President’s Message – May 2013

June 2013

Ken Deitz, President

With our recent election of three new officers, we've taken another historic step forward as a union. At our founding convention, the delegates elected four officers. After that, and at each convention since, we have elected two officers, in rotation, to four year terms. In 2006, delegates endorsed a plan to reduce the number of officers from four to two. However, as our membership continues to grow and diversify, our Executive Council, the Board of Directors, and now the delegates to our 2013 special convention decided that it makes sense to expand the officer leadership as well.

Now I'm pleased to welcome to our union's leadership team: Executive Vice President Denise Duncan, RN; Treasurer Jettie Deden-Castillo, NP; and Secretary Charmaine Morales, RN. Denise brings the deep knowledge and experience of almost thirty years' activism and staff representation to the board. She's been on many bargaining teams and will be my worthy back-up as Executive Vice President. Jettie brings passion, decades of professional experience, and a breadth of knowledge as an activist and union leader to the Treasurer's solemn fiduciary responsibilities as CFO of the union. Charmaine, though a new leader in our union, brings energy and a fresh perspective.

This group of talented and committed new officers will only enhance the leadership team. Meanwhile, the essential work of our union remains unchanged: improving patient care; enhancing the working conditions and professional status of all our members; increasing the awareness of our elected officials and the public of the important role our members play in providing quality health care, and growing our union by adding new members. Behind the scenes, our legal team will continue racking up their impressive win record protecting the rights of members and prospective members alike. We do this as always in service to our patients, our profession, and our future.

In unity,
Ken Deitz, RN

Previous Messages

President’s Message – Fall 2015 Oct 2015
President’s Message – July 2015 Jul 2015
President’s Message – May 2015 May 2015
President’s Message – March 2015 Mar 2015
President’s Message – January 2015 Jan 2015
President’s Message – November 2014 Nov 2014
President’s Message – September 2014 Sep 2014
President’s Message – July 2014 Jul 2014
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President’s Message – March 2014 Mar 2014
President’s Message – January 2014 Feb 2014
President’s Message – July 2013 Jul 2013
President’s Message – March 2013 Mar 2013
President’s Message – January 2013 Jan 2013
President’s Message – November 2012 Nov 2012
President’s Message – September 2012 Oct 2012
President’s Message – July 2012 Aug 2012
President’s Message – June 2012 Jun 2012
President’s Message – March 2012 Mar 2012
President’s Message – January 2012 Jan 2012
President’s Message – October 2011 Oct 2011
President’s Message – July 2011 Jul 2011
President’s Message – June 2011 Jun 2011
President’s Message – April 2011 Apr 2011
President’s Message – February 2011 Feb 2011
President’s Message – December 2010 Dec 2010
President’s Message – September 2010 Sep 2010
President’s Message – July 2010 Jul 2010
President’s Message – March 2010 Mar 2010
President’s Message – January 2010 Jan 2010
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