September 2023 PULSE

PulseSeptember 28, 2023

In September, NUHW-represented medical social workers at Kaiser won an important victory, while homecare workers continued fighting changes that would place unfair burdens on caregivers and patients. Also this month, learn more about the universal healthcare bill we helped get to Gov. Newsom’s desk and our Senatorial candidate forum scheduled for this year’s leadership conference. And, meet Billie Jean Barton, a surgery scheduler at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

You can read all the stories below, and find NUHW on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok.

NUHW-backed universal healthcare bill heads to governor’s desk
SB 770, which passed the Assembly in September, would pave the way to guaranteeing healthcare for all Californians. Read more / Lee más

NUHW to host U.S. Senate Candidate Forum

The three leading Democrats to succeed U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein will be at NUHW’s Leadership Conference to participate in a forum co-sponsored with Roll Call and Courage California. Read more / Lee más

Victory for Medical Social Workers at Kaiser
Medical Social Workers in Kern County recently won open schedules and ended the practice of booked appointments in their department. The old booking practice had interfered with their autonomy and opened the door for micromanagement. Read more / Lee más

Kaiser homecare workers fight back to preserve quality care
Instead of providing adequate staffing levels, Kaiser is seeking to force homecare workers to work across established service lines and service areas, threatening patients with longer waits for care. Read more / Lee más

Member profile: Billie Jean Barton, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
As NUHW members at Providence hospitals in Northern California prepare to bargain their next contract, union steward Billie Jean Barton is encouraging her coworkers — including her own son — to get involved in the negotiations. Read more / Lee más

NUHW education and training reources
NUHW offers trainings and resources to empower member leaders with to protect and enforce their rights in the workplace. Read moreLee más

News of the Month
Read our roundup of the latest labor and healthcare news from top media outlets. Read moreLee más