Working families are under attack from a variety of wealthy
business interests that place profits above people. Those special
interests have successfully used many of our government
institutions–Congress, the statehouse, City Hall and various
regulatory agencies–to advance their agenda against the middle
Local 1000 will not sit idly by while others “play politics” to
the detriment of state workers, their families and their
communities. If the battle to save the middle class is
going to be fought in the political arena, Local 1000 will do
what it takes to ensure that our members and those who are
important to them are represented in that fight.
As state workers raising families in California, politics affect
every aspect of our lives, including the rights, raises and
benefits negotiated in our contract. Making politics work for
you, your family and your community is important to us.
To effectively protect your rights, Local 1000 must actively
engage in electing candidates who believe in—and stand up
for—working families. It is important that we support leaders who
are committed to a living wage, retirement security and
affordable healthcare benefits at all levels of government from
the president and Congress, to California’s governor and
Legislature, all the way to school boards, city councils and
How do we make a difference?
This election is too important for you to sit it out.
Voting is a fundamental responsibility in a democracy, but for
state workers it’s even more important. Elected officials impact
our everyday lives. First, their decisions on education, health
care, transportation taxes and housing impact our
families, friends and neighbors.
There is also the obvious relationship that these elected
officials and their appointees are our bosses. That’s why we need
to help elect the best candidates in California who believe in
quality public services and who respect the work we do day in and
day out as state employees.
Member’s voices made the union’s choices.
Before we support a candidate, Local 1000 members put them
through a rigorous process of small and large interview groups,
town hall meetings and written questionnaires. Once Local 1000
has our own endorsement decisions, we join with other SEIU locals
in the One Voice campaign.
Getting active during election season is key to Local 1000’s
success in politics. In the 2014 election cycle, 80 percent of
Local 1000-endorsed candidates won their offices. These
candidates earned our endorsement, because they are committed to
issues that are important to our members and to working families
everywhere, like a living wage, retirement security and
affordable healthcare benefits among many other things. We
support good candidates by helping people have one-on-one
conversations with voters, by phone banking and walking precincts
to meet our neighbors where they live.
Fighting for All Workers
Whether it’s candidates, referenda or legislation, Local 1000
will fight to give workers the respect and dignity they deserve;
will help their families to secure basic needs like health care,
housing and education; and will raise our communities up from the
neglect they have experienced in recent years.
No matter what kind of attack the moneyed special interests want
to bring, we are in it to win it for the middle class.