Starting in June, SEIU Local 521 Home Care workers are taking the first momentous step in uniting with other long-term care workers in California to form one strong statewide local union with one clear goal: winning $15 an hour for all home care workers in California.
The new Local – SEIU Local 2015 – will unite 283,000 long-term care members in the state, making it the largest union in the nation to be made up exclusively of workers who care for the elderly and people with disabilities.
This decision to create this new local was made by SEIU members and the SEIU International Executive Board several years ago. The timing is just right as IHSS workers will be moving to statewide bargaining for the first time in California. There will be a transition period to ensure all contracts covering Local 521 members remain in place until a statewide public authority is formed.
“The new union focusing solely on long term care means better, quality care for our clients as well as giving long term care workers in the state of California a strong UNITED voice!”
– Tonya York, SEIU 521 Regional Vice President for In-Home Supportive Services
With the new strength in numbers, SEIU Local 2015 will be able to build on the momentum of the Fight for 15.
As members of SEIU Local 521, homecare workers were some of the most active in our union, winning some of the best contracts and compensation in the country. But with the average hourly pay for home care workers at just $10 in the state, the new long-term care union is motivated and energized to lift the wages for thousands historically low-wage workers and to transform the delivery of long-term care.
“We’ve always been so proud and inspired by the work of our home care workers and will miss them greatly. But we know now is the right time to make this transition. Local 2015 will build statewide power for those who are paid the lowest wages but perform the most important work there is in society.”
– Luisa Blue, SEIU 521 Chief Elected Officer