June 2020 PULSE
In June, NUHW members held firm in rejecting an illegal gag order sought by Kaiser, held an informational picket at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, stood up to anti-mask zealots in Orange County, and demanded COVID-19 testing for potentially exposed colleagues at Queen of the Valley. Check out the stories below, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.
*Please note that all group photos other than the photo of the Santa Rosa picket were taken prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kaiser members hold firm in rejecting illegal gag order
NUHW members refused to surrender their rights to organize patients and speak out about the care Kaiser provides as a condition for Kaiser implementing their new contracts. Read more.
Santa Rosa Memorial workers picket over proposed benefit cuts
Hundreds of workers participated in the picket demanding that the hospital, which has reported operating profits exceeding $200 million over the past three years, settle a contract without takeaways. Read more.
Members in Orange County advocate for mask policy
With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Orange County, NUHW members called on county supervisors to reinstate an order requiring people to wear masks in public spaces. Read more.
Queen workers win resumption of stronger COVID-19 precautions following exposures
At a moment when coronavirus cases were rapidly increasing in Napa County, Queen of the Valley inexplicably stopped testing all new patients, stopped isolating potentially COVID-positive patients, and stopped enforcing rules requiring patients to wear masks. Read more.
“Elizabeth’s Story” video wins 3 awards for online advocacy
NUHW worked on the short documentary with David and Seong Brown, whose daughter Elizabeth had died by suicide in 2018. Read more.
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