November 23rd, 2021

Salinas Valley Memorial workers ratify contract with strong raises and better educational benefits

After four months of intense negotiations and actions, 887 NUHW members at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital won a four-year contract with substantial wage increases and other major concessions.  Workers voted 97 percent in favor of the new agreement that includes a 16% wage increase and a $500 bonus for all members and improved education benefits […]

November 19th, 2021

NUHW holds solidarity strike, marches on Kaiser’s Oakland headquarters

In a forceful demonstration of solidarity with striking Kaiser Permanente engineers and outrage over Kaiser’s chronic underfunding of behavioral health care, NUHW social workers, therapists, and psychologists fanned out to Kaiser hospitals across Northern California for a one-day strike. The picket lines formed before dawn and culminated with hundreds of red-clad NUHW members, along with […]

November 8th, 2021

Hawaii mental health therapists authorize strike; seek state investigation of Kaiser Permanente

HONOLULU — After three years of stalled contract negotiations, mental health clinicians at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii have authorized a strike. The Nov. 2 strike authorization announcement came on the same day that NUHW filed a complaint with state regulators calling for an investigation into Kaiser’s apparent violations of state and federal mental health parity […]

November 1st, 2021

Therapist: Kaiser should be “ashamed” for long wait times, lack of equity in mental health care

The founder and lead clinician at Kaiser Permanente’s La Clínica, a program that serves Latinx residents in Richmond, California, criticized Kaiser for failing its mental health patients. “We have asked Kaiser again and again to invest in mental health services, and they refuse,” Dominguez said Friday, October 29 during an interview on Hecho in California, […]

November 1st, 2021

October 2021 PULSE

In October, NUHW members celebrated the passage of our mental health access bill, welcomed new members from two successful organizing drives, participated in a public hearing on Kaiser’s mental health care system, authorized strikes, and joined with community allies to keep coal from being transported through their community. Please read the stories below, and be […]