Energize. Engage. Empower. That was the theme of our 38th biennial convention, concluded this afternoon at the Disneyland Hotel.
ENERGIZE. When we look at all we’ve accomplished in the last two years, there’s no doubt that UNAC/UHCP is a union full of energy. We’ve been going strong from the day after our last convention when hundreds of SPNN RNs and supporters rallied at the San Diego Convention Center and hung a banner off a bridge. Right on through everything we’ve done since—unprecedented contract wins, legislative and regulatory victories, rallies and vigils and community service. To a peak of member engagement three months ago when 2,500 UNAC/UHCP members swarmed the Costa Mesa Hilton to empower a set of Kaiser contract agreements with historic wins for patient care. What is the source of all that energy? You. Us. Our solidarity. How we respond to a challenge is the key to our success. At UNAC/UHCP, challenge energizes us.
ENGAGE. The key to everything we’ve done is engagement. Since our last convention the whole labor movement has faced attacks that threaten our very freedom to join together and bargain collectively. UNAC/UHCP engaged this challenge directly, by engaging our members. Our officers and activists in every affiliate rounded on every shift and to every unit to have personal conversations with nearly every member. AFSCME, our international union, and other unions have taken inspiration from our example.
EMPOWER. Members are the union. Because our members know this, we are empowered. It’s the secret of UNAC/UHCP’s effective advocacy for our patients, communities, professions and ourselves. We participate and support each other. We know that we’re not separated by hospital, region or profession. We are one and that makes us strong.
This week, our convention delegates were the governing body of the union. We conducted officer and board elections; voted on resolutions and constitutional amendments. We strategized around challenges ahead. We heard from AFSCME President Lee Saunders and other speakers from across the country. We attended CE classes. Along the way, we built camaraderie that we’ll need to engage the next two years of struggles, victories and accomplishments.
The following officers were elected or re-elected:
- Denise Duncan, RN – President
- Elizabeth Hawkins, RN – State Secretary
Board of Directors:
- Robin Borden, PharmD
- Nicole Lam, RN
- Scott Byington, RN
- Linda Morales, RN
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