March 15th, 2019

Kaiser still in denial over patient suicides

by Sal Rosselli NUHW President Seong and David Brown have lived every parents’ nightmare. One summer, their brilliant, beautiful teenage daughter, Elizabeth, returned home from college and confided that she was having panic attacks and cutting herself. Their nightmare only got worse when they tried to get Elizabeth mental health therapy from their HMO, Kaiser […]

March 12th, 2019

Kaiser suicide victim’s parents profiled in CALmatters

After struggling for more than a year to get mental health care from Kaiser Permanente, Elizabeth Brown took her life at the age of 19. Jocelyn Wiener spoke with Elizabeth’s parents for her March 10 article in CALmatters: For families across California, a desperate struggle to get mental health care. Photo by Penni Gladstone for CALmatters

March 1st, 2019

Caregivers organize Town Hall on state of health care in Humboldt County

Over the past year, Providence St Joseph Health’s Redwood Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital Eureka have reported a combined $58 million annual profit, while laying off more than two-dozen caregivers. With Providence controlling a near health care monopoly in Humboldt County, our members, along with the California Nurses Association, held a Feb. 25 Town […]

March 1st, 2019

Providence Tarzana workers fight back against subcontracting

Less than a year after settling a new contract, Providence Tarzana workers are pressuring management to stop violating a provision that prohibits subcontracting out work to outside contractors. First, they filed a formal grievance demanding that management stop subcontracting out Biomed Department work to the firm enBio. Then, a delegation of workers met with the […]

March 1st, 2019

Alert stewards help Fountain Valley workers win better wages

Last May, shop stewards at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital discovered that dozens “nursing assistants” were being required to submit a “certification” to prove that they were actually “certified nursing assistants”, which in their contract requires a higher rate of pay. We filed a grievance on behalf of the nursing assistants, and, after a 10-hour mediation […]