Three years ago, caregivers from across the entire state of California came together under one statewide local. This gave homecare and nursing home workers a stronger voice — which we have used to win not only for care providers but for the aging and disabled populations, and all working families in the state. Since 2015 to now we’ve grown by over 75,000 long-term workers, making us the largest union in California. We’ve closed contracts that have raised wages, improved benefits, and increased standards for those we care for and and bettered working conditions for providers.In just 2017 alone, we closed 3 IHSS contracts, 44 nursing home contracts, and 5 contracts with private agencies.
SEIU Local 2015 was instrumental in winning a pathway to a $15 an hour minimum wage for all workers throughout the state. We understood that when caregivers in SEIU Local 2015 win, our communities win. That’s why we’ve built partnerships with social justice organizations, faith leaders, the disability rights community, and community advocates so that we could build power for everyone in our communities. At The local, state, and federal levels we’ve continued to win substantive political and legislative victories that not only benefit long-term care workers but all workers.
After hearing from providers from all over the state, SEIU Local 2015 made advocating for electronic timesheets a high priority – fighting for wages also means fighting for ensuring that every provider gets paid on time! Working together, we won.
Our nursing home members won safe staffing levels that increased the nursing hours for patients across our state and increased the quality of care for nursing home patients.
Thanks to our growing coalition work, together with community partners we came together to support legislation around criminal justice reform, affordable housing, and standing up for our immigrant brothers and sisters.
Lastly, thanks to our organizing and mobilization work we protected healthcare for 47 million Americans after consistent attacks on the ACA and Medicaid came down from out-of-touch Washington D.C. politicians.
As we continue to build power and advance our vision of a more just & equitable society, this year we launched our Democracy Schools – our innovative political program to empower and strengthen our members to be civic leaders in their communities.
Our goal is to have hundreds of leaders trained in every community in California. This will build and unleash the power of long-term care workers like never before – to ensure we elect leaders who will address the Care Crisis, protect IHSS funding, and advance policies that protect he most vulnerable in our communities.
All of these victories are only possible because of we as 378,000 came together and decided to speak up, organize, mobilize, and have a seat at the bargaining table. We’ve built power that has allowed us to win for ourselves, our communities, and all of California. Let’s keep wining!