UPDATE: The ballots have been counted and our ULTCW members in Alameda County have overwhelmingly approved the tentative agreement between IHSS caregivers and County officials. The ratified contract will now go before the Board of Supervisors on September 9th for final County approval. Once the Supervisors vote to accept the contract, we’ll be able to provide members with details on when the raise to $12 an hour will go into effect. Congratulations to everyone on this tremendous victory!
(July 28, 2014)After months of negotiations, SEIU ULTCW’s Bargaining Committee has won the opportunity to vote on a contract that will raise wages to $12.50 an hour for In-Home Supportive Services providers.
Combined with the right to overtime that ULTCW won for IHSS caregivers statewide, this raise means that caregivers working more than 40 hours per week, will receive $18.75 per hour for those additional hours.
In addition to making Alameda homecare workers the highest paid IHSS caregivers in California, this contract protects health, dental, and vision benefits.
That said, the contract can only be voted upon by card-signing union members. Under the Union’s constitution, only full, card-signing members can take part in a vote to approve or reject a county contract .
If you are an IHSS caregiver in Alameda county, and you have yet to sign your ULTCW membership card, please call 877-698-5829 right away, in order to request a ULTCW membership card right away!
Don’t waste this opportunity to participate in a critical election regarding your pay and benefits!
August 14 is the deadline for ratifying or rejecting this proposed contract. You must be a card-signing member, and your ballot must be received by that date, or else your contract vote will not be counted.
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BREAKING NEWS: Home Care Providers Join SEIU-UTLCW in Continued Fight for Good Jobs and Quality Care
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., JULY 29, 2014 — Seizing on the opportunity to improve the visibility and value of long-term care services, over 100 Addus HomeCare, Inc. workers recently elected to join SEIU United Long Term Care Workers.
“It’s time that people really recognize the value of the work we do, said Beverly Williams, Home Care Provider with Addus HomeCare, Inc. in Walnut Creek. “ The union is critically needed and this is a big step!”
The union victory includes home care workers at Addus Homecare, Inc.’s Walnut Creek offices. The caregivers provide tasks of daily living and limited medical duties to support elderly and disabled Californians in homes across the Bay Area. Addus Healthcare, Inc. nationally provides health care services to over 30,000 consumers weekly from over 120 offices located in 21 states.
The Bay Area workers now join over 10,000 SEIU represented Addus HealthCare, Inc. home care workers in 12 states — California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Montana, Delaware and Washington. In contract negotiations in 2005, SEIU members and Addus Healthcare reached a historic national agreement, the first of its kind between a union and national home care services operator. The agreement covers non-economic issues and provided workers with the right to organize nationally, streamlined negotiations, and set higher standards for thousands of home care aides.
“There’s strength is unity” said Tamranisha Harris. “As we all come together in the union, we’ll be able to have a stronger voice together.”
The decision to join their voices with other long-term care workers come on the heels of a recent Supreme Court decision which place at risk home care workers ability to come together to have a strong voice for good jobs and quality home care. It is the latest in a decades-long attack on the rights of working people to join together to improve their jobs and the quality of services they provide. Having a strong union for home care workers is the only approach that has proven effective at producing good jobs and quality care.
SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) is California’s leading long term care organization dedicated to providing and protecting quality care for some of our most vulnerable residents. SEIU ULTCW represents 180,000 home care providers, assisted living and nursing home workers throughout California, making it the largest union of long term care givers in California and the second largest SEIU local in the nation.
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