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SEIU MEMBERS MAKE KEY ENDORSEMENTS:
RE-ELECT TONY THURMOND AS SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT, KEEP ROB BONTA AS ATTORNEY GENERAL

Sacramento, CA (June 24, 2021) — The 700,000 member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced two endorsements in the 2022 primary election for statewide offices. Members of SEIU local unions in California come together with one voice to make endorsements for state offices; SEIU members have come together to decide they will work to re-elect Tony Thurmond as Superintendent of Public Instruction and to elect Attorney General Rob Bonta to another, full term.  

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SENATE SAYS CALIFORNIA NEEDS OFFICE OF RACIAL EQUITY TO UPROOT GENERATIONS OF STRUCTURAL RACISM, REWRITE POLICIES FOR JUSTICE AND INCLUSION

Sacramento, CA (June 7, 2021) – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement upon the California State Senate’s approval of SB 17 (Pan), which creates our state’s first Office of Racial Equity, charged with implementing a community-led vision to identify and eliminate racism in state policy and address inequality through state programs. The following may be attributed to Riko Mendez, Chief Elected Officer of SEIU Local 521 and Executive Board member of SEIU California:

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ASSEMBLY MOVES TO CURB POLICE VIOLENCE TOWARD PEACEFUL PROTESTORS

Sacramento, CA (June 2, 2021) - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement upon the California State Assembly’s approval of AB 48 (Gonzalez), which would prohibit the use of kinetic energy projectiles or chemical agents by any law enforcement agency to disperse protests. The following may be attributed to April Verrett, President of SEIU Local 2015 and Executive Board member of SEIU California:

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SEIU MEMBERS APPLAUD GOVERNOR GIVING WORKING MOMS & FAMILIES A BREAK

(May 10, 2021) – SEIU California released the following statement today upon the Governor’s announcement of substantial new investments in child care and in in-home caregivers’ opportunities for advancement. The following statement may be attributed to April Verrett, President of SEIU Local 2015 and Executive Board Member of SEIU California.

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ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE VOTES TO CLOSE RACIAL WEALTH AND FINANCIAL ACCESS GAP, APPROVES BANKCAL, THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC BANKING OPTION ACT

Sacramento, CA (April 30, 2021) – Today a coalition of nearly 200 racial and economic justice groups, faith-based organizations, businesses, and labor unions celebrated the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee’s approval of the California Public Banking Option Act, AB 1177 (Santiago), also known as BankCal. The landmark legislation provides access to zero-cost, zero-penalty check cashing, direct deposit, automatic bill pay, and debit card accounts to Californians who choose to participate in the program.

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ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVES FAST FOOD ACCOUNTABILITY AND STANDARDS (FAST) RECOVERY ACT

Fast Food Workers Must be Empowered, Not Exploited

Legislation will Strengthen Workers’ Voices in Workplace Health and Safety Standards 

Sacramento, CA (April 28, 2021) – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement upon the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s approval of the Fast Food Accountability and Standards (FAST) Recovery Act, AB 257 (Gonzalez). This landmark legislation will address long-standing concerns over worker safety and prevent exploitation in the fast food restaurant industry by giving workers the power to help set industry-wide health and safety standards and hold corporations accountable for keeping workers safe. 

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ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE EMPOWERS FAST FOOD WORKERS’ VOICES; APPROVES FAST FOOD ACCOUNTABILITY AND STANDARDS (FAST) RECOVERY ACT

Sacramento, CA (April 22, 2021) - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement upon the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee’s approval of the Fast Food Accountability and Standards (FAST) Recovery Act, AB 257 (Gonzalez). This landmark legislation will address long-standing concerns over worker safety and prevent exploitation in the fast food restaurant industry by giving workers the power to help set industry-wide health and safety standards and hold corporations accountable for keeping workers safe. 

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SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE APPROVES ESSENTIAL LEGISLATION TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY ON NURSING HOME SPENDING

Sacramento, CA (April 22, 2021) - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement upon the Senate Health Committee’s approval of SB 650 (Stern), which requires nursing homes to file annual consolidated financial statements, giving the State and the public more information on nursing homes, many of which are privately owned by large for-profit chains that utilize increasingly elaborate corporate structures to hide their finances and shield themselves from oversight.

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GUILTY VERDICT MARKS A TURNING POINT IN FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, EQUITY

Sacramento, CA (April 20, 2021) – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement after a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd. Joseph Bryant, President of SEIU Local 1021 and Executive Board member of SEIU California, said the following: 

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SEIU MEMBERS APPLAUD CA SUPREME COURT’S RULING: LOCKING PEOPLE UP BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD BAIL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Sacramento, CA (March 26, 2021) — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from April Verrett, President of SEIU Local 2015 and Executive Board Member of SEIU California, after the California Supreme Court ruled that courts must consider a defendant’s ability to pay before imposing cash bail: 

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SEIU CA MEMBERS CONGRATULATE XAVIER BECERRA ON CONFIRMATION AS HHS SECRETARY

Sacramento, CA (March 18, 2021) -  The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from Bob Schoonover, President of SEIU California and Executive Director of SEIU Local 721 after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. 

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LIFE-SAVING BILL OFFERS SUPPLEMENTAL PAID SICK LEAVE BENEFITS TO FRONTLINE WORKERS
Essential Workers Cheer CA Senate Vote on SB 95 to Extend COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Benefits

Sacramento, CA (March 18, 2021) - California’s essential workers joined community and labor advocates today in cheering the California State Senate’s approval of SB 95, which would extend emergency paid sick days and paid family and medical leave protection for workers until September 30, 2021. Ever since all forms of employer-mandated, COVID-19-specific emergency paid sick leave expired on December 31, 2020, workers have since been left with either inadequate or no rights to sick leave.

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ESSENTIAL WORKERS CHEER CA ASSEMBLY VOTE TO EXTEND COVID-19 PAID SICK LEAVE BENEFITS; SAY GIG WORKERS SHOULDN’T BE LEFT OUT

Sacramento, CA (March 15, 2021) - California’s essential workers and community and labor advocates today celebrated the California State Assembly’s approval of SB 95, one of two bills that would extend emergency paid sick days and paid family and medical leave protection for workers until September 30, 2021, in the California 2021-2022 early action budget. 

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COVID-19 WORKPLACE PROTECTIONS TO STAY IN PLACE;
Judge’s Ruling is Victory for Workers Over Corporations Ruling comes as workers in low-income jobs, immigrants and workers of color continue to bear the brunt of workplace deaths

San Francisco, CA (february 25, 2021) – A coalition of workers and advocates hailed a ruling today by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman that means emergency rules protecting California workers from COVID-19 where they work will stay in place for now.