Training Partnership of Community Clinics and SEIU Awarded More Than $13 Million to Increase Access to Care And Invest in the Recruitment, Retention, and Training of Healthcare Workers

Grant from California Workforce Development Board Recognizes Success of Partnership of Community Clinics and SEIU Unions Dedicated to Expanding Access to Care for Historically Underserved Communities Multiple community clinics that provide essential health care services to vulnerable populations and Locals of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) were awarded $13.3 million as part of California’s … Continued

Clinic Workers Win $25/hr Min Wage!

We did it! Clinic workers have won SB 525 — the statewide healthcare minimum wage — which creates a path to a $25 wage floor across the entire health care sector that will transform our health care system by investing in workers to deliver better health care quality, access and equity. The first law of its … Continued

Clinic Transparency Bill SB 779 Signed by Governor

We have scored a major victory for all Californians! For the first time, community clinics across the state will be required to disclose more detailed information about whether they are adequately staffed to provide quality care. This transparency means better service and care for community members as these vital data points will help clinics with … Continued

It’s Time for a $25 Healthcare Minimum Wage

This morning, clinic workers united in SEIU-CCWU joined State Senator Maria Elena Durazo and scores of essential healthcare workers from across California to introduce legislation that would establish the first-in-the-nation statewide minimum wage for healthcare workers. A minimum wage of $25 an hour for healthcare workers in California is critical to addressing the burnout, exhaustion, … Continued

CA Clinic Workers Win Push For Bonus Registration

With the December 28th registration deadline passed, tens of thousands of California clinic workers are one step closer to the $1,000 retention bonuses that we fought for and won over the course of this year.   Not only were clinic workers instrumental in pushing lawmakers in Sacramento for $70 million in funding for these bonuses, … Continued

Gov. Newsom Signs Law Investing in the Retention of Healthcare Workers 

Today, Governor Newsom signed AB 204, providing critical funding to community clinics to retain and recognize community clinic workers. Thanks to an unprecedented partnership and advocacy from eight community clinics and SEIU Community Clinic Workers United, California is dedicating $70 million for retention payments to an estimated 70,000 frontline health care workers at California’s community clinics.

WE DID IT! We won $1,000 in state funding for retention bonuses! 

We did it! Our statewide movement of community clinic workers secured retention bonuses for all community clinic workers in California. $1,000 bonuses will be awarded to approximately 70,000 clinic workers across the state.

These retention bonuses recognize our hard work and sacrifice and couldn’t have come at a more critical time as our clinics face a retention crisis.

Healthcare workers rally with Sen. Bob Hertzberg and Asm. Wendy Carillo to urge California to address worker shortages in our state’s community clinics

On August 12, Los Angeles legislators Senator Bob Hertzberg and Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo joined health care workers and community clinic leaders to announce a major milestone in our effort to save community clinics across California from the brink of collapse. Community health centers across California were facing a financial and staffing crisis before the pandemic—then their revenue and workforce were walloped by COVID-19. Clinic budget shortfalls have led to longer wait times and diminished care for patients.

“Since COVID, we have far fewer staff, and more healthcare workers leave community clinics for higher-paying jobs. We are urging lawmakers to help us fix this ongoing problem of not having enough workers and also providing relief to the clinic workers that remain,” said Anselmo Espinoza, a lead medical assistant at Clinica Romero and a member of SEIU 721.

At the rally and press conference, which was held at Clinica Romero in LA, workers, elected officials, and clinic managers called on the Newsom Administration and legislature to commit to $1,000 retention payments. These payments would benefit an estimated 70,000 frontline health care workers at California’s community clinics.