UAPD’s First Employee Celebrates 50 Years with the Union

On January 8, 1973, the Union of American Physicians and Dentists hired our first employee, Gloria Duarte, as Union secretary. She quickly became the Office Manager several years later and has held that position ever since. She oversees administrative clerical duties and ensures that our Union operates effectively to serve our members.

“It’s been a pleasure working for the Union all these years. I can’t believe what started as taking minutes at a few board meetings has turned into a fulfilling career 50 years later. I love being able to work with our board and of course, our members—it’s been a great honor,” Gloria said.

Over the past five decades, Gloria has seen UAPD’s growth—from the Union’s first office at the World Trade Center in San Francisco to our headquarters today near the California State Capitol in Sacramento. When she first started with the Union, our members were initially private practice physicians and dentists. Now, UAPD represents private and public-sector physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, and more. Throughout her tenure, Gloria has also seen UAPD’s expansion into Washington state and most recently, New Mexico.

Along with her sharp attention to detail, Gloria also has the best singing voice in our Union. On numerous occasions over the years, she has sung songs at membership meetings and her singing group, The Swinging Blue Stars of the USS Hornet, has provided musical entertainment at two UAPD Triennial Conventions.

“Through the years, I’ve received calls from our members who were sometimes on the verge of tears due to their livelihoods being in jeopardy. I’ve seen how UAPD helps doctors address issues at their worksite and the difference its made in the lives of our members. The Union has been here and will continue to be here for its members,” Gloria said. “I believe that our founder, Dr. Sanford Marcus, would be proud to see UAPD today. We’ve grown to represent both private-sector and public-sector physicians and our membership has grown to over 5,000 members who are reflective of the diverse communities where our physicians work.”