February 2011

ULTCW Opens New Office in Lancaster

Dozens of  union members, supporters and community leaders were on hand for the grand opening of the Lancaster office of ULTCW on Thursday, Feb. 23rd.

ULTCW President Laphonza Butler MC’d the ceremonies as attendees toured the union’s new outpost in the Antelope Valley. The activities included a screening of the 2010 ULTCW Year-in-Review video, speeches by union staff & local community leaders, and food & drink.

The new office is located at:

42257 6th Street West, Unit 301
Lancaster CA 93534 (Map)

For more info, please contact ULTCW regional lead Anet Gabrielyan at anetg@seiu-ultcw.org

Check out pictures from the opening below:

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Member-Leader Recruits New Members at Regional Meeting

ULTCW member Frank Cabrera

ULTCW member-leader Frank Cabrera poses with his daughter while holding membership cards that were newly-signed at the meeting he organized in Soledad, CA on Feb. 26th.

ULTCW member-leader Frank Cabrera added a slew of new members and COPE contributors to the union rolls at a meeting he organized in Soledad, CA on Feb. 26th.

This was the first ULTCW meeting ever held in Soledad, a Salinas Valley community 60 miles south of Santa Cruz.

By meeting’s end 19 homecare workers signed membership cards, making them full-fledged ULTCW members. Four of them signed COPE contribution forms. (COPE is the union’s political action arm.)

A big thanks to meeting organizer Cabrera — who was also recently featured in a Monterey County Weekly newspaper article about ULTCW home care workers.

Check out pictures from the meeting:

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Members Rally in CA for Wisconsin Workers

ULTCW Members Rally for Wisconsin Workers

ULTCW Members outside LA's City Hall on Feb. 26th show support for their brothers and sisters in Wisconsin. Republicans in that state are attempting to strip workers' collective bargaining rights.

ULTCW members attended massive rallies up and down California on Saturday — including ones outside the capitol in Sacramento, and in front of City Hall in Los Angeles — an expression of solidarity with Wisconsin workers, whose rights to collectively organize are under attack by Republicans in that state.

Similar rallies took place in all 50 states on Saturday — drawing thousands of attendees from the ranks of labor unions, non-profits, and progressive organizations throughout the country.

Speakers at the rallies demanded an end to the attacks on worker’s rights and public services across the country; they demanded investment — to create decent jobs for the millions of people who desperately want to work; and they demand that the rich and powerful pay their fair share.

Read about the actions of ULTCW members in Wisconsin

Check out pictures of rallies across the country here

Check out pictures from the rally outside Los Angeles’s City Hall:

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Updates for Military Veterans

Are you a military veteran? Do you care for a vet?

If so, please let us know. We’d like to keep you posted on issues and events that may be of interest to you as a vet.

Drop an email to kathleenk@seiu-ultcw.org

Please include:

  • Your name (or your client’s name)
  • Your email and phone
  • The branch of service you/your client belonged to
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Attend a Solidarity Rally in Your Area for Wisconsin Workers on Feb. 26th

In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under fierce attack. Instead of creating jobs, Republicans are giving tax breaks to corporations and the very rich—and then cutting funding for education, police, emergency response, and vital human services.

On Saturday, February 26, at noon local time, a coalition of organizations are organizing rallies in front of every statehouse and in every major city to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin. We demand an end to the attacks on worker’s rights and public services across the country. We demand investment, to create decent jobs for the millions of people who desperately want to work. And we demand that the rich and powerful pay their fair share.

We are all Wisconsin. We are all Americans.

This Saturday, we will stand together to Save the American Dream. Be sure to wear Wisconsin Badger colors—red and white—to show your solidarity.

Sign up today to join in!

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Local Media Covers Demonstration at San Benito Supervisors Meeting

The Hollister Freelance newspaper covered an SEIU demonstration outside the San Benito County Board of Supervisors meeting on Feb. 22. The demonstration included ULTCW members, along with members of an SEIU local representing correctional officers.

