Members in Action

Long Term Care Workers Mourn the Loss of Union Matriarch, Trailblazer, Verdia Daniels

On Saturday, October 1st, SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) lost its founding matriarch, Mrs. Verdia Daniels. She passed at the age of 80.

Mrs. Daniels was a trailblazer in homecare as she dedicated her life to the noble fight of unionizing some of California’s hardest working people who every day, provide lifeline care for the well-being and health of our most vulnerable citizens. Her efforts led to the organizing of 80,000 homecare providers in Los Angeles in 1999, the largest union organizing victory in the United States since the heyday of auto worker organizing in the 1930’s and the first of homecare providers. Today, 500,000 homecare providers have union representation.

“My heart is heavy but I take solace in the fact that her last days were filled with love, warm wishes, phone calls and visits from homecare members who always valued her sacrifice and courage to demand that homecare providers be recognized for the care they provide and be treated with the dignity they deserve. I know we will honor her legacy by exhibiting the same courage and sacrifice it will take to win justice for the180,000 homecare providers and their families who she spent the better part of 25 years fighting for selflessly,” said Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU ULTCW.

Mrs. Daniels’ commitment to working people and social justice is detailed in the book, “Women’s Work: Los Angeles Homecare Workers Revitalize the Labor Movement,” which tells the extraordinary stories of women of color standing together to demand fair wages, benefits, and the right to be “invisible no more.”

Mrs. Daniels is survived by her daughter, Deidrea Daniels Sherman and her grandchild, Evan. The movement she was helped start well over two decades ago has grown to be one of the most powerful in the state and in the nation.

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, October 11th at 11:00 am.

Service location:
West Angeles Church
3045 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles 90016

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Public Employees and Retirees Protest Roger Niello’s Attack on Retirement Security

SACRAMENTO – More than 50 California public employees and retirees staged a protest Wednesday in front the luxury car dealership partially owned by former Sacramento-area Assemblyman Roger Niello, a multimillionaire who filed a ballot proposition to gut retirement benefits for public servants.

Public employees and retirees, including firefighters, scientists, engineers and teachers, urged a boycott of Niello’s dealerships in the Sacramento area, home to more than 60,000 state employees.

“This poorly crafted proposition amounts to an assault on California’s middle class,” said Harvey Robinson, President of the Retired Public Employees’ Association of California. “It is time for our leaders to start standing up to corporate interests who are part of a national attack on public workers and their retirement security.”

The average state employee brings in a $26,000-a-year pension.  “That can’t buy a single new car on this lot.  Some retirees take home less than $1,000 a month – barely enough to cover health care and living costs, let alone a car payment,” Robinson said.

Retirees and the 60,000 state employees in the Sacramento region play a critical part in supporting its economy. Niello’s proposition will hurt the economy at a time it can least afford it. Protesters also called for the support of other dealerships that back state workers and retirees who contribute to the region’s economy.

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New retirees finding 401k plans don’t add up

Yet another report illustrates that 401ks are not enough — and that America will be facing a growing crisis of retirement insecurity and senior poverty. Read the Wall Street Journal article on the report. Despite the mounting evidence that 401k plans don’t work for the average worker, anti-working family politicians are engaged in a coordinated nationwide campaign to do away with the proven savings of defined benefits pension retirement plans and replace them with risky individual plans

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SEIU Long-Term Care Workers Head to Arizona

Workers Will Protest Anti-Immigrant Law

Long-term care workers from SEIU-ULTCW headed to Arizona to protest the anti-immigrant SB 1070 with hundreds of other workers from Los Angeles County.

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Hundreds of Students, Workers, and Allies Send Message to Big Oil

“The Free Ride Ends in 2010”

Nearly a thousand students, workers, and community allies gathered in the Westwood area of Los Angeles to march on the headquarters of Occidental Oil, one of the four largest oil producers in the state of California. California is the only major oil-producing state in the nation that does not tax oil drilling, and this loophole allows the oil companies to take $1.2 billion a year from taxpayers, school children, seniors, and college students.

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