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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

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AFTER NARROW LOSS IN TRANSFORMING CA’S CORPORATE PROPERTY TAX SYSTEM, SEIU MEMBERS VOW TO CONTINUE EFFORT TO REBALANCE ECONOMY, PUTTING PEOPLE, KIDS, & WORKING FAMILIES ABOVE CORPORATE PROFIT & BILLIONAIRES’ WEALTH

Sacramento, CA (November 11, 2020) — The 700,000 members of the Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU) in California acknowledged disappointment with the narrow defeat of Prop. 15, which would have required corporations to pay property taxes on the fair market value of their property, but vowed to continue efforts to better fund our communities and schools and fight the pandemic and inequality so that California can come back stronger and better.

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SEIU CALIFORNIA MEMBERS CELEBRATE WORKERS’ ROLE IN HISTORIC ELECTION VICTORY FOR JUSTICE, INCLUSION & EQUITABLE PANDEMIC RECOVERY
California Members’ Investment in Latino Outreach Proved Pivotal in Turning Arizona Blue

Sacramento, CA (November 9, 2020) — The 700,000 members of the Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU) in California today joined the millions of SEIU members across the country in celebrating the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States and Kamala Harris as the Black, South Asian woman elected on a presidential ticket. 

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ELECTION OF DAVE MIN GROWS WORKING FAMILY MAJORITY IN CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE

Sacramento, CA (November 9, 2020) — The 700,000 members of the Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU) in California today celebrated victory in a key legislative race that will help expand a working family majority in the California State Senate - the election of Dave Min in SD 37. SEIU California members worked tirelessly through phone banks and text banks to ensure Senator-elect Min was elected to be a champion for working families in California. 

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AFTER TRUMP ABANDONS TALKS ON COVID-19 RELIEF, SEIU CALIFORNIA SAYS TAXING THE WEALTHY REMAINS ONLY PATH TO EQUITABLE RECOVERY
Cuts will widen inequality fueled by recession & COVID-19, especially in communities of color

Sacramento, CA (October 6, 2020) — After President Donald Trump walked away from negotiations today for federal stimulus and relief from COVID-19 and after spending months raising the urgent economic, racial, and social justice needs that require state leaders to secure new revenue, SEIU California reiterated to state leaders the need to mitigate billions in trigger cuts coming to the state budget later this month by taxing California’s wealthiest residents. 

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ESSENTIAL LEGISLATION ENSURES WORKERS CAN ACCESS JUSTICE

Sacramento, CA (September 30, 2020) — Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California applauded Governor Gavin Newsom for signing AB 1947 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) into law. AB 1947 was a piece of priority legislation for the union that will extend the time that workers have to file a claim with the California Labor Commissioner if their employer retaliates against them for exercising their workplace rights.

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GOV. NEWSOM SIGNATURE HELPS PREVENT PANDEMIC WAGE THEFT

Sacramento, CA (September 30, 2020) — Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California applauded Governor Gavin Newsom for signing AB 3075 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) into law. AB 3075 was a piece of priority legislation for the union that will prevent companies from exploiting the global pandemic to cheat their workers by reopening under a different name to avoid paying wages they owe their employees.