In June, SEIU Local 2015 was created to unite the voices of the over 315,000 long term care workers previously represented by three legacy SEIU locals in California. Through the new statewide Local, home care and nursing home workers throughout California will now have the unified voice necessary to fully advocate for the specific needs of long term care workers, those they care for, and the communities in which they live.
As we, the Officers of SEIU Local 2015, work with members to define the goals and vision of the new Local, we felt it was essential that we meet with our member leaders in their own communities – having conversations about the hopes and dreams they have for our Local, the values our Local should represent, and the specific issues that impact them, their families, and those to whom they provide care.
To accomplish this, we set out on a statewide tour—traveling across California over the
course of 25 days to visit one-on-one with member leaders from our SEIU Local 2015 counties. We would like to sincerely thank the member leaders who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to meet with us and for sharing their personal stories of struggle, hope, and dedication to the work they do and the future of long term care. This report, which will be used as a foundation as we work together to build the strongest long term care local in California and the country, captures the common themes that came from these insightful conversations.