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Corazon Arabaca, RN

Affiliate: Fountain Valley

Unit: Oncology

Health Care Professional Since: 1969

UNAC/UHCP Member Since: 1981

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

I’ve stayed at Fountain Valley for over three decades because of my co-workers. They’ve become like family. I’ve been here a long time and I’m very vocal. Sometimes they’re scared to speak up, so they come to me to help them. I tell them don’t be afraid, we’re dues-paying union members. Still, sometimes I’m scared too, but I know I can always talk to our Union Representative. The Union can protect us.

I don’t consider myself a leader, but the members just keep coming to me. I’m only doing what I feel I’m supposed to do to support my patients and the union. I’m not an officer or a steward, just a plain member. But I go to the meetings. I relay information along to my co-workers. And if I see a problem, I try to fix it.

I just do what I feel everybody should do. I read the contract, and I tell everybody to read the contract, because it’s a legal agreement between our union and the hospital. If there’s a question about something, look it up. Sometimes management doesn’t follow the contract. Sometimes there are problems with staffing or floating. I always tell my co-workers, don’t just talk to each other, document the issue. In the union, we have a process. We gather all the information and go in with the facts. So documentation is a key part of making the changes we wish to see.

We have negotiations coming up in November. There’s one reason the Union wins a good contract: the members. We are the Union, so we need to be a part of it. I encourage my co-workers to go to the meetings and to speak up. Before I was in a union I didn’t want to be. But now I’m in the union and I see how a union improves everything, including better salaries and benefits. I tell my co-workers, we’re all union members, whether you like it or not. So go to the meetings. Find out what there is to know. Get active. We all play a part in supporting each other and making sure we are treated fairly, because together, we all are the union.

Previous Leaders

Dinah Hernandez, RN Sunset
Joy P., RN Sunset
Debra Sung, PT PT/OT/RT
Michelle Lanorias, RN Pettis Memorial
Brenda Gomez, RN St. Francis
Rose Kivila, RN Parkview
Barb Kotlik, NP Downey
Carol Granot, RN Sharp
Summer Noyes, RN Sharp
Nery Naguiat, CHRN Garden Grove
Randy Naguiat, RN Garden Grove
Crystal Janey, RN Balboa
Linda Church, CNM Specialty Care Nurses
Nancy Gustafson, WOCN Specialty Care Nurses
Elena Sangit, RN Panorama City
Erica Yvette Mays, RN, CM Specialty Care Nurses
Maria Palacio, RN, CM Specialty Care Nurses
Isaac Saroia, RN Beverly
Sally Manalad, RN Lakewood
Krissy Stassin, RN Riverside
Susanna Adame-Rozbruch, RN, BSN Woodland Hills
Gene Chang, OD South Bay
Monica Guillemin, PA-C West LA
Shelley Stanovich, RN Downey
Inese Redondo, RN Sharp
Ahsan Haque, RN St. Francis
Vena Stover, RN Baldwin Park
Debby Cruz, RN Parkview
Edwin Guardado, RN St. Francis
Angelica Coria, RN Garden Grove
Daniel Quiñones, RN Sharp
Janet Rossi, RN Orange County
Krishna Yu, RN Lakewood
Bernadette “Bernie” Brayshaw, RN Fountain Valley