Everyday Leaders are UNAC/UHCP members who are highlighted because of their commitment and contributions to strengthening their union. By actively supporting their affiliate, Everyday Leaders exemplify the fact that the strength of the union comes from member involvement.
Take a look as some of our past Everyday Leaders.
Erica Yvette Mays, RN, CM
|Unit:||Inpatient Utilization, Kaiser Riverside|
As a Case Manager in Inpatient Utilization, I don’t do direct patient care. But I get to take a case all the way through to the end—not just in the hospital, but after they leave. Making sure that after they get well, they stay well. That’s gratifying. And that’s what I want to do as President (South). Some of us on the Bargaining Team feel like the contract is our baby. I don’t want to let it go. I want to see the affiliate through to being fully set up. Make sure that all our hard work pays off.
For so long we were told what to do. Many of my colleagues worked in constant fear of being written up, losing their jobs. I had no experience with unions before. But I’ve become enlightened. Management definitely treats you better when you’re union. What I seek for our affiliate is for SCNSC members to be part of decision-making when it comes to our jobs and our patients, so that when Kaiser is implementing things they actually listen to us. I want all the Case Managers and Patient Educators to know: your opinions are important. Don’t be afraid to speak up.
Maria Palacio, RN, CM
|Unit:||Outside Utilization at Independence Park outside Downey|
|Hometown:||Buena Park, CA; Raised in Downey, CA|
I’m a loudmouth. As a Case Manager in Outside Utilization, it’s my job to see how fast I can get Kaiser members who’ve been hospitalized outside back into Kaiser facilities. I have a lot of ambitions for SCNSC, and I’m impatient for change. I want to make sure the voices of all our members are heard, and they’re satisfied with their jobs. I want to get it all done now.
Erica Mays, President (South) and I are in constant communication. We’re both new, but eager to learn, and we were on the Bargaining Team together. We saw that it was important to represent all the Case Managers and Patient Educators. I never worked under a union before. From the news, it seemed like they were always on strike. I wouldn’t even have signed up if management was fair to everyone. We’re treated much better now. Management’s attentive about how they talk to us. So if there was one thing I could tell all my members, it would be, make your opinion heard. Come forward and say what you have to say.
|Isaac Saroia, RN||Beverly Hospital Registered Nurses Association|
|Sally Manalad, RN||Lakewood Registered Nurses Assoiciation|
|Corazon Arabaca, RN||Fountain Valley Professional Association|
|Krissy Stassin, RN||Kaiser Riverside|
|Susanna Adame-Rozbruch, RN, BSN||Kaiser Woodland Hills|
|Gene Chang, OD||Kaiser South Bay|
|Monica Guillemin, PA-C||Kaiser West Los Angeles|
|Shelley Stanovich, RN||Kaiser Downey|
|Inese Redondo, RN||SPNN - Sharp Mesa Vista|
|Ahsan Haque, RN||St. Francis Registered Nurses Association|