April 2011

March for Immigration Reform on May 1st in Downtown LA!

Join your ULTCW brothers and sisters as we march alongside tens of thousands of workers  in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, May 1, International Workers Day, to demand national immigration reform.

The marchers, including many immigrant workers, will also call for support for all workers’ rights, and an end to deportations and separations of families.

Please join us for the march on Sunday, May 1.

(Check out pictures from last year’s May 1 rally here)

What: March and Rally for Immigration Reform on International Workers Day

When: Sunday, May 1

10:00 a.m. — Marchers gather at Broadway and Olympic, Downtown L.A.

10:00 a.m. – 11: 45 a.m. — Morning program featuring music, dancers, entertainers, politicians, faith blessings, Broadway and Olympic, Downtown L.A.

11:45 a.m. — March begins down Broadway

1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. — Rally and main stage program featuring immigrants’ rights, labor, community and faith leaders, Broadway and 1st Street.

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Seaside Supervisor to Members: I’ll Fight to Keep Wages at $11.50

Seaside, CA home care providers met with county supervisor Jane Parker at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Apr. 29th.

Terry Davis led the mtg of 15 care workers. She had a very tight and disciplined agenda.  Care workers shared their stories. And Sandra Campbell directed very focused questions to the Supervisor.

When asked about wages she responded, “yes, I will be your advocate to keep your wage at $11.50.”

Members responded with thunderous applause. Next step is to keep building the seaside base of activists and engaging members in letter writing, and county budget meetings.

May 17 is a mobilization to the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to receive a resolution honoring the hard work of home care providers.

Here are some pictures from the day:

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Members Speak at Press Conference About May 1 Immigration Reform March

ULTCW Executive Board Member Rev. Rob Robbins speaks at an Apr. 27th press conference to raise awareness of Los Angeles' May 1st March for Immigration Reform

Several ULTCW members put their media-training skills to use on Wed. April 27th  at a press conference calling for working families to attend the May 1st Los Angeles march for immigration reform.

The press conference, held at L.A. County Federation of Labor, featured many of Los Angeles’ most prominent labor leaders, including Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the County Fed, and Humberto Gomez, the L.A. leader of the Laborers International Union of North America.

In addition to speaking at the press conference, ULTCW members also spoke to TV reporters, encouraging viewers at home to come out to the May 1 march. The march, which will take place in downtown Los Angeles, will highlight the need for reform in the areas of immigration policy and workers’ rights.

Click here for more info on the May 1 Los Angeles Immigration March

Here are some pictures from the press conference:

ULTCW Political Director Mario Chavez, left, looks on as ULTCW Executive Board Member Ramona Murana preps for an interview with a Spanish-language TV station.

ULTCW Executive Board Member Ramona Murana speaks to a Spanish-language TV station about the May 1 immigration reform march..

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Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of SEIU!

SEIU 90th Anniversary

Ninety years ago this month, members of seven small flat janitor unions dared to dream they could build their strength by forming a single organization, the Building Service Employees International Union, BSEIU.

A union of mostly immigrant workers, BSEIU was primarily organized of janitors and window washers in its early years–workers who were excluded from other unions at the time. BSEIU faced opposition from building owners, the courts, and even other unions, but managed to quickly grow from 200 members in 1921 to 250,000 by 1960.

From those humble beginnings grew an organization of 2.2 million janitors, home care workers, nursing home workers, nurses, child care providers, security officers, county and city workers, and other workers. Today SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America, uniting workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Throughout this week SEIU International will be sharing key moments from the history of the union here.

Download a flyer about the birthday

In the meantime, here’s a video about the founding of the union:

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Seaside, CA NAACP Chapter Pledges Support for Home Care

Mel Mason (far right), former SEIU member and current president of the Seaside Chapter of the NAACP, pledged his support for home care in Monterey County. He stands here with ULTCW members June Davis, Terry Davis, and Debra Williams in the hall of Friendship Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr gave a historic Seaside, CA sermon in 1962.

ULTCW recently picked up the support of the Seaside, CA NAACP.

This endorsement lends great moral, community and political support to the efforts of  Monterey County members to secure a contract that maintains current wage and benefit levels.

Here’s another picture from the ULTCW members’ visit to Seaside:

ULTCW members June and Terry Davis met with Pastor Anthony D Dunham today. They are planning a meeting with Supervisor Jane Parker at Friendship Baptist Church on April 28 in Seaside, CA.

