March 2022 PULSE

PulseMarch 30, 2022

In March, NUHW members won new contracts with sizable raises, welcomed 850 RNs and healthcare professionals who voted join our union, participated in an NUHW co-sponsored Los Angeles Mayoral Debate, and commemorated Women’s History Month.

Check out the stories below, and learn how one per diem worker at Kaiser is benefitting from winning the fight she and her colleagues waged to be reclassified and receive health benefits. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

850 RNs and professionals at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital vote to join NUHW
“We saw what NUHW was doing for the employees they represented,” Sue Tomol, a Fountain Valley nurse, told the Los Angeles Times. “They were supporting them. They were reaching out and following up. They were helping people get the things they were owed.” Read more.

NUHW members vote to endorse Karen Bass for LA Mayor
After co-sponsoring a mayoral debate on March 26, NUHW members voted decisively to endorse Congresswoman Karen Bass for mayor of Los Angeles. Read more.

NUHW per diem worker on “Cloud 9” after winning benefits from Kaiser
“This experience has really opened my eyes to the importance of being part of a union like NUHW that is willing to advocate for us and show us how to advocate for ourselves,” said Stacey Miller a speech language pathologist at Kaiser. Read more.

Kaiser mental health workers win contract in Southern California
The three-year agreement improves wages, expands eligibility for student loan repayments, provides a new paid holiday, and increases retiree medical benefits. Read more.

Workers at UCSF Children’s Hospital Oakland win contract one day before scheduled picket
“I’m so proud of all of my colleagues and the contract we’ve won,” said Felicia Hashimoto, an occupational therapist. “It would have been easy to have settled for less months ago, but we made a commitment to each other to never let UCSF devalue our work or our services for our underserved families.” Read more.

CPMC workers get Sutter to nearly double proposed raises in new contract
The contract will boost wages 14.5 percent over four years with bigger boosts for certified nursing assistants. Read more.

NUHW celebrates Women’s History Month
In honor of Women’s History Month, NUHW highlighted important women, past and present, who have made great contributions in health care and in the struggle for women’s and workers’ rights. Read more.

NUHW education and training resources
NUHW offers virtual trainings and events to provide member leaders with the tools and information they need to protect and enforce their rights in the workplace. Learn more.

News of the Month
Read our roundup of the latest labor and healthcare news from top media outlets.