But no one has done politics more adeptly than Rolf. It was the Election Day prowess of SEIU that ensured it even had an employer to bargain with, and its reputation as a political dynamo that ensures the consideration of the home-care workers’ claim on the pending state budget.
Even a small raise would be a matter of great moment to minimum-wage workers — and a small raise to 75,000 such workers would be a matter of great moment to Los Angeles, the nation’s capital of low-wage work. It has certainly been some time coming. "It looks like we’ll see the sun come up," says Verdia Daniels. "But it’s been a long, hard journey."