April 2013

Join our May Day 2014 marches! #MayDay4All #ItsTime

immigr_275May Day March Takes New Turn to Highlight Worker Dignity
and Immigrant Rights #MayDay4All

March Organizers Ask Californians to Celebrate All Workers
and March to Keep Families Together #ItsTime

As part of the May Day March organizing in Los Angeles, a broad coalition which includes community advocates, labor, economic justice and immigrant rights organizations will focus on worker dignity, health, safety and keeping immigrant families together.

Calling for worker safety, improved wages and a stop to the deportation of family members, the May Day march this year will be held in solidarity with immigrants, and in the name of workers, past and present, and the struggles of working class families.  Thousands upon thousands will participate and march the streets:

Join us on May 1!

 

LOS ANGELES MARCH & RALLY:

WHEN: Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Gathering at 10:00 AM

STARTING POINT: Chinatown Dragon Gates (Cesar Chavez & Broadway)

ENDING LOCATION: Federal Detention Center | 535 N. Alameda (at Aliso) | Los Angeles 90012

RSVP: Please RSVP online here 

 

SAN BERNARDINO MARCH & RALLY:

WHEN: Thursday, May 1st, 2014 | Gathering at TBD

STARTING POINT: TBD

ENDING LOCATION: TBD

INFO: For more info contact Miguel Paredes <MiguelP@seiu-ultcw.org> 

 

OAKLAND MARCH & RALLY:

WHEN: Thursday, May 1st, 2014 | Gathering at TBD

STARTING POINT: TBD 

ENDING LOCATION: TBD

INFO: For more info contact Miguel Paredes <MiguelP@seiu-ultcw.org> 

 

SAN JOSE MARCH & RALLY:

WHEN: Thursday, May 1st, 2014 | Gathering at TBD

STARTING POINT: TBD

ENDING LOCATION: TBD

INFO: For more info contact Miguel Paredes <MiguelP@seiu-ultcw.org> 

Why Common Sense Immigration Reform Matters to ULTCW:

1. ULTCW is one of the most diverse unions in the state and in the country.  We believe and will fight for a just society where all workers are valued and all people respected; where all families and communities thrive; and where we leave a better and more equal world for generations to come.

2. Citizenship is about upholding the values of the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence that affirms all men and women are created equal regardless of country of origin.  The American Dream is for all who come to these shores not a few.

3.  Adding the voices and participation of 11 million people in our democratic and political processes will add to our ability to win economic equality for all working families and their communities.

4. An injury to one is an injury to all.  When we allow one worker, undocumented or not, to be mistreated or suppressed at their work site, we are saying it is okay to mistreat all workers.

5. We all come from immigrants to this country, whether you’re a first generation American, or tenth, and that is what makes us great.  Immigration reform is about bringing a dignified and transparent process for millions of men, women, and children in our communities to obtain their citizenship and fully contribute to the only country they choose to call home.

 

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In Memoriam: Elinor Glenn

Elinor Glenn

Elinor Glenn

Today SEIU and the progressive movement lost a dear friend and champion with the passing of Elinor Glenn, a pioneer in the fight for workers’ and women’s rights. As the first woman to be hired as an organizer by SEIU, she was a visionary who brought public sector workers together to organize 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. Elinor helped mentor Local 434’s subsequent leaders and secure the ability for homecare workers to organize in this country. Local 434 grew to eventually became SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (SEIU ULTCW), which represents 180,000 long term care workers – making it the largest union of its kind in California.

Elinor’s passion for improving the lives of working people was boundless. She never took no for an answer, and was an innovator in developing new models for organizing and collective bargaining.

At a time when many sought to limit women’s power, Elinor broke down walls for homecare and public service workers when many thought it could not be done. Elinor touched the lives of many in SEIU and mentored countless activists. Elinor’s commitment to workers lives on through the people she nurtured in SEIU and other social justice organizations across the country.

One of Elinor’s greatest gifts to SEIU was her son, Norman Gleichman, who passed away earlier this year. Norm carried on his mother’s legacy in SEIU as Deputy General Counsel and as a beloved colleague who was active in supporting young lawyers beginning their career in the labor movement and was a mentor in SEIU’s Mentorship Program.
“On behalf of the 2.1 million members of SEIU, my thoughts and prayers are with Elinor Glenn’s family. She will be profoundly missed,” said Mary Kay Henry, International President of SEIU.

Early next week there will be a small family burial for Elinor in Los Angeles. Those in LA who wish to attend are most welcome. The family will also hold a memorial in early June. Details to follow.

