SEIU Members Refuse to Accept Widespread Poverty as California’s New Status Quo

Sacramento, CA – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from President Laphonza Butler following the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed fiscal year 2015-16 budget proposal today:

“With the leadership of Governor Brown and the deep sacrifice of millions of Californians, we have taken great strides to put our state on a path to a better future since the depths of the Great Recession with greater investments in education and healthcare. But the 700,000 members of the Service Employees International Union in California do not accept a new status quo that allows one in four Californians to live in poverty. Together, we call on the Governor and Legislative leaders to make 2015 the year California examines the roots of our poverty crisis and forges the solutions needed – from birth to bedside – to renew the California dream for every person in our state.

“While the governor’s budget proposal raises ‘Addressing Poverty and Inequality’ as a priority, it calls for little critical analysis and leaves virtually no hope for the Californians who live the reality of poverty every day: single mothers struggling to access child care, low-wage workers scrambling to put food on the table, and caregivers barely able to keep their families afloat. For these struggling Californians, the size of the cracks in the safety net is the only thing ‘extensive’ about it.

“In this his last and historic term, the Governor, and our state legislative leaders, have a rare opportunity to chart a bold and prosperous path for ALL of California. This means investing in essential services and people at every stage of life – from ensuring every young person has the early education needed to thrive in school and life to ensuring our elderly can live with dignity.”

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SEIU local unions in California are made up of over 700,000 health care workers, janitors, social workers, nurses, security officers, in-home caregivers, school and university employees, court workers, and city, county and state employees

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