On Tuesday, Los Angeles County home care workers congregated at the Board of Supervisors to give testimony and ask that they keep their promise of a $.65 cent raise. These 65 cents would lift home care workers out of poverty by raising them to Los Angeles County’s living wage standard of $9.65 per hour. After the raise was approved unanimously in June of last year, only 50 cents of it was implemented in January.
We are proud to announce that earlier this month, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) nominated Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) to the new federal Long Term Care Commission.
The charge to the Commission is to “develop a plan for the establishment, implementation, and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated, and high-quality system that ensures the availability of long term services and supports for individuals in need of such services and supports… and individuals desiring to plan for future long term care needs.”
In addition, the Commission will make recommendations to Congress on ways to improve financing of long term care in this country as well as to address issues related to the workforce that will deliver this care.
With President Butler’s appointment to the Commission, SEIU and its members are well positioned to be a leading voice for home care recipients and caregivers in the United States.
Mendocino care providers spoke at the Board of Supervisors in Ukiah to urge representatives to support a living wage. The action on February 12 coincided with a mid year budget hearing and marked the kickoff of contract negotiations for a new Mendocino SEIU ULTCW contract.
SEIU ULTCW President, Laphonza Butler, was interviewed and recognized for her work by 94.7 The Wave. Check out the article here: http://947thewave.cbslocal.com/2013/02/01/black-history-month-spotlight-laphonza-butler/
On Wednesday, January 30th, ULTCW members across the state participated in a National Day of Action against cuts to Social Security and other vital services. Members participated in actions in Freemont, Ventura and Los Angeles, California. Freemont member, Nancy Kowk who has cared for her mother for the last six years, addressed the crowds and spoke passionately on why Social Security and Medicare are important to her mother’s daily survival and living a healthy life filled with dignity.
ULTCW proudly supports Black History Month and those who led the way for social and economic justice.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.”
*Artwork created by artist, Wenceslao Quiroz for ULTCW.