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ULTCW Recognized for Staving Off Drastic Budget Cuts to IHSS

Teresita Perez, massages the hands of Francisco Godoy at his home on Thursday, January, 21, 2009. Perez has been Godoy's in home care provider since 1992. Godoy has been paralyzed from the neck down since a driving accident in 1978. (Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com)

The Modesto Bee reported this weekend that the In-Home Supportive Services program avoided drastic cuts to its budget in large part because of innovative proposals made by ULTCW.

This is a great example of  ULTCW working on behalf of its members to maintain funding for in-home care — while at the same time acting as a responsible guardian of California’s fiscal resources.

Here’s the money quote from the article:

Brown proposed saving $365 million by reducing In-Home Supportive Services across the board and eliminating paid domestic services provided by live-in caregivers, often relatives.

The Legislature instead opted to rely on new federal funds, use a pilot project involving automatic medication dispensers and assume fewer people will use the program than the governor predicted.

Those ideas were floated in a memo titled, “IHSS: Alternatives To Proposed Cuts,” that the largest care workers’ union, Service Employees International Union, circulated during the budget process.

“What we were able to do was really have a conversation with the Legislature,” said Laphonza Butler, president of SEIU-United Long Term Care Workers.

Read more: http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/15/1647394/in-home-services-escape-ax.html

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SEIU: Vote on Extreme House Republicans’ Budget Shows Who Stands With Working Families

WASHINGTON, DC – After the House of Representatives passed the Republican budget resolution, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:

“While the outcome of today’s vote is not a surprise, it is still disappointing that House Republicans supported a proposal that would harm millions of seniors, people with disabilities, women and children who rely on Medicaid and Medicare. House Republicans aim to fundamentally dismantle these essential programs to pay for even more tax giveaways to corporations and millionaires.

“While we must take serious measures to address our serious fiscal challenges, the House Republicans’ budget is a non-starter. Representatives who voted against the budget resolution deserve credit, but now Democrats in Congress should take the lead to devise a budget that reflects our national values and priorities. The House Republicans’ extreme proposal should be left to wither on the vine.”

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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: Tyler Prell, 202-701-5796

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SEIU: President Obama Right to Call for Tax Fairness, Shared Sacrifice, Protecting and Preserving Medicare, Medicaid

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After President Obama delivered a speech on deficit reduction this afternoon, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:

“A budget is a statement of our national values and priorities. That means any federal budget must protect working families from radical cuts to vital programs and help put Americans back to work.

“The President laid out a commonsense approach to restoring fairness to our tax system. The Bush-era tax giveaways to millionaires must come to an end. We simply cannot afford them – something the Republican budget completely ignores. All taxpayers must pay their fair share, but under the Bush tax giveaways the top 2 percent of Americans are not. Tax giveaways and deficit reduction are mutually exclusive.

“Corporate America must pay its fair share. Big corporations – some of which pay no federal taxes – earned record profits in 2010. They are doing better than ever, but are not asked to share their windfall to address the budget deficit. Without requiring corporations to pay their fair share, we cannot truly restore fairness to our tax system.

“We are encouraged by the President’s thoughtful approach to preserving and protecting Medicaid and Medicare from the radical cuts proposed in the Republican budget. The details are important when it comes to preserving and protecting essential programs that millions of seniors, people with disabilities, women and children rely on. We look forward to seeing more detail about the President’s plan to preserve the essential values of Medicare and Medicaid without overburdening the states.

“We agree with the President that sacrifices must be made if we are to tackle our financial challenges. These sacrifices must be shared by all and not directed at those among us who can least afford it. In this heated budget debate, working families need elected leaders to stand up for a better vision for our country.”

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With 2.1 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.

Contact: Tyler Prell, 202-701-5796

www.seiu.org

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SEIU: Extremist Republicans’ Attack on Women, Planned Parenthood Could Put Lives at Risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to planned votes in Congress designed to defund Planned Parenthood, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:

“We have seen attacks on working families in state after state, but now the extremist wing of the Republican Party has chosen a new target – women.

“Planned Parenthood is an essential part of our nation’s healthcare system, yet a handful of ideologically-driven Members of Congress want to prevent millions of American women from receiving life-saving healthcare. Since its formation, Planned Parenthood has been a leader in providing access to services such as cancer screenings, annual exams and other important preventive services. Every dollar in federal funding goes toward preventive care. Simply put, Planned Parenthood saves lives.

“This mean-spirited attack on women’s health is at odds with our values as a nation. The sensible, rational majority of Congress should vote against this extreme attack on women.”

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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

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Pictures: Napa/Solano “We Are One Rally”

Here is a collection of pictures from the Napa/Solano “We Are One” Rally on April 4th.

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