NUHW Pulse – July 2018
Welcome to the July 2018 edition of our union’s e-newsletter. In recent weeks, NUHW members have blown the whistle on a major employer’s failure to honor its charity care obligation, helped a campaign to pass safe nursing ratios in Massachusetts, exposed high infection rates at two Southern California hospitals, and taken the first steps toward adding mental health members in Hawaii. Check out the stories below, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, too.
Los Alamitos and Lakewood workers fault understaffing for high infection rates
Infection control workers at both hospitals are calling on them to improve pay and staffing to address their substandard record at keeping patients safe from potentially lethal infections. Click here to read the story.
NUHW workers win legal battle against Queen of the Valley
In another victory for Queen of the Valley workers, the Napa hospital must immediately resume contract bargaining and reverse retaliatory actions against caregivers. Click here to read the story.
Providence St. Joseph Health hospitals failing to meet charity care obligation
NUHW is asking California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to force Providence St. Joseph health to meet its charity care obligation. The conglomerate fell $20 million short last year despite reporting profits in excess of $280 million. Click here to read the story.
West Anaheim caregivers demand fair wages
One year after joining NUHW, caregivers picketed West Anaheim Medical Center demanding the same wages as their cohorts at other hospitals owned by Prime Healthcare. Click here to read the story.
Kaiser clinicians in Hawaii request to join NUHW
The 33 social workers, counselors, and psychologists would be our first mental health unit outside California. Click here to read the story.
NUHW members preparing latest round of candidate endorsements
We’ll be gathering over the next few weeks to interview and endorse candidates in key races across California that will be crucial to electing pro-worker politicians to public office. Click here to read the story.
NUHW helping pass safe nurse staffing initiative in Massachusetts
At the request of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, NUHW members participated in a video to help pass a ballot initiative that would enshrine safe staffing ratios for Massachusetts nurses. Click here to read the story.
News of the Month
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