October 2011

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Demonstrators urge Republican support of jobs plan

SAN DIMAS – Building on the Occupy movement, about 75 demonstrators chanted slogans and carried protest signs in front of Rep. David Dreier’s office in San Dimas Friday to urge the Republican congressman to support President Obama’s jobs bill.
The president’s initial $447 billion plan, made up of budget cuts and tax increases, died in the Senate last week. He has since begun rolling out the plan one piece at a time.

Amid strong Republican opposition, a $35 billion portion of the bill was also rejected by the Senate Thursday.

“We need the Obama tax plan passed,” demonstrator Marguerite Johnson, 67, of Rancho Cucamonga, said. “I’m a home care worker. My grandson is totally disabled. If they don’t pass this jobs plan, I don’t know what will happen to my grandson. He will end up in an institution.”

“This is why I’m here fighting for the rights of all the people,” Johnson said.

Protestors came from unions, such at the Service Employees International Union, colleges, nearby communities, as well as the Occupy LA movement.

They chanted “We need jobs,” and “You work for us,” as they made their presence known in front of Dreier’s office at 510 East Foothill Boulevard.

The event was not directly linked to the “Occupy” demonstrations going on in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere, however organizer Jared Rivera said the group did support and draw inspiration from the larger protests.

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SEIU ULTCW’s Elinor Glenn Scholarship Fund

We have named our Scholarship Fund to honor Elinor Glenn, who was a trailblazer for worker rights and women’s rights and we are proud to honor her efforts in SEIU. As the first woman to be hired as an organizer by SEIU, she was a pioneer in organizing the public sector well before they had collective bargaining rights. She built her own union, SEIU Local 434 in Los Angeles, from 700 to 7,000 members and led the first strike of county workers to protect wages and seniority rights. That union led to the incubation and nurturing of SEIU Local 434 B, which was led by Ophelia McFadden. Prior to that, Glenn hired McFadden as a staff representative in 1968 and encouraged her leadership. To this day, her role in helping to elevate the modern homecare workers movement remains among Glenn’s proudest moments. 434B later became 6434 and now, ULTCW.

Eligibility: One year of continuous membership and one year on COPE, as of September 1, 2012

Children, step children, or children as a guardian, and grandchildren of members meeting the above mentioned criteria of membership, or the member themselves.

Applicants must be attending an accredited college, university, an accredited community college, or technical school as of the fall semester of 2012. The Applicants may also be in an accredited graduate Program as of the fall semester of 2012. Any one individual may only receive this scholarship once.

Scholarships will be awarded without regard to the sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability of any applicant. Scholarship awards are limited to one per household.

*Graduate students are not eligible.

How many Scholarships to be offered: 10
How often should it be offered: Once a year
What amount should it be: $1,000

Download the English application by clicking here.

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A New Voice to the 99%

ULTCW members march through Downtown LA

On Wednesday, October 19th, just as downtown Los Angeles was leaving work for the day, SEIU United Long Term Care workers along with coalition partners, Good Jobs LA and CHIRLA, sent a message that America needs a Job Act now.

The group of over 1,000 union and community members showed up at California Plaza armed with banners, homemade signs, noisemakers, and hope, all of which they took with them as they marched through the streets of Downtown LA. The March, and subsequent rally at the Occupy LA camp at City Hall, added over 300 new voices to the 99% that we see on the news now everyday.

The majority of the SEIU United Long Term Care Workers members are women and together with the coalition partners the group composed of over nine different immigrant backgrounds. And even more, what we saw this Wednesday was a protest, a voice, that wasn’t comprised of unemployed, twenty-somethings but rather that of our neighbors, our parents, our sisters and brothers. Many of whom are still employed but constantly facing pay cuts and layoffs.

Dalisa, a Los Angeles county resident and home care worker, stated, “I’m here because this is where I need to be. I have children and grandchildren and they have a future that I need to protect.”

The economic crisis truly affects us all and this Occupy movement is just starting to reflect that. The purpose of the American Jobs act was simple: put more people back to work and keep the good jobs people already have. Unfortunately, the bill is now broken into pieces in hopes of some legislation still being able to make it through; Wednesday’s event increased the pressure on Congress to get that done.

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PHOTOS: ULTCW @ Occupy LA

On Wednesday, October 19th, nearly 1,000 union members and supporters participated in a downtown march from California Plaza to City Hall, protesting corporate greed and voicing support for the Occupy L.A. movement as part of the “99 percent.”

Check out the photos below (click ‘Play’ to start the slideshow)

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SEIU UNITED LONG TERM CARE WORKERS, STUDENTS AND LOCAL RESIDENTS TO CALL ON CONGRESSMAN DAVID DREIER TO CREATE JOBS, SUPPORT THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT

Congressman Dreier siding with CEOs and Wall Street bankers over middle class families

San Dimas, CA – SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) will continue to work in the spirit of yesterday’s Occupy LA actions that clearly call for Congress to get to work and pass the American Jobs Act. With no end in sight to the jobs crisis, ULTCW members students, unemployed workers and local residents will protest Friday outside the San Dimas office of Rep. Dreier, saying they will vote him out of office unless he supports President Obama’s American Jobs Act, which independent economists say will create nearly two million jobs.

