Healthcare Workers Speak Out from the Frontlines of the Pandemic

Healthcare Workers Speak Out from the Frontlines of the Pandemic





U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters held a Zoom meeting with three of our fellow SEIU-UHW members this week — and she has a message for every one of us: “You are the unsung heroes of the healthcare industry.”

On Friday, May 15, healthcare workers at Riverside Community Hospital held a socially-distanced vigil to honor Rosa Luna, our SEIU-UHW sister and veteran EVS worker who died of COVID-19 on May 4. Watch this powerful NBC news story about the vigil — it captures the commitment of Rosa’s blood family and union family to making sure everyone understands the danger healthcare workers face and the need for stringent safety measures for all. 


For Erica from Kaiser Antioch, the worst happened. She didn’t have the right PPE, she treated sick patients, and she got the virus. Though she struggles to breathe, she says “I’m fighting to get stronger every day so I can come back to work and help save lives.” Demand more PPE now:

SEIU-UHW members hold a candlelight vigil at Enloe Medical Center in Chico to call out management for failing us and our patients.

Respiratory therapists across our union are demanding PPE and a stronger voice on the job as we fight this pandemic. Let’s all take action for the equipment we need to lead our state through this crisis: Click here to let Congress and the Trump administration know that we demand PPE!

Jessica from Sutter Roseville opens her heart about her love for her family and the toll this pandemic is taking on them.

Seven of our SEIU-UHW member leaders had a videoconference call with Governor Newsom yesterday afternoon to tell him firsthand what we’re experiencing on the frontlines — and we shared with the governor this story of our union brother Eddie.

A group of our union leaders approached Kaiser to figure out how to work together to address our PPE shortages. Now a team of 20 workers — mostly SEIU-UHW members — are assembling 1,500 face shields every day in Oakland and getting them to frontline workers throughout the region. This crew has a  message for all you healthcare heroes out there!

Ramon, an ER Tech from Kaiser, is only given one mask per day instead of one per patient. This is NOT okay.

Alvin and Raj team up to talk about how they need N95 masks, gowns, even disinfecting wipes in the Laboratory to protect everyone at Kaiser South Sacramento.

“I’m one of the coronavirus warriors that do battle every day to fight the spread of this disease. PPE is my shield and armor,” says Jose, a housekeeper in the ER at Kaiser Vacaville. Without  PPE, workers like Jose cannot win this war.

Jvonne became a healthcare worker to help people who can’t help themselves. “This huge crisis, I’m not gonna let it stop me. I’m here for you and your family. I’m here for my patients.” 


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