Dereck Smith has been working with, and on behalf of, California’s long term care workers for over 22 years. He has played a instrumental role in many victories in the fight to lift up home care and nursing home workers across the state, including the historic 1999 Los Angeles County IHSS organizing victory that gave voice to 74,000 home care providers when they won the right to join SEIU Local 434B. This victory represented the greatest organizing victory for the U.S. labor movement since 1941 and paved a path forward for other IHSS providers throughout California.
As Executive Vice President, Dereck is dedicated to the success of caregivers across California – working with member leaders to ensure that the voices of long term care workers are heard, their needs addressed, their work respected, and their wages and benefits reflect the dignity they deserve. He is also focused on building coalition with other leaders and organizations that share Local 2015’s values and vision for social and economic justice.
Before his current position, Dereck served as Chief Operating Officer for Local 2015 – working closely with members to ensure the financial health of the organization and its operations. Dereck is also a Deputy Trustee on the SEIU Affiliates Pension Plan and Trustee for the SEIU Local 2015 Health Trust Fund.
Originally from Belize, Dereck has proudly called California home since 1991.