More than 1,500 United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) members attended nine days of bargaining sessions in southern California in March, April and May. The overwhelming UNAC/UHCP showing was called “a sea of blue,” and showed Kaiser management UNAC/UHCP meant business.
Korla St. Cyr, RN, Baldwin Park Infusion Center:
Each and every one of us standing together can make a difference!
During April, hundreds of UNAC/UHCP members across southern California participated in actions to protest any reductions in benefits. One popular event was Button Day, when members from all Kaiser Southern California campuses wore IMAGINE OUR FUTURE buttons.
On May 11 in the early morning, a tentative agreement was signed. On May 19, UNAC/UHCP affiliate officers and delegates from coalition unions met to unanimously recommend that members approve the contract. This victory was only possible through the hard work of UNAC/UHCP members, and their strong participation in the process.
Ratification meetings begin at the end of June and will continue through July.