Throughout months of candidate forums, town hall meetings and
videoconferences, we joined thousands of SEIU members across the
state in meeting face-to-face with candidates for governor and
engaged with them on issues affecting our jobs, our families and
Politics matter, and we want to ensure that whomever we support
for governor is the best partner in improving the lives of state
workers and all Californians.
One of the ways our union works to fulfill its Purpose Statement
and create a better life for all Californians is through politics
and the power of 95,000 members.
We make politics matter by electing lawmakers who respect working
families, and by supporting legislation that makes a difference
in the work and the lives of those families. Last month, we had
an impact on two pieces of legislation important to working
Republicans are proposing to repeal healthcare and gut Medicaid,
a scary proposition for Rita Lewis, a public health nurse and
member of our union.
When she was in nursing school, she relied on Medicaid to cover
the prenatal care and deliveries of her two children and worries
for the countless patients she’s cared for in her 25 years of
nursing, “I know firsthand that seniors, children, veterans, and
individuals with disabilities could not gain a foothold on a
healthy life without it.”
Member leader Nikki Linnerman knows that when it comes to winning
a great contract and making a difference for working families,
Politics Matter. Linnerman, who works for the EDD in Stockton,
has been active in both Local 1000 and electoral politics. And
this month her activities hit high gear: She attended the
Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia as an elected
delegate and also began a legislative fellowship at Local 1000.
Less than 24 hours before the midterm elections, SEIU members are
in high gear in their efforts to knock on doors, make phone calls
and rally with candidates who have pledged to fight for working
families and make the economy work for everyone.
An Economist story today profiled union-led
get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts in Michigan, Illinois and
Pennsylvania. “[SEIU's] members have been going door-to-door for
the past eight months,” the article noted.
The Supreme Court issued its decision in Harris v. Quinn. In a
5-4 decision drafted by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, the
right-wing majority of the court dealt a blow to the partnership
forged between the State of Illinois and home care workers
through their union, SEIU Health Care Illinois-Indiana.
Local 1000 member Erin Thuston was invited to join President
Obama and supporters from around the country for an event at the
White House on June 9.
At the event, President Obama announced new executive actions to
expand upon his administration’s student loan reforms of 2010,
and further lift the burden of crushing student loan debt on
American workers. The new actions include a presidential
memorandum that will allow an additional 5 million borrowers with
federal student loans to cap their monthly payments at 10 percent
of their income.