May 2020 PULSE

May 29th, 2020

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In May, NUHW members won new contracts at four hospitals, helped advance a critical mental health parity bill in the State Senate, made videos promoting our COVID-19 Healthcare Workers Bill of Rights, and welcomed Stanislaus County Jail workers, who voted unanimously to join our union. Check out the stories below, and be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, too.

*Please note that all group photos were taken prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.


NUHW members win new contract at Petaluma Valley Hospital
The approximately 160 workers, who include radiology technicians, nursing assistants, and housekeepers, fought hard and stuck together to resist takeaways sought by their employer, Providence St. Joseph Health. Read more.


Stanislaus County Jail workers are latest Wellpath employees to join NUHW
Approximately 100 workers, including nurses, clerks, and mental health therapists, voted unanimously to join NUHW. Read more.


NUHW members win raises and time to focus on health and safety concerns with new contracts
The contracts at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland include no takeaways and provide workers with wage increases of at least 3 percent over the next year. Read more.


NUHW Kaiser therapists help advance SB 855
SB 855 would require insurers to cover all forms of mental health and substance use treatment that a patient’s doctor deems “medically necessary” — not just emergency or urgent services that existing federal and state parity laws require insurers to cover. Read more.


Members promote NUHW’s COVID-19 Healthcare Workers Bill of Rights
NUHW members have created short videos to promote each of the ten policy principles NUHW is advocating to keeping workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics. Read more.


You can fill out the census electronically
The census, which is taken every 10 years, affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Read more.



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NUHW offering online continuing education courses
*NEW CONTENT* Helping Healthcare Workers Through the COVID-19 Pandemic is available now. Learn more.