SEIU Local 2015 Caregivers Newsletter – 1st ed.
Published on: September 21, 2018
“The work we do as caregivers is extremely difficult. Sometimes you feel like no one understands. Sometimes you can’t make ends meet and feel like you have nowhere to turn to.
All that changed for me when I joined my union. I met thousands of other home care workers and nursing home workers who, like me, were sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I felt so empowered when I realized that I was not just Kim, I was Kim plus 385,000 long-term care workers ready to fight for better wages; ready to fight for dignity and respect for our work; ready to fight for a better quality of care system for those we care for; and ready to fight for a justice agenda for our communities. I felt like I belonged. I felt like I had a voice, like I mattered.
I’ve been speaking up for so many years to demand more hours and better pay but things sure do change when it is me and all of you speaking up together.”
Kim Ballon, IHSS Homecare Worker, Ventura County
A Few Words from Our President
Sisters & Brothers –
We have a lot to be proud of over the last six months in our work together to advance the dignity of caregivers and justice in our communities. Whether continuing to improve the standards of our members through bargaining, using our vote and our voice to ensure that elected officials make our issues a priority in the state budget and a central topic for the next Governor of California, we know that the unity of 385,000 members of SEIU Local 2015 continues to be a powerful force for positive change.
We also know that since the beginning of the year, our members, our families and our union have faced unprecedented attacks from an Administration that doesn’t share our values or our vision of the future. Every day we see attempts to defund Medicaid and Medicare — programs which are the lifeline of our IHSS and nursing home workers. Tax cuts handed out to the wealthiest 1% and paid for by eliminating access to healthcare, reducing vital programs that support our seniors, children and people with disabilities.
All while they move cruel immigration policies that traumatize thousands of children unnecessarily separated from their parents. And most recently an attempt to take away the choice of how IHSS workers can spend their paycheck, invest in their union, ensure access to bargained health insurance or make contributions to other family needs.
Despite these attempts, we know that when we are united and committed to our collective success we can weather any storm that comes our way. Together let us commit to stay the course in advancing our Justice Agenda and recommit to the vision we have forecasted of brighter days on the horizon.
Together sisters and brothers, we can and we will rise.
President, SEIU Local 2015
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SEIU Local 2015 Members are eligible for great benefits!
- Voluntary PPO (Dental, Vision)
- New Legal Plan
- Discount on cell phone bill
- Discounts at retail stores
- Life & Accidental Death Insurance
In order to be eligible for these benefits you must have a membership card on file with SEIU Local 2015 and your dues must be paid and in good standing.
To find out if you are a member in good standing call the Member Action Center at (855) 810-2015. If you are not a member yet and would like to take advantage of these programs, visit SEIU2015.org/join
Members across the state stepped up and committed to becoming more active in their democracy at the local, state and federal level. Over 800 members attended Democracy Schools and 350 committed to being Democracy Captains in their communities.
Our members’ impact on the June elections was groundbreaking:
It ensured that the future of long term care and the dignity of caregivers is a central issue for our Gubernatorial endorsed candidate Gavin Newsom.
Members and staff volunteered over 20,000 hours to Get Out The Vote.
It contributed to over 98% of our endorsed candidates winning in the primary.
Our members continue to exercise their democracy in the state capitol lending their voices and the voices of their consumers to ensure a budget and legislative agenda that reflects the value and dignity of our work and communities.
Together, we were successful in securing:
-Continued funding for our IHSS consumers and Nursing Home care delivery
-Delayed implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)
-Representation and health benefits for over 800 Waiver Personal Care Services Providers
-Workgroup to ensure effective IHSS Provider back-up system for sick days
-State funds for a CNA Training Kickstarter Program to help meet workforce shortage needs
-Funding for local government grants and other state programs to address homelessness and affordable housing
Our members continue to advocate for key legislative priorities this session including:
-Assembly Bill 2872 – Peer-to Peer Learning
-Assembly Bill 3082 – Sexual Harassment Protections
-Assembly Bill 2455 – Home Care Aide registry
For more information on how you can become a Democracy Captain in your community, click button below.
United We Win: Raising Standards for Caregivers
Across the state, home care and nursing home members have used their power to bargain contracts that have increased wages, improved benefits and strengthened worker protections.
How are caregivers demonstrating unity? In the past year or so, our members came together to bargain and fight for better contracts resulting in a win for:
- IHSS – Over 38,044 home care providers in 4 counties.
- Private Agency – Over 731 home care workers in 3 private agencies
- Nursing Homes – Over 3,251 workers across 30 facilities
Thanks to the hard work of SEIU 2015 and staff, so far this year we’ve had some major victories in the State Capitol – including getting long-term care priorities included in the state budget and moving along key bills that address long-term care and our justice agenda, and other major victories including:
- Implementation of Electronic Timesheets
- Passage of SB 97: The Safe Staffing in Skilled Nursing Facilities budget bill which increases nursing hours per patient day. Implementation began on July 1, 2018.
- Successfully fought to pass a state budget that creates new tools for us to bargain quality contracts
- We succeeded in delaying the implementation of Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)
- Won path to representation and health benefits for over 800 Waiver Personal Care Services providers
- Last year we won paid sick days for IHSS homeware workers. The implementation for sick day began on July 1, 2018. For more information, visit SEIU2015.org/sickdays or call the Member Action Center at (855) 810-2015.
- Successfully fought to pass a state budget to develop an IHSS provider back-up system for sick days.
The Union Difference
All of our incredible victories since the beginning of the year were the result of our members demonstrating what is possible when we are united around a common vision and committed to playing our part in making that vision a reality.
Our path forward in continuing to win on our Justice Agenda for long term care workers and our communities will require us to be prepared for whatever challenges are thrown our way and to take advantage of the opportunities in front of us. To ensure that we stay on our path toward future success, we all must continue to build a strong and powerful union.
Here’s what you can do:
Participate in your democracy – Find out how you can play a role in getting champions of long term care workers and our communities elected this November 6th. Go to seiu2015.org or call (855) 810-2015 to get started.
Recommit to winning – If you are already a member, recommit to your union by signing a new membership card giving you more options on how to keep investing in your future and the future of all long term care workers.
Join SEIU 2015 – If you aren’t yet a member, join a community of 385,000 caregivers and play your part in winning better wages and dignity, visit seiu2015.org/join or text MYUNION to 97779.
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Winning For Our Members: Increasing Wages & Raising Standards
In 2018 we have secured major wins for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and Nursing Home workers:
- We WON contracts that guarantee home care workers a wage increase in Ventura, Solano, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.
- We WON contracts at Nursing Homes and Private Agencies that include increases in wages, benefits, education, and training fund contributions across the state. These bargaining wins include Covenant Care Facilities in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Windsor nursing homes in Petaluma, Sacramento, and Vallejo, a successor agreement with Village Square in San Diego and Bayview Rehabilitation Hospital in Alameda.