News of the Week: NUHW praised for endorsement transparency

May 3rd, 2018

Each week we share articles on subjects that are important to NUHW and its members. Here are several must-read stories over the past seven days:

 

A CalMatters story about interest groups refusing to publish the results to their candidate questionnaires used to make endorsements credited NUHW for making our questionnaires — and the candidates’ answers — open to the public. “One outlier to the secrecy trend is the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which endorsed Newsom and published its questionnaire with his answers.”

NUHW spearheaded a state audit that found that the California Department of Public Health has not been adequately regulating nursing homes to ensure quality care, California Healthline reports.. Legislators requested the audit after we provided them with data showing that the state’s largest nursing home operator was buying over $60 million dollars a year in goods and services from companies that he controlled.

A divided Supreme Court gave President Trump’s immigration travel ban a better reception last week than it’s received in lower courts over the past 15 months, raising the chances that it will uphold restrictions on travelers from five predominantly Muslim countries. The court’s conservative justices appeared sympathetic to the administration’s contention that it has the authority to limit immigration in the name of national security. They voiced┬áskepticism about the relevance of┬áTrump’s campaign promises and statements regarding Muslims.

Roughly 53,000 health-care, service, technical and research workers are uniting to strike at all University of California locations May 7-9, as nurses and other health-care professionals join the labor action initiated by UC service and patient-care workers, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Two Republicans have surged past former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the race for California governor, a new UC Berkeley poll finds. That’s good news for front-runner Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. He would be an overwhelming favorite against a Republican in a post-Primary runoff.