UNAC/UHCP Honored for Advocacy on Behalf of Women

Friday, May 10, 2019—UNAC/UHCP was honored by LAANE, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, which celebrated outstanding women from all walks of life at an annual women’s luncheon. For our part, our union has empowered women, and men, to be advocates at the bedside and beyond. The union was also recognized at Los Angeles City Hall for Nurses Week by City Councilman David Ryu. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez presented the LAANE award.

United to build a better workplace and a healthier world, UNAC/UHCP nurses and health care professionals in California and Hawaii have:

  • won better staffing ratios,
  • fought for safer working conditions. and
  • improved patient care in our communities.

The United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals was founded in 1972 by a group of nurses sitting around a kitchen table, with the philosophy that nurses should represent nurses. Since then, UNAC/UHCP’s membership has grown to more than 32,000 registered nurses and other health care professionals, about 80% of whom are women.

“UNAC/UHCP members recognize that individual health is tied to the well-being of communities outside the hospital, and of the earth itself,” said UNAC/UHCP President Denise Duncan, RN, who accepted the award at the luncheon held in downtown Los Angeles. “When Los Angeles residents have housing and safety, decent jobs with fair wages, access to clean air and water, and nutritious food and open spaces, nurses are less likely to see them as patients.”

Many members of UNAC/UHCP also volunteer at food kitchens, domestic violence shelters, and other areas to help vulnerable members of the community and improve the lives of those outside of hospitals.

UNAC/UHCP has also taken part in workplace violence prevention advocacy, in solidarity with other unions across the state.

Several UNAC/UHCP affiliate officers, members, and staff representatives were in attendance.


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