ULTCW has also named our scholarhip after her. For more information or to apply for the scholarship, please visit: http://ultcw.org/scholarships/

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A Day of Remembrance

April 24: On this day of remembrance, SEIU ULTCW honors the memories of the estimated one and half million men, women and children who lost their lives in the Armenian Genocide. ULTCW members and staff marched in solidarity to honor the victims of this terrible tradgedy.

Photos from the Day of Remembrance March:

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Medi-Cal Expansion Delays Could Cost State Hundreds of Millions

medi-cal exapnsion event(02) 04_11_13PULTCW members joined with healthcare officials and advocates in Los Angeles yesterday urging state elected officials to act quickly to prevent hundreds of millions of federal dollars from being lost if California fails to fully implement Obamacare by January 1, 2014. Leading the charge in the important movement is a broad coalition that includes Health Access California, SEIU, Children’s Defense Fund-California, Community Health Councils Inc., the Children’s Partnership and the National Health Law Program.

“After years of tough budget cuts and with a health system that needs all the help it can get, it would be a shame for California to send federal Medicaid dollars back to Washington because we weren’t ready,” said Anthony Wright, Executive Director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition. “Governor Brown needs to expand Medi-Cal fully and urgently, so one million Californians can get coverage and care, and our health system gets all the federal funding we are entitled to. California can’t let short-sightedness squander our best chance to fulfill the promise of health reform, for all Californians.”

The clock is ticking for California’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Our state emerged as a national leader in development of the health insurance exchange, Covered California, which will help individuals and small businesses purchase affordable coverage. But action has stalled on a critical piece of Obamacare: expanding the Medi-Cal program to cover low-income working families who will be left out of the exchange system. (Special Session bills ABX-1 and SBX-1.)

“Private Insurance is out of my financial reach so I was elated to learn that I qualified for coverage under Healthy Way LA,” said Healthy LA consumer Nita Thompson. “I now have access to doctors, specialists, and medication and can control my symptoms and prevent a medical crisis. If not for Healthy Way L.A., I believe I would have died a long time ago. Everyone deserves access to quality healthcare.”

If California acts now, over one million currently uninsured Californians will have access to insurance through Medi-Cal, fully funded by the federal government for three years, and federally funded at 90% thereafter.

Experts say Medi-Cal expansion legislation must be in place by June 1, 2013 for the state to be ready to enroll new Medi-Cal clients by January 1, 2013. For each month of delay, California will lose hundreds of millions of federal dollars, and California will have left hard-working families uninsured.

“Sacramento must act now to strengthen the healthcare systems that provide care for our families, and help grow California’s economy through the creation of quality healthcare jobs,” said Robin Ellis, a registered nurse practitioner at LAC-USC.

*Photo credit: Jonny Knox

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Central Coast Members Rally for Immigration Reform

Santa Cruz CIR April 10 eventThroughout the Central Coast, ULTCW members joined with their communities to to deliver a powerful message to our representatives in Congress: we expect our government to fix our broken immigration system in this year. They gathered as human billboards, at press conferences and at candle light vigils.

Earlier this year, President Obama and Congress placed commonsense, accountable immigration reform at the top of their “to do” list.

SEIU ULTCW is ready to work for practical, comprehensive immigration reform that fits with our national values; provides a clear roadmap to citizenship for hardworking, tax-paying immigrants; builds the strength and unity of working people; keeps families together; and guarantees the same rights, obligations and basic fairness for all workers, no matter where they come from. Sign up to get involved in our work on commonsense immigration reform, and for information on how you can take action in 2013.

Check out the photos from yesterday’s events below:

central coast CIR picstich

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California Appellate Court Decision Regarding IHSS

On April 3, 2013, a California Appeals Court in San Diego issued a decision in a case dealing with an IHSS provider. The decision, Bedoe v. County of San Diego, addressed whether an IHSS provider is permitted to “subcontract” work, and the Court’s answer was a clear “no”.

In this case, an IHSS consumer selected her son, Michael Bedoe, to be her provider. But instead of doing the care work himself, Michael asked another family member to care for his mother. Over the following two years, Michael filled out and submitted time sheets for the number of hours available. He kept $100-200 from each paycheck, and deposited the rest into his mother’s bank account. The other family member lived in the home with Michael’s mother and provided the necessary support in exchange for having a place to live.

The County eventually caught on, and learned that Michael had not actually been doing the work that he was submitting timesheets for during a period of approximately two years and two months. The County determined that the money he had received during that time period, which amounted to $29,560, was “overpayment” and should be returned to the County. After a series of court proceedings, the Appeals Court held that an IHSS provider is prohibited from submitting timesheets for work that has been performed by a different individual, and that such acts constitute fraud under the IHSS Program Guide. The Court expressed a number of concerns about this practice of “subcontracting”, including that IHSS providers must be properly trained, providers are paid by the County and the County provides workman’s compensation coverage and deducts taxes from providers’ checks. Also, the Court noted, IHSS recipients are not permitted to have a provider who has been convicted of certain crimes, and there is no way to conduct background checks on an unreported subcontracted provider.

