October 2008

Trusteeship Update

On August 22, the Executive Board of SEIU Local 6434 requested that the International Union impose a trusteeship on the Local due to serious allegations regarding the union’s finances.  At that time, all officers of the Local were removed and John Ronches was appointed as the Trustee to oversee all operations and finances.  

On Thursday, October 23, SEIU’s International Executive Board voted in favor of the hearing officer’s recommendation to continue the trusteeship of SEIU Local 6434.  What this means is that the Local will continue to operate under the direction of John Ronches in accordance with the constitution and bylaws of SEIU International.  Under Federal Labor Law, trusteeships are presumed valid for 18 months after which time they may be continued if necessary.  After the problems leading to the Trusteeship have been corrected, elections will be held to determine the new officers.

Under the trusteeship, the union continues to operate with full dedication to winning for its members!

Any member who would like a copy of the hearing officer’s decision mailed to them may do so by calling the Membership Satisfaction Department at 888-373-3018.

SEIU Hearing on Charges Against Tyrone Freeman (Oct 27-29)

The SEIU hearing regarding charges brought against Tyrone Freeman will be taking place on October 27, 28, and 29th.  The hearing will be held at the Manhattan Beach Marriott, located at 1400 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, California 90266.  In keeping with SEIU’s tradition of openness, the Hearing Officer will permit members to attend the hearing to observe the proceedings.  There is no role for members to speak, unless called as a witness by the Trustee or former President Freeman.  

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Vote No On 8

marriage equalityDear Brothers and Sisters,

Yesterday I voted No on Proposition 8.

On May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled that barring same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional. Proposition 8 would undo this ruling and eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry.

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November Senior Breakfast Highlights

Ms. Motley and seniors

A large turnout of seniors, guests and allies attended our latest Senior Breakfast, held in the Los Angeles Union Offices last Friday, November 21st.

Jorge Chuc, as well as The Senior Association from Glassell Park, The Thai Health and Information Group and Senior Association were all in attendance to share a morning meal, meet and greet and receive updates on current events, politics and other things affecting our seniors.

Tristan Brown presented materials on potential budget cuts and additional information, which will greatly affect our seniors.

Pastor Rob Robbins, always present, filled in attendees on our future: the new president elect, our county supervisor and the changes within the state.

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Alliance for a Stronger Community to Support Mark Ridley-Thomas for Los Angeles County Supervisor

SEIU members, staff and volunteers gathered in Culver City to support the Alliance for a Stronger Community.  The Alliance is supporting democratic candidate Mark Ridley-Thomas for Los Angeles County Supervisor, District 2 in the upcoming November 4th election. 

Always a supporter of long-term care workers, the Alliance for a Stronger Community used Saturday as an opportunity to advocate for Ridley-Thomas.  By walking door-to-door and phone banking in swing neighborhoods, the Alliance helped set the stage for a victory for Ridley-Thomas and therefore LA County’s homecare, nursing home workers and working families.

ULTCW members Norma Cervantes and Jerry Jackson joined other members of the Alliance for a Stronger Community by speaking publicly about the importance of having Ridley-Thomas as our next LA County Supervisor for District 2.  “We believe that Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas is the right man to lead us…his track record proves it,” stated Cervantes.

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Come Help Elect Mark Ridley Thomas

andala zayasDear Brother and Sisters,
Please join me and other SEIU members on Monday thru Thursday evenings from 5:00PM till 8:00PM at the Alliance For A Stronger Community headquarters in Culver City, at 5900 Washington Blvd (at the corner of La Cienega and Washington) to phone bank for Mark Ridley Thomas.

Thomas is running to be the next LA County Supervisor for the second district in a run-off election on November 4th.

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San Bernardino Division Meetings

Knopf Senior Center
8384 Cypress Ave.
Fontana, CA
October 21, 2008
6:00 p.m.

The Salvation Army Ontario Corp.
1412 Euclid Avenue
Ontario, CA
October 14, 2008
6:00 p.m.

Recreation and Community Services
214 N. Palm Avenue
Rialto, CA
October 23, 2008
6:00 p.m.

San Bernardino
San Bernardino Union Hall
195 N. Arrowhead Ave.
San Bernardino, CA
October 16, 2008
6:00 p.m.

Victorville Activity Center
15075 Hesperia Road
Victorville, CA
October 2, 2008

6:00 p.m.

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Bargaining Agreement Updates

SB  Bargaining Team

On September 30th, 2008, San Bernardino homecare workers met with the public authority to negotiate the terms of a new contract. 

Workers are seeking an increase in pay and hope to gain greater access to affordable healthcare, job placement and training support as well as reimbursement for transportation costs consistently incurred in caring for clients.

Ola Famutumi, a homecare worker of 9 years, stressed the importance of better wages and affordable healthcare for all–the primary focus of current bargainings.  “I want others to know our struggle and what we endure,” Famutumi explains, “and what these changes would mean for workers and clients.”

The bargaining committee consists of Famutumi and other workers who know firsthand the challenges that caregivers face.  They will continue to bargain with the county until a suitable agreement can be reached.

San Bernardino’s current contract will expire at the end of November 2008.

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Community Activists Meet to Build Bridges

Thai Community ActivistsOn September 17th, seniors and other residents from the Thai community enjoyed a luncheon featuring traditional Thai cuisine at a neighborhood restaurant.

The gathering was sponsored by the Thai Health and Information Services, Inc. (THAIS, Inc.) in Los Angeles.

As an organization, THAIS strives to educate the Thai community about the social services and other community resources that are available to them. Many residents of the Thai community are low-income and monolingual.

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