Denise Duncan, RN,
Vice President of Nursing
Denise’s history has been interwoven with UNAC/UHCP’s for over 27 years. Denise became an activist early, then an affiliate officer, and a staff representative in 1993. She’s participated in nearly all the Kaiser negotiations since. She dove into Tenet and NUHHCE organizing drives. In 2004, The Journal of Nursing Care Quality published “Nurse Perceptions of Medication Errors,” a first-ever study to consult nurses about errors and their cause, for which Denise was co-researcher. She helped push California’s historic safe staffing law, meeting with the Governor twice and testifying to the Board of Registered Nursing.
“If it’s right I will support it, and if it’s wrong I will fight against it,” says Denise.
Charmaine Morales, RN,
Charmaine has been a UNAC/UHCP member since 2007, and she has risen fast, from a stand-out steward to Political Committee Chair, 2012 Contract Specialist, and the affiliate Parliamentarian. Charmaine has put down deep organizing roots at her Kaiser South Bay affiliate. She started by organizing affiliate members to walk the picket line in solidarity during other strikes, and doing actions on behalf of UFCW’s local members. Charmaine’s biggest organizing success to date was the lightening-fast organization of over 700 people to protest position eliminations at Kaiser South Bay.
“We are all part of a strong union family. We are not alone,” says Charmaine
Treasurer Jettie Deden-Castillo, NP,
A nurse at Kaiser since 1977, Jettie Deden-Castillo, NP, was given a scholarship in 1979 to become an OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner—a union-negotiated benefit. “I will be indebted to UNAC/UHCP for life for that gift,” she says. In 2011 she became Contract Specialist at Downey and it opened her eyes to the great work UNAC/UHCP accomplishes. Jettie was an officer at the Kaiser Downey affiliate before being elected to UNAC/UHCP Treasurer. In 2012, she helped to organize the Specialty Care Nurses, Certified Nurse Midwives and Wound Ostomy Nurses.
Ken Deitz, RN,