March 2013

Central Coast Members March for Immigration Reform

immigration rallyULTCW members joined hundreds of people on Sunday in Salinas to march for immigration reform. The day was also meant to commemorate the legacy of Cesar Chavez, civil rights leader and UFW founder whose birthday is March 31st. The march, put on by the United Farm Workers (UFW) comprised of families affected by current immigration laws, working people, community leaders and members of SEIU ULTCW, SEIU 521, COPA and other organizations.

Irma Nolasco, former Executive Board member from Watsonville, and Lupe Salcedo from Hollister both spoke during the program, highlighting the fact that ULTCW is one of the most diverse unions in the country and how we are all immigrants to this country, whether we’re 1st generation or 10th and that is what makes America great.

Check out the press & pics from the event:

PRESS: The Californian

VIDEO: Immigration Reform March Video 1, Immigration Reform March Video 2

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Honoring the Legacy of Ophelia McFadden: July 22, 1934 – March 16, 2013

ophelia_02Brothers and Sisters,

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that Ophelia McFadden – one of our founding leaders – passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

A pioneer in the fight for social and economic justice, Ophelia moved to Los Angeles in 1959 and immediately joined the civil rights movement. In 1968 she joined SEIU Local 434 and by 1978 was appointed its General Manager. When the fight to organize Los Angeles County home care workers was placed before her, she did what she did best – she took on the challenge without hesitation, only with perseverance and dedication to ensuring that home care workers were invisible no more. In 1986 Ophelia led the kick-off Homecare campaign and in 1989 was appointed General Manager of the Homecare Workers Union – SEIU 434B (which is now SEIU ULTCW).

Considered one of labor’s most extraordinary and influential leaders, Ophelia’s passion and leadership resulted in numerous victories on behalf of working families and elevating the voices of African Americans throughout the labor movement. Among her many appointments and positions, Ophelia was the first African American woman to be Vice President of SEIU, AFL-CIO and the first African American woman to serve on the Los Angels County Federation of Labor board.

For all that Ophelia achieved on behalf of our members and all working families, we will forever be grateful.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ophelia’s family.

Viewing will be held Friday, March 22nd from 2-8 pm at Simpson Family Mortuary (3443 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305)
Services are scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd at 11 AM at Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church (8222 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90003).

Flowers should be sent to Praises of Zion Church

Any other expressions of sympathy should be sent to the home of Sharie Collins, addressed:
Ophelia McFadden
622 E. Colman St
Altadena, CA 91001

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SEIU ULTCW Executive Board Sworn Into Office

On Friday, March 1, 2013, SEIU ULTCW installed its new Executive Board based on our recent election. The Board gathered at our Los Angeles office where the president of SEIU Local 99, Courtni Pugh, gave the oath of office.

On behalf of the 180,000 long term care workers represented by SEIU ULTCW, we proudly welcome our new and returning Board Members and look forward to working together to fulfill our union’s mission.

2013 SEIU ULTCW Executive Board

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Laphonza Butler – President
Kimberly Evon – Secretary-Treasurer

Region 1
Hripsime Tamazyan – Vice President
Loquilla Jackson – Vice President

Susan Escalante – Executive Board Delegate
Dina Lopez – Executive Board Delegate
George Evans – Executive Board Delegate
Joyce Hayashi – Executive Board Delegate
Simon Fields – Executive Board Delegate
Maria Cibrian – Executive Board Delegate
Sona Kuyumdzhyan – Executive Board Delegate
Maricela Serrano – Executive Board Delegate
Martha Franco – Executive Board Delegate

Region 2
Blanca Carias – Vice President
Julie Chow – Vice President

Rodica Mocanu – Executive Board Delegate
Rosario Quintero – Executive Board Delegate
Cecilia Rivas – Executive Board Delegate
Gloria Silvestre – Executive Board Delegate
Jin Xiao Zhou – Executive Board Delegate
Li Ping Ma – Executive Board Delegate
Lily Chan – Executive Board Delegate
Lien Lu – Executive Board Delegate
Maria Esther Valencia – Executive Board Delegate
Maurilia Gutierrez – Executive Board Delegate
Muriel Carr – Executive Board Delegate
Carmen Roberts – Executive Board Delegate
Gum Ping Leung – Executive Board Delegate
Melody Chen – Executive Board Delegate
Gui Qin Zhang – Executive Board Delegate
Zoila Ramirez – Executive Board Delegate
Georgina Castaneda – Executive Board Delegate

