Member Leaders meet with Gov. Brown

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Supporters of Prop. 30 join forces to promote education

SEIU 521 member leaders met with Gov. Jerry Brown in Salinas on Oct. 25 as part of the governor’s outreach to the Latino community.

The governor stopped in Salinas to gather support for education and Proposition 30 and to meet with local elected officials, education leaders, students, and SEIU Local 521 members.

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If passed by voters Nov. 6, Prop. 30 will fill a $6 billion funding gap in education in California.

“This is not about politics,” said Gov. Brown during the press conference. “This is not about politicians. This is about our future. It’s about our kids, our families, and the state of California. Vote YES on Proposition 30.”

Ray Montemayor, District 5 representative of Hartnell College Board of Trustees and an SEIU 521 member, said not passing Prop. 30 would be devastating for California schools and colleges.

“California community colleges are the largest provider of training in the state,” Ray said during a press conference with the governor and other elected leaders.  “We help bridge the gap in education and help students receive invaluable job training. It’s paramount that we pass Prop. 30 on Nov. 6. If Prop. 30 doesn’t pass, these opportunities will fade away.”

Workers who were wrongfully fired for participation in their union at Clinica de Salud del Valle also joined the press conference.

“‘I’m very excited to be here,” said Susy Orozco, one of the Clinica workers. “It’s very important that we pass Proposition 30. I want to go back to school, so this is important not only for me and my children, but for the entire community.”

Gina Izquierdo, also of Clinica, said it’s important that community members do the right thing by supporting Prop. 30 and workers’ rights.

The Clinica workers spoke with Gov. Brown and elected leaders and got support for workers’ rights issues.

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