May 26th, 2020

News of the Month — May 2020

In a recent survey, 40% of respondents said their mental health has declined since the COVID-19 outbreak. In that same time period, the number of people who describe the state of their mental health as a 3 or less on a 10-point scale has doubled.  A new study from University College in London suggests survivors […]

May 6th, 2020

Remembering Clem Papazian, a leader in Mental Health Awareness

Earlier this year, we lost an indispensable leader in our fight to achieve parity for mental health care. Clem Papazian, a psychiatric social worker at Kaiser Permanente for over 30 years, was killed when a car struck his motorcycle just blocks from his Oakland home. During Mental Health Awareness Month, we are proud to honor […]

April 30th, 2020

April 2020 PULSE

In April, NUHW members unveiled a COVID-19 Healthcare Workers Bill of Rights; settled contracts with Kaiser and Providence St. Joseph Health; demanded that Kaiser follow public health orders related to social distancing; and partnered with elected officials to provide emergency PPE for Seton Medical Center.  Check out the stories below, and be sure to follow […]

April 30th, 2020

The pandemic proves we need single payer, Medicare for All

This article was written by Marilyn Albert, a retired Registered Nurse and health care union activist, living in Richmond, California It is often said that events like the COVID19 pandemic open minds to bold ideas previously not accepted. We can see this every day — with both immediate and longer term solutions coming into clearer […]

April 30th, 2020

NUHW members demand that Kaiser follow public health orders

When it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19, public health experts are clear: Even essential businesses like Kaiser Permanente must “maximize the number of employees who work from home,” according to an April 10 order of LA County Health Officer Muntu Davis. But Kaiser is making many of its psychologists, therapists, psychiatric nurses, health […]