(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, representing 700,000 workers throughout California released the following statement from Executive Director David Kieffer following the Governor Brown’s State of the State address:
“Tonight we saw what leadership means. Governor Brown offered the serious tone and the straightforward, balanced approach that will be required to guide California through these difficult times.
“After seven years of Schwarzenegger’s failure to deal with our budget problems honestly, Governor Brown outlined the challenges before us clearly. California is in a deep recession and our budget is a mess.
“The only choices before us are painful ones, and Governor Brown is right: the only way to fix this mess is through a balanced approach – making more painful cuts and maintaining existing revenues in the June special election.
“If we don’t seize the opportunity now to come together and get California’s fiscal house in order, the cuts will be twice as large, jeopardizing our recovery and our ability to restore investments in schools, colleges and services that made California a beacon of opportunity for our parents and grandparents.
“We agree with the Governor that our retirement security must be sustainable; we support reforms to end abuses such as spiking, double-dipping, and wildly inflated managerial pensions.
“Working together with our Governor and the Legislature, the hard-working men and women of SEIU are ready to forge a path forward through these difficult times. We are looking to our leaders to come together across party lines and rise to the challenge to help us build the kind of state our children and grandchildren deserve.”
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SEIU California is a union of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive again.