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July 30th, 2019

July 2019 Pulse

Welcome to the July 2019 edition of our union’s e-newsletter. We are sad to report the passing of NUHW pioneer and executive board member Eloise Reese-Burns. Please read more about her remarkable life below. In recent weeks, NUHW members presented Kaiser with a settlement proposal, held a one-day mental health strike in San Francisco, and […]

July 30th, 2019

News of the Month – July 2019

A Washington Post investigation detailed the extent to which drug manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers flooded some of the nation’s most vulnerable communities with billions of opiates. Federal law requires California to act against nursing homes that practice “patient dumping,” the act of sending low-income patients to medical or mental hospitals and refusing to take them […]

July 30th, 2019

Remembering Eloise Reese-Burns, a champion for patients and caregivers

Eloise Reese-Burns, who devoted her life to caring for her patients and standing up for her coworkers, died this month following complications from a stroke. She was 80. Reese-Burns was a longstanding member of NUHW’s executive board and one of the longest-tenured health care workers in California. She started working as a nursing assistant at […]

July 30th, 2019

NUHW-represented clinicians at Kaiser present solutions to the HMO’s mental health crisis

Kaiser Permanente psychologists, therapists, and social workers in Northern California and Southern California this month presented management comprehensive proposals for settlement. Unlike Kaiser’s most recent contract proposals, which clinicians overwhelmingly rejected, our proposals would provide immediate relief for patients struggling to access care by mandating that Kaiser significantly boost staffing over the next year. The […]

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 […]