More than 1,000 in-home caregivers and nursing home workers from SEIU ULTCW joined an estimated 250,000 Californians in the massive May Day march in downtown Los Angeles supporting comprehensive immigration reform.
“I am so proud to be here with all of you today,” said Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU ULTCW as she addressed the crowd of 250,000 from the main stage at Temple and Broadway. “We come together to fight for justice! Justice means that people are able to work for a livable wage, contribute to the economy, pay taxes that help build schools so their children will have an event better way of life than they did. Justice means that we work together as a people without fear – recognizing the contributions we all bring to the American Dream and making this country great.”
(And check out coverage of other SEIU-attended rallies across the country)
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The SEIU-ULTCW Spring 2010 newsletter is live.
Check it out below (in english y en espanol):
Hundreds of ULTCW members joined thousands of others in front of the capitol building in Sacramento on April 21, 2010 to rally against drastic proposed cuts to public service programs.
The rally honored the successful conclusion of the March for California’s Future — in which a group of Californians trekked 365 miles over 48 days to raise awareness of the need to maintain funding for public education and social services.
The crowd at the capitol included a broad-based coalition of many thousands of union members and supporters from the fields of education, service industries, labor and business.
Earlier in the morning, dozens of ULTCW members paid visits to the offices of state legislators to tell personal stories about the need to keep In-Home Care funded. They also distributed hundreds of copies of “Healthy at Home,” the collector’s edition booklet illustrated with pictures, quotes and facts about California In-Home Care.
Check out pictures of the event via the following links:
(Above, ULTCW members visit the Sacramento office of Calif. Assemblymember Audra Strickland to explain the importance of maintaining funding for the IHSS program.)
(Above: Even rainy weather didn’t deter hundreds of ULTCW members from traveling to Sacramento to march and rally against budget cuts)
(Above: ULTCW members ring the rotunda of the capitol building in Sacramento)
In-Home Care Saves Lives and Money.
So why does California want to slash funding for frail and vulnerable seniors?
The state’s plan will put 465,000 vulnerable seniors at risk and 350,000 caregivers out of work.
In-home care costs five times less than taxpayer-funded institutional care. Cutting in-home care funding will only make our budget problems worse.
Help us stop cuts to in-home care.
The booklet below, ‘Healthy at Home’ is a collection of quotes, pictures and statistics that illustrate the human face of In-Home Care in California.
Laphonza Butler is the President of SEIU ULTCW – the United Long Term Care Workers’ Union, which represents 180,000 in-home caregivers and nursing home workers across California. Butler brings to her position years of experience working to improve the lives of members by successfully running strategic organizing campaigns, forming alliances with community and political allies, and partnering with other unions to build workers’ strength.
Butler has played an important role in shaping the labor movement’s strategy for organizing the newly emergent multi-national, multi-service corporations such as Sodexho, Compass, and Aramark. In response to the outsourcing of millions of food service jobs, SEIU and Unite Here joined forces to form Service Workers United to organize and represent food service workers. As secretary-treasurer, Butler has been a part of uniting 25,000 foodservice workers around the country in a virtually non-union industry.
Most recently, she served as SEIU’s Property Services division director, responsible for the strategic direction of the more than 250,000 janitors, security officers, window cleaners, and food service workers across the country. Prior to that, Butler directed the national Stand for Security campaign that reached collective bargaining agreements for 20,000 security officers in nine major cities across the United States and well as organizing agreements with the London-based Wackenhut Corporation. As the organizing director of SEIU 1199 Maryland, she organized and bargained collective bargaining agreements to represent hospital and nursing home workers in facilities like Johns Hopkins Hospital.
A proud native of the south, Butler is a graduate of Jackson State University, in Jackson, MS.
ULTCW members traveled to Las Vegas on Saturday, Apr. 10 to join a rally of 6,000 people in support of immigration reform. The rally was one of seven held on the same day across the country.
At the Las Vegas rally, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised the crowd that the senate “would start work on immigration overhaul as soon as legislators return this week from a recess,” according to the New York Times.
Click here to see more pictures of ULTCW members at the rally.