Several dozen homecare workers, some with their patients, gathered February 10 on the west steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento to protest Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal to cut state spending on the In-Home Supportive Services program for disabled and elderly people.
On January 27, Andy Stern, national president of Service Employees International Union, came one step closer to realizing his dream of uniting service employees under a single SEIU banner. But Stern’s dream is nothing less than a nightmare for local members of United Healthcare Workers West, the Oakland-based affiliate that’s the latest union to be swallowed whole by the SEIU, the second-largest labor union in the country.
“In a crisis like this, our top priority should be making sure the most vulnerable people don’t fall through the cracks,” said Mary Padilla, a homecare worker in Fresno County for eight years who is organizing other caregivers to join NUHW. “The governor’s cuts to IHSS won’t save money and they won’t protect the safety and dignity of the people we care for.”
Home care workers and their clients, other caregivers and union leaders rallied on the steps of the State Capitol Tuesday to protest proposed cuts to the program that funds services that keep more than 400,000 seniors and disabled Californians in their own homes.
Length: 4:14 minutes (3.87 MB) The newly formed union made up of former members of the SEIU United Healthcare Workers West has filed petitions for elections in 62 hospitals and healthcare facilities … keep reading >