President’s Message – January 2014

February 2014

Ken Deitz (President)

We’ve come to the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, so it’s a good time to look back with pride at our 2013 accomplishments, and look ahead to our challenges in 2014.

Through our commitment to organizing we continued to gain strength in 2013. We added Kaiser Physical, Occupational and Recreation Therapists plus Staff Educators in February; then Physician Assistants at Kaiser Woodland Hills in November. We took on the challenge of organizing in three hospitals owned by the notorious anti-union employer Universal Health Services. In January we won at Corona; while the National Labor Relations Board intervened to postpone elections at Inland Valley and Rancho Springs, bringing charges against UHS for threats, interrogation and surveillance. Their elections were postponed until July and, held in a poisoned climate, accounted for our only 2013 loss—though UHS in December agreed to a settlement of the charges that reaffirms the rights of the nurses to organize. In 2014, we’ll continue to aggressively gather new members into our union.

In 2013 we continued to bring record numbers of members to every bargaining table. That member power won strong contracts in Fountain Valley, Lakewood and Garden Grove and set precedents that we’ll carry forward into 2014 at Sharp, St. Francis and Parkview. In May, we elected three new State Officers, who bring new ideas and decades of experience that will serve us well in 2014 and after. We immediately stepped in to raise and match funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in November. And because we know that the struggles of other workers affect our struggles and vice versa, UNAC/UHCP activists marched and rallied from Detroit to San Diego to the OC, IE and LA, with AFSCME, Walmart workers and others. In 2014, we will continue to stand up wherever, whenever and however we must to protect our contracts, our patients, and our communities in the ever-present struggles for quality health care, social justice, and workers’ rights.

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
President’s Message – May 2014 May 2014
President’s Message – March 2014 Mar 2014
President’s Message – July 2013 Jul 2013
President’s Message – May 2013 Jun 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
President’s Message – November 2009 Nov 2009
Testimony at the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee Meeting Aug 2009
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