January 29th, 2020

News of the Month – January 2020

Thanks to climate change, workers are facing hotter temperatures on a more frequent basis, yet there are no federal safety protections for workers in extreme temperatures. Only three states — California, Washington and Minnesota — have heat stress workplace protection standards. The number of dangerous heat days for 133 US cities, are projected to increase […]

January 28th, 2020

Newsom’s push for mental health parity needs to start with Kaiser Permanente

This piece was originally published on Medium. When California lawmakers enacted the state’s Mental Health Parity Act in 1999, mental health patients were supposed to be assured of receiving the same coverage and level of care for mental illness as they would for any other medical condition. For 20 years, all we’ve gotten is lip service. But […]

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January 13th, 2020

A historic moment for mental health parity

Kaiser is facing newfound pressure not only to achieve mental health parity, but to settle contracts that treat all of us with full dignity and respect. Our nearly 4,000 NUHW Kaiser mental health clinicians refused to return to bargaining until Kaiser agreed to settle contracts for all units, including Optical. When Kaiser agreed to enter […]

January 10th, 2020

Workers fighting back against illegal Providence St. Joseph lockout

The Eureka Times-Standard reported Wednesday, Jan. 8 about NUHW workers holding Providence St. Joseph Health accountable for illegally locking out its caregivers in retaliation for holding a one-day strike. Caregivers went on strike Nov. 20 at Providence hospitals in Eureka, Fontuna, Petaluma and Napa to demand a fair contract that guarantees safe staffing and pays […]

January 8th, 2020

Statement by Sal Rosselli on Gov. Newsom’s plan to strengthen enforcement of state mental health parity rules

The following statement is from Sal Rosselli, president of the National Union of Health Care Workers (NUHW), the union which represents more than 4,500 Kaiser workers, including 3,600 mental health clinicians who are still without On behalf of NUHW members, we commend Governor Newsom for making access to mental health care a top priority in […]