Speaker Atkins, Sen. Hall, Asm. Hernandez, and Controller Yee Among Leaders Joining Campaign for November 2016 Statewide Ballot Measure
Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, representing 700,000 workers in 15 local unions statewide, announced new endorsements of the Raise California’s Wage and Paid Sick Days Act of 2016 from Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and State Senator Isadore Hall III and Assemblymember Roger Hernandez. Today’s announcement comes on top of endorsements of the initiative from Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and State Controller Betty Yee, showing Democratic leaders coalescing around the only statewide initiative that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020 and guarantee every full-time worker six paid sick days annually.
“Too many California workers are underpaid, period. I’m proud to support the the only initiative on the November ballot that raises the wage to $15 by 2020 and guarantees workers six paid days a year to recover when they are sick or to take care of an ill family member,” said Atkins.
Hall said, “The Fight for $15 has won in Los Angeles, won in San Francisco, and I’m proud to join SEIU California and the workers who energize this movement in a campaign to lift up underpaid workers statewide. Importantly, the Raise California’s Wage and Paid Sick Days Act of 2016 delivers a $15 wage by 2020, and guarantees workers paid sick days they need to take care of themselves and their loved ones when illness strikes.”
“One in four Californians is living in poverty because wages are too low to feed a family. We have to do better by our kids,” Hernandez said. “I’m proud to stand by the 700,000 workers of SEIU California in a campaign that gives hope to underpaid workers and honors the backbreaking work they do.”
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.