PulseJune 30, 2021

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In June, NUHW members rallied for Medicare for All, demanded a federal investigation into the nation’s second-largest hospital company’s spending of COVID relief funds, won several strong contracts, secured Juneteenth as a paid holiday and championed the cause of student debt relief. Please read the stories below, and be sure to follow uson FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, too.

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

NUHW members commemorate California’s re-opening at Medicare for All rally
More than 250 people participated in Healthy California Now’s Medicare for All rally in Sacramento, where participants called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to take the lead on making California the nation’s first Medicare for All state. Read more.

NUHW members picket Tenet hospitals, back calls for investigation into COVID relief aid
The pickets at three Tenet hospitals came on the heels of a call for a federal investigation in how Tenet Healthcare has used its $2.6 billion in COVID relief funds. Read more.

Kindred therapists in Santa Cruz settle first contract
The occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech pathologists won 3 percent annual raises. Read more.

Social workers win big raises at Good Samaritan campus
The contract addresses the biggest issue faced by workers at the HCA-owned hospital: high turnover caused by stagnant wages. Read more.

RAMS workers settle contract
NUHW members at the San Francisco-based mental health nonprofit will get strong raises and Juneteenth as a paid holiday as part of their new contract. Read more.

NUHW joins the call for student debt relief
NUHW is signing on to a letter formally calling on President Biden to extend a pause on student debt payments and cancel federal student debt. 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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