Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom Endorses SEIU California Initiative to Win $15 Wage by 2020

November 2016 Statewide Ballot Measure Raises Minimum Wage to $15 by 2020 and Guarantees Paid Sick Days for All Workers

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, representing 700,000 workers in 15 local unions statewide, announced that Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom has endorsed the Raise California’s Wage and Paid Sick Days Act of 2016.

“California’s future is as strong as our commitment to build an economy that works for all workers. I’m proud to stand with the workers who are leading the Fight for $15 and ask California voters to join us. Together we can pass this measure and give hope to millions who are working their hearts out so the next generation can live the California Dream,” said Newsom.

The Raise California’s Wage and Paid Sick Days Act of 2016 is the only statewide initiative that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020 and guarantee that every full-time worker will receive at least six days per year to care for themselves and their families. Small businesses would have until 2021 to meet the $15 per hour minimum.

The ballot measure is the next step in the Fight for $15, a national movement that has won wage increases for 11 million workers nationwide and engaged millions of workers in pushing back against the economic inequality that is hurting our nation. The rapidly growing Fight for $15 began as a protest by 200 workers in New York City three years ago and has since mobilized millions of underpaid fast food workers, home care workers, childcare providers, and others to demand significant policy changes in response to the low wages and tough times they face. SEIU California is a proud partner of the Fight for $15 in making California a leader in the national minimum wage movement.

Please visit RaiseWageCA.org for more information.

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