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    Read our pamphlet: “What is a Union?
    Léelo en español: “¿Qué es un Sindicato?

     

    Read “The State of the Union,” from the 2013 Leadership Conference.


    WHICH WAY TO WELLNESS? Read this authoritative report on how SEIU-UHW’s “Wellness” schemes at Kaiser, Dignity Health and other employers hurt workers.

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    Friday
    Nov152013

    Bay Area Caregivers Vote to Join NUHW

    Today, my co-workers and I at Corizon Health voted 107 to 5 to join NUHW!

    In August, eighty percent of us signed a petition to decertify SEIU-UHW and join NUHW because SEIU-UHW negotiated cuts to our benefits and was never there when we needed them.

    After we filed our petition, SEIU-UHW withdrew their name from the NLRB ballot because they knew they would lose.

    We’re proud to join NUHW and to be part of a union that’s accountable to us and will stand up to our employer.

    We’re an experienced and dedicated group of healthcare workers: 157 RNs, LVNs, Medical Assistants, Physician Assistants, LCSWs, Nurse Practitioners, Medical Records Clerks and others who care for thousands of inmates at Alameda County’s jail, which is the fifth largest jail in the nation.

    We look forward to working with our NUHW sisters and brothers to improve the care for our patients and make sure we get the pay, benefits and working conditions that we need and deserve.

    We should have been part of NUHW three years ago. Finally, justice at last!

    Zeny Gutman
    Registered Nurse

    Friday
    Nov152013

    NUHW members and nurses are joining the efforts of NNU to help with disaster relief in the Philippines

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    Tuesday
    Nov122013

    NUHW Members Sworn in to NUHW Executive Board

    The following members were sworn in to the Executive Board:

    Denise Cruz – Providence Tarzana Hospital
    Deborah Springer – Keck USC Hospital

     

    Herb Klar – Retiree
    Sonia Askew – Kaiser Optical

    Thursday
    Oct312013

    Patients Join Our Fight for Better Care

    I’m an NUHW Shop Steward and have been a Psychologist at Kaiser Santa Clara for 8 years. I’m proud to report that we’re making more progress in our campaign to improve staffing levels at Kaiser’s mental health clinics so our patients get the care that they need and deserve.

    Throughout our campaign, our patients have stood by our side. Now, they’ve stepped up in an even bigger way. Just days ago, they filed a class-action lawsuit that aims to force Kaiser to fix the problems in our clinics.

    Three months ago, our union won an unprecedented $4 million fine against Kaiser after the HMO’s top executives refused to fix the problems that we detailed in a 37-page exposé called “Care Delayed, Care Denied.”

    With patients joining our fight for improved care, we’re confident we’ll be successful.

    For more information about the class-action lawsuit, here’s an article that describes the suit as well as Kaiser’s tired and inaccurate PR response.

    Once again, Kaiser claims that there aren’t any problems with their mental health services and that the lawsuit is simply a negotiating tactic by NUHW – even though Kaiser’s violations have already been documented by the Department of Managed Health Care, which just hit Kaiser with a Cease and Desist Order and the second largest fine in the agency’s history.

    It’s time for Kaiser to provide the care our patients deserve.

    Ken Rogers, PsyD

    Tuesday
    Oct152013

    Our First Leadership Conference was a Resounding Success!

     

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    Last Saturday, October 12, 2013, two hundred NUHW-CNA rank-and-file and staff leaders gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville for our First Annual Leadership Conference, organized around the theme of “Standing Up for Patients and Workers.”

    The meeting opened with a welcoming letter from Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who is the elected official representing the East Bay Area district where NUHW is headquartered in Northern California and where the conference was held.

    Labor legend Dolores Huerta, co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers, discussed the important role that NUHW is playing in helping to turn around the labor movement. She was preceded by Deborah Burger, co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United who described the power of all healthcare workers being united to fight employers like Kaiser, Sutter, and others.

    NUHW leaders also discussed our role in the national labor movement and how our history and lessons from the past in NUHW will inform our strategy going forward. You can read for yourself our report, “The State of the Union,“ as well as view the inspiring videos that capture the heart and soul of our first five years.

    Looking forward, NUHW leaders adopted a forward-thinking resolution in which we re-committed to each other to:

    • Continue to win industry-standard contracts
    • Continue to empower work-site leaders to build work power
    • Continue to organize the unorganized and those healthcare workers trapped in undemocratic unions
    • Continue to fight for healthcare for all and worker justice.

    Rank-and-file leaders at the conference were extremely upbeat, energetic and confident and united to making NUHW-CNA the model union in the country, and made the conference even more successful than we ever imagined.

    We look forward to our continued work together,

    Sal Rosselli             John Borsos
    President               Secretary-Treasurer