October 14th, 2021

Kaiser Permanente facing strikes from multiple unions in California, Oregon

Kaiser Permanente’s labor woes are about to get even worse. Already enduring a strike by operating engineers in its Northern California hospitals, Kaiser Permanente is now faced with a looming strike threat from more than 30,000 Southern California healthcare workers. According to the Los Angeles Times, 24,000 members of United Nurses Association of California/Union of […]

October 13th, 2021

Queen of the Valley exec admits hospital is understaffed despite huge profits and federal funds

California has the lowest COVID-19 transmission rate of any state in the nation, but many hospitals in the state are facing self-inflicted staffing crises after laying off essential healthcare workers despite reporting strong profits. At Providence’s Queen of the Valley Medical Center in the Napa Valley, the hospital’s chief medical officer told the Napa City […]

October 11th, 2021

NUHW’s SB 221 signed into law!

California took a giant step toward mental health parity on Friday, October 8 as Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 221, NUHW’s legislation to reduce long waits for follow-up behavioral health care appointments.  “This is a huge victory that will save lives and support the recoveries of countless people in need,” NUHW President Sal Rosselli said. […]

October 7th, 2021

Frontline workers confront Board of Directors at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital

Fifty NUHW members showed up September 30 at a Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Board of Directors meeting to demand the hospital provide a fair wage increase and rescind its plan to double the cost of health insurance for these essential workers. “You say we’re family, treat us like family,” chief steward Esther Fierros–Nunez told the […]

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September 30th, 2021

September 2021 PULSE

In September, NUHW members helped defeat the gubernatorial recall, championed mental health parity legislation, took action to advance contract bargaining, and celebrated the gains achieved from a big contract victory. Please read the stories below, and be sure to check out our new training and education website, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too. Note: Photographs of […]