March 2011

Video: ‘Street Theater’ Demonstrations in LA

On the morning of Saturday, March 26th, 1,500 SEIU and ULTCW members participated in a series of “street theater” demonstrations in and around Los Angeles, targeted at corporations and organizations that have engaged in various anti-worker activities.

Approximately one hour after completing the street actions, SEIU ULTCW compiled footage from many of those actions into a video that was projected for the 10,000-plus people in attendance at the “Our Communities, Our Jobs” rally in downtown LA’s Pershing Square.

(Check out an LA Times article on the rally)

(Click here for a lot more information on the SEIU Street Theater Demonstration)

Here is an extended version of that video:

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Front Video: Our Communities Our Jobs

Members Talk Immigration Reform at May 1 Rally in Downtown LA

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Calitics: True 100 Years Ago, and Still True Today: Workers Need a Voice

Good story by Eliseo Medina from the Calitics blog regarding the shirtwaist factory fire and the connection to the march tomorrow.

Jobs quote:

“The American Dream of the mid-20th Century was built on good jobs – on union jobs. But here in the 21st Century, more and more working people are slipping into poverty. The working poor are everywhere we turn, and Latino workers make up 59% of the working poor in California. Nearly 50% of the foreclosures in California hit hard-working Latino familiesand more than 1 in 4 of the Latino children in California are living in poverty, most of them in working families.

That’s unacceptable. Our communities need good jobs, not poverty jobs. That’s the only path to a shared and sustainable prosperity. That’s why tens of thousands of Angelenos will march together this Saturday. We will march for the kind of jobs that support families, that pay for college for our kids, that provide affordable, good healthcare and that enable families to put down roots. In short, we march to keep the American Dream alive…”

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Attend a Massive Rally for Good Jobs in LA on March 26th

Across California and throughout the country, our communities are in crisis.

On March 26th, we fight back. Please join us this Saturday in downtown Los Angeles for a massive SEIU-sponsored rally as we demand an end to the attacks on our jobs, our public services, and our communities.

Stand with your brothers and sisters as we make a show a solidarity with Wisconsin union members.

SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry will be in attendance, along with leaders of national labor organizations, hundreds of long term care givers, and tens of thousands of other workers, students, and community and religious leaders.

In Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Michigan and now in California, working families and their right to collective bargaining are under attack by the same big corporate CEOs that have fought to destroy these rights for private sector workers.

Across the country, working families are coming together and standing strong to hold onto our most basic worker rights, and to protect the middle class way of life that has been created through collective bargaining.

Will you join us?

WHAT: Massive Labor Solidarity Protest in Support of Wisconsin and Workers around the Country

WHEN: March 26th, 2011

10:00AM – Gather at LA Convention Center (Gilbert Lindsay Plaza at 12th & Figueroa)
11:00AM – March Begins
12:30PM – Rally/Protest begins at Pershing Square

For more information about the protest, please visit:

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Attend a ‘Our Community in Crisis’ Forum

SEIU ULTCW Community in Crisis Forum
ULTCW is hosting a series of community forums this March aimed at identifying solutions to the economic crises that are gripping California.

The “Our Community in Crisis” forums, which will be open to all, will take place in various cities and towns up and down the state. Forum panel members will include ULTCW members, community leaders and local residents.

Discussions at the forums give attendees both a broad sense of the national crisis and a detailed understanding of how the crises are playing out on a local level.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take action on initiatives intended to help to resolve the crises.

For information on any of the forums, please contact the ULTCW office closest to that forum.

Download a flyer with all forum details:  Community in Crisis Flyer

San Bernardino

March 12th | 10AM-12PM
ULTCW San Bernadino Office
195 N. Arrowhead Ave. San Bernadino, CA 92408


March 17th | 6-8PM
City of Pomona Community Center
1575 N. White Ave. Pomona, CA 91768

Panorama City

March 18th | 5-7PM
Hermandad Mexicana
7915 Van Nuys Blvd
San Fernando Valley, CA 91402


March 19th | 10AM-12PM
Goodwill High School
13853 Seneca Rd. Victorville, CA 92392


March 19th | 4:30-6:30PM
H.A. Hyde Elementary
125 Alta Vista St
Watsonville, CA 95076

Los Angeles

March 21st | 6-8PM
ULTCW Los Angeles Office
2515 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

Long Beach

March 22nd | 6-8PM
North Long Beach Prayer Center
5239 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805


March 24th | 5-7PM
Lancaster ULTCW Office
42257 6th West St. Unit 301 Lancaster, CA 93535

South Los Angeles

March 31st | 5-7 PM
Watts Labor Community Action Committee Center
10956 South Center Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90057



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The Affordable Care Act: One Family at Time, America is Moving Forward

Washington, DC – One year after Congress passed and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in into law, Mary Kay Henry, President of SEIU issued the following statement:

“Twelve months ago, our country took an enormous step forward with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. We said goodbye to a healthcare system driven by skyrocketing healthcare premiums and insurance company profits.

