Laphonza Butler is the Provisional President of SEIU Local 2015 – the recently formed statewide long term care union that has united the voices of more than 325,000 SEIU nursing home and home care workers throughout California. SEIU Local 2015 is the largest union in California and the largest long term care local in the country.
Since the formation of Local 2015 on June 2, 2015, its members have celebrated historic victories at the local, state, and federal levels – including the passage of the nation’s first $15 statewide minimum wage – a victory that will improve the lives of over 6 million Californians and for which Ms Butler’s leadership was honored by the White House.
Prior to leading SEIU Local 2015, Ms Butler served for seven years as President of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW). She has also served as SEIU’s Property Services Division Director. She was instrumental in reaching collective bargaining agreements on behalf of 20,000 security officers in nine major cities across the United States and played a key role in the uniting of 25,000 foodservice workers in a virtually non-union industry.
Through these positions, Ms Butler has acquired years of experience in working to improve the lives of working families by successfully running strategic organizing campaigns, forming alliances with community and political allies, and partnering with other unions to build worker strength.
In addition to her role as Provisional President of SEIU Local 2015, Ms Butler serves as an SEIU International Vice President and President of SEIU California State Council. Other committees and commissions include Chair of the University of California African American Advisory Council; Board Member for the National Children’s Defense Fund, Board Member for the New World Foundation, Fellow for the MIT Community Innovators Lab, Young Leader Fellow for the French American Foundation, Board Member for the Fair Shake Commission, and Member of LA24 – the Olympic Organizing Committee for the City of Los Angeles. She has also served as a Director for the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve System and was appointed by Senator Harry Reid to President Obama’s Long Term Care Commission.
A proud native of the south, Butler is a graduate of Jackson State University, in Jackson, MS.