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California Assembly Passes Bill to Rein in Outsized Costs in Dialysis, Drug Treatment Industries

[May 22, 2019] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Assembly passed legislation by a bipartisan vote, 45-15, to contain costs in the dialysis and drug treatment industries that currently result in higher health care costs for all consumers. “We need to stop …

150 Healthcare Workers, Clergy Travel from L.A. to Border to Assist Refugees

[Dec. 21, 2018] LOS ANGELES – More than 150 healthcare workers, social workers, clergy members and community advocates traveled from Los Angeles to Tijuana, Mexico for a humanitarian mission to assist some of the thousands of Central American refugees gathered in …

Labor Board Alleges Kaiser Violated Law by Refusing to Negotiate Contract Covering 85,000 Workers in 7 States

[Dec. 17, 2018] OAKLAND, Calif. – The National Labor Relations Board recently announced that it will prosecute Kaiser Permanente for illegally refusing to negotiate a new contract that covers 85,000 employees in seven states and the District of Columbia, and for …

Watsonville Healthcare Workers File Ballot Initiative to Protect Patients

[Oct. 3, 2017] WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Healthcare workers filed a ballot initiative for the November 2018 municipal election that seeks to protect patients from being overcharged by Watsonville Community Hospital and other healthcare facilities. “This initiative will help rein in …

SEIU-UHW Asks Attorney General to Halt Dialysis Industry Steering Scheme

[Aug. 24, 2017] OAKLAND, Calif. – Healthcare workers are urging the California Attorney General’s office to investigate and halt the dialysis industry’s scheme that steers low-income patients into health plans that may limit their ability to receive kidney transplants and …

SEIU-UHW Joins Lawsuit Alleging California’s Separate and Unequal Medi-Cal System

State officials are violating the civil rights of 13.5 million individuals enrolled in Medi-Cal, the health insurance program for low-income Californians.

460 Hospital Workers in Santa Monica Vote to Unite in SEIU-UHW

[Feb. 17, 2017] SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Four-hundred fifty healthcare workers recently voted to improve patient care at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. by joining SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), a union of 90,000 healthcare workers across California.  “Our …

Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Combat Understaffing in California Dialysis Clinics

[Feb. 14, 2017] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced legislation today to improve staffing at more than 550 dialysis clinics in California. SB 349, the Dialysis Patient Safety Act, would mandate annual inspections of dialysis clinics …

With ACA Repeal Looming, California’s Hospital Industry Goes Silent

[Feb. 9, 2017] by Dave Regan The Hill As one of the strongest and earliest supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s a cruel irony that California stands to suffer more than any other state if Congress and President …

Judge Dismisses Prime Healthcare Lawsuit Against Kamala Harris

[Nov. 2, 2016] LOS ANGELES – A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Prime Healthcare against California Attorney General Kamala Harris, denying allegations that she improperly restricted the sale of six non-profit hospitals in California to Prime Healthcare in 2015, …

Prime Healthcare Must Pay $6.5 Million in Lost Wages to 500 Employees, NLRB Rules

[Oct. 25, 2016] LOS ANGELES – The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Prime Healthcare to pay an estimated $6.5 million in lost wages to 500 employees at two Southern California hospitals after refusing to issue the negotiated annual raises …

Feds, State Urged to Investigate Infections, Short Staffing at Pomona Hospital

[Oct. 24, 2016] POMONA, Calif. – Healthcare workers at Pomona Valley Hospital called on federal and state investigators to examine the mishandling of highly contagious patients and the treatment of some patients in hallways due to short staffing at the …

700 Healthcare Workers Urge Pomona Valley Hospital to Put Patients Above Excessive Profits, Executive Pay

[Oct. 19, 2016] POMONA, Calif. – Seven-hundred healthcare workers and their supporters rallied today at Pomona Valley Hospital to push back against hospital officials who workers say have put profits and executive pay above quality, affordable patient care. “While the …

1,120 Hospital Workers in Pomona Vote to Unite in SEIU-UHW

[June 13, 2016] LOS ANGELES – More than 1,120 healthcare workers voted to improve patient care at a hospital in Pomona, Calif. by joining SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), making it the largest hospital unionization in California in nearly 15 …

Federal Government Joins Fraud Lawsuit Against Prime

The Federal Department of Justice has just joined a fraud lawsuit against Prime Healthcare that alleges, among other things, that Prime submitted claims to Medicare for unnecessary inpatient stays.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Joins UHW to Hail Passage of Historic Minimum Wage Increase

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joined healthcare workers today from SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) in hailing the passage of historic legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15.

Tri-City Healthcare Board Elections Leave Minorities Underrepresented

The Tri-City Healthcare District Board may be violating the California Voting Rights Act by holding elections for board seats in a way that dilutes the voting strength of minorities in the district.

SEIU-UHW Delivers 600K Signatures to Qualify Ballot Initiative Raising CA’s Minimum Wage

[Jan. 20, 2016] LOS ANGELES – Healthcare employees, low-wage workers and community leaders across California submitted 600,000 voter signatures this week to election officials to qualify a ballot initiative to raise California’s minimum wage. The Fair Wage Act of 2016 …

CA Violates Civil Rights of Latinos Receiving Medi-Cal, Complaint Alleges

California violates the civil rights of millions of Latinos by providing low reimbursements to physicians and other care providers in the Medi-Cal program for low-income Californians…

Lt. Gov. Newsom Endorses Ballot Initiative to Raise CA’s Minimum Wage

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has thrown his support behind a ballot initiative to gradually raise California’s minimum wage to $15