PulseApril 30, 2021

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In April, NUHW members received an award from North Bay Jobs with Justice, participated in two panel discussions, picketed against proposed layoffs at Napa’s Queen of the Valley Medical Center, strengthened relationships with allied clergy in Southern California, settled two contracts with Kindred, demanded full implementation of recent contracts with Seton hospitals, and mourned the loss of a beloved steward, Hugh Lucas. Please read the stories below, and be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, too.

Note: Photographs of people without masks were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

NUHW members protest layoffs at Queen of the Valley

Dozens of Queen of the Valley workers and community allies including Napa Mayor Scott Sedgley (pictured above) picketed in protest of proposed layoffs at Providence’s profitable Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Read more.

NUHW family mourns the loss of kindhearted leader
Hugh Lucas was a beloved steward and colleague at California Pacific Medical Center, who was renown for helping coworkers defend their rights under their contracts. Read more.

Local clergy demonstrate support for Tenet workers
Members of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, a Southern California social justice organization, held a Zoom Town Hall event to listen to NUHW members and learn about how they can help our campaign to win fair treatment from their employer. Read more.

NUHW steward participates on national labor panel
Tammy Wiggin, a switchboard operator at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, discussed the successful organizing she and her colleagues undertook to protect their health and the health of their patients over the past year. Read more.

Members settle one-year contracts at Kindred Hospitals in Orange County
NUHW members at Kindred hospitals in Brea and Westminster have approved one-year contracts with 4.5 percent wage increases for full and part-time workers.
Read more.

North Bay Jobs with Justice honors NUHW members
NUHW received the Workers Rising Award for actions taken by members to protect jobs and settle contracts at three hospitals in the North Bay, as well as organizing workers at Sonoma County Jail. Read more.

Seton workers demand full contract implementation
Workers confronted top hospital executives this month over management’s continued failure to replenish PTO banks, reimburse educational expenses and accurately tally health benefits. Read more.

NUHW member addresses San Diego labor panel
Melissa Hawthorne-Campos, a mental health therapist at Kaiser San Diego, discussed the challenges her colleagues have faced during the pandemic and NUHW’s legislative work to improve access to mental health care. Read more.

NUHW offering online continuing education courses
Need CE units? Check out our online courses for members in licensed and certified job classifications. Learn more.

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