November 24th, 2021

Santa Rita Jail workers refunded after employer’s benefit error

Since January 2020, Geneica Williams, a nurse and NUHW steward at Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, where workers are employed by the private firm Wellpath, had been paying for a supplemental long-term disability benefit that would allow her to cover a portion of her income while out of work for an extended leave.  Except […]

November 23rd, 2021

On Día de Muertos, remembering those lost to COVID-19

Día de Muertos is a pre-Columbian Mesoamerican tradition dating back more than 3,000 years in which people honor their deceased friends and family members by building ofrendas (Altars) that are decorated with candles, cempasúchil (Aztec marigolds), sugar skulls, papél picado (tissue paper), pan de muerto (day of the dead bread), the deceased’s favorite foods, and […]

November 23rd, 2021

Steward spotlight: Ana Ortiz, Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Whether you’re on the floor caring for patients or working behind the scenes in the Purchasing Department, hospital work can be stressful. Ana Ortiz knows this well; she’s done both.  And she’s taken on a great deal of union work as well. The former certified nursing assistant took part in the unionization effort in 2012 […]

November 23rd, 2021

News of the Month — November 2021

Some of these stories may require a subscription.  NUHW Kaiser Vallejo member Brandi Plumley was included in an NPR story about delays for services at Kaiser’s mental health care system and SB 221, which orders the insurer to provide patients with follow-up appointments within 10 business days. Plumley also did a live interview on KGO […]

November 23rd, 2021

NUHW members picket West Anaheim Medical Center over staffing crisis

More than 100 nurses, respiratory therapists and medical technicians picketed West Anaheim Medical Center on November 22 demanding that the hospital address a worsening staffing crisis that is putting patients at risk. “It’s gotten to the point where people are getting sick staff-wise,” Jeanne Waite, a nurse in the hospital’s behavioral health unit, told the […]