One of the ways our union works to fulfill its Purpose Statement and create a better life for all Californians is through politics and the power of 95,000 members.
We make politics matter by electing lawmakers who respect working families, and by supporting legislation that makes a difference in the work and the lives of those families. Last month, we had an impact on two pieces of legislation important to working families.
Republicans are proposing to repeal healthcare and gut Medicaid, a scary proposition for Rita Lewis, a public health nurse and member of our union.
When she was in nursing school, she relied on Medicaid to cover the prenatal care and deliveries of her two children and worries for the countless patients she’s cared for in her 25 years of nursing, “I know firsthand that seniors, children, veterans, and individuals with disabilities could not gain a foothold on a healthy life without it.”
Member leader Nikki Linnerman knows that when it comes to winning a great contract and making a difference for working families, Politics Matter. Linnerman, who works for the EDD in Stockton, has been active in both Local 1000 and electoral politics. And this month her activities hit high gear: She attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as an elected delegate and also began a legislative fellowship at Local 1000.
Less than 24 hours before the midterm elections, SEIU members are in high gear in their efforts to knock on doors, make phone calls and rally with candidates who have pledged to fight for working families and make the economy work for everyone. An Economist story today profiled union-led get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts in Michigan, Illinois and Pennsylvania. “[SEIU's] members have been going door-to-door for the past eight months,” the article noted.
The Supreme Court issued its decision in Harris v. Quinn. In a 5-4 decision drafted by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, the right-wing majority of the court dealt a blow to the partnership forged between the State of Illinois and home care workers through their union, SEIU Health Care Illinois-Indiana.
Local 1000 member Erin Thuston was invited to join President Obama and supporters from around the country for an event at the White House on June 9.
At the event, President Obama announced new executive actions to expand upon his administration’s student loan reforms of 2010, and further lift the burden of crushing student loan debt on American workers. The new actions include a presidential memorandum that will allow an additional 5 million borrowers with federal student loans to cap their monthly payments at 10 percent of their income.