July 30th, 2019

NUHW members at St. Joseph hospitals speak out about proposed partnership, impact on patient care

NUHW-represented workers at Providence St. Joseph hospitals throughout Northern California recently urged state officials to reject a proposed partnership between Providence and Adventist Health System West. The partnership would essentially merge two of Northern California’s largest health care providers, setting the stage for them to further reduce staffing and services that would put patients and […]

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July 30th, 2019

Kaiser clinicians conduct one-day strike in San Francisco

The challenges we face in fixing Kaiser’s mental health system were illustrated in San Francisco, where clinicians held a one-day strike July 10 to protest severe understaffing that has resulted in 70 percent of group therapy programs being cancelled and children having to wait four to six weeks for their first face-to-face appointment. Kaiser has […]

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July 26th, 2019

Op Ed: Kaiser executives need to change their priorities

By Alicia Cruz Sometimes it seems that Kaiser Permanente is throwing money at everything but mental health care. In recent weeks we’ve learned that Kaiser is building a $900 million headquarters in Oakland and paying the Golden State Warriors nearly $300 for a sponsorship deal that includes naming rights to “Thrive City,” the sports and […]

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July 18th, 2019

Press Release: Kaiser mental health clinicians take patient care struggle to LA Metro trains

LOS ANGELES — The National Union of Healthcare Workers began running advertisements this week on LA Metro trains calling attention to long waits Kaiser Permanente patients must endure for mental health therapy appointments. The HMO is under state-ordered outside monitoring of its mental health services after three consecutive state surveys found that it failed to […]

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July 16th, 2019

Press Release: Mental health therapists launch digital ad campaign, pressuring Kaiser Permanente to provide timely mental health care

Mental health therapists launch digital ad campaign, pressuring Kaiser Permanente to provide timely mental health care One week after rejecting inadequate contract proposals from Kaiser Permanente that failed to address the desperate struggle patients face in accessing mental health care, Kaiser caregivers are rolling out a digital advertising campaign calling on Californians to demand Kaiser […]