September 20th, 2021

Kaiser clinicians in San Diego sounded alarm about patient access

Before NBC7 in San Diego profiled Emily Pacillo’s struggle to access mental health care from Kaiser Permanente, Kaiser clinicians were raising alarm bells to managers that went unheeded. In June they alerted management that patients were waiting on average six weeks between therapy appointments and then even if they put patients on a waitlist for […]

August 30th, 2021

New Children’s Hospital contract protects job, keeps care in Oakland

Workers at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland have ratified a one-year contract that provides job security for workers and helps protect healthcare services for East Bay kids. Since the hospital became an affiliate of UCSF in 2014, UCSF has moved jobs and services to its flagship campus in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, laying off workers […]

July 28th, 2021

Mental health parity bill advances as Kaiser bargaining gets underway

As contract negotiations began this month for NUHW members who provide mental health services at Kaiser Permanente, our bill to improve access to mental health care cleared another major hurdle in the state legislature. Following a hearing, Democrats and Republicans on the State Assembly’s Health Committee unanimously passed SB 221 by a vote of 14-0 […]

July 27th, 2021

Members at Novato nursing home settle three-year contract

NUHW members at Brius-owned Novato Healthcare Center ratified a three-year contract that includes a 3 percent raise retroactive to May 1 and 2.5 percent and 2.25 percent wage increases in the following two years. The contract also lowers health insurance costs, increases minimum hourly rates, adds a night shift differential, and gives workers options for […]

July 27th, 2021

Members at The Sequoias – Portola Valley settle three-year contract with new employer

NUHW members at The Sequoias – Portola Valley, an upscale Bay Area retirement community, voted to ratify a three-year contract that includes raises of 10 percent over three years and puts to rest workers’ concerns over job security. After decades of being directly employed by The Sequoias, these housekeeping and dietary workers learned earlier this […]