This Court’s decision makes very clear that the practice of submitting timesheets for work done by someone other than the actual provider should be avoided. Engaging in this practice may result the County requiring the provider to refund any overpayment.

Download this Memo in Spanish, Chinese or Armenian.

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Information on Settlement in IHSS Cases — Dominguez and Oster

As mentioned on our April 1st Teletown Hall, there’s been a settlement reached with the State regarding the outstanding lawsuits we filed to stop cuts to IHSS hours and wages, which were authorized by legislation passed in 2009, 2010 and 2011, from being enacted. Please find links to a flyer and the official class notice regarding the settlement of the Dominguez and Oster lawsuits challenging cuts to the IHSS program. For a full copy of the settlement, click here.

Download the Official Class Notice in Spanish, Armenian, Chinese and Korean.

Download the Flyer in Spanish, Armenian, Chinese and Korean.

Copies of these documents have also been made accessible to the visually impaired and additional languages through the Disability Rights CA website.

For additional information on how this settlement will affect you, please call our Member Action Center at 877-MY ULTCW (877-698-5829).

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San Benito Workers Press For a Livable Wage

san benitoSan Benito County home care workers met with County Supervisors to continue to push a livable wage.

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ATTN IHSS CAREGIVERS: LEARN HOW TO FILL OUT YOUR NEW IHSS TIMESHEETS TO HELP AVOID PAYCHECK DELAYS

In March, the State started to rollout its new IHSS payroll system and timesheets to replace the system its been using since 1979. Each month select counties will be rolled into the new system. When it’s time for your county to switch over to the new payroll system, you’ll receive a notice from the State along with instructions on how to fill out your new timesheet.

To rollout schedule for ULTCW counties is:

March: Alameda, Solano, Santa Cruz
May: Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino
August: Los Angeles
November: Monterey, Ventura, San Benito

Being that the new payroll system uses scanning technology to read your timesheet and process the hours you worked, it’s important that you follow the new instructions on how to fill out your timesheet carefully to avoid possible delays in getting paid.

ULTCW is working close with counties as they prepare to use the new system and will be offering trainings in your community on how to fill out your new timesheet. Prior to each county rolling into the system, ULTCW members will receive a recorded call alerting you to where and when local trainings will be taking place. You may also call the Member Action Center at any time with questions you may have at 1-877-MY ULTCW (1-877-698-5829).

While there are several changes to the timesheet and how it’s filled out, our members who were among the first to use the system thought that there were a few changes that we should point out. These changes include:

• All timesheets will now be mailed to a central timesheet center in Chico, California. When you receive your timesheet in the mail, you’ll also receive a pre-addressed envelope with the new address. Use this envelope when mailing your timesheet in to be processed.

• If you need a replacement timesheet, you can call your local IHSS office to request one. However, all timesheets must be sent to the Chico location – not your IHSS office.

• Timesheets have to be filled out very carefully in black ink. Using any other color ink or a pencil could cause a delay in your paycheck since the system won’t be able to register anything other than black ink.

• You can no longer mail your timesheet in before the end of the pay period. Timesheets received before the end of the pay period will be automatically rejected. So even if you only work up until the 12th and the end of the pay period is the 15th, you must wait to mail your timesheet until the 15th.

• You can only send in 1 timesheet at a time per envelope.

• The location for you and your consumer to sign your timesheet is located on the back of the timesheet.

• Perhaps the biggest change is how we record our time on the timesheets. The time we work is now recorded as hours and minutes. For example, we’ll no longer use “point 5” to mean a half hour. We’ll now write it as 30 minutes. And “point 25” will be written as 15 minutes.

There’s also an English language video that the State has put together that helps explain some of these changes.

The new system is expected to increase the efficiency of processing our paychecks and should result in fewer paycheck delays as long as we are taking the necessary steps to fill out our timesheets correctly. We’d also like to remind you that the quickest way to get paid is to enroll in Direct Deposit. For more information on Direct Deposit and the forms you need to enroll, click here.

Questions After Your County Is Enrolled?

While you can always contact the Member Action Center with questions, once your county is rolled into the system, the State has created the following help lines to help answer specific questions about the status of your paycheck and direct deposit.

Provider Timesheet Processing Status Help Desk: 866-776-0930
IHSS Direct Deposit Help Desk: 866-376-7066

You can also visit the State’s IHSS resource page at:
http://www.cdss.ca.gov/agedblinddisabled/PG1814.htm

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