“Since that day, I have talked with hundreds of working women and men throughout this country and there is no doubt – the law is changing their lives for the better. Family by family, neighbor by neighbor, community by community, the Affordable Care Act is bringing real relief and peace of mind to millions of hardworking Americans.

“Americans like Denise Ybarra of San Jose, California are already benefiting. Denise now has the peace of mind that comes with knowing that her daughter Dezeray –who survived T-cell leukemia when she was just six years old – can be covered under her family’s insurance until she’s 26. And as Dezeray grows older, insurance companies won’t be allowed to deny her coverage due to the ‘pre-existing condition’ of surviving leukemia. More than 129 million families like Denise’s are counting on this law.

“There have been too few victories this year for America’s working families. Governors and state lawmakers want to lay the blame of the financial crisis at their feet and instead of getting down to the hard work of creating good jobs, congressional Republicans want to turn back the clock and take away the benefits of the healthcare law. That is not progress, it is procrastination.

“Americans are working harder than ever to get ahead and there is no doubt that the Affordable Care Act is helping. It is time that those who would stand in their way step aside and keep America moving forward.”


With 2.2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America. 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

Contact: Meghan Finegan: 617-284-1116

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OC Register: In-home service workers targeted for cuts

Good story from the OC Register about in-home care:

Money quote:

As Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers look for places to cut in the state’s $85 billion budget, a popular program that provides in-home services for hundreds of thousands of disabled and elderly Californians has become a natural target.

The In-Home Supportive Services program is the fastest growing major social program in state government. Democrats defend it as a humane and cost-effective way to keep people living independently rather than in more costly nursing homes. But Republicans have questioned the program’s policy.

Read more:

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Castroville Members Visit Monterey County Supervisor’s Office

Veteran Labor organizer Santiago Castillo (second from left), Ana Chavez, Ana Melgoza, and Paita Gonzalo pose for a picture after delivering 100 petitions to the office of a Monterey County supervisor on March 18th -- part of a campaign to maintain full funding and benefits for home care workers in that county.

Santiago Castillo, a home care provider and former UFW organizer who worked with Cesar Chavez, led a delegation of Castroville members on March 18th to visit the office of Monterey Supervisor Lou Calcagno.

Unfortunately, the Supervisor had to reschedule the meeting with members. Their next opportunity to meet the Supervisor is Friday, April 1 at 3:30 pm.

Santiago and the Castroville members aren’t to be fooled with, though. They are experienced farm labor organizers and are organizing a new Monterey regional mtg in Castroville, the artichoke capital of the world.

Si se puede!

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Santa Cruz Sentinel Features Members in Budget Story About Long Term Care

Although self-sufficient in many ways, ULTCW care recipient John McCauley depends on the help from his home health worker Judy Hayes. That help is now in jeopardy. (Shmuel Thaler/Santa Cruz Sentinel)

The Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a fantastic piece about the struggles of our members and their care recipients as we face the prospect of a significant elimination of funding from the In-Home Supportive Services program.

(Check out the behind-the-scenes story of how this article got produced.)

Money quote from ULTCW care recipient John McCauley

“And I know Santa Cruz County happens to be very stingy when it comes to people in need. They’re spending money on parks,” he said. “We need another park like we need a hole in the head. We need to get down to brass tacks. There’s a human need here.”

Read the full article:

Here’s an image of the article in the newspaper:

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San Jose Media Covers Members’ Action Against Wells Fargo Foreclosures

A page from the March 17th San Jose Mercury News

The San Jose Mercury news and other newspapers covered an action on Mar. 17 by ULTCW members and the member of other local unions, directed at Wells Fargo and its foreclosure practices.

Money quote:

More than 50 people gathered at noon on Main Street, across from a Wells Fargo Bank branch, protesting the devastation of foreclosures in Santa Cruz County and calling for solutions.

The rally was organized by a coalition of the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, Service Employees International Union Local 521 and United Long Term Care Workers, Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers, Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club, Temple Beth El and Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action, a network of faith-based and nonprofit institutions.

Read the article

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