SEIU Members Are Creating a Better California & We Are Unstoppable
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from President Laphonza Butler on results of the November 8, 2016 election:
“In an election marked by divisiveness and bigotry, we set out to make California a beacon of hope and opportunity – and we succeeded. Our 700,000 SEIU California members selected Kamala Harris to be the first woman of color to represent California in the U.S. Senate, and we helped pass a slate of initiatives, 55, 56, 57, and 58, that will make real improvements in Californians’ lives.”
Some highlights of our local victories:
In San Jose, the 10th largest city in the country, SEIU 521 member Sergio Jimenez won San Jose District 2 seat, and we are waiting the final results for Sylvia Arenas, a labor-endorsed candidate for San Jose District 8 seat (too close to call). SEIU 521 member Richard Tran has been elected mayor of Milpitas. We also won Measure E, a new law that will require business with 36 or more employees to offer full-time work to existing part-time workers before hiring more part-time workers, and other important measures, such as Measure A ($950 million for affordable housing in Santa Clara County), Measure B (Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Agency sales tax), Measure F (San Jose pension reform) and Measure V (Mountain View rent control).
In San Mateo, we helped pass Measure K, an extension of San Mateo County sales tax, and SEIU 521 endorsed candidate David Canepa won San Mateo County District 5 seat.
In Monterey, we had many victories. Measure X, the 3/8 cent sales tax to benefit transportation county-wide passed. SEIU 521 members were instrumental in passing this measure to turn around the crumbling condition of county and city roads and help to ease traffic congestion. Without our work on this election, Measure X would not have passed. SEIU 521 member Gloria De La Rosa won a seat on the Salinas City Council.
Measure W, a 1% sales tax to fund police and fire service, park and road maintenance, passed in Hollister thanks to the overwhelming support from SEIU 521 members and community leaders. We helped towards this hard fought campaign. Passing this measure will ensure the continuity of high quality public services to the residents of Hollister.
In Santa Cruz, Measure D, the 1/2 cent sales tax to benefit transportation county-wide passed. SEIU Local 521 members and the community at large needed to address the worsening condition of county and city roads. Measure D will preserve transit for senior citizens and disabled people, and help to ease traffic congestion. We made a key difference in passing this measure.
Your COPE contributions and many volunteer shifts on the phones or knocking on doors went towards these successful campaigns.
Election results by region/county:
- Region 1: San Mateo County and Santa Clara County
- Region 2 – Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz
- Region 3: Mariposa, Merced & Stanislaus
- Region 4: Fresno & Madera
- Region 5: Kern, Kings & Tulare
Get inspired by our Member Political Organizers’ stories: Sergio ($15 and union rights), Mullissa (affordable child care), Rogenia (quality long-term care), Alysia (racial justice), Genesis and Tammy (common sense immigration reform).
We held a Tele-Town Hall for our members regarding the election on October 27. Listen to the recording