The demonstration is one of hundreds of protests this year against Members of Congress by Americans who are fed up with politicians who side with CEOs and Wall Street bankers over middle class families and have failed to create jobs. The protesters are vowing to hold Rep. Dreier and other politicians accountable in next year’s elections and vote out anyone who doesn’t invest in creating quality jobs for the middle class.
President Obama’s American Jobs Act includes $50 billion to create jobs by fixing crumbling roads and bridges. Hundreds of out-of-work San Dimas residents could be put to work repairing crumbling local infrastructure, and repairing aging schools.

WHAT: Protest at San Dimas office of Rep. Dreier
WHEN: 12:00pm, Friday, October 21
WHERE: Office of Rep. David Dreier
510 East Foothill Blvd.
San Dimas, CA 91773
WHO: Unemployed workers, local residents

While 30 million Americans are looking for work, corporate profits are at a record high and Wall Street banks have made over $100 billion in profits since taxpayers bailed them out. Protesters will call on David Dreier to create jobs by passing the President’s jobs plan and pay for it by ending tax breaks and loopholes for CEOs and hedge fund managers, and making big, profitable corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
SEIU United Long Term Care Workers is the largest union of long-term care workers in California, and the second largest local in the nation, representing 180,000 homecare workers in ten counties.

CONTACT: Jared Rivera | (323) 217-3430 | jrivera@seiucal.org

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LA Times: Labor, immigrant groups join Occupy L.A. at rally

As business-attired employees left their offices at the end of the workday Wednesday, about 250 activists from Occupy L.A., immigrant rights groups, Good Jobs L.A. and SEIU-United Long Term Care Workers gathered outside California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.

The protesters, including some children, chanted and carried signs in multiple languages.

“The purpose of this rally is to hold corporations responsible and put jobs back into the community. It’s different people all asking for the same thing,” said Ashley Nickerson, 25. “We support each other. Job creativity is the main thing for all of us.”
Angel Valencia, 22, stood with Nickerson, holding Good Jobs L.A. signs and talking to passersby.

“We bailed these banks out a couple years ago, and it’s a shame that they’re not helping us back,” Valencia said. “I’m currently employed, but everyone in my family is struggling at $8 an hour.”

Valencia joined the march around the financial district, heading toward the Occupy L.A. site outside City Hall.

“We issued a statement in support of Occupy L.A. about a week ago,” said Wyatt Closs, public affairs director of SEIU-ULTCW. “But today is the first organized push” from the organization.

Read the rest of the article here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/10/occupy-la-downtown-jobs-rally.html

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NBC: SEIU Joins Occupy LA Protest

The Service Employees International Union and United Long Term Care Workers, California’s largest union, joined the march Wednesday — echoing Occupy LA’s demands and the need to pass the American Jobs Act.

“We saw unfortunately the Senate vote the whole thing down,” said Wyatt Closs, SEIU-ULTCW. “But there are many pieces that could get acted on right now that would make a real difference within a very short period of time and get the economy going again.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/SEIU-Joins-Occupy-LA-Protest-132210723.html

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PHOTOS: Occupy Oakland

On Saturday October 15th, 2011, dozens of Home Care workers from Alameda County marched in Solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Some of the signs that the ULTCW Home Care workers held read:

#Tax the Rich, End the Wars
#We stand with a Public Education that is Accessible.
#No more closing of Community schools, libraries and parks.
#Separation of Corporations and State.
#People Before Profit.
#We demand Quality and affordable health care.

Click ‘Play’ below to see a slideshow of the day’s events:

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SEIU ULTCW Members to Join Occupy LA Rally – Calling For an End to Corporate Greed and Support for the American Jobs Act

LOS ANGELES, CA. – As part of the Occupy Los Angeles movement, hundreds of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) and those they care for will rally downtown with other coalition members to end corporate greed and call on Congress to get to work by putting Americans back to work.

“Corporate America and big banks are posting record earnings, yet they refuse to create the jobs needed to get Americans back to work. If they won’t create the jobs we need, then Congress must!” said Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU ULTCW. “It’s time Washington puts politics aside and starts acting in the best interest of the American people!”

If passed, the American Jobs Act would create 1.9 million new jobs and protect over 400,000 teacher, police and fire fighter jobs that are currently being threatened.

The rally will start at 350 S. Grand and work its way through the Wells Fargo Plaza, ending at the Occupy Los Angeles tent town at City Hall. SEIU ULTCW members will then join those camping out.

RALLY DETAILS:
DATE: Wednesday, October 19th
TIME: 5:00 PM (rally starts)
LOCATION: 350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

WHO: Hundreds of long term care workers, seniors and disabled residents and other Occupy LA movement participants.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wendy Carrillo, (213) 321-7085

SEIU United Long Term Care Workers is the largest union of long-term care workers in California, and the second largest local in the nation, representing 180,000 homecare workers in ten counties.
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Rose Gudiel Reaches Agreement with OneWest and Fannie Mae

Today, Tuesday, October 18th, Rose Gudiel was excited to announce that she and her family have reached an agreement with OneWest Bank and Fannie Mae that will allow them to stay in their home and make affordable payments! With over 50 people gathered at her home for the celebration, she thanked her community and fellow union members for the incredible support in standing with her to take on the banks.

There are now a number of conversations happening on how to build on Rose’s high-profile fight to inspire other homeowners to fight back and “Let a Million Roses Bloom.”

“I’m so happy and relieved, but this isn’t over for the thousands of people out there on the brink of losing their homes,” said Gudiel.

“We were fighting against a big giant and people said we could not win this, but we proved them all wrong,” an elated Gudiel said. “What I’ve learned over the past month is that, when you take a stand and fight against some of the most rich and powerful people in our country, you can win.”

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