April 2015

SEIU ULTCW meets the needs of members & IHSS providers statewide with free to use, brand new (2015) CMIPS II training videos in English, Spanish, Armenian, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean

Organized Long Term Care Workers Create IHSS Timesheet Training Videos

SEIU ULTCW meets professional need expressed by union members and In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers across the State of California, releasing new (2015) CMIPS II training videos in English, Spanish, Armenian, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean.

To access the videos simply click here. They are also available on YouTube.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

(Los Angeles) On January 1, 2015, the State of California introduced a new series of CMIPS II time sheets for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers statewide.  All IHSS caregivers in California must fill out these new time sheets correctly in order to be paid for the home care hours they work—hours determined by the social worker overseeing a specific client, employed by the County where the recipient of that care resides, under the authority of the California Department of Social Services.

Because of the passage of SB 855 in 2014, for the first time in history, IHSS providers were going to be compensated for the overtime, wait time, and travel time hours in their work schedules beginning in 2015. Governor Jerry Brown, ordered a halt to the implementation of these changes because of the December 31, 2014 decision of a judge in Washington DC to delay the Department of Labor’s inclusion of home care workers under the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) until his court had a chance to review President Obama’s instructions to do so.

This judge’s ruling, and Governor’s Brown’s decision to delay their roll out created a vacuum of information.  Home care workers were already being mailed the new 2015 CMIPS II time sheets. They were no longer able to use the time sheets used in 2014. No training materials were available to help IHSS providers learn how to navigate the new time sheets. And home care workers unable to attend in-person training opportunities because of time limitations, lack of transportation, and geographic isolation, or unable to access these training opportunities in their language of primary fluency, came to face stresses and delays caused by unfamiliarity with the new time sheets.

SEIU ULTCW, California’s largest long term care union, and a national leader in the fight to bring dignity to home care providers, nursing home workers, and the infirm seniors, persons with disabilities, injured veterans, autistic children, and others who rely on long term care,  is leading the way to fill the information vacuum. All IHSS providers in California are welcome to use these videos.  2015 IHSS Timesheet Training Videos are available for use by home care workers across the state who speak English, Spanish, Armenian, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean. To access the videos simply click here. They are also available on YouTube.

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Nursing Home Victories: Increased Wages, Extended Benefits, & New Members!

ULTCW Nursing Home Members Celebrate April Victories

 

Contracts Bring Increased Wages and Extended Benefits, and

New Members Welcomed to ULTCW

 

The month of April brought cause to celebrate as ULTCW nursing home members achieved both contract victories and organizing victories.

 

ULTCW Welcomes New Members: On April 1, 276 nursing home workers from Los Feliz Healthcare and Wellness Centre, South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital, and Los Angeles Rehabilitation and Wellness Centre voted overwhelmingly to join our ULTCW family.

 

ULTCW Members Celebrate Contract Victories: April also brought ULTCW members contract victories.  After many months of negotiating with Kindred Nursing Centers West and Olympia Convalescent Hospital, nursing home workers reached a contract agreement that brings dignity to the lives of hundreds of nursing home workers and those they care for.

 

“It’s been a rough but successful road in our fight for what is rightfully ours. It’s incredibly rewarding to see everyone excited about our new contract,” said Maria Soto (C.N.A., Village Square Nursing Center)

 

Key victories of ULTCW’s nursing home workers’ agreement with their employers include:

 

Kindred

Increased wages and a separate increase to help cover cost of health insurance

Click here for more contract details.

 

Olympia

Increased wages, leave of absence, and a new Education and Training Trust Fund

Click here for more contract details.

 

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Monterey County has been denied a raise since 2008: It’s time to Fight For $15!

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Summary: ULTCW home care providers in Monterey County continue to fight for a pathway to $15 an hour.  The more than 3,000 IHSS workers who provide care to Monterey County’s most vulnerable residents have rallied at the Board of Supervisors, and will continue to do so, until their voices are heard and contract that reflects the hard work they do is achieved.  See coverage in the Salinas Californian on our recent rally and testimony.

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SEIU caregivers implore supervisors for ‘livable wage’

Working for $11.50 per hour, Denise Turley said Tuesday, she couldn’t afford to buy her 82-year-old mother a winter coat.

