To assist ULTCW in strengthening its electoral, legislative and worksite infrastructure and capacity programs at the state and local levels. The Political Director will work in conjunction with local leadership and staff to contribute to the development of the overall ULTCW political, legislative and grassroots program.
• Plan, integrate and execute targeted electoral and legislative campaigns that will help to develop legislation supportive of the mission and goals of ULTCW for the Long-Term Care Industry
• Track and analyze local, state and federal candidates and legislation.
• Refine and manage process to evaluate candidates requesting support or endorsements from ULTCW, including coordination and direction of political activities for the organization on behalf of ULTCW endorsed candidates and issues
• Design, implement, and/or advise on Strategic involvement in ballot initiative campaigns at state and local level
• Design, implement, and/or conduct ongoing political education and training programs for staff and members
• Evaluate achievement of legislative goals and recommend appropriate courses of action
• Conduct political research on candidates and campaign-related programs
• Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with allied groups on political and legislative campaigns at the national, state and local level.
• Design, implement, and/or conduct targeted polling to members and public on Long-Term Care issues.
The Political Director may come from a variety of other leadership experiences, including having been a Senior level political position of another major not-for-profit organization, labor or political organization, senior-level government position, or campaign consultant. It is imperative, wherever experience has been gained, that he/she posses the leadership, motivational skills to unite the organization to achieve a comprehensive set of political objectives.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in political science, economics or related degree and at least seven (7) years of related work experience and/or a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Extensive experience developing and implementing candidate, issue and/or legislative campaigns.
• Applied experience working with polling instruments, data and developing appropriate targeting strategies, both for public and member polling
• Knowledge and experience in use research, targeting, direct mail, opposition research.
• Experience working collaboratively with community groups and allied organizations.
• Experience in developing political and legislative training programs.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience.
• Experience working on state legislative issues, as well as state and local elections.
• Working experience ensuring compliance with state and local campaign laws, including campaign finance laws.
• Knowledge of unions, political campaign management, government bodies, issue campaigns concerning working families, and/or progressive organizations and their operations.
• Knowledge and experience with managing voter contact and field campaigns.
• Ability to communicate effectively and develop and maintain good working relationships and to work in a team.
• Ability to manage and assess multiple programs and priorities and meet deadlines.
• Ability to manage and help develop electoral and grassroots campaign plans, logistics and timelines.
• Ability to engage, nurture and encourage a diverse staff and membership.
The Political Director position requires a high level of proven leadership and judgment and must demonstrate knowledge of grassroots political organizing. S/he must have experience in developing and implementing comprehensive political plans. Additionally, S/he must have the capacity to work independently with Leadership and staff in complex political situations.
Experience working in diverse work environments a plus. Women and people of color urged to apply. Bilingual skills a plus.
The Political Director is expected to embrace, promote and demonstrate the organizations’ core values – Excellence, Diversity, Accountability, Transparency, Empowerment, which include but are not limited to:
• High ethical standards
• Train, develop, nurture and mentor all staff and members
• Encourage team work and participation by all staff and members
• Lead by example
• Ensure outstanding representation of the organization to internal and external allies and constituents.
Work is generally performed in the field with members and outside constituents. Long and irregular hours required. Travel required.
The Political Director reports directly to the President of ULTCW and the ULTCW Chief of Staff.
E-mail or fax a detailed resume, cover letter, a one-page writing sample and the name, job title, address, and phone number of three professional references to:
In subject of email: Position Title of Position you are Applying for
Fax: (213) 368-0699
Attn: Human Resources
We are helping lead the Fight For $15 and a union across the country and here in California.
Home care workers’ Fight For $15 and a union, which SEIU ULTCW members helped launch in September, has now more than tripled in size, reaching 19 cities from coast to coast, including Los Angeles. And this isn’t the first time we have helped lead—and win—important fights:
• Last year, ULTCW members in Alameda and Ventura Counties won contracts for $12.50 per hour, among the highest wages for home care workers in California.
• In 2009, ULTCW members defeated 20% cuts to home health care services and made certain that funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would be used for home care.
• In 2010, ULTCW members prevented Governor Schwarzenegger from eliminating home care services for 87% of recipients, protecting care for the most vulnerable among us—and our jobs.
• In 2013, ULTCW members convinced President Barack Obama and the Department of Labor to include home care workers in the Fair Labor Standards Act for the first time in the history of the United States.
In addition to organizing for $15 and a union, ULTCW members are leading the fight for better wages in other ways:
Los Angeles has passed a new law establishing a minimum wage of $15.37 for hotel workers, a profession long dogged by poverty-level incomes. Hotel workers joined by community groups and workers in other industries led the fight.
The law is a step toward a $15 minimum wage for all Los Angeles workers.
Combatting Wage Theft
Long-term care home health workers experience some of the highest rates of wage theft in the country: a full 97% experience off-the-clock violations (i.e., they worked before and/or after their work shifts), and overtime violation rates among home health care workers, child care workers, maids and housekeepers is nearly 96%. ULTCW has joined a coalition of community organizations, unions and advocates to implement policies to address rampant wage theft in California.
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 in-home care providers, assisted living, and nursing home workers throughout California, making it the largest union of long-term caregivers in California and the second-largest SEIU local in the nation.
