SEIU MEMBERS PRAISE SELECTION OF XAVIER BECERRA FOR HHS SECRETARY
Sacramento, CA (December 11, 2020)—The Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from Bob Schoonover, President of SEIU California and SEIU Local 721, today:
“SEIU members are thrilled by President-elect Biden’s reported selection of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as Health and Human Services Secretary. Saving lives, reopening the economy and opening classroom doors all depend on defeating the coronavirus; we know Becerra will succeed not only because he has been a formidable legal champion, but a leader guided by the values we share. He’s stood with us in fighting to protect millions’ healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, to secure justice for immigrant families, and to enforce workers’ rights.
“In selecting the child of Latino immigrants to lead us through the pandemic, the President-elect has made an important statement of commitment not just to eradicating the virus but doing so in a way that will begin to heal longstanding injustices in our healthcare system.
“As HHS secretary, we can count on Becerra to mobilize the unprecedented federal response to COVID-19, and to partner with healthcare workers and caregivers to finally deliver affordable, quality, equitable health care for all, whether we are Black, white, Latino, AAPI or Native American.”