So, when Loretta Halbert broke a tooth, Turley said she wrapped her wheelchair-bound mother in a light jacket and trekked to the nearby dentist’s office in Marina.

Despite the blowing wind, Halbert declined Turley’s own coat, Turley said.

“[Then], some lady stopped in the intersection, jumped out of her car, opened her trunk and pulled a coat out,” Turley said. “Her husband had just died. … She wrapped my mother in it and told us to have a nice day.”

She added, “That’s how we’re getting by.”

On Tuesday, Turley asked the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to embody the same giving spirit when considering the In Home Long Term Supportive Services employee contract.

County-employed caregivers provide in-home services to about 5,000 elderly and disabled patients. The service maintains the clients’ dignity, rather than forcing them to live in a health-care facility, said David Werlin, the northern California director for United Long Term Care Workers. ULTCW is under the Service Employees International Union.

The California Department of Social Services administers the program. Locally, the program is run by the Monterey County Department of Social Services and, therefore, the Board of Supervisors controls all contract negotiations, Werlin said.

Contract negotiations have been under way for over a year, Werlin said. The contract, which represents about 3,000 Monterey County employees, expired last year, he said.

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Caregivers picket Tuesday outside the Monterey County Government Building (Photo: Allison Gatlin/The Salinas Californian)

Just before the 10:30 a.m. supervisors’ meeting, about 20 SEIU members picketed in front of the Monterey County Government Building on West Alisal Street in Salinas. They are seeking better wages and no reduction in their health care benefits, Werlin said. The latter is particularly important to Turley, who is living with a mechanical kidney.

“They offered us a 5-cent raise if we gave up our health care benefits,” she said. “It would cost me 50 hours of work to pay for my health care.”

Over the past two years, employer health care contributions have dropped markedly, Turley said.

Two years ago, the SEIU caregivers received $500 in employer health care monthly contributions. A year ago, that dropped to $400. In July, Turley said caregivers are slated to receive only $300 a month in employer health care contributions.

“The Board has proposed taking away health care and using it to pay wages,” Werlin explained. “We need both. That’s completely unacceptable.”

Wages have remained stagnant since 2008 despite growing cost of living expenses. In addition to low wages, hours have been slashed considerably, Turley said. Statewide, employees have seen hours reduced between 7 and 14 percent over the past two years.

For David Alvarado, a six-year caregiver, that means he works 62 hours per month, down from 70.21 hours monthly before he had hernia and blocked colon surgeries last year. As a result, Alvarado now receives CalFresh and Medi-Cal benefits, but — at $562 monthly income — can’t afford costly rent in Monterey County.

“We go to garage sales to buy clothes, Goodwill, Salvation Army, that’s how we provide for our families. Even cooking utensils, that’s how we shop.”

Reyna Pacheco, 11-year caregiver

Instead, he sleeps in the van he parks outside his client’s Housing and Urban Development-subsidized home. Certain rules prevent him from living in the home, he explained.

“I wish a lot of you guys would come out and live in our shoes,” Alvarado implored the supervisors Tuesday.

Turley echoed Alvarado’s comments. Between four clients — her mother, her father and two others — and her own medical constraints, she works between 20 and 25 hours per week.

“It’s not enough,” she said.

Others told similar tales of extreme poverty.

Reyna Pacheco, an 11-year caregiver, works with two clients. To make ends meet, Pacheco said she shops at yard sales.

“I’ll tell you how we’ve been surviving,” she said. “We go to garage sales to buy clothes, Goodwill, Salvation Army, that’s how we provide for our families. Even cooking utensils, that’s how we shop.”

She added, “We do survive, but we need a little bit more dignity.”

Pacheco acknowledged Monterey County is operating on a strained budget, but the SEIU caregivers are only asking for a sliver of the pie.

“What’s 50 cents [an hour]?” she asked.

Follow Allison Gatlin on Twitter @allison_salnews #salinas.

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Olympia Collective Bargaining Agreement (April 2015)

IMPROVEMENTS to CONTRACT LANGUAGE

SECTION XI – Categories of Employees

Conversion from Part-time to Full-time Employee

All part-time Employees who have worked for an average of the regular full-time work week for that classification for any consecutive ninety (90) days shall become full-time Employees.

