On Friday, we gathered to celebrate the grand opening of our new headquarters in San Diego! “With the purchase of this building – one of several we recently bought throughout the state – we are living our values of dignity, community, and fairness. This building represents that promise to our members,” UDW Executive Director Doug Moore told the crowd.
Hundreds of UDW caregivers were joined by our friends and neighbors, including leaders like AFSCME International President Lee Saunders and Secretary-Treasurer Laura Reyes, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, San Diego City Councilmembers David Alvarez, Myrtle Cole, and Marti Emerald, Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, and the UDW Executive Board.
The event lasted three hours and included a ribbon cutting ceremony, an invocation by the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, and special performances by the Henry Clay Elementary School chorus and the Samahan Filipino Dance Troop. December 6th was even declared UDW Day throughout San Diego!
“Being a homecare provider is a gift. We make sure the elderly and people with disabilities get the care they need in their own homes,” said provider and UDW president Editha Adams during the ceremony.
AFSCME-Secretary Treasurer and former UDW President Laura Reyes addressed the crowd inside, calling UDW a beacon for worker justice in California. Reyes presented a donation from American Income Life to the California Independent Provider Training Center (CAIPTC), which opened this year and provides free and low-cost training to homecare providers throughout the state.
In his remarks, UDW Executive Director Doug Moore explained that the purchase of our new building is an important step forward in building power for workers and our communities. At 6 o’clock immediately following the grand opening, we joined local activists and members of APALA on the front steps of our building for a candlelight vigil to honor and raise money for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.
To view more photos from the grand opening, visit our photo album here.