July 26th, 2018

NUHW workers win legal battle against Queen of the Valley

In another victory for Queen of the Valley workers, the Napa hospital must immediately resume contract bargaining even as it continues trying to overturn their 2016 vote to unionize. In a 23-page ruling issued July 16, U.S. Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder wrote that “The record here shows Queen of the Valley Medical Center on several […]

July 26th, 2018

Los Alamitos and Lakewood workers fault understaffing for high infection rates

Blowing the whistle on chronic understaffing, infection control workers at Lakewood Regional Medical Center and Los Alamitos Medical Center are calling on both hospitals to improve pay and staffing to address their subpar record at keeping patients safe from potentially lethal infections. A staff survey at both hospitals found that roughly three-in-four infection control workers […]

May 3rd, 2018

NUHW report triggers scathing audit of California nursing homes

An audit report that stemmed from NUHW’s research into California’s largest nursing home operator blames lax state oversight for continued “substandard quality of care” in nursing homes across the state. California State Auditor Elaine Howle found that the California Department of Public Health has failed to perform necessary inspections or issue timely citations for substandard […]

April 4th, 2018

Op-ed: It’s time for Queen of the Valley to honor its workers’ right to unionize

This op-ed by Napa County Democratic Central Committee Chairman G. Anthony Phillips was published April 3, 2018, in the Napa Valley Register.   Napa residents are fortunate to have Queen of the Valley Medical Center, home to some of the nation’s finest doctors, nurses and hospital workers. We ask Queen to deliver our babies, care for […]

April 4th, 2018

NUHW op-ed: Stop Trump from discriminating against patients on ‘moral grounds’

This op-ed originally appeared in the April 3, 2018, edition of the Mercury News. Caregivers must advocate for patients, not discriminate against them. I’ve seen firsthand how people suffer when health care workers discriminate against patients on “moral grounds,” as President Donald Trump is now giving them the green light to do. During the height […]