SACRAMENTO, CA (October 10, 2022) — The leadership and members of SEIU Local 1000 were left stunned to learn via recently released audio of the horrific words spoken by Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez and other LA political and labor leaders. 

“We strongly condemn these sentiments and feel they do not reflect the truth about the vast majority of race relations in California,” said SEIU Local 1000 Board Chair Bill Hall.  

“As leaders in the labor movement, we have a role in the broader community in which we serve every person regardless of race, gender or economic station. Our main job is to create coalitions of people from diverse origins and backgrounds to fight corporate greed for working families.  No one group can win alone, and we all need each other for this fight.  Once we lose the credibility to bring people together to win, our mission is lost.” 

Irene Green, SEIU Local 1000 Vice President for Bargaining went a step further. “Our actions as politicians and labor leaders should always keep our objective front and center. This is why we’re asking for the immediate resignation of all parties involved, so we can start the healing process and to then continue serving the communities and working families that placed us in leadership.”

“To Councilmember Bonin and your family, we share your sorrow, anger, and hurt,” continued Hall. “No family should ever face such abuse. To the Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ communities who are today processing another toxic attack on our children’s and our families’ worth and dignity, SEIU Local 1000 and the entire SEIU community stands with you and commits to fighting for a better society.”

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About SEIU Local 1000
SEIU Local 1000 is a strong member led union that strives to give members—and all Californians—the opportunity to have a good life, live in sustainable communities, and enjoy the fruits of social, economic, and environmental justice.

Brian Nash,, 916-554-1238