PulseFebruary 1, 2021

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In January, NUHW members won COVID-19 bonuses and protections at several facilities, settled contracts at the San Rafael Healthcare and Wellness Center and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and began working to pass SB 221, a bill that would force insurers to provide timely return mental health appointments. Please read the stories below, and be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, too.

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

Members at Los Angeles LGBT Center settle first contract
The agreement includes wage increases of 9-15 percent, which will help retain qualified staff and improve patient care. Read more.

NUHW sponsors new mental health reform legislation
Senate Bill 221 would require insurance companies to provide patients with return mental health and substance use disorder treatment appointments within 10 business days. Read more.

Fountain Valley respiratory therapists win bonus pay
The workers who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 surge went public about severe understaffing, pushing management to provide a temporary $1,000 bonus for taking an extra shift. Read more.

NUHW members win contract at Marin nursing home
The contract at San Rafael Healthcare and Wellness Center includes 8 percent raises, higher minimum salaries and a COVID-19 bonus. Read more.

West Anaheim workers win COVID-19 pay incentives
NUHW members at West Anaheim Medical Center circulated a petition and marched on the boss, ultimately winning incentives that helped boost staffing and pay. Read more.

Nursing home workers win COVID-19 concessions
Under the agreement, SF Post Acute will provide workers with extended sick leave, bonus pay when there is a COVID-positive resident and more PPE. Read more.

Biden presidency already helping workers
On his first day in office, Biden fired Peter Robb, the Trump-appointed general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, for “not upholding the mission of the NLRB.”Read more.

New program: Organizing strategies during COVID-19
Hear from front line workers who successfully organized to improve safety protocols at their workplaces. Read more.

COVID-19 and communities of color: panel discussion now online
Learn how healthcare workers can seize this moment to help build a more just healthcare system. 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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