 

SECTION XIII – Seniority

  • Census Adjustments

The Employer may reduce an employee’s hours of work on a shift-by-shift and day-by-day basis if the Employer deems it necessary to reduce hours for declining census or resident case mix.  A clear process based on Seniority will be implemented.

  • Employment Security-Protected Status-Effective July 1, 2015, all regular full-time Employees who have completed 12 years of employment in a bargaining unit position shall not have his/her work day or work week reduced.

SECTION XIX – Leave of Absence: Recertification Leave – Subject to all of the foregoing terms and conditions, a recertification leave of up to thirty (30) calendar days may be granted to an employee who is required by the State of California to obtain and maintain a certification to perform his or her job with the Employer and who has been unable to renew his or her certification before it expired

 

NEW ARTICLES & SIDE-LETTER

Sub-Contracting: Any bargaining unit work that is subcontracted to a Management company will hire current employees, and will be covered by the contract and maintain their seniority, pay rate, shift and PTO.

HSG Side-letter: This recognized the housekeeping & laundry HSG employees. If in the future, is they are no longer subcontracted out, they will recognize & hire all employees and maintain their seniority, pay rate, shift and PTO.

 

ECONOMIC IMPROVEMENTS

 

  • SECTION XIX – Leave of Absence: Add the following

An Employee, who has completed their probationary period, shall be paid at his/her regular pay for three (3) working days’ absence within a calendar year, in the event of the death of the following family members:

  • Parent
  • Spouse
  • Child (Biological or adopted)

Such three (3) days must be taken consecutively within a reasonable time of the day of death or day of the funeral and may not be split or postponed.

 

(NEW) Education and Training Trust Fund:

The Employer and Union shall work together to support education and training programs for eligible bargaining unit(s) of the Employer covered by this Agreement through the SEIU United Long Term Care Workers Education and Training Trust Fund (SUETTF), a jointly administered employee benefit plan established pursuant to Section 302 of the Labor Management Relations Act.

 

 

WAGE INCREASES

 

 

YEARS OF SERVICE EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2015 EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2016 EFFECTIVE JUNE 1, 2017
0 – 5 .20 .20 .20
6 – 10 .25 .25 .25
11 – 20 .27 .27 .27
21+ .30 .30 .30

 

  • .10 cents will be added to the Minimum Rates every year of the contract

 

PLEASE CALL YOUR UNION ORGANIZER ERICKA OCHOA IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

213-479-6683

 

3 YEAR Contract expiring in June 2017

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR UNION REPRESENTATIVE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

ERICKA OCHOA 213-479-6683

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Kindred Collective Bargaining Agreement (April 2015)

 

All sections remain current contract unless amended by these Agreements:

  1. 1. Economics:

Wage Increases- all wage increases are effective first pay period following unless specified.

For Valley Gardens, Foothill, Village Squareall employees shall receive:

February 2015= 1%

December 2015= 1%

July 2016= 1%

December 2016= 1%

July 2017= 1%

December 2017= 1%

 

For Canyonwood only

All CNA and RNA start rates shall increase effective last pay period in March 2015 to $12.50. Employees above the Start rate and all other employees shall receive the following increases:

February 2015= 1% (unless the employee received a larger increase from the CNA and RNA start rate increase)

December 2015= 1%

July 2016= 1%

December 2016= 1%

July 2017= 1%

December 2017= 1%

 

 

For Canyonwood and Valley Gardens- all CNA and RNA start rates shall increase by 1.5% at ratification, 1.5% in December 2015 and 1% in July 2016 and 1% December 2016

 

For Valley Gardens, Foothill, Village Square and Canyonwood

Longevity Raise

Employees with more than 10 and less than 19 years of service shall receive an additional $.05 raise in April 2015

 

 

Employees with 20 years or more of service shall receive an additional $.08 raise in April 2015.

