SEIU, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, and Others Rally in Support of Cambrian Home Care Workers
2011-06-20 · By Editor
Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW), and members of the community hosted a rally on Friday at Los Altos Park Plaza in Long Beach to build support for Cambrian Home Care Agency workers‚ right to form a union. Workers believe a union would lead to better working conditions, healthcare coverage and training, and would also lead to quality care for patients, many of whom are the community’s most vulnerable, including seniors, disabled and the blind.
According to union representatives, Cambrian home care, a private home care agency, has thus far been resistant to workers‚ efforts to unionize, and the group hoped that the rally would begin to change that.
“Our fellow caregivers at Cambrian need our help and support. They are trying to gain their voice in a company where the owner refused to hear their request.” Yolanda Richards, Executive Board member, ULTCW, said at the event. “She won’t accept the papers that have been filed for an election, tried to prevent them from meeting with union representatives, sent letters to workers with lies about the union and even hired an expensive union-busting organization with the same money that could have been used to give her employees a living wage and affordable health care.”
The workers also presented a petition to Cambrian with more than 1200 signatures of mostly Long Beach residents who support the workers’ right to a union.
In addition to speakers from ULTCW, speakers at the event included Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Dr. Garon Harden, immediate past president of the Ministerial Alliance and Dawn Bronsema, with the California Alliance for Retired Persons, who spoke about how a quality workplace could help many of the community‚s seniors.
“Cambrian should be glad to give their employees an opportunity to grow and become even better employees. Because in the end, this means better care for our seniors,” Ms. Bronsema said. “As seniors we need consistent, quality care that only a well-trained long-term care provider can offer. This is important because one day these workers will be our lifeline.”
SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) is California’s leading long term care organization dedicated to providing and protecting quality care for some of our most vulnerable residents. SEIU ULTCW represents 180,000 in-home care providers and nursing home workers throughout California, making it the largest union of long-term caregivers in California and the second largest SEIU Local in the nation.