SEIU Local 2015 accomplished so much in 2021. It wasn’t an easy year, but our members went above and beyond in their fight for quality long-term care. And we are so proud of each and every one of them. Check out some of the accomplishments we’re most proud of this year below.
In 2021, we:
- Vaccinated over 250,000 Californians through our vaccination clinics.
- Helped pass California’s new budget, which included $200 million for Long Term Care Career Pathways, the continuation of IHSS State and County Sharing Ratio, and eliminating the IHSS 7% reduction in service hours, which we’ve fought for decades.
- President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan passed the House of Representatives and will invest $150 into long-term home care services. We saw 16,000 SEIU 2015 members get involved in this push for a historical investment in long-term care, calling their member of congress and even going to Washington, D.C.
- California passsed Senate Bill 650 and Assembly Bill 1042 that keeps nursing homes accountable for providing suitable care for their patients.
- Our members pushed for the American Rescue Plan, which included hazard pay that includes $500 stipends for home care providers who served on the front lines during the pandemic.
- Together, we voted against the recall of Governor Gavin Newsom, protecting over 18 years of progress made for caregivers.
- We’ve used our collective strength to raise wages for members across California—including Tulare, Santa Cruz, Ventura, Santa Clara counties, and more.
Our members stories were shared across the country…
- 2015 member, Suk Kim, spoke with President Biden and helped our plea go nationwide to help us shine a light on the disrespect so many immigrants and women of color are facing every day.
- Tracy Mills Jones shared her story to advocate for a living that will not only support her and her family, but help put caregivers everywhere on the path to a stable living.
- Our members took the streets in DC, advocating for voting rights and an investment in care. Leilani Reed even spoke with officials at the White House about why we must invest in care now!
All of these accomplishments are because of you. You never stopped working on behalf of your union sisters and brothers while balancing work and your own families. You did all of this to help hundreds of thousands of people across the state.
We have over 400,000 caregivers fighting every single day. That’s just how strong our union is; how strong our community is.