April 2008

Political Struggles Dramatized

The room was packed for the LTCAT (Long Term Care Action Team) meeting on Saturday March 29, 2008. After dinner had been served, a special program about women in history was presented. Women member of the union read speeches and acted out the lives of five different pioneers of labors.
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First up was Clara Brisco, who portrayed Setina Poinsette Clarke, often referred to as the godmother of the Civil Rights movement. Setina was a teacher in S. Carolina who petitioned for black principals to work for the schools in black neighborhoods. Setina taught African Americans to read so that they could vote. She was involved with the NAACP and the YWCA. Later she became the Director of Education and Literacy for Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership conference.

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Campaign Kicks Off

Mark Ridley Thomas for Web OneThe County Federation of Labor teamed up with members of the community on Saturday, March 29th at the Mark-Ridley Thomas Campaign Headquarters, to form the Alliance for a Stronger Community to elect Senator Ridley Thomas as the Supervisor of the Second District.

Over 200 trade unionists came together to participate in the opening ceremonies led by Maria Elena Surazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. The program rally campaign kick-off panel included Ralph Miller, president, AFSCME Local 685, Angie Thompson, probation officer, Virginia Johnson, SEIU 721 work site organizer, James Harris, Community Coalition Leader, Larry Grose of the Coalition for Economic Survival and our very own Amanda Figueroa, the Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU-ULTCW.

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Workers Rally Against Kaiser

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OAKLAND–Hundreds of SEIU long-term
care workers throughout California rallied today to show their support
for striking security officers and to protest the tactics being used by
Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. (Inter-Con) – a security contractor to
Kaiser Hospitals. 

Security officers at Kaiser’s Hayward, Fremont and South Sacramento
medical centers conducted a one-day strike in front of facilities to
bring awareness to their plight and force Inter-Con to recognize their
right to organize a union.

Inter-Con security officers who work at Kaiser Permanente are being
deprived of their rights to organize and have a voice in the
workplace…even though the Kaiser workers they safeguard everyday have
their workplace rights protected.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, 400 workers united in their pursuit of
justice rallied in front of the Kaiser Permanente Building in the heart
of Hollywood.  After a rousing rally, union members from disparate
industries and locals, including members of the Writers Guild of
America, marched two by two in silence around the building. 

Tyrone Freeman, President of SEIU-ULTCW, urged the workers to show
their professional demeanor and unyielding strength by walking in
silence; this was a tactic used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during
the civil rights movement.

Sage Ali, a homecare worker and member of SEIU-ULTCW, joined in the
demonstration to express solidarity,  “I’m here today to stand up
for workers who want to organize a union to ensure a better quality of
life for them and their families – it’s a right that all working people
should have.”

Freeman closed his call to action with, “Service Employees
International Union (SEIU) supports a democratic process in the
workplace where worker rights and voices are protected. 
California’s long-term care workers are urging Kaiser Permanente to
stand up for its security officers—and tell Inter-Con to stop violating
workers’ rights.“

SEIU Local 6434, the United Long-Term Care Workers’ Union (ULTCW) is
the largest union of long-term care workers in California, and the
second largest local in the nation. ULTCW represents over 200,000
California homecare and nursing home workers who provide vital care and
services to seniors and people with disabilities.

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