July 2009

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10 Year Anniversary of LA Homecare: A Spirit Moves Us

10th Anniversary of Homecare CampaignThe 10th Anniversary of the LA Homecare Campaign takes place this year and the courageous efforts of the women who led it will be honored in different ways. It was the largest union organizing campaign in the country since the 1930s — 80,000 workers! And it is the bedrock of what ULTCW is today. Truly an inspiration in the face of state budget cuts fights of today.

One effort is the publishing of a book about the historic campaign. “Woman’s Work: Los Angeles Homecare Workers Revitalize the Labor Movement” is a publication of the UCLA Labor Center that highlights those extraordinary leaders, a group of predominately low-wage women of color, who persevered through many years to achieve this unprecedented victory and who, in the process, changed the course of labor history in Los Angeles and the face of the American labor movement. In a popular format, which includes oral histories, timelines, and campaign analysis, the publication explores the campaign from different angles and in particular, its strong model for labor/consumer campaigns.

With a combination of a sense of justice and new strategies to make it happen, the campaign is a useful instruction as ULTCW faces new challenges in improving the lives of members. We will pay tribute to and build from that experience in a few different ways. Their fighting spirit and conviction is needed now more than ever.

There are also plans for performances based on the book’s oral histories, book parties and other special events, through August and Labor Day and into September. To commemorate this anniversary, pieces of art are being developed by visual artists highlighting the work and the struggle, which will be unveiled and hung at the union’s LA office.

And at different moments, current members will participate in activities to get everyone to think about what that courage and energy means today as we face new challenges.

For more information, on 10 Year Anniversary Events, check back to this page in the coming weeks, email info@seiu-ultcw.org or call the office in Los Angeles.

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Publications

Below find reports, contracts, newletters and other downloadables.

Contracts
Alameda Homecare Contract Alameda Homecare Contract
Napa Homecare Contract Napa Homecare Contract
San Bernadino Homecare Contract San Bernadino Homecare Contract
Santa Cruz Homecare Contract Santa Cruz Homecare Contract

Newsletters
Spring 2010 (Spring 2010 Newsletter PDF Download)

Publications

“Healthcare Reform: What Does It Mean For You?” | Answers to common questions that you may have regarding healthcare reform and how it impacts you as a long term caregiver. (Healthcare Reform: What it Means for You Word Doc Download)

“Healthy at Home” booklet: The faces, voices and economic facts of California In-Home Care | (Digital & Print versions)

Reports

Califorina Budget Project: “The Governor’s Proposed Budget Could Reduce IHSS Workers’ Compensation by Nearly $1.2 Billion” (April 2010)
Report: Impact by County | (PDF Download)
Report: Impact by Legislative District | (PDF Download)

UC Berkeley Labor Center: “Budget Solutions and Jobs” (March 2010)
Report | (PDF Download)

Actions

Tell Your Rep to Take the ‘Healthy at Home Pledge’ |(Action)
(See where your California reps stand on the issue of funding In-Home Care)

Allies
SEIU California State Council Umbrella organization for all SEIU locals in California) | (web site)
The Homecare Providers Union (AFSCME Local 3930 / AFL-CIO) (web site)

Updated FAQ’s about the State Budget
Member FAQ 10-19-2009 Member FAQ 10-19-2009

IHSS Fraud Prevention Brochure

IHSS Fraud Prevention Brochure IHSS Fraud Prevention Brochure

SEIU ULTCW Member Guide

Member Guide to SEIU ULTCW Member Guide to SEIU ULTCW

MOVE REPORTS

MOVE Report (English) MOVE Report (English)
MOVE Report (Armenian) MOVE Report (Armenian)
MOVE Report (Chinese) MOVE Report (Chinese)
MOVE Report (Spanish) MOVE Report (Spanish)

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State Budget Update

On Monday (July 20th) Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders reached an agreement on the State budget. While the hard work of our members stopped the budget from being worse, it’s still unacceptable. The specific details of the budget have not yet been released, but we do know it includes cuts that impact nursing home workers and residents, and IHSS providers and consumers.

We have no confidence that this budget will prevent another fiscal crisis in the coming months since it does not include any new revenues – only cuts to vital services. If anything, this budget confirms that we must continue to stand together to protect seniors, people with disabilities and care providers by fighting to preserve funding for nursing homes, and establish a long term funding solution for the IHSS program. 

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On Monday (July 20th) Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders reached an agreement on the State budget. While the hard work of our members stopped the budget from being worse, it’s still unacceptable. The specific details of the budget have not yet been released, but we do know it includes cuts that impact nursing home workers and residents, and IHSS providers and consumers.

We have no confidence that this budget will prevent another fiscal crisis in the coming months since it does not include any new revenues – only cuts to vital services. If anything, this budget confirms that we must continue to stand together to protect seniors, people with disabilities and care providers by fighting to preserve funding for nursing homes, and establish a long term funding solution for the IHSS program.

