The United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals welcomed 1,350 physical, occupational and speech therapists from Kaiser Permanente to their family this month.

The union and its members made innovative use of digital tools to organize in the midst of social distancing limitations made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic. “We can all be inspired by a new labor model of using digital tools and one-on-one conversations resulting in an unstoppable, powerful combination,” said Denise Duncan, a registered nurse and president of UNAC/UHCP.

Terry Kim, one of the newly unioned physical therapists, summed up the decision to join UNAC/UHCP, saying “Our choice to come together in solidarity is borne out of our love and passion for our profession and our patients. By raising our collective voice and standards, we are now charting the future of rehabilitation services in Kaiser Permanente.”

Read more about the new UNAC/UHCP members here.