UNAC/UHCP Members Rally in Sacramento

February 2011

On Tuesday, February 22, UNAC/UHCP members Larry Winkler, SPNN Treasurer, Deborah Saia, SPNN Vice President, and Tamara Yildiz, Kaiser Fontana Contract Specialist, traveled to Sacramento with political representative Eric Robles for the  "WE ARE ONE" California action candlelight vigil in solidarity with the Wisconsin workers. The nurses visited several elected officials including State Senator Juan Vargas and Assemblyman Marty Block of San Diego and Assemblyman Roger Hernandez of West Covina.  They thanked them for their continued support of Registered Nurses and UNAC/UHCP.  While in the Capitol, the nurses were treated to a VIP tour of the Capitol compliments of Assemblymember Mike Eng of Alhambra.

The UNAC/UHCP Registered Nurses were in Sacramento to show their support for union workers in Wisconsin who are under attack. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has introduced a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining rights as we know it for most public employees, and only allow public employees to bargain over wages.

When the collective bargaining rights for unionized employees are attacked anywhere, it is an attack on all of us. Collective bargaining is the very foundation of the Labor Movement. If we couldn’t form unions and negotiate with our employers, we wouldn’t have a say in our wages, hours and working conditions.

Read more about the situation in Wisconsin and what you can do to help here.

Information about two rallies in southern California are listed below:

Join the Orange County Labor Federation’s candlelight vigil in support of the Wisconsin workers.
When: Thursday, February 24
Time: 5:30 pm
Where: Santa Ana State Office Building
28 Civic Center Plz
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Join the San Diego Labor Council Rally
When: Saturday, February 26
Time: 12 noon
Where: County Administration Building
1600 Pacific Highway (Westside/Bayside)