Our message to Congress: Where are the jobs?

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At town hall meetings and rallies across the region, SEIU 521 members urged Congress members to focus on creating jobs for our communities.

With state unemployment topping 12 percent, jobs took center stage for SEIU in August, when congressional representatives return to their home towns before going back to Washington. 

“We need to reach out to our Congressional representatives and demand they focus on job creation and protecting the jobs that Americans already have. America doesn’t need a divided House! We need jobs, jobs, jobs.”
— Greg Gomez, Region 5 Vice President

See coverage of Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) town hall.

See coverage of Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) town hall.

See coverage of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Visalia) rally for jobs.

See coverage of Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel) town hall.

(The Aug. 22 – 23 events were conducted by SEIU Local 521 in conjunction with Reps. Lofgren and Honda.)

Some Must-See TV During August Recess
Over the last week, more than 50 members of Congress in 27 states faced protests by voters in their districts demanding action on jobs. Unemployed Americans and other working people are fed up with politicians who protect corporate tax breaks and special loopholes for rich CEOs and big corporations, while backing job-killing budget cuts that will make the economy worse for the middle class.

  • Watch this compilation of local TV news coverage from protests held against Members of Congress over their failure to create jobs.
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