December 30th, 2021

2021: A year of legislative and labor victories

Versión en español NUHW members – who’ve been on the frontlines of the worst global health crisis in modern history – achieved major workplace and legislative victories in 2021. Over the past 12 months, we’ve passed a statewide mental health parity bill, forced hospitals to improve working conditions and patient care, and also helped defeat […]

December 28th, 2021

December 2021 PULSE

In December, NUHW members held a community forum with elected and community allies about UCSF’s poor stewardship of Children’s Hospital Oakland, secured an estimated $300,000 in unpaid wages from Kaiser Permanente, and authorized a strike at West Anaheim Medical Center. Also in our Steward Spotlight, learn about NUHW member Annie Stepka. Check out the stories […]

December 16th, 2021

Kaiser workers settle grievance, will collect an estimated $300,000 in unpaid wages

The contract that Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians in Southern California settled last year created three new job classifications for psychologists: Developmental Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, and Board Certified Neuropsychologist. The first two classifications were to come with 5 percent additional pay and the third one was to come with 10 percent additional pay. However, Kaiser claimed […]

December 14th, 2021

Steward spotlight: Annie Stepke, Dominican Hospital

The last year has been a “grind” for Annie Stepka and her co-workers at Dominican Hospital.  To deal with the extra stress of caring for COVID-19 patients, the lead occupational therapist takes to the road.  She’s an avid bike rider who tries to ride her bicycle to work at least twice a week—a 20-mile round […]

December 14th, 2021

NUHW members authorize five-day strike at West Anaheim Medical Center

More than 100 NUHW members at West Anaheim Medical Center are readying for a strike as the for-profit hospital refuses to address severe understaffing and make wages more competitive. With 96 percent of NUHW members casting ballots, the vote was nearly unanimous to authorize a strike.  “We’re not backing down,” said Ian Bowie, a radiologic […]