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ULTCW Members Join Disability Advocates to Protest Cuts At Governor’s Brentwood Mansion

LOS ANGELES – On Friday, July 17, more than one hundred and thirty SEIU ULTCW members joined disability activists in front of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Brentwood home to protest his proposed budget cuts that would leave poor families homeless and kick seniors and people with disabilities out of the safety of their homes.

While home care providers spoke out against the Governor’s proposals, disability rights advocates Lillibeth Navarro and Cynde Soto took the protest to another level by being arrested after blocking the entrance to the Governor’s Brentwood estate.

If the Governor’s cuts to IHSS were to occur, nearly ninety percent of the State’s home care program would be eliminated – resulting in more than 400,000 seniors and people with disabilities no longer receiving the vital care they need and hundreds of thousands of home care providers losing their jobs. In addition to cutting the program, the Governor is also proposing that the wages of remaining home care providers be rolled back to minimum wage.

CBS was there to cover the story:
http://www.cbs2.com/video/?id=109004@kcbs.dayport.com

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FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS SCHWARZENEGGER ADMINISTRATION TO COMPLY WITH ORDER THAT BLOCKS STATE REDUCTION FOR IHSS WORKER WAGES

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS SCHWARZENEGGER ADMINISTRATION TO COMPLY WITH ORDER THAT BLOCKS STATE REDUCTION FOR IHSS WORKER WAGES

State must comply – NOT DEFY – by close of business today!

OAKLAND (July 14, 2009) – In a ruling issued late yesterday afternoon, Judge Wilken of the U.S. District Court ordered California to comply with her June 25, 2009, ruling which halts the State’s plans to cut In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) wages.

“The judge’s ruling sends a clear message to the Governor that you can’t ignore the law, no matter who you are,” said Dave Regan, SEIU Executive Vice President and Trustee of SEIU-UHW. “We are satisfied that the judge is holding the State accountable and forcing it to take the action that it should have taken immediately after the initial ruling.”

Based on the original lawsuit filed by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and IHSS consumers and providers, Judge Wilken ruled that the $2 per hour reduction in the State’s maximum contribution toward IHSS wages, which was scheduled to take place on July 1, violated the federal Medicaid statute, and she enjoined the State from implementing the state budget law requiring the reduction.

However, the State defied the order by refusing to rescind the reduced pay rates put in place solely because of the reduced State contribution. As a result, plaintiffs filed a contempt motion on July 7, requesting that the Court either issue a more detailed ruling or force the State to pay a daily fine of $500,000.

On July 13, 2009, Judge Wilken amended her original injunction to make it more specific by requiring the State to rescind approval of all IHSS wage reductions by July 14 that were scheduled to take place on July 1.

IHSS providers who would have been impacted by the reduction in wages include providers from the following counties: Alameda, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Napa, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Solano, and Yolo.

SEIU Healthcare, United Long-Term Care Workers’ Union is the largest union of long-term care workers in California. The more than 150,000 nursing home and homecare caregivers provide vital care and services to seniors and people with disabilities.
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Federal judge orders Schwarzenegger Administration to comply with order that blocks state reduction for IHSS worker wages

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS SCHWARZENEGGER ADMINISTRATION TO COMPLY WITH ORDER THAT BLOCKS STATE REDUCTION FOR IHSS WORKER WAGES

State must comply – NOT DEFY – by close of business today!

OAKLAND (July 14, 2009) – In a ruling issued late yesterday afternoon, Judge Wilken of the U.S. District Court ordered California to comply with her June 25, 2009, ruling which halts the State’s plans to cut In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) wages.

“The judge’s ruling sends a clear message to the Governor that you can’t ignore the law, no matter who you are,” said Dave Regan, SEIU Executive Vice President and Trustee of SEIU-UHW. “We are satisfied that the judge is holding the State accountable and forcing it to take the action that it should have taken immediately after the initial ruling.”

Based on the original lawsuit filed by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and IHSS consumers and providers, Judge Wilken ruled that the $2 per hour reduction in the State’s maximum contribution toward IHSS wages, which was scheduled to take place on July 1, violated the federal Medicaid statute, and she enjoined the State from implementing the state budget law requiring the reduction.

However, the State defied the order by refusing to rescind the reduced pay rates put in place solely because of the reduced State contribution. As a result, plaintiffs filed a contempt motion on July 7, requesting that the Court either issue a more detailed ruling or force the State to pay a daily fine of $500,000.

On July 13, 2009, Judge Wilken amended her original injunction to make it more specific by requiring the State to rescind approval of all IHSS wage reductions by July 14 that were scheduled to take place on July 1.

IHSS providers who would have been impacted by the reduction in wages include providers from the following counties: Alameda, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Napa, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Solano, and Yolo.

This article covering the story was in the San Franciso Chronicle today:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/14/BAQV18OE6I.DTL

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