SEIU ULTCW proudly celebrates Women’s History Month and honors our members who give so selflessly of their time and talents in order to ensure that our seniors and people with disabilities receive the care they need to live as independently as possible, and who continuously display courageous leadership in the fight for social and economic justice for all.
In addition to March being Women’s History Month, we expect March 16-22 to be designated as “Women’s Military History Week” here in California– honoring our brave women soldiers who currently make tremendous sacrifices, as well as recent and long-retired veterans who have served, on behalf of our nation’s defense.
During his last year in office, President Jimmy Carter, declared the week of March 8, as “National Women’s History Week.” In 1987, Congress designated March as “Women’s History Month.” And each year since 1995, ever US President has issued an annual proclamation marking, and celebrating, this designation.
Yet despite the fanfare, we know that public policy prescriptions are still needed to address inequities in education, wages, access to health services, the provision and continuity of care, rates of poverty experienced by children, seniors, and low wage workers, and the struggles immigrants and communities of color face when confronted by detention, deportation, criminal incarceration, and recidivism. In all of these areas and more, women are suffering unnecessarily. And by extension, all Americans are harmed, in terms of economic livelihood, as well as physical and psychological well-being.
Consider the following statistics:
• Even women in high earning positions lag behind their male peers, earning 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. (GM’s first female CEO, Mary Barra, touted in President Obama’s State of the Union address, for instance, will earn half of what her male predecessor, Dan Akerson, made).
• 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, while two thirds of minimum wage workers are women.
• An increase in the minimum wage would impact nearly 60% of women directly or indirectly.
• With an average age of 35, almost a third of minimum wage workers care for children and earn half or more of their family’s income:
• This, despite the fact that 67% of minimum wage workers are given no other option but to accept part-time positions — often without any guarantees or benefits.
• 3.8 million hourly-paid workers are paid below the minimum wage.
• Increasing the minimum wage for only those who earn $7.25, would benefit at least 17 million women.
• The poverty threshold for a single parent with one child is $15,825 annual income. But a fulltime minimum wage worker earns $15, 080 each year — well below the poverty threshold.
• 28% of all workers, men and women, were paid poverty wages in 2010, a number that is expected to hold steady without improvement through 2020.
• This means, over 1 in 4 (nearly 1 in 3) workers earns less than $10 an hour, well below the wage needed to stay out of poverty.
• In fact, women are the majority in the 10 largest occupations that pay less than $10 per hour (from home health aides and personal care aides, to maids and housekeepers, and food preparers and servers).
• 7 out of the 10 largest low-wage occupations are two thirds or more women.
• Since a living wage is not legally mandated in the US, and women disproportionately populate minimum wage, and poverty wage jobs, children and adults requiring care, live in poverty as well.
• The official poverty rate in the US is 15%, but 104 million people (one third of the population) make less than $38,000, and live in a family of three—$38,000 is technically twice the poverty line, but in the majority of cities and suburbs, it’s not enough to make ends meet.
• 70% of the 104 million who live in or on the brink of poverty are women and children.
• Across the US, 1 in 4 children live in poverty.
• Half of children born to women under 30, are born into single parent households.
• Children born into two-parent, heterosexual households, receive twice as much direct care from their mothers, than they do from their fathers.
• Among all married couples with children under 15, only 0.8 percent include a stay-at-home dad— up from about 0.3 percent in 1994—compared to 23 percent that include a stay-at-home mom.
• Among two-parent households where women work, the percentage of men acting as the primary caregiver has actually declined slightly since the early 1990s—the fraction of these men regularly providing any care whatsoever for their children while their wives work has been static since at least the late 1990s.
• 1 in 4 seniors live in poverty.
• The number of American seniors will double, exceeding 89 million by 2050. The oldest Baby Boomers are already 65. With an average life expectancy of nearly 18 more years, men 65 and older rely on a median income of $27,707. With an average life expectancy of nearly 20 and a half more years, women attempt to make ends meet with a median income of $15,362.
• 66% of the 66 million caregivers assisting seniors, Americans with disabilities, and persons managing chronic illnesses, with daily living activities and medical tasks, are women.
• 29% of the U.S. adult population provides care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged—52 million caregivers provide care to adults with a disability or illness, 43.5 million provide care to seniors, 15 million provide care for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia,
• Unpaid caregiver services were already valued at $450 billion in 2009, and are steadily increasing: This means that the total amount of unpaid care provided is reducing the amount of capital in the consumer and investment markets by nearly half a trillion dollars. All while caregivers are literally forced to sacrifice they rest they need, their own medial needs, etc., for the sake of the individuals for whom they must provide care.
Clearly the climb from here remains very steep. But the odds are not impossible. And I know, because I have seen it, that when sisters and brothers in labor come together, with friends, family, and fellow champions of justice, we will reach the top.
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Put your feet on the ground and phones in your hands to make sure that all who are eligible have a say in who makes decisions for our communities.
With so much at stake on Election Day – health care, jobs, education, the treatment of immigrants and communities of color – we have to get involved. Join us in something that will impact your life and the communities you serve.
Make sure that you vote today! No employer can prohibit you form exercising your right to vote. No polling place worker can turn you away as long as you are in line to vote before 8 PM today.
Find your polling place: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/find-your-polling-place/
Make sure your neighbors and friends vote by volunteering at the office of the local candidate you support, and by sharing this message over email, Facebook. Twitter, etc.
President, SEIU ULTCW