 

At Bay Area facilities (Tunnel, 19th Ave. Golden Gate, Lawton, Victorian, Hacienda, Santa Cruz and Pacific Coast)- all employees above the wage scales shall receive:

February 2015= 1%

December 2015= 1%

July 2016= 1%

December 2016= 1%

July 2017= 1%

December 2017= 1%

 

At Bay Area facilities (Tunnel, 19th Ave. Golden Gate, Lawton, Victorian, Hacienda, Santa Cruz and Pacific Coast)- all employees inside the wage scales (less than 5 years) shall receive:

The step increase on his/her anniversary + the following raises.

February 2015= .5%

December 2015= .5%

July 2016= .5%

December 2016= .25%

July 2017= .5%

December 2017= .25%

 

New Steps shall be created so that the Steps shall be:

Start

1 year

2 year

3 year

4 year

5 year

 

The Minimum Rates for the steps shall be increased by .25% in December 2015, July 2016 and July 2017.

All employees at the Start rate shall receive anniversary Step1 increase (5-7%) before receiving any across the board increases above.

 

All facilities:

 

HSG employees shall receive the across the board increases and the Union will meet with HSG to discuss minimum rates and execute the HSG Agreement.

 

Minimum Wage Cushion:

Kindred will adjust any wage scales to Minimum Wage + any employees with 1 year of service will receive $.05 on top of the Minimum, employees with 2-4 years shall receive $.07 on top of the minimum and 5 years or more shall receive $.10 above the minimum.

 

 

Bonuses- State Quality Bonuses (new money- by facility)

2014- Kindred shall share 15% of the Bonus money paid by the State to the following facilities (including HSG employees) Estimated amount of facility share- listed below:

  • 19th Ave = $27,000
  • Golden Gate= $23,000
  • Valley Gardens= $18,239
  • Victorian= $16,774
  • Village Square- $10,872
  • Tunnel= $8,544
  • Foothill= $5,394

2014 amounts will be paid within ninety (90) days of ratification of this Agreement.

 

2015, 2016 and 2017- Kindred shall share 20% of any State QASP bonus money with the employees in the facility (including HSG employees).

Each facility has a chance to earn the bonus each year.

 

Health Care Plans

Kaiser – maintain status quo for 2015.

Once during the term of the Agreement, Kindred may increase the Kaiser co pay by $5 (to $10 in the north and $20 in the south) in a plan typical of Kaiser HMO and shall provide each employee affected with a $.05 wage increase (as long as the employee remains working at Kindred and enrolled in the health plans);

Kindred may adjust the spousal rate for employees hired prior to 1997 from 77.9% to 67.9% in the same year it adjusts the Kaiser plan above.

 

In addition, in 2016 and 2017, if Kaiser raise the prices to Kindred more than 10% (between northern and southern California), then Kindred may raise the co pay (to $15 in the north and $25 in the south) but Kindred will provide each employee with a wage increase of $.05 for employee only, $.08 for child and spouse and $.10 for family- as long as the employee remains employed by Kindred and enrolled in the health care plan.

Federal Excise Tax-applies to all plans

If any of the Kindred plans are approaching the ACA Excise tax (of 40%) the Union and Kindred will meet to discuss alternative plan designs to stay below the tax level. If there is no agreement, the Union and Kindred will mediate with Federal Mediation Conciliation Services and if there is not agreement, the Union may sibmit the issue to arbitration.

 

Sick Leave- current contract plus:

All part time and on call employees who earn less than $13 per hour shall earn sick leave under State law effective July 1, 2015. A minimum of 3 days per year.

 

Per Diem Differential- remains current contract for current employees  but reduced rate for new hires

 

Pay in Lieu of Benefits– employees covered will receive wage increases equal to their PTPIB differential (to the extent not receiving benefits. Increases from 5-7.5%)

 

  1. Contract Language Changes

Section 1- Recognition

Bargaining Unit- confirm creation of “super” bargaining unit

 

New Section on Subcontracting

Subcontracting- all facilities shall have same subcontracting protection.

If Kindred subcontracts- the subcontractor will execute a “Me-Too” Agreement tracking Kindred pay and benefits.

 

Morrison- employees re-hired by Kindred after Morrison, shall receive Kindred seniority. Beginning in 2016 and for the term of this Agreement, Kindred will provide employees with a bonus to make them whole for the $10 premium Kaiser plan (up to $200 per month for the life of this Agreement)

 

 

Term of Agreement–  3 years , expires April 30,  2018.

