October 2012

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SEIU International Secretary Treasurer, Eliseo Medina, Joins ULTCW Members for Phone Banking

Yesterday, over 50 ULTCW members came out to phone bank with SEIU International Secretary Treasurer Eliseo Medina. Eliseo was given a tour of the operation and he was very impressed with our production. The group was then joined by national Spanish Television channel, Telemundo, which interviewed both Eliseo and member leader, Maria Cibrian, about the operation and our effort to educate one million voters on supporting Prop. 30 and opposing Prop. 32.

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In Memoriam: Frederick Lee

The members of SEIU ULTCW are mourning the passing of our brother, Fred Lee.

Known for being upbeat with a positive outlook in any situation, Fred always answered the call when it came to supporting the goals and vision of our union.

Fred served as an Executive Board member of ULTCW and was a founding Member Organizer. Over the years, Fred helped organize nursing home members to ensure that they had a voice on the job, and was a dedicated champion for working families and a strong economy through his work with the Good Jobs LA campaign. An active leader in our political efforts, Fred led teams of ULTCW members in our work to elect Governor Jerry Brown, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and other candidates who share our values.

Fred will be greatly missed, but his contributions to our union family will forever live on.

We send our love and condolences to Fred’s family during this difficult time.

Funeral services for Mr. Lee were held on  Saturday, October 13th at 4:30 pm at the Harrison-Ross Mortuary.

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In Memory of Two Great ULTCW Leaders

The members of SEIU ULTCW are mourning the passing of our brother and sister, Fred Lee and Yolanda Neal. Please click on their names below for more about them, what they meant to ULTCW and other details:

Yolanda Neal

Frederick Lee

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CA Hospital Association: Monterey County care workers urge implementation of low-income health program

Expressing frustration at the slow pace of implementing a local low-income health program as a precursor to national health care reform, a group of long-term home care workers urged the Board of Supervisors to move ahead with the program Tuesday.

Led by Mario Torres, a member of the state executive board of the workers’ union, the group submitted a stack of petitions calling on supervisors to speed up the process of putting the program in place. Many workers would qualify for the program, and Torres said they are eager to see it up and running.

Read the original article at: http://www.calhospital.org/news-headlines-article/monterey-county-care-workers-urge-implementation-low-income-health-program

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In Memoriam: Yolanda Neal

SEIU ULTCW and the entire SEIU family are mourning the loss of Yolanda Neal, a dedicated mother, daughter, leader and ULTCW Member Political Organizer. Yolanda died Tuesday night after a terrible car accident in Las Vegas as she and her team were en route to canvass to re-elect President Barack Obama.

A true voice in our journey for justice, Yolanda recognized the importance of this election and as a dedicated activist accepted the responsibility of getting involved.

An active member of ULTCW from San Bernardino County, Yolanda served as an Executive Board Member and Chair of the ULTCW Ethics Committee. Through her leadership, Yolanda played an enormous role in our fight to stop devastating budget cuts to the IHSS program, and to pass the Coordinated Care Initiative in Sacramento that will transform California’s in-home care program to better serve caregivers and their consumers. Yolanda was a constant voice in our efforts to bring respect to the work of home care workers by winning wages and benefits that reflect the importance of the work we do.

A care provider for her elderly mother, Yolanda committed every day to caring for her mother and fighting for working people by ensuring everyone had a voice at work, in the legislature, and in our democracy.

Yolanda’s infectious smile, encouraging words, leadership, and dedication to our members will forever be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her two sons and mother. Information on services will be posted as soon as it’s known.

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Mercury News: Monterey County care workers urge implementation of low-income health program

Monterey County home care workers filled the Board of Supervisors offices this past Tuesday (read the article below), yet there is still no official date to implement the much needed county healthcare plan, ViaCare.

For the past year and a half, Monterey County residents have been promised this vital service, ViaCare, which is similar to county healthcare plans which have been implemented in over 50 of California’s counties.

We are now urging the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to investigate the hold up for implementing ViaCare, and report on the “go live” date for the Monterey County Healthcare Plan.

Please join us by calling or emailing the Board of Supervisors at:
Phone: (831)755-5066
Email: COB@co.monterey.ca.us

Expressing frustration at the slow pace of implementing a local low-income health program as a precursor to national health care reform, a group of long-term home care workers urged the Board of Supervisors to move ahead with the program Tuesday.

Led by Mario Torres, a member of the state executive board of the workers’ union, the group submitted a stack of petitions calling on supervisors to speed up the process of putting the program in place. Many workers would qualify for the program, and Torres said they are eager to see it up and running.

Torres said workers have been meeting with county officials since summer 2011 and have been repeatedly assured the program was close to being implemented. But it still hasn’t happened, even after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and after the completion of merger talks between county-owned Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

Torres said 50 of the state’s 58 counties have installed some version of the low-income health program, and about a half million state residents have enrolled.

The local program, ViaCare, is designed to offer temporary health coverage for up to 1,500 single adult residents who earn up to 100 percent of the federal poverty income level. The federally funded pilot program is intended to judge the county’s capacity for providing care to low-income residents, who often eschew seeking it until they end up in the emergency room, ahead of full implementation
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An estimated 55,000 county residents will be eligible for health coverage through MediCal and health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

While the original plan called for the program to start March 1, Natividad CEO Harry Weis says that was an overly “aggressive” path, and suggested it may be another two months before ViaCare is ready to go. Weis said several county departments need to sign off on the program, which will require a county match of an estimated $6.5 million and has raised concerns about budget impacts.

“Since this is a large, complex program, we want to make sure everyone’s comfortable,” he said, calling ViaCare among the most complex county programs ever implemented. “It’s not intended to be a break-even (program), but it is intended to improve the situation.”

Erik Larsen, an organizer with the Service Employees International Union, urged supervisors to break through “internal obstacles” to putting the program in place and move the process forward.

Supervisor Dave Potter, who serves on the Natividad board, said he met with long-term care workers a few weeks ago and expressed support for the program to county health officials. Potter aide Kathleen Lee said she was told Weis and county Health Department director Ray Bullick would be meeting next week to iron out the final details, including the funding implications for each department.
Lee said she believed the delay was not a result of a lack of support from supervisors or resistance from county departments.

Potter said he planned to ask for an update on the matter at Friday’s Natividad board meeting.

Read the original article at: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_21683946/monterey-county-care-workers-urge-implementation-low-income?source=email

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