PulseJuly 29, 2021

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In July, NUHW members won news contracts, advanced a critical mental health parity bill in the State Assembly. put the breaks on a no-bid contract for an employer that understaffs healthcare services at the Sonoma County Jail, and authorized a strike at three hospitals owned by Tenet Healthcare.

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

Mental health parity bill advances as Kaiser bargaining gets underway
A key Assembly committee unanimously passed SB 221, while our Kaiser bargaining team introduced a proposal for Kaiser to provide timely access to mental health care as required under the bill. Read more.

Keck-USC workers ratify contract
More than 1,500 NUHW members, who had voted in May to authorize a strike, overwhelmingly approved the contract, which includes substantial raises, improved health benefits, and major concessions from the university. Read more.

Tenet members authorize strike
NUHW members at three Tenet hospitals are preparing to strike as Tenet so far refuses to offer market raises or withdraw a proposal that workers pay more for their health benefits.  Read more.

Victory in Sonoma County
NUHW members, who work for Wellpath at the Sonoma County Jail, successfully lobbied the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors against approving a new five-year contract for the company so the board can review concerns about the care Wellpath provides. Read more.

New contract ratified at The Sequoias – Portola Valley
The three-year contract includes 10 percent raises and maintains job security for the workers whose jobs were recently subcontracted to Morrison Living. Read more.

Members at Novato nursing home ratify three-year contract
In addition to raises, the contract increases minimum hourly rates, adds a night shift differential, establishes COVID-19 protections, and gives workers options for cashing out part of their vacation bank. 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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