 

  1. Sideletters:
  • Union and Kindred will meet to attempt to settle the grievances over losses to Dietary employees who were subcontracted to Morrison in 2013 and 2014 (April 29 in Oakland)
  • Union and HSG and Kindred will meet to agree on HSG start rates (April 29)
  • Union and Kindred will meet to discuss Canyonwood health plan and staffing;
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Nursing Home Contracts Bring Increased Wages, Extended Benefits, & New Members

ULTCW Nursing Home Members Celebrate April Victories

 

Contracts Bring Increased Wages and Extended Benefits, and

New Members Welcomed to ULTCW

 

The month of April brought cause to celebrate as ULTCW nursing home members achieved both contract victories and organizing victories.

 

ULTCW Welcomes New Members: On April 1, 276 nursing home workers from Los Feliz Healthcare and Wellness Centre, South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital, and Los Angeles Rehabilitation and Wellness Centre voted overwhelmingly to join our ULTCW family.

 

ULTCW Members Celebrate Contract Victories: April also brought ULTCW members contract victories.  After many months of negotiating with Kindred Nursing Centers West and Olympia Convalescent Hospital, nursing home workers reached a contract agreement that brings dignity to the lives of hundreds of nursing home workers and those they care for.

 

“It’s been a rough but successful road in our fight for what is rightfully ours. It’s incredibly rewarding to see everyone excited about our new contract,” said Maria Soto (C.N.A., Village Square Nursing Center)

 

Key victories of ULTCW’s nursing home workers’ agreement with their employers include:

 

Kindred

Increased wages and a separate increase to help cover cost of health insurance

Click here for more contract details.

 

Olympia

Increased wages, leave of absence, and a new Education and Training Trust Fund

Click here for more contract details.

 

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Job Posting: Organizer / OIT Position (North Coast, including Mendocino County)

Job Posting: Organizer / OIT Position

Position Purpose: Organizers help workers join our union.

Organizer Job Family:

Organizers with less than one year of experience, or who are unable to perform all of the job duties of an organizer are initially hired into the Organizer in Training (OIT) job classification, for a one-year development position. At the end of the year, the OIT is either qualified as an Organizer, promoted to that job class, or may be released from employment. The Senior Organizer position is the first level of staff management/supervision for the organizer job family. The next level in progression is Deputy Director and ultimately Division Director.

Required Skills, Abilities and Experience:

• While previous experience in union organizing is highly desirable, there is no hard and fast requirement for experience to start a career as an organizer in training.

• Experience with the following types of employers is highly significant: labor unions, progressive issue advocacy organizations, community organizations, political campaigns and staff of elected officials.

• Very strong preference will be given to candidates who have completed the SEIU “Wave” training program or other formal training programs for organizers.

• Personal commitment to the mission and goals of SEIU and to the specific program of SEIU ULTCW.

• The ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment are considered key components to
achieving organizer performance standards.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Basic computer literacy on Windows-based computer programs in order to perform necessary campaign data management and administrative work (or the ability to develop computer literacy within the initial six months of employment for the OIT position).

• Willingness and ability to work long, irregular hours, including evenings and weekends

• Women and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply for organizer positions.

• Fluency in a second language is also highly desirable.

• Strong personal planning and time management skills

• The ability to work with people from other cultures and backgrounds

• Having a valid drivers’ license, use of a car for work, and automobile insurance are mandatory conditions of employment in this role.

•Willingness and ability to travel throughout state of Califomia

Opportunities for Growth and Development:

SEIU ULTCW is committed to providing staff development opportunities and resources. It is recognized that the majority of an organizer’s skill development happens through on the job experience. These experiences will be a result of ULTCWs pursuit of new and innovative ways to identify,grow and develop member leaders while growing and developing ULTCW staff. ULTCW is committed to becoming a leader in achieving both of these goals in pursuit of justice for ail workers and ever-increasing member strength.

Criteria for Evaluation:

• The Organizer/ OIT (Organizer in Training)will be evaluated on his/her ability and skill in assisting the Local to meet its goal of organizing and representing workers successfully. Among other criteria, s/he will be evaluated on the ability to:

• Connect members around vision and goals of the union

• Identify and develop new member leaders and activist

• Train and mentor member leaders and activist

• Execute campaign plans with clear goals, strategies and bench marits

• Optimize use of local union resources to achieve successful outcomes.

