Taking our theme of ‘Rise Up & Vote’ to the streets, we SEIU 521 members, knocked on doors and made calls to encourage voters to elect leaders that will support our fight for union rights, health care, retirement, affordable housing, and inclusion.
We helped elect a governor who has made education from cradle to career the focus of his campaign. During our convention in 2017, Governor-Elect Newsom committed to supporting collective bargaining rights for our Family Child Care providers. This represents a huge win for our members who have been fighting for this right for over a decade.
“Volunteering to help elect our next Governor, Gavin Newsom, was exciting and empowering. So many of my sisters became involved because for the first time we had a chance to elect a governor who has explicitly committed to ensuring child care workers have the right to form a union so that we can improve early education, support working moms like us, and care for our own families.”
– Anna Rodriguez, Watsonville Family Child Care Provider and SEIU 521 Member
There are still hundreds of thousands of votes left to be counted across the state, but Anna Caballero won in Senate District 12 and our champion Rudy Salas has been re-elected to serve another term in the Assembly. Three state propositions were on the ballot to address the affordable housing crisis that directly affects all of us in California, driving out many longtime residents and preventing many young families from owning a home. We succeeded in helping pass statewide Propositions 1 and 2 that will address some aspects of the housing crisis but fell short of passing Proposition 10, as well as two local housing measures in the City and County of Santa Cruz. Prop 5 was soundly defeated, preventing as much as a billion dollars being taken out of schools and public services and put into the pockets of wealthy homeowners. We also defeated the harmful Prop 6, protecting thousands of good jobs and infrastructure projects that will make our roads and bridges safer. These are significant victories for union members because in defeating these two propositions, we are protecting good jobs and services that our communities need.
At the national level, SEIU members helped win seats on the House, and many of these representatives we are sending to Congress are young women of color representing a tide of change.
“I am proud to serve as your SEIU Local 521 President and be witness to a historic midterm in one of the most crucial times in our democracy. The people of California have made it clear that we are rising up to protect all the rights our unions have provided for us and for future union members. This election saw an incredible wave of young people engaged in the political process to back the measures and candidates that support working families. Our community has demonstrated that we will not allow divisive rhetoric to pit us against each other, but instead empower us to work together on issues impacting the quality of life for our families. We have risen for each other, for our families, and for our future!”
– Gwyn Harshaw, SEIU Local 521 President
At the local level, seven SEIU 521 members were elected to schools boards and city councils. Through our efforts, we were able to give a boost to candidates for crucial seats on county boards of supervisors, city councils and school boards from the Central Valley to the Coast and the Bay Area. These wins are important because local elected officials make decisions that directly affect our union contracts, funding for public services we provide to our communities, and the lives of many working people and families.
“Through dozens of town halls, our members decided which candidates would get our support and after thousands of hours of phone banking and knocking on doors, we elected candidates that have committed to support issues that matter most to our members and working families. But our work does not stop here. Like after any other election, our work continues as we will hold these and all politicians accountable to the needs of our communities, not just the wealthy few. We will continue our fight for good union jobs, economic and social justice, aiming to rebuild the American Dream with a strong middle class.”
– Riko Mendez, Chief Elected Officer of SEIU 521
Click on your county to see the election results:
Note:There are still hundreds of thousands of votes left to be counted across the state, and results could change.
- California Governor: Gavin Newsom – WIN
- California Lt. Governor: Ed Hernandez – LOSS
- California Attorney General: Xavier Becerra – WIN
- California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla – WIN
- California Treasurer: Fiona Ma – WIN
- California Controller: Betty Yee – WIN
- California Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara – WIN
- California Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond – WIN
State Ballot Measures*
- Proposition 1 (YES): Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 – WIN
- Proposition 2 (YES): No Place Like Home Act of 2018 – WIN
- Proposition 4 (YES): Children’s Hospital Bond Act of 2018 – WIN
- Proposition 5 (NO): Higher Housing Costs. Cuts to Schools – WIN
- Proposition 6 (NO): Stop the Attack on Bridge and Road Safety – WIN
- Proposition 8 (YES): Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act. Limits Charges – LOSS
- Proposition 10 (YES): Affordable Housing Act (Repeals Costa Hawkins, Expands Locals’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Property) – LOSS
- Proposition 11 (NO): Emergency Ambulance Employee Safety and Preparedness (Requires Private Ambulance Workers to Remain On-Call During Breaks) – LOSS
- Proposition 12 (YES): Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals – WIN
- U.S. Senate: Kevin de León – LOSS
- U.S. Congress District 10: Josh Harder – WIN
- U.S. Congress District 14: Jackie Speier – WIN
- U.S. Congress District 15: Eric Swalwell – WIN
- U.S. Congress District 17: Ro Khanna – WIN
- U.S. Congress District 18: Anna Eshoo – WIN
- U.S. Congress District 19: Zoe Lofgren – WIN
- U.S. Congress District 20: Jimmy Panetta – WIN
- U.S. Congress District 21: TJ Cox – WIN
- U.S. Congress District 22: Andrew Janz – LOSS
California State Senate*
- California State Senate District 10: Bob Wieckowski – WIN
- California State Senate District 12: Anna Caballero – WIN
California State Assembly*
- Assembly District 19: Phil Ting – WIN
- Assembly District 22: Kevin Mullin – WIN
- Assembly District 25: Kansen Chu – WIN
- Assembly District 26: Jose Sigala – LOSS
- Assembly District 27: Ash Kalra – WIN
- Assembly District 28: Evan Low – WIN
- Assembly District 29: Mark Stone – WIN
- Assembly District 30: Robert Rivas – WIN
- Assembly District 31: Dr. Joaquin Arambula – WIN
- Assembly District 32: Rudy Salas – WIN
* SEIU California Endorsed. Local 521 members participated in the SEIU California One Voice process that led to these endorsements. SEIU members across California gathered at regional town halls and our statewide convention to hear from candidates for district office, statewide office, and Congress. Members have exercised their voice and endorsed candidates who they believe will fight for our communities, support fair compensation, and the right to a union.
** Labor endorsed. Local 521 members participated in Central Labor Council candidates endorsement interviews and voted as delegates on these positions.