Supported California Legislation

Submitted by ADonahue on July 27, 2022
Group of CNA leaders hold banner "Nurses Heal California" outside state capitol

National Nurses United is committed to building a broad movement for transformative social change and confronting the powerful interests that dominate our economic and political system. We are proud to support Congressional, state, and local candidates that share nurses’ values of caring, compassion, and community.

Meal Breaks for Public Sector and UC Health Care Workers

SB 1334 will include public sector and UC workers who provide or support direct patient care in a hospital, clinic, or public health set­ting in Section 512 of the California Labor Code guaranteeing enforceable meal breaks and
rest periods.

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Workers' Compensation for Frontline Health Care Workers

Nurses often have to jump through hoops - while sick or hurt - to receive paid time off for work-related illnesses or injuries. And after all that effort, nurses can be denied coverage. That's why we are proud to cosponsor a state­based solution in California, SB 213. This bill will ensure that nurses and other health care work­ers have "presumptive eligibility" for workers' compensation (meaning they will automatically be eligible for workers' comp) if they experience issues such as Covid-19 or other infectious dis­ease, respiratory disease, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, and musculoskeletal injuries.

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Goup of nurses inside hospital, one holds sign "Staff Up for Safe Care"

California nurses and caregivers applaud new meal and rest break law signed by Governor Newsom

S.B. 1334 guarantees enforceable breaks for public-sector and University of California workers who provide or support direct patient care in a hospital, clinic, or public health setting.

California Nurses Association/Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union
September 30, 2022

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Nurses urge Gov. Newsom to sign bill requiring public sector employers to provide meal and rest breaks to health care workers

S.B. 1334 will ensure that public-sector employees who provide direct patient care or support direct patient care will be covered by Section 512 of the California Labor Code, guaranteeing meal breaks and rest periods for nurses.

California Nurses Association
September 2, 2022

Nurse holds sign "Protect Nurses, Patients, Public Health"

California RNs mark Nurses Week by urging state legislators to pass bills to protect nurses and public health

To mark Nurses Week, registered nurses from across California will pay online visits to state legislators on Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12, to advocate in support of bills that advance the work of nurses and protect public health.

California Nurses Association
May 7, 2021

CalCare: California Guaranteed Health Care for All

California nurses say that delaying action on establishing guaranteed health care for the state is a mistake, Californians cannot wait

Lawmakers today are choosing to delay for another year action on AB 1400, the bill known as CalCare that would establish a guaranteed, single-payer health system for all California residents, using the excuse that they need to hash out more details and decide how to finance it.

California Nurses Association
April 21, 2021

Nurses protesting for PPE holding signs "PPE is as essential as I am", "Proper protection for Covid-19 Nurses", "Every Nurse Protected Every Time", "Protect Nurses, Patients, Public Health"

New law requiring hospitals to maintain a three-month supply of PPE takes effect April 1

Nurses welcome the April 1, 2021 implementation of a new law requiring hospitals to create and maintain a three-month stockpile of N95 respirators, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

California Nurses Association
March 31, 2021

CalCare logo for California Guaranteed Healthcare for All

Nurses applaud introduction of CalCare bill to implement a single-payer system in California

Renewing its commitment to the larger fight for health care justice, the California Nurses Association (CNA) is pleased to sponsor Assembly Bill 1400 (Kalra), the California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act (CalCare), which would guarantee comprehensive, high-quality health care to all California residents as a human right.

California Nurses Association
February 19, 2021