FAQs on SEIU Local 2015

Who is SEIU Local 2015?

Representing over 385,000 home care, skilled nursing facility, and assisted living center workers, SEIU Local 2015 is the largest SEIU Local in California. Our members represent every race, every faith, and every ethnicity but are united in their commitment to caring for California’s most vulnerable; seniors and the disabled.

It is our mission to unleash the collective power of long term care workers, their families, and their communities; harness the power of technology; and, build a broad movement to disrupt the unjust status quo in order to bring lasting transformational change towards a more just society for all.

What have the members of SEIU Local 2015 accomplished collectively?

The members of SEIU Local 2015 have won contracts that have raised wages and strengthened benefits across the entire state of California. In addition, our union has successfully organized for a pathway to a $15 an hour minimum wage for all workers statewide, passed legislation that supports the development of affordable housing, and ensured that IHSS workers get sick days and nursing homes have safe staffing ratios.

Follow this link to learn more about the victories of SEIU Local 2015.

Why should you be a part of a SEIU Local 2015?

As a member of SEIU Local 2015 you are a member of a community of over of 385,000 of your fellow caregivers. As such, you are able to use our collective power to advocate not only for yourself but for those you care for.

Being part of SEIU Local 2015 allows you to participate in how your contract is bargained, take part in union affairs, and attend union meetings. In addition, you are also entitled to receive exclusive member benefits.

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Sounds great! Are there any other benefits to being an SEIU Local 2015 member?

Dues-paying members of SEIU Local 2015 are entitled to a range of benefits, including access to affordable Dental, Vision, Life with Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Accident insurance for your family, at a low monthly cost. We also offer a discounted legal plan.

In addition, membership of SEIU Local 2015 entitles you to a range of discounts on everyday expenses, like cell phone bills, DirectTV, and rental cars. We also offer discounted tickets to movies and amusement parks. We have college benefits and the Elinor Glenn Scholarship, for you or your children.

You may also have the opportunity of travelling to Sacramento or Washington DC to lobby and voice your support and/or concerns around long term care policies that affect you and those you care for. You’d also have access to staff who can assist you with timesheet or paycheck errors and issues with timesheet violations.

How do I become a member of SEIU Local 2015?

You can sign-up easily online at www.seiu2015.org/join or you can contact the Member Action Center at 855-810-2015, or stop by any of our SEIU Local 2015 offices.

Who Decides How SEIU Local 2015 Spends My Dues?

SEIU Local 2015’s budget is approved annually by an elected executive board, comprised of fellow members – caregivers just like you.

Who is part of SEIU Local 2015’s leadership?

SEIU Local 2015’s elected Officers are President Laphonza Butler and Executive Vice Presidents Arnulfo De La Cruz, Kim Evon, and April Verrett. They are all are experienced labor representatives and organizers with a deep understanding of the work and needs of long term care professionals.

Additionally, SEIU Local 2015 is lead by an elected body comprised of Regional Vice Presidents and Executive Board members, who are caregivers, just like you!

Are there opportunities for me to get involved in union activities?

Absolutely! Our strength is entirely based on our numbers. The more active you are with your fellow members, the more our union can accomplish. SEIU Local 2015’s power is the involvement of our membership.

Please call the Member Action Center at 855-810-2015 for more information.

What campaigns is SEIU Local 2015 working on?

SEIU Local 2015 continues to organize to raise wages for home care and nursing home workers across the state. In the next 12 years, the number of seniors in California is set to double and the demand of quality long term care is only expected to increase. However, wages have not risen, leaving long term care workers in poverty and a shortage of qualified care workers to take care of our rising senior population.

Our membership is also focused on solving other issues facing long term care workers and our whole communities, through our justice agenda.

  1. Housing Justice
    1. Members of Local 2015 have stated this as a critical issue faced by working Californians which crosses geography, class, race and ethnicity. Affordable housing for working people is key to restoring and building our communities.
  2. Economic & Worker Justice
    1. The unprecedented income inequality and attacks on workers’ rights that we have been experiencing for the last 30 years require us to take action. We must not only defend and protect what we have, we must also forge new ground in our efforts toward winning for workers.
  3. Immigrant Justice
    1. America’s immigration system is broken. We believe in the respect and dignity of immigrants; that a modernized immigration system that includes a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants will strengthen our families, our communities and our country.
  4. Environmental Justice
    1. It is an injustice that in California your zip code, race and income often determine whether you will have access to clean air and water, be able to access healthy food or live in a clean environment. Far too many of our members talk of their families who live, work and play in communities that are polluted by large corporations that are often held unaccountable. We believe that all Californians – regardless of race, color, national origin or income – deserve the right to clean air and water, healthy food and clean neighborhoods.
  5. Restorative Justice
    1. Today our criminal justice system produces very little justice. People of color and those living in poverty fare far worse than most. The entire system – policing, the courts, prisons and recidivism – needs to be transformed into one that is fair and equitable for everyone. Our vision is a justice system that focuses on real second chances rather than punishment alone.
  6. Disability Justice
    1. Our vision for justice includes communities that recognize the wholeness of all people by providing full inclusion and access, while upholding the same rights and freedoms for all, regardless of ability or disability.

Where are your offices located?

Our statewide headquarters is located in Los Angeles: 2910 Beverly Blvd. In addition, We have many offices throughout the state. Please call the Member Action Center at 855-810-2015.

Where can I find out more information on current campaigns?

Current information on our campaigns can be found at www.seiu2015.org or www.facebook.com/seiu2015

You can also call the Member Action Center at 855-810-2015 to get plugged into local campaigns and to find out information as to your nearest office and your next local chapter meeting.

There are issues with my paycheck or timesheet. Is that something SEIU Local 2015 can help with?

Yes, dues-paying members of SEIU Local 2015 regularly receive assistance on paycheck or timesheet issues. Please call the MAC at 855-810-2015.

In addition, the collective strength of the membership of SEIU Local 2015 has advocated collectively to solve repeated issues. For example, our members successfully advocated for the adoption of electronic timesheets and direct deposit to ensure that providers are paid properly and on-time. In addition, we successful advocated for sick pay for IHSS workers.

I am a home care worker looking to acquire new skills. Can you help me find training programs?

Yes! SEIU Local 2015 partners with the California Long Term Care Education Center (CLTCEC) to offer a variety of training programs for our members. We also have college benefits and the Elinor Glenn Scholarship, for you or your children.

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