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SEIU Members Pick Candidates Committed to Fighting For Working People

Congressional, State Senate and Assembly Endorsements Made in Member-Driven Town Hall Process

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the results of its town hall endorsement process in 10 Congressional, State Senate and Assembly races. In SEIU’s town hall process, members evaluate candidates’ policy positions, listen to them speak, interview them, and then make their decisions. The town halls are open to all members in each district.

“Working Californians need representatives who will stand up for us and our families instead of big corporations and the wealthy,” said Marion Taylor, an in-home care provider from Alameda County. “We chose these candidates carefully. We looked at their positions, heard them speak, interviewed them, and then made our decision. They are the men and women we believe will fight for working families.”

Assembly

  • AD 12 No Endorsement
  • AD 13 Xochitl Paredes
  • AD 18 Rob Bonta, Abel Guillen
  • AD 20 Bill Quirk
  • AD 32 Rudy Salas
  • AD 34 Mari Goodman

Senate

  • SD 5 Cathleen Galgiani

Congressional

  • CD 2 Jared Huffman, Susan Adams, Norman Solomon
  • CD 7 Ami Bera
  • CD 10 Jose Hernandez

As more member-driven town halls take place in the coming weeks, SEIU California expects to announce additional endorsements.

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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.

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SEIU California Endorses Congressman Howard Berman for Congress

Statement by Bill A. Lloyd, President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council, on SEIU California’s endorsement of Congressman Howard Berman in the 30th Congressional District.

“We are very proud to endorse Howard Berman for Congress in the 30th Congressional District. He is a champion for working families as we struggle for good jobs, homes, and a brighter future for our children.

“Congressman Berman has been an extraordinary friend of working families in Congress for nearly three decades, and before that he fought for working people in his capacity as a California State Assemblymember and labor attorney.

“In the legislature and in the courtroom Congressman Berman has tirelessly promoted the rights of farm workers, building services workers, social workers, and state employees.

“We are going to work hard to send Congressman Berman back to Congress, because we have complete confidence that he will continue fighting for a fair economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and corporations.”

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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.

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Millions Unemployed. Millions of Projects Undone. It’s Time to Put the Two Together.

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Governor Signs Healthcare Law to Save Backs and Bucks

AB 1136 will help prevent workplace injuries among hospital workers

Sacramento, CA – Today Governor Brown signed landmark Safe Patient Handling legislation (AB 1136) to prevent a staggering epidemic of workplace injuries among hospital workers while improving patient care.

“The SEIU nurses here in California have long recognized the need for safe patient handling legislation and this was the year to finally get that accomplished,” said Ingela Dahlgren, RN, the Executive Director of the SEIU Nurse Alliance of California. “Too many of our nurses and other healthcare workers have been injured on the job while moving or repositioning the patients in their care.”

Due to excessive unnecessary manual patient lifting and transfers, healthcare workers experience some of the nation’s highest rates of disabling neck, back, and shoulder injuries. However for more than a decade, mechanical lifting and transfer devices have proven to be remarkably effective in reducing these injuries while reducing serious patient skin tears and patients being dropped.

“There isn’t a nurse that I’ve met that doesn’t have a story of experiencing an injury while caring for a patient that took them off work either temporarily or permanently or at the very least isn’t dealing with chronic pain in their back, neck or shoulders,” said Dahlgren. “With this important legislation, not only will our patients be provided safer care, but hospitals will have the guidelines to better protect their employees and prevent career ending injuries.”

California nurses and healthcare workers have always lead the charge for safer working conditions and patient care, whether through Nurse-to-Patient ratios, safer needle legislation or Airborne Transmissible Disease Standards, and now Safe Patient Handling isn’t just a hope, it’s a reality.

The nation’s first Safe Patient Handling law requiring the purchase of safe patient handling equipment and training programs was passed in Washington State in 2006. As a result of the implementation of this law, a January 2011 study found that neck, back and shoulder injuries to hospital workers caused by manual patient handling have decreased by more than one third.1

California now joins Washington State and a half dozen other states where SEIU members have succeeded in passing Safe Patient Handling state laws. SEIU is continuing to work with legislators in other states to pass more Safe Patient Handling laws while pursuing passage of a federal law.

1. Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ SHARP program, January 2011.

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Holding Hospital Owners Accountable

Thanks to hundreds of calls and numerous visits to Sacramento by SEIU members, the state legislature has voted in favor of a bill that would protect consumers and patients from bad hospital owners. The bill now goes to Governor Brown for final passage—and SEIU members are urging the governor to protect safe, quality healthcare by signing the bill into law.

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Bill to Keep California Working Now in Governor’s Hands

Assembly Passes AB 101 to Mend Broken Child Care System

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from Bill A. Lloyd, President of SEIU California, on the State Assembly’s passageof AB 101 (J. Perez and Steinberg):

“California’s Assembly members, under the leadership of Speaker John Perez, today took action to address our state’s jobs crisis by strengthening California’s child care system, an $11 billion industry. Speaker Perez deserves thanks, as do Assemblymembers Bonnie Lowenthal and Sandre Swanson.