• Develop and maintain a high level of team work, spirit, collaboration and mutual accountability

• Balance conflicting demands successfully

• Work independently

• Delivers on quantitative and qualitative goals outlined for that year.

• Carry out assigned responsibilities in a competent and professional manner in keeping with the Local’s overall goals and expectations.

To Apply For This Position
Mail, 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:

E-mail:
jobs@seiu-ultcw.org or carlaz@seiu-ultcw.org
In subject of email: Position Title of Position you are Applying for

Mail:
SEIU ULTCW
c/o Human Resources
Attn: Human Resources
2910 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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Job Posting: Organizer / OIT Position (Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties)

Job Posting: Organizer / OIT Position

Position Purpose: Organizers help workers join our union.

Organizer Job Family:

Organizers with less than one year of experience, or who are unable to perform all of the job duties of an organizer are initially hired into the Organizer in Training (OIT) job classification, for a one-year development position. At the end of the year, the OIT is either qualified as an Organizer, promoted to that job class, or may be released from employment. The Senior Organizer position is the first level of staff management/supervision for the organizer job family. The next level in progression is Deputy Director and ultimately Division Director.

Required Skills, Abilities and Experience:

• While previous experience in union organizing is highly desirable, there is no hard and fast requirement for experience to start a career as an organizer in training.

• Experience with the following types of employers is highly significant: labor unions, progressive issue advocacy organizations, community organizations, political campaigns and staff of elected officials.

• Very strong preference will be given to candidates who have completed the SEIU “Wave” training program or other formal training programs for organizers.

• Personal commitment to the mission and goals of SEIU and to the specific program of SEIU ULTCW.

• The ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment are considered key components to
achieving organizer performance standards.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Basic computer literacy on Windows-based computer programs in order to perform necessary campaign data management and administrative work (or the ability to develop computer literacy within the initial six months of employment for the OIT position).

• Willingness and ability to work long, irregular hours, including evenings and weekends

• Women and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply for organizer positions.

• Fluency in a second language is also highly desirable.

• Strong personal planning and time management skills

• The ability to work with people from other cultures and backgrounds

• Having a valid drivers’ license, use of a car for work, and automobile insurance are mandatory conditions of employment in this role.

•Willingness and ability to travel throughout state of Califomia

Opportunities for Growth and Development:

SEIU ULTCW is committed to providing staff development opportunities and resources. It is recognized that the majority of an organizer’s skill development happens through on the job experience. These experiences will be a result of ULTCWs pursuit of new and innovative ways to identify,grow and develop member leaders while growing and developing ULTCW staff. ULTCW is committed to becoming a leader in achieving both of these goals in pursuit of justice for ail workers and ever-increasing member strength.

Criteria for Evaluation:

• The Organizer/ OIT (Organizer in Training)will be evaluated on his/her ability and skill in assisting the Local to meet its goal of organizing and representing workers successfully. Among other criteria, s/he will be evaluated on the ability to:

• Connect members around vision and goals of the union

• Identify and develop new member leaders and activist

• Train and mentor member leaders and activist

• Execute campaign plans with clear goals, strategies and bench marits

• Optimize use of local union resources to achieve successful outcomes.

• Develop and maintain a high level of team work, spirit, collaboration and mutual accountability

• Balance conflicting demands successfully

• Work independently

• Delivers on quantitative and qualitative goals outlined for that year.

• Carry out assigned responsibilities in a competent and professional manner in keeping with the Local’s overall goals and expectations.

To Apply For This Position
Mail, 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:

E-mail:
jobs@seiu-ultcw.org or carlaz@seiu-ultcw.org
In subject of email: Position Title of Position you are Applying for

Mail:
SEIU ULTCW
c/o Human Resources
Attn: Human Resources
2910 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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Job Posting: Organizer II (North Coast, including Mendocino County)

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 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. Geographically, we live and work in fourteen different counties and we speak over nine languages.