Region 3
Michele Reed – Vice President
Clarence Robbins – Vice President

Lorijon Brown – Executive Board Delegate
Yolanda Richard – Executive Board Delegate
Beatriz Hernandez – Executive Board Delegate
Addie Parson – Executive Board Delegate
Jorge Garcia – Executive Board Delegate
Louis James – Executive Board Delegate
Denise Kornegay – Executive Board Delegate
Cheryl Stubbs – Executive Board Delegate
Isabel Feickert – Executive Board Delegate
Maria Diaz – Executive Board Delegate
Larnice Reed Brown – Executive Board Delegate
Latanya Bailey – Executive Board Delegate
Leonard Camarena – Executive Board Delegate
Olivia Velasquez – Executive Board Delegate
Peggy Cansler – Executive Board Delegate
Shanisha Robinson – Executive Board Delegate
Jimmie Taylor – Executive Board Delegate
Stephanie Tanis – Executive Board Delegate

Region 4
Enrique Camacho – Vice President
Maria Rinallo – Vice President

Marguerite Johnson – Executive Board Delegate
Karen Cole – Executive Board Delegate
Maria Luisa Caloca – Executive Board Delegate
Lesia Louro – Executive Board Delegate
Joyce Duren – Executive Board Delegate
Ana Duarte – Executive Board Delegate

Region 5
Brenda Jackson – Vice President
Ke Tian Ouyang – Vice President

Aminda Sanchez – Executive Board Delegate
Socorro Romero – Executive Board Delegate
Cristina Knorr – Executive Board Delegate
Chi Qiang Zhao – Executive Board Delegate
Teresa Armas – Executive Board Delegate
Susana Hernandez – Executive Board Delegate
Esperanza Torres – Executive Board Delegate
Ebony Young – Executive Board Delegate
Tammy Stiles – Executive Board Delegate
Chuqiao Deng – Executive Board Delegate
Mario Torres – Executive Board Delegate

Region 6
Wilmer Rivera – Vice President
Maria Molina – Vice President

David Martir – Executive Board Delegate
Blanca Pinedo – Executive Board Delegate

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LA Veterans Needed for Habitat Home Repairs

If you or your consumer is a veteran and in need of home repairs, Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles may be able to give you a hand.

Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles is urgently seeking 4 veteran home owners in need of home repairs. While this is an ongoing program, they are hoping to identify 4 home owners to assist before the end of this month.

The program conducts repairs up to $25,000 both inside and outside the home. Up to half the cost is covered by grants (no cost to the veteran) and the remainder of the cost does not need to be repaid until the home is sold or transferred outside the family (at that point, monthly payments on a 0% interest loan must be repaid at no more than 1/3 of the vet’s monthly income).

Please visit the website below for information on how to apply.
http://habitatla.org/how-to-apply/home-repair-program/

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Low-Income Healthcare Finally Available in Monterey County

mario_viacareMario Torres , SEIU ULTCW Executive Board member, celebrated a low-income healthcare victory with community leaders and labor allies including members of COPA and the Central Coast Center for Independent Living, pictured with Mario in the photo. March 4th marked the first day of enrollment for Monterey County residents in the Obamacare pilot program called VIACARE. Mario Torres was one of the first in line to sign up for the insurance. He was joined by other home care providers who can now see a doctor for routine wellness and health prevention.

On this exciting day, ULTCW members were joined by Elected Officials; Supervisor Simon Salinas and Supervisor Jane Parker
as well as, members of SEIU 521, Monterey Bay CLC, Temple Beth El, First Congregational Church, Central Coast Center for Independent Living, Saint Angela’s Catholic Church, Saint Mary’s of the Natividad Catholic Church and COPA — Communities Organized for Relational Power In Action.

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