May 2023 PULSE

PulseMay 31, 2023

In May, NUHW members celebrated an important legal victory in the fight for mental health parity, picketed with their nurse colleagues to re-open a recently shuttered birthing center, celebrated further growth of our 1,700+ member Keck-USC membership, won the best contract of any Southern California Kindred Hospital, and resolved to strike for three days in order to win a fair contract at Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Check out this month’s member profile of Avleen Kaur as well as our LGBTQIA+ Pride Month website. You can read all the stories below, and find NUHW on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok.

State Senate passes NUHW-backed bill to put California on pathway to guaranteed healthcare
SB 770 aims to make California the first state to guarantee its residents a standard set of comprehensive, high quality health benefits.Read more / Lee más

Mental health patients now have legal precedent on their side

In a unanimous ruling, an appeals court revived a class-action lawsuit by families of Kaiser Permanente patients who claim they or their loved ones did not receive adequate mental health care. The ruling is now legal precedent in California. Read more / Lee más

UCSF Children’s Hospital Oakland workers authorize second strike
More than 1,300 NUHW members are preparing for a potential three-day strike after UCSF refused to make movement in contract negotiations following a one-day strike in April. Read more / Lee más

Member profile: Avleen Kaur, RAMS
Whether it’s singing, reciting poetry, or defending her colleagues, the mental health counselor at Richmond Area Multi-Services never hesitates to make herself heard. Read more / Lee más

Fighting to save birthing services in Petaluma
Chanting “Keep OB Open,” dozens of workers protested the closure of Petaluma Valley Hospital’s birthing center and vowed to continue fighting to reopen it. Read more / Lee más

Kindred San Diego workers ratify contract with 26 percent average wage increases
New agreement includes the highest wage scale of any Kindred hospital in Southern California. Read more / Lee más


NUHW expands presence at Keck-USC healthcare system
Nearly two dozen workers at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center voted to join more than 1,700 of their Keck-USC colleagues as NUHW members. Read more / Lee más

NUHW participates in Mental Health Matters Day
The annual mental health advocacy event in Sacramento presented an opportunity for NUHW members to meet peers and inform the public about our ongoing parity work. Read more / Lee más

NUHW celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride
NUHW is honoring activists who have shown remarkable courage — and made considerable sacrifices — in the fight for equality and the struggle to live open, authentic lives. Read more / Lee más

NUHW education and training reources
NUHW offers trainings and resources to empower member leaders with to protect and enforce their rights in the workplace. Read moreLee más

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