Latest Victory in Worker-Led Organizing at Nation’s Largest Disability Service Provider
Yesterday, after an unprecedented statewide campaign that saw workers from across California demand the right to form a union with SEIU, over 300 ResCare workers joined the ranks of SEIU Local 721 after their union was officially recognized.
Since March, ResCare employees in care facilities across California have been organizing to build a strong union for themselves and the patients they serve. ResCare is the nation’s largest private provider of services to people with disabilities, and ResCare workers work tirelessly to deliver quality, whole-person care to their clients.
Citing inconsistent scheduling, low wages, faulty equipment, and safety concerns, ResCare employees came together in a far-reaching campaign to raise standards for their work and the services they provide by organizing to join SEIU.
After only 2 months, ResCare employees gathered enough support to file for a card check to have their new union officially recognized. This fast-moving effort will see hundreds of ResCare workers join their colleagues working at Hylond and Orange County Group Homes, two ResCare facilities where employees voted overwhelmingly to join SEIU 721 in the past 3 years.
This landmark statewide campaign, backed by SEIU Locals 721 and 1021, will bring over 560 ResCare employees into SEIU, with over 300 set to join SEIU 721! And as this unprecedented wave of ResCare worker organizing continues to spread across California, you can be sure that ResCare workers, and the clients they serve, are in for several more victories before the year is done.
What’s next? Fill out your SEIU 721 membership card here to stay up to date on the latest news as we move forward to bargain a new, strong contract that uplifts our work and the clients we serve.