Position Purpose:

Organizers help workers form, build, and grow our union; assist workers to negotiate and enforce their union contracts; mobilize workers around worksite issues, politics, public policy, and other issues affecting the lives of workers; develop rank-and-file leadership among workers; and carry out all other programs of the union in the field. SEIU ULTCW organizers may be assigned to work as “internal” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are already in unions; or as “external” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are in the process of building a union for the first time.

Organizer Job Family:

Organizers help workers form, build, and grow our union; assist workers to negotiate and enforce their union contracts; mobilize workers around worksite issues, politics, public policy, and other issues affecting the lives of workers; develop rank-and-file leadership among workers; and carry out all other programs of the union in the field. SEIU ULTCW organizers may be assigned to work as “internal” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are already in unions; or as “external” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are in the process of building a union for the first time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Any one position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed. Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by employees in the classification.

The Organizer II performs a wide range of duties, which may vary according to the needs of the overall union program or a specific campaign. Examples of those duties and responsibilities are listed below:
1. Train and assist staff in identifying, recruiting, developing, and partnering with leaders to successfully implement the mission, goals and work of the union
2. Coordinate teams of staff and members in developing and implementing industry vision, programs, and campaigns
3. Challenge staff and assist to embrace change in all aspects of their work
4. Help develop and direct campaigns to resolve workplace issues.
5. Assist staff/lead contract negotiations, campaigns and strikes
6. Guide integration of politics, community relationships and organizing support into the daily work of staff
7. Participate in and/or lead new organizing and political campaigns as needed
8. Train, develop and hold teams accountable to goals and outcomes
9. Develop staff and member leaders
10. Cover for vacation and trouble shoot on particularly difficult staff assignments
11. Contribute to organizational vision and manage the local’s strategic plans and campaigns
12. Plan and run comprehensive organizing and contract campaigns, as assigned
13. Perform other duties as required to support the department and mission of the organization.

Qualifications:

• Demonstrated experiences, abilities and skills required of an Organizer I and/or equivalent of 4 years of Organizer I experience
• Ability to lead staff in a way that motivates and inspire members to develop into leaders and participate in key union programs (i.e. politics, organizing, bargaining, etc.)
• Ability to demonstrate ULTCW’s 5 Core Values in his/her day-to-day work
• Ability to frame issues and articulate organizational values and priorities
• Ability to lead and work effectively as part of a team
• Sound organizational skills to assist staff in managing and prioritizing work subject to deadlines in a dynamic and changing environment, as an individual and as a member of a team
• Ability to receive direction from and interact with his or her immediate supervisor when it becomes necessary
• Ability to develop and carry out plans with sound independent judgment and minimum supervision
• Ability to take initiative and be creative in developing staff for new roles and responsibilities within the union and provide the support needed to be successful.
• Sound interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to providing a quality staff and member experience including the ability to establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Working knowledge and understanding of collective bargaining issues and human resource management principles.
• Demonstrated ability to formulate and deliver on short-term and long-term staff and member development and capacity building goals.
• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office/Word, Power Point, Excel, databases and Internet.
• Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
• 4+ years of experience in union or community organizing and representation leading a team of at least two or more staff.
• Proven ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures
• Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use.

Scope and Nature of Supervision:

Organizer II may report to a Senior Organizer (Internal and External), Coordinator (External), Deputy Director, Organizing (external) director, Member Strength (internal) director or local union officer, or other assigned supervisor. Supervision and direction can change on a campaign-by-campaign or project-by-project basis. Organizers are frequently expected to operate without day-to-day supervision, to develop their own work plans and goals, and to act with a great degree of discretion and independent judgment. Accordingly, they must be strong self-starters and have a commitment to fulfill the objectives of the organization.

Physical Requirements:

Long and extended hours and travel is required. Work is generally performed out in the field with members and external constituents.

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

To Apply For This Position:

Mail, 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:

E-mail:
jobs@seiu-ultcw.org
In subject of email: Position Title of Position you are Applying for

Fax:
Attn: Human Resources
(213) 368-0699

Mail:
SEIU ULTCW
c/o Human Resources
2910 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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Job Posting: Organizer II (Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties)

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 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. Geographically, we live and work in fourteen different counties and we speak over nine languages.

