July 2019 Pulse

July 30th, 2019

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Welcome to the July 2019 edition of our union’s e-newsletter. We are sad to report the passing of NUHW pioneer and executive board member Eloise Reese-Burns. Please read more about her remarkable life below.

In recent weeks, NUHW members presented Kaiser with a settlement proposal, held a one-day mental health strike in San Francisco, and spoke out against a proposed partnership between Providence St. Joseph Health and Adventist Health West. Check out all the stories below, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

Remembering Eloise Reese-Burns, a champion for patients and caregivers
Reese-Burns, a certified nursing assistant, was a member of NUHW’s executive board and one of the longest-tenured health care workers in California. Click here to read the story.


Kaiser clinicians present their solutions to the HMO’s mental health crisis
The solutions, which are spelled out in our proposal for settlement, include more staffing, crisis services, and time for clinicians to perform all of their patient care duties. Click here to read the story.


Op Ed: Kaiser executives need to change their priorities
Alicia Cruz, a marriage and family therapist in San Francisco, wrote a commentary in the San Francisco Examiner questioning why Kaiser is spending more than $1 billion on a new headquarters and sponsorship deals with the Golden State Warriors when it’s understaffing its mental health clinics. Click here to read the commentary.


Kaiser clinicians conduct one-day strike in San Francisco
Kaiser’s mental health crisis is especially severe in San Francisco, where 70 percent of group therapy programs for children have been eliminated and children are waiting four to six weeks for their first face-to-face appointments. Click here to read the story.


NUHW members at Providence St. Joseph hospitals speak against proposed Adventist partnership
The partnership would essentially merge two of Northern California’s largest health care providers, setting the stage for them to further reduce staffing and services that would put patients at risk. Click here to read the story.


News of the Month
Click here to check out our roundup of the latest labor and healthcare news from top media outlets.


NUHW offering online continuing education courses
Need CE units? Check out our online courses for members in licensed and certified job classifications. Click here to see the courses.