October 2022 PULSE
In October, NUHW members in Northern California reached a settlement with Kaiser, ratified a new contract with Kindred in Orange County, and authorized a strike in Fountain Valley. You can read their stories below, get to know steward Claudia Duran, and see NUHW’s endorsements for the November election.
Northern California Kaiser therapists win major gains as strike concludes
The agreement includes breakthrough provisions to retain staff, reduce wait times for patients, and a plan for labor and management to collaborate on transforming Kaiser’s model for providing mental health care. Read more.
Support grows for striking workers in Hawai’i
While the Kaiser mental health strike is over in Northern California, NUHW-represented mental health therapists are continuing to strike in Hawai’i where Kaiser has been placed under “corrective action” for its mental health failings. Read more.
Kindred Orange County members win big raises
Workers ratified a three-year agreement that will boost wages 23 percent on average, while allowing per diem and part-time members to convert to part-time and full-time status. Read more.
Fountain Valley NUHW members overwhelmingly approve strike authorization
Approximately 850 registered nurses and professionals have authorized a strike to demand that the largest for-profit hospital in Orange County address understaffing and equipment issues that are putting patients at risk. Read more.
Sutter Alameda Hospice workers join NUHW
NUHW’s newest members overcame management’s union-busting tactics and are ready to have a voice in their workplace. Read more.
Member spotlight: Claudia Duran
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Phlebotomy Tech Claudia Duran loves fishing and helping her coworkers fight for what’s right. Read more.
Remember to vote by November 8
NUHW is working to help elect candidates who support the rights of workers. Read more.
NUHW offering online continuing education courses
Need CE units? Check out our online courses for members in licensed and certified job classifications. Learn more. Learn more.
News of the Month
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