Union in Brief – May/June’11 Voice

June 2011


The Bear Valley contract expires at the end of June and the nurses are preparing for another round of tough negotiations. Negotiations will be led by Mike Zackos, RN, Staff Representative.


United Nurses Association/ Union of Health Care Professionals Retiree Chapter Committee member Brenda Jordan, RN, wants UNAC/UHCP members to know, “UNAC/UHCP does not end when you retire. It is a new beginning.”

Retired UNAC/UHCP members can join the Retiree Chapter at the rate of $15 per year. The retiree committee that plans the chapter’s activities is currently engaged in a number of projects, including recruiting more members to the Retiree chapter. In the future, Retiree chapter members will have the opportunity to attend educational conferences and special events. Retiree Organizing Committee Chair Sonia Moseley, NP, is joined in her endeavors by Fred Tinamisan, RN, Brenda Jordan, RN, Ethel Richmond, RN, Ann Foster, RN, Connie Whitehead, RN, Fran Powell, RN, Donna Knoch, RN, and Amy Teufert, RN. For more information, please call 909-618-0657.


On June 6, the National Labor Relations Board will begin its prosecution of Chino Valley Medical Center on the charges of: dismissal of Ronald Magsino, RN, for his union activity in the organizing campaign; issuance of widespread discipline after the RNs voted for UNAC/UHCP representation; threatening RNs; unilateral changes to various policies and benefits; interrogation and surveillance of union activity. The hearing before an Administration Law Judge is scheduled to last seven days with an expected ruling to be issued in early July. Check unacuhcp.org for updates.


Over thirty new affiliate officers attended a training in the San Dimas office on April 14, 2011. The new officers, and the affiliates they will be representing, are as follows: Geraldine Aguilar-Gongar, RN, KBPRNA Secretary; Dr. Christopher Albaugh, KPASCO Parliamentarian; Karla Bernier, RN, KDRNA Master Committee Chair; Kellie J. Brooks, NP, KRHCPA Parliamentarian; Carina Castanar, RN, KOVHCPA Secretary/ Parliamentarian; Eva Chroust, RN, KWHRNA Hospital President; Debby Cruz, RN, PRNA President; Viera Daniels, RN, PRNA Treasurer; Jettie Deden-Castillo, RN, KDRNA Executive Council Representative; Blanca Duby, RN, KSRNA Treasurer; Janice Fraser, RN, SFRNA Treasurer; Edwin Guardado, RN, SFRNA Secretary; Linda Hippolyte, RN; PRNA Secretary; Theresa “Teri” Holthues, RN, KFRNA Secretary; Rita Ihenacho, RN, PMRNA Associate Rep. Coordinator; Maria Martin, RN, BRNA Secretary; Mary Jane Mendoza, RN, PMRNA President; Chad Najera, RN; KOCPA Parliamentarian; Serenity Pascual, RN, BRNA Treasurer; Regina Perez, RN, KWRNA Secretary; Korla St Cyr, RN, KBPRNA Clinic Co-Chair; Laurilyn Teodoro, RN, GGRNA Associate Liason; Judith Vargas, RN, PRNA Vice President; Yadira Velazquez, RN, KSBHPA Secretary; and Veronica White, RN, KWHRNA Clinic Vice President.