Position Purpose:

Organizers help workers form, build, and grow our union; assist workers to negotiate and enforce their union contracts; mobilize workers around worksite issues, politics, public policy, and other issues affecting the lives of workers; develop rank-and-file leadership among workers; and carry out all other programs of the union in the field. SEIU ULTCW organizers may be assigned to work as “internal” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are already in unions; or as “external” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are in the process of building a union for the first time.

Organizer Job Family:

Organizers help workers form, build, and grow our union; assist workers to negotiate and enforce their union contracts; mobilize workers around worksite issues, politics, public policy, and other issues affecting the lives of workers; develop rank-and-file leadership among workers; and carry out all other programs of the union in the field. SEIU ULTCW organizers may be assigned to work as “internal” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are already in unions; or as “external” organizers – working with and on behalf of workers who are in the process of building a union for the first time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Any one position may not include all of the specific duties and responsibilities listed. Examples provide a general summary of the work required and should not be treated as a total and complete list of expected duties to be performed by employees in the classification.

The Organizer II performs a wide range of duties, which may vary according to the needs of the overall union program or a specific campaign. Examples of those duties and responsibilities are listed below:
1. Train and assist staff in identifying, recruiting, developing, and partnering with leaders to successfully implement the mission, goals and work of the union
2. Coordinate teams of staff and members in developing and implementing industry vision, programs, and campaigns
3. Challenge staff and assist to embrace change in all aspects of their work
4. Help develop and direct campaigns to resolve workplace issues.
5. Assist staff/lead contract negotiations, campaigns and strikes
6. Guide integration of politics, community relationships and organizing support into the daily work of staff
7. Participate in and/or lead new organizing and political campaigns as needed
8. Train, develop and hold teams accountable to goals and outcomes
9. Develop staff and member leaders
10. Cover for vacation and trouble shoot on particularly difficult staff assignments
11. Contribute to organizational vision and manage the local’s strategic plans and campaigns
12. Plan and run comprehensive organizing and contract campaigns, as assigned
13. Perform other duties as required to support the department and mission of the organization.

Qualifications:

• Demonstrated experiences, abilities and skills required of an Organizer I and/or equivalent of 4 years of Organizer I experience
• Ability to lead staff in a way that motivates and inspire members to develop into leaders and participate in key union programs (i.e. politics, organizing, bargaining, etc.)
• Ability to demonstrate ULTCW’s 5 Core Values in his/her day-to-day work
• Ability to frame issues and articulate organizational values and priorities
• Ability to lead and work effectively as part of a team
• Sound organizational skills to assist staff in managing and prioritizing work subject to deadlines in a dynamic and changing environment, as an individual and as a member of a team
• Ability to receive direction from and interact with his or her immediate supervisor when it becomes necessary
• Ability to develop and carry out plans with sound independent judgment and minimum supervision
• Ability to take initiative and be creative in developing staff for new roles and responsibilities within the union and provide the support needed to be successful.
• Sound interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to providing a quality staff and member experience including the ability to establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
• Working knowledge and understanding of collective bargaining issues and human resource management principles.
• Demonstrated ability to formulate and deliver on short-term and long-term staff and member development and capacity building goals.
• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office/Word, Power Point, Excel, databases and Internet.
• Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
• 4+ years of experience in union or community organizing and representation leading a team of at least two or more staff.
• Proven ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures
• Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use.

Scope and Nature of Supervision:

Organizer II may report to a Senior Organizer (Internal and External), Coordinator (External), Deputy Director, Organizing (external) director, Member Strength (internal) director or local union officer, or other assigned supervisor. Supervision and direction can change on a campaign-by-campaign or project-by-project basis. Organizers are frequently expected to operate without day-to-day supervision, to develop their own work plans and goals, and to act with a great degree of discretion and independent judgment. Accordingly, they must be strong self-starters and have a commitment to fulfill the objectives of the organization.

Physical Requirements:

Long and extended hours and travel is required. Work is generally performed out in the field with members and external constituents.

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

To Apply For This Position:

Mail, 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:

E-mail:
jobs@seiu-ultcw.org
In subject of email: Position Title of Position you are Applying for

Fax:
Attn: Human Resources
(213) 368-0699

Mail:
SEIU ULTCW
c/o Human Resources
2910 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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