July 2010

Video: SEIU-ULTCW Takes Phoenix

Check out this high-quality video of ULTCW’s journey to and adventures at the Phoenix immigration rally on July 29th, 2010.

Also check out our updates from the field here and more pictures here.

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ULTCW Members Featured in TV Coverage of Arizona Immigration Protest

michelle_bigOver a hundred ULTCW members caravanned from Dodger Stadium to Phoenix, Arizona on July 29th in support of immigration reform. (Pictures and videos on our Facebook Group)

Check out some of the TV coverage our members received the day before and the day of the event:

KCBS
ULTCW member Michelle Reed interviewed | SEIU-ULTCW sign prominently visible on bus
Video

Channel 22 (Spanish)
Multiple members interviewed in ULTCW building
Video

Fox 10 (Phoenix)
Members visible in ULTCW shirts
Video

KTLA
ULTCW Van visible (0:56 – 1:04)
Video

And print media coverage

LA Times
ULTCW member Shahe Keshishian
Column

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Twitter Alert for Arizona

TWITTER ALERT!! July 29, 2010

Follow LA Long Term Care Workers On Their Journey to Arizona as They Speak Out Against Laws Like SB 1070 and Fight For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Los Angeles – Today, 100 members of the United Long Term Care Workers’ Union (SEIU-ULTCW) are heading to Arizona with hundreds of other local union activists to participate in rallies opposing laws like SB 1070 and calling for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level.

Being that SEIU-ULTCW represents more than 179,000 California homecare and nursing home workers and is one of the most ethnically diverse unions in the state, achieving true immigration reform and defeating laws like SB 1070 are priorities for its members.

Be sure to explore the day’s activities through the eyes of California long term caregivers and their President, Laphonza Butler, by following us on Twitter at “seiuULTCW” or www.Twitter.com/seiuULTCW

Follow Us On Our Journey In Arizona via Twitter At:

“seiuULTCW”
-or-
www.Twitter.com/seiuULTCW

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The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is the chartered Central Labor Council (CLC) of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles County and is the second largest in the country, representing over 350 unions and over 800,000 workers. Its mission is to promote a voice for workers standing up against poverty by organizing themselves to join a union, through active participation in the political process, by electing pro-union and pro-worker officials and to advance public policies that support workers and their families. As the coordinating center for labor’s political activity, the Federation believes that in educating and mobilizing workers to be politically active they can create and sustain healthy communities, and FIGHT FOR GOOD JOBS that REBUILD THE LOS ANGELES MIDDLE CLASS. Visit the Federation at www.launionaflcio.org

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SEIU Group Honors Americans with Disabilities Act

From the SEIU California State Council:

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California,
representing over 270,000 home care workers in California, released the
following statement from President Bill A. Lloyd to commemorate the 20th
anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act:

“On the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, SEIU
California is proud to stand with people with disabilities in
celebrating the passage of this groundbreaking civil rights legislation
and in honoring the disability community’s history and leadership.

Read the press release

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Rob Robbins: Why I’m Going to Arizona

ULTCW member Rob Robbins explains why he’s traveling to Phoenix on July 29th to support immigration reform:

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Press Release: SEIU, Workers United and UNITE HERE Settle Dispute

Washington, DC – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Workers United and UNITE HERE today announced a settlement agreement on behalf of the unions’ members and elected leadership that will bring to a close the protracted dispute between the unions.  

Newly-elected SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, who had made settling this dispute a top priority of her administration, issued the following statement:

“Working families all around this nation are facing the most profound crisis since the Great Depression. There are 26 million people out of work and far too many more who are facing cutbacks, layoffs, and benefit reduction.  When hardworking people are losing the roof over their head or borrowing money to pay for groceries, we know we have more work to do.  This moment calls on all of us in the American labor movement to dedicate ourselves to being part of the solution.

“Despite the tensions that have existed between our unions over the past months, John Wilhelm, Bruce Raynor and I have worked together to find common ground and we’ve been able to put our differences behind us.  We agree that we cannot be spending our time fighting one another over workers who are already represented when there are far too many people who want and need a voice on the job.  Our resources and our attention must be put toward solutions for the crisis workers face right now.

“We need to drive change for people in this country.  None of us can go it alone.  Moving forward, SEIU plans to link arms with our allies in labor and the progressive movement and forge stronger relationships with communities to be a more aggressive force pushing for the demands that help working people on the job, at the bargaining table, and with public policy makers all around our country.”

BACKGROUND ON THE AGREEMENT

The agreement, reached after months of negotiations, resolves all issues related to jurisdiction and asset distribution and establishes a process for determining the rightful bargaining representative for the remaining disputed units.

The agreement provides clarity and resolution to a divisive issue in labor, and at the same time, enables each union the opportunity to increase its focus and resources on addressing the larger problems faced by members and workers who have no union.  

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With 2.2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers–not just corporations and CEOs–benefit from today’s global economy.
www.seiu.org

CONTACT: Michelle Ringuette | 202.730.7234

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is the chartered Central Labor Council (CLC) of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles County and is the second largest in the country, representing over 350 unions and over 800,000 workers. Its mission is to promote a voice for workers standing up against poverty by organizing themselves to join a union, through active participation in the political process, by electing pro-union and pro-worker officials and to advance public policies that support workers and their families. As the coordinating center for labor’s political activity, the Federation believes that in educating and mobilizing workers to be politically active they can create and sustain healthy communities, and FIGHT FOR GOOD JOBS that REBUILD THE LOS ANGELES MIDDLE CLASS. Visit the Federation at www.launionaflcio.org

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July 2010 Newsletter

(Spanish-language version)
(Chinese-language version)

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Online Art Gallery: “The Heartbeat of California”

Below you’ll find “The Heartbeat of California,” an exhibit of works primarily by California artists, which reflect the themes of California,  Community, Home, Mutual Dependence, Progress, and Unity.

This exhibit is on display at the Los Angeles offices of SEIU-ULTCW (address), and is open to the public any week day during working hours. 

Full description: From the cliffs overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean to the breadbasket of the farmland that nourishes us and the rest of the country to the diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles – California is beautiful country. But it is in the spirit of the people of this great state where the real beauty lies.  We support one another. We challenge one another to be the best we can be. We lift each other. We strive to make California an example state for others to model from.  We need
each other… and now, more than ever, our state needs us to make it better.  As a union representing long-term care workers, we and those we care for,  are the blood that runs through the veins of this great land, a vital engine of the economy, an advocate and  lifeline for our fellow Californian… You and I, we, are the heartbeat of this Golden State.

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Diederick Kraaijeveld | “Say it Loud”


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Parker Samuels |“Together”


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Zachary Stover I “Heartbeat”


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Dane Johnson | “Untitled (Easy Money)”


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Eriberto Oriol | “First Love”


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Dan Monick | “No Exceptions”


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Estevan Oriol “Untitled”


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Deedee Cheriel | “Untitled”


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Spencer Johnson | “United We Fight”


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Shepard Fairey | “Power Up Windmill”


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Dan Monic | “Wellfleet, MA 8/2009”


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Edward Cao | “Wind”


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Pablo “El Chile” Serrano | “I am Los Angeles” | “Yo Soy Los Angeles”


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Aaron Stent | “To Others”


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J. Frede | “Hollywood Forever”


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Elisabeth Fried | “Manifest”


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Alexis McKenzie | “Lady Liberty”


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Kofie One | “Hope”


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Eric Otto | “Together As One”


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Jillian Kogan | “Big Shell”


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Jillian Kogan | “Californio”
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