September 28th, 2020

Governor signs mental health parity bill, SB 855

We’ve made a major breakthrough on expanding access to mental health care. Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 855, a landmark mental health bill that requires private insurers to cover medically necessary treatments for all mental health and substance use disorders. During the bill-signing ceremony, Gov. Newsom, State Senator Scott Wiener and Sacramento […]

September 23rd, 2020

Update on three new COVID-related laws covering NUHW members

Dear NUHW Member: In recent days, Governor Newsom signed three new COVID-related laws that temporarily expand the rights and protections of healthcare workers in California. In the short-term, SB 1159 will make it easier for many healthcare workers who contract COVID-19 to qualify for workers compensation and SB 1867 will require large employers to provide […]

September 1st, 2020


In August, NUHW members won COVID-related concessions from two Orange County hospitals, used COVID-19 surveys to press for improvements at Petaluma Valley Hospital, helped pass a major mental health care reform bill, and pressed harder to expand COVID-19 testing for all healthcare workers throughout California. Check out the stories below, and be sure to follow […]

August 28th, 2020

NUHW members help pass major mental health reform bill

NUHW’s top priority on this year’s legislative calendar was passed by the State Assembly and State Senate this month and is now heading to the desk of Governor Gavin Newsom. SB 855, sponsored by Senators Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco and Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would require insurers to cover all forms of mental health and […]

August 27th, 2020

Be prepared to vote

As a democratic union, NUHW depends on members to interview candidates and determine which ones have earned our endorsement. Endorsement meetings are currently underway, and NUHW’s full slate of endorsements for the November election will be available in September. In the meantime, make sure you’ll be eligible to vote and have a plan to cast […]