, dietitians, audiologists and health educators as well as nurses and […]

News of the Month: December 2018

POSTED ON December 20th, 2018

Our Kaiser strike generated 787 television news reports and well over 100 print and web stories. Here are reports from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, KTVU, USA Today, KQED and the Los Angeles Times. Several newspapers including the Bakersfield Californian and the San Jose Mercury News also printed opinion pieces by our members: Becker’s Hospital […]