“Child care providers are an often hidden but absolutely essential part of a strong economy. Without someone they can trust to look after their kids, moms and dads can’t go back to work or keep the jobs they have.

“But just when families need reliable child care more than ever, thousands of providers are having to close their small businesses. They live month to month, not knowing if or when they’ll get paid, or if they’ll be able to cover their costs, much less their mortgages. When one provider has to shut their doors, up to fourteen families risk losing the jobs that sustain their families.

“Our child care system is broken. And in this economy—with hundreds of thousands of California families relying on us to care for their kids so they can keep their jobs—we can’t afford a broken child care system. We urge Gov. Brown to sign AB 101 because child care keeps California working.”

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Over 700,000 Californians make up SEIU in California; we work throughout the state, in all 58 counties, and we represent California in all of its diversity. We are social workers, nurses, classroom aides, state workers, security officers, college professors, home care workers, janitors, and more.

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SEIU California’s Working Families Endorse Hahn for Congress

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000 member organization’s endorsement of Janice Hahn in the 36th Congressional District special election.

Robin Wilson, a security officer at the airport and one of 40,000 janitors, security officers, airport workers and other service workers of SEIU United Service Workers West, said, “Janice knows how hard working families struggle to create opportunities and a good life for our families. She’s on our side. She also knows that airport service workers are the eyes and ears of our nation’s transportation security system and she’ll be a champion to make sure all our families stay safe.”

Timothy Butcher, a Heavy-Duty Truck Operator for the City of Los Angeles and a member of SEIU Local 721 said, “Janice Hahn will stand up to those who want to scapegoat public servants, because she knows that the vital public services we provide help create strong communities and a society with real opportunities. She has also courageously defended good jobs for working families even in tough times.”

As a Los Angeles City Councilwoman, Hahn has stood with hotel janitors and other workers in their fight for living wages and fair treatment at work.  Hahn is committed to protecting and investing in the good jobs needed to build a sustainable economy.

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SEIU California on the Release of Field Poll Findings

(Sacramento, CA ) – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from President Bill A. Lloyd on the Field Poll findings made public today:

“Despite the barrage of misinformation leveled at public servants by anti-worker special interests, the majority of Californians share our support for collective bargaining that is essential to middle-class opportunity for our state’s families, and our view that by working together, we can improve – not erode – the retirement security every Californian deserves.

“But Californians deserve a debate about retirement security based on facts, not scare tactics.

“The truth is that workers are already partnering with state and local governments to make sure our retirement security system is sustainable. A bipartisan agreement achieved through collective bargaining last year saved taxpayers $400 million, with public employees contributing more to funding their pensions and new employees working longer. More than 130 local governments have realized pension savings through collective bargaining.

“Another overlooked fact is that 80% of public employees such as nurses, school employees, college professors, and child protection workers who retire receive less than $2,500 a month in retirement benefits, and many public workers will receive no Social Security. Nearly 80 cents of every dollar in benefits comes from workers’ contributions and investment earnings. We build our retirements through a lifetime of hard work and paycheck contributions, so we will continue to lead the way on reforms that make pensions strong and sustainable.

“We agree with voters that abuses found at the top of the pension scale must be curbed, and we’ve championed solutions to halt double-dipping, spiking and to cap over-the-top pensions.     These reforms – not a move to more costly, less secure 401k style plans – are the way to restore voter confidence in a pension system that for 70 years has been the path to dignified retirement for those who devote their lives to public service.”

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SEIU backs Bilbrey for CalPERS Board

SEIU California backs Michael Bilbrey in his run for a seat on the CalPERS Board of Administration. Bilbrey has worked on behalf of public employees for more than 18 years, serving as the statewide leader for classified school employees and has promised to protect your defined benefit pensions, preserve and improve healthcare, and increase openness and transparency at CalPERS. Ballots will be mailed on April 21.

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Governor’s Address Strikes the Right Note

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, representing 700,000 workers throughout California released the following statement from Executive Director David Kieffer following the Governor Brown’s State of the State address:

“Tonight we saw what leadership means. Governor Brown offered the serious tone and the straightforward, balanced approach that will be required to guide California through these difficult times.

“After seven years of Schwarzenegger’s failure to deal with our budget problems honestly, Governor Brown outlined the challenges before us clearly.  California is in a deep recession and our budget  is a mess.

“The only choices before us are painful ones, and Governor Brown is right: the only way to fix this mess is through a balanced approach – making more painful cuts and maintaining existing revenues in the June special election.

“If we don’t seize the opportunity now to come together and get California’s fiscal house in order, the cuts will be twice as large, jeopardizing our recovery and our ability to restore investments in schools, colleges and services that made California a beacon of opportunity for our parents and grandparents.

“We agree with the Governor that our retirement security must be sustainable; we support reforms to end abuses such as spiking, double-dipping, and wildly inflated managerial pensions.

“Working together with our Governor and the Legislature, the hard-working men and women of SEIU are ready to forge a path forward through these difficult times. We are looking to our leaders to come together across party lines and rise to the challenge to help us build the kind of state our children and grandchildren deserve.”

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SEIU California is a union 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.

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