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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.

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ESSENTIAL WORKERS URGE CA LEGISLATURE, GOVERNOR TO EXTEND COVID-19 PAID SICK LEAVE BENEFITS; AB 84 & SB 95
All employer-mandated COVID-19-specific emergency paid sick leave expired on December 31, 2020

Sacramento, CA (February 24, 2021) – California’s essential workers and community and labor advocates today joined forces to urge the California legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom to take immediate action to expand emergency paid sick days and paid family and medical leave protection for workers in the California 2021-2022 early action budget through AB 84 and SB 95.   

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CA NURSES AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS WIN VICTORY ON HOSPITAL SAFETY STANDARDS

Sacramento, CA (February 4, 2021) — California nurses and healthcare workers who are members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in California celebrated the end of unsafe state “waivers” that for months have allowed hospitals to recklessly elude safe staffing standards. The California Department of Public Health on Monday ordered hospitals to comply with nurse-to-patient staffing rules, ending pandemic waivers that have left hospital workers spread too thinly to provide the level of care patients require and left nurses burned out and traumatized.

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ESSENTIAL WORKERS CELEBRATE TWO US SENATE VICTORIES IN GEORGIA
Record breaking turnout across the state by Black, Latinx, AAPI voters delivered a win in electing progressives to the US Senate who will fight for workers’ rights and justice

Historic field operation, led by grassroots organizations in Georgia, delivered victories

SEIU Essential Workers showed up and got out the vote for Rev. Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Georgia run-off elections 

Atlanta, GA (January 6, 2021) – In coalition with partners across the state, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members and the Fight for $15 and a Union workers