Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000-member union’s endorsement of current Attorney General Kamala Harris in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Senator Barbara Boxer. SEIU California’s endorsement was made in a town hall process in which all members had the opportunity to evaluate candidates’ policy positions, listen to them speak, interview them, and then make their recommendations.
Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California and SEIU United Long Term Care Workers said:
“SEIU members are proud to endorse Kamala Harris to represent us in the United States Senate. We know she’ll be a tough fighter for working families in Washington, the same way she’s shown courage and commitment to stand up for hard-working Californians as Attorney General.
“SEIU’s endorsement process gave our members the opportunity to hear directly from the candidates on the issues working families worry about over the dinner table: immigration reform, health care costs, opportunity for their kids, and a basic standard of living in retirement. Our members saw Kamala is ready to be the champion they need in the U.S. Senate.
“As Attorney General, Kamala stood up to the big banks that cheated homeowners out of their life savings and cracked down on unfair foreclosures. Kamala told the truth about attacks on our retirement security. As the top lawyer representing hard-working Californians, she’s on our side every day, fighting predatory student loans and standing up for justice and equality in our courts.
“SEIU’s endorsement means our members will put our boots on the ground to deliver votes across California and put our hearts into a winning campaign to put Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate.”
SEIU California is a coalition 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.