Quote from the article

Other proposed reductions included state cuts to homecare workers threatening 30 percent of jobs in the county, SEIU representative Eric Larson proclaimed.

SEIU members representing the homecare workers turned in more than 600 cards signed by local residents in support of the homecare workers.

A cut in the program would affect the elderly and the county dramatically, Larson said. The projected cuts are expected to take place in July.

Read more: http://www.freelancenews.com/printer/article.asp?c=273113

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ULTCW President Butler Quoted in SF Chronicle Story

SEIU ULTCW President Laphonza Butler was quoted in a story about the brewing battle over public employee pensions and benefits.

Her quote:

“It’s very clear that workers here are willing to be part of the shared sacrifice,” said Laphonza Butler, president of the Service Employees International Union‘s long-term care workers unit, whose members have been threatened by Brown’s proposed cuts. “There’s going to have to be some kind of change made around pensions, but workers’ organizations have to be at the table for that part of the discussion.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/22/MNU71HS7SB.DTL#ixzz1EpfINM7Q

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ULTCW Members On the Ground in Wisconsin

SEIU ULTCW Members in WisconsinFive ULTCW members and staff landed in Wisconsin on the morning of Feb. 23rd to unite with other union members — and faith leaders, veterans, seniors, students, Wisconsin Senate Democrats, the Democratic National Committee, the President and even the Green Bay Packers — to stop Governor Walker’s attack on working families.

Since last Tuesday, thousands of workers and their families have converged on the state capitol grounds, while lawmakers held a public hearing on the Governor’s proposal to eliminate 50 years of collective bargaining for Wisconsin nurses, home care workers, teachers and other workers.

Take Action: Send a letter to SEIU Members in Wisconsin

Follow all the action on the SEIU blog: http://www.seiu.org/blog/

See all the photos here:http://www.seiu.org/2011/02/photos-wisconsin-rallies-to-protect-workers-rights.php

Check out a slideshow of pictures of our members and staff in Wisconsin:

Also, several ULTCW staff members, currently in Washington, D.C., attended a demonstration outside the Wisconsin Governor’s DC office. Here’s picture of the demonstration.

ULTCW Chief of Staff Kim Evon and Region 5 Director David Werlin attend a protest demonstration outside the Washington, D.C. office of the Wisconsin governor.

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Article: California seeks to turn back clock on care for the elderly

The Ventura star just put out this great article about the bad economic move that California is making by trying to cut In-Home Supportive Services.

Money quote:

Confronted with soaring Medicaid costs, states all over the country are taking steps to reduce spending on healthcare for the poor, but the California approach of attempting to scale back home- and community-based is nearly unique.

Gary Passmore, executive director of the Congress of California Seniors, sees a cruel irony in what Brown is proposing.

While other states are scrambling to find less expensive alternatives to nursing-home care that costs about $60,000 a year for each patient, Passmore notes, California is moving in the opposite direction by targeting programs such as IHSS, which costs about $13,000 per year, and Adult Day Health Care, which costs about $10,500 per year.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/feb/18/california-seeks-to-turn-back-clock-on-care-for/#ixzz1Ejl35Qf9
– vcstar.com

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Report: Calif. Assembly panel plans to OK much of Brown budget, reject some social service cuts

A quick update on the Assembly’s plans vis a vis Gov. Brown’s budget proposal:

Money quote for IHSS:

Assembly Democrats will reject Brown proposals to reduce In-Home Supportive Services hours by 12 percent and eliminate pay for cleaning and cooking provided by those who live with their IHSS clients, typically relatives. They will agree to require IHSS recipients to obtain medical certification.

To replace the savings, Assembly Democrats will drop the reserve fund from $1 billion to $300 million. They also plan to cut more money from corrections, propose alternative IHSS changes and assume greater savings elsewhere in social service and health programs than Brown’s Department of Finance projected.

Read more: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/02/17/1873646/calif-assembly-panel-plans-to.html#ixzz1EKsrJ7us

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