The United Nurses Associations of California (UNAC) is born as an all-RN union, with the philosophy that RNs should represent RNs.
CIVILIAN NURSES JOIN
RNs at the Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park vote to join UNAC. In 1980, nurses at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda vote the same way, increasing the number of UNAC members caring for current and former military personnel.
Congress amends labor laws, giving health care employees the right to form unions; hundreds of RNs in hospitals across Southern California vote to join UNAC.
UNAC NURSES FIGHT BACK
UNAC Nurses strike Southern California Kaiser Permanente hospitals regarding quality patient care concerns and fair and equitable compensation.
UNAC LOOKS TO THE FUTURE
UNAC members vote to expand membership clause to include all health care professions.
AFTER A PROTRACTED LEGAL BATTLE
St. Francis RNs join UNAC.
UNAC ADDS HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
Fountain Valley RNs, clinical lab scientists, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, case managers, speech therapists and social workers vote to join UNAC, expanding the types of health care workers in our union.
UNAC GROWS STRONGER
Building strength by affiliating with a national union, UNAC joins forces with the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (NUHHCE) in 1988. The next year, UNAC members vote to affiliate with AFSCME and the AFL-CIO. More than 45,000 AFSCME nurses then join forces to form the United Nurses of America.
UNAC EXPANDS INTO GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL DISTRICT
Nurses at Bear Valley Community Hospital, part of a government-run hospital district, vote to join UNAC/UHCP, adding government nurses to our largely private sector union.
UNAC MAKES HISTORY
UNAC organizes more than 2,500 RNs at Sharp Healthcare in the largest single RN bargaining unit in history, defeating Columbia-HCA’s plan to acquire Sharp.
HISTORIC LABOR MANAGEMENT PARTNERSHIP
UNAC members vote to join the Labor Management Partnership (LMP) with Kaiser Permanente. The LMP includes frontline workers in workplace decisions and discussions about how to best deliver high-quality care.
UNAC GETS A NEW NAME
UNAC members vote to change the union’s name to UNAC/UHCP (Union of Health Care Professionals), recognizing that UNAC also represents non-RN health care professionals.
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS JOIN KAISER AFFILIATES
Physician Assistants at Fontana, Orange County, Panorama City, Riverside, South Bay, San Diego, Sunset, and West LA Kaiser locations become UNAC/UHCP members and join the existing nurse affiliates.
SUPPORT FOR SAFE STAFFING RATIOS
Working in Partnership, Kaiser Permanente announces its support for industry-leading nurse staffing ratios developed by UNAC/UHCP and other unions – coming out for better ratios long before state regulators.
OPTOMETRISTS GET A VOICE ON THE JOB
Optometrists throughout Kaiser Permanente join UNAC/UHCP and become the first non-RN affiliate. KPASCO wins a voice on the job, a fair pay structure and significant raises.
UNAC/UHCP WELCOMES KAISER SPECIALTY GROUP
UNAC/UHCP successfully organizes professional Kaiser group including case managers, educators, midwives, and wound ostomy RNs.
BEVERLY RNs VOTE TO JOIN UNAC/UHCP COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AFFILIATES
The Beverly contract is signed in 2012, bringing UNAC/UHCP’s community hospital tally to five: Garden Grove in 1975, Lakewood in 2002 and Parkview in 2009, as well as Bear Valley Community Hospital.
UNAC/UHCP PUSHES TO STRENGTHEN STAFFING RATIOS
UNAC/UHCP takes SB 1246 all the way to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, where the bill to put teeth in the staffing laws is vetoed. New regulations are written as a result of UNAC/UHCP’s efforts.
AN ALL-THERAPIST AFFILIATE ADDS TO THE BURGEONING NUMBER OF UNAC/UHCP HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
Kaiser physical, occupational and recreation therapists join UNAC/UHCP.
UNAC/UHCP JOINS WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN
Along with health care professionals from across the spectrum, UNAC/UHCP members testify at Cal/OSHA as regulations are drafted to solve this decades-long problem.
PHARMACISTS JOIN UNAC/UHCP
Kaiser Southern California pharmacists vote to join UNAC/UHCP, restore their pensions and win improvements in their facilities.
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS UNAC/UHCP-SPONSORED SB 327
Governor Jerry Brown signs SB 327 to protect the 12-hour shift for all California RNs.
UNAC/UHCP CLOSES THE CIRCLE
Twenty years after organizing, SPNN nurses win a historic campaign to achieve union membership for all new Sharp nurses and huge wage increases to retain and recruit experienced RNs.
UNAC/UHCP EXPANDS OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA
Health care workers of all stripes – from nurses and pharmacists to clerks and technicians – from Maui Health System join UNAC/UHCP, becoming our first chapter outside of the Golden State.
UNAC/UHCP NURSES WIN “KAISER RATIOS” IN CONTRACT
Kaiser registered nurses make history by embedding the best nurse-to-patient ratios in the country into the contract.
UNAC/UHCP-SPONSORED SB 227 STRENGTHENS SAFE STAFFING LAW
The legislation bolsters enforcement of California’s historic nurse-to-patient ratios.