April 2022 PULSE
In April, NUHW members welcomed new members who work for Sutter Health and Wellpath, were honored as Women of the Year in their congressional district, and helped advance legislation that would significantly increase fines against health plans that violate state laws, including state mental health laws.
Check out the stories below, and learn how one per diem worker at Kaiser is benefitting from winning the fight she and her colleagues waged to be reclassified and receive health benefits. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Sutter Care at Home caregivers are organizing for change with NUHW
Over the past year more than 200 Sutter Care at Home caregivers have joined NUHW, and another organizing drive is underway. Read more.
Fountain Valley NUHW members recognized as Women of the Year
Registered nurses Claudine Miranda and Mida Apodaca were honored for their work helping patients and their families. Read more.
SB 858, authored by State Senator Scott Wiener, would significantly increase the fines imposed on health plans that persistently and systematically violate state law, including SB 221, NUHW’s landmark behavioral healthcare law. Read more.
NUHW members successfully lobby lawmakers to hold Wellpath accountable
Workers who provide health care at the Stanislaus County Jail persuaded county lawmakers to add accountability measures in the county’s contract with Wellpath, including a measure to return taxpayer dollars if the company falls short of required staffing levels. Read more.
NUHW’s helping drive California toward Medicare for All
A commission established by Governor Newsom to study California’s transition to a single-payer Medicare for All healthcare system issued a report in April finding that a unified financing approach to healthcare could save 4,000 lives and as much as $500 billion over the next decade. Read more.
More Wellpath employees join NUHW
Caregivers at a Kern County correctional facility are the latest Wellpath employees to join NUHW. Read more.
Workers at Sutter Care at Home San Francisco join with NUHW
These workers join more than 1,000 NUHW-represented Sutter workers in Sacramento, Concord, San Leandro, Santa Cruz, and at San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center. Read more.
Meet Valerie Thorp, a caregiver who goes the distance
The physical therapist is an avid swimmer and runner who puts her teamwork skills to good use as steward with the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Santa Cruz. 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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