December 2021 PULSE

December 28th, 2021

In December, NUHW members held a community forum with elected and community allies about UCSF’s poor stewardship of Children’s Hospital Oakland, secured an estimated $300,000 in unpaid wages from Kaiser Permanente, and authorized a strike at West Anaheim Medical Center. Also in our Steward Spotlight, learn about NUHW member Annie Stepka.

Check out the stories below, and be sure to visit our new training and education website, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and a happy and healthy 2022.

Note: Photographs of people without masks were taken outdoors and/or before the COVID-19 pandemic.


Town Hall sheds light on UCSF’s hollowing out of Children’s Hospital Oakland
NUHW members joined community and elected allies to share their concerns that UCSF is transferring critical medical services to its children’s hospital in San Francisco forcing East Bay families to travel farther for care. Read more.


Kaiser workers settle grievance, will collect an estimated $300,000 in unpaid wages
Workers filed a grievance after Kaiser claimed that our contract only required it to create new classifications, not put people into the classifications and pay them the additional salary. Read more.


NUHW members authorize five-day strike at West Anaheim Medical Center
With the hospital desperately understaffed, workers voted nearly unanimously to authorize a strike. Read more.


Steward Spotlight: Annie Stepka, Dominican Hospital
Annie Stepka, an avid cyclist, takes to the road on her custom bike to relieve the stress of her work as a lead occupational therapist. Read more.

NUHW offering online continuing education courses
Need CE units? Check out our online courses for members in licensed and certified job classifications. Learn more.


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