SACRAMENTO – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council announced today that Jon Youngdahl has been named the new State Council Executive Director, replacing David Kieffer who has recently decided to return to his roots of organizing and pursue opportunities to give unorganized California workers a voice in the workplace.
“All of us at State Council wish David the very best in his future endeavors and thank him for his service and contribution as our Executive Director,” said Laphonza Butler, SEIU California State Council President. “We’re also fortunate to be able to welcome Jon Youngdahl as our new Executive Director. Anyone who has had the opportunity to work with Jon will agree that his vast experience is second to none and will prove invaluable as we continue to work toward our vision of bringing social and economic equality to all Californians.”
Youngdahl, whose experience working with progressive organizations dates back to the early 90’s, has served in a variety of leadership roles within SEIU, including Executive Director of the SEIU Minnesota State Council.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with the 700,000 SEIU California members and leadership in moving our vision forward on behalf of working families,” said Youngdahl. “It’s also a great joy for me and my family to return to California where I grew up, attended school, and got my start in the labor movement.”
SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, homecare workers, cafeteria workers, nurses and various classifications of city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. They come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that fight for the issues working men and women care about such as affordable healthcare, good wages, a means to a good retirement, a healthy environment, education and stronger communities. They believe that by working together we can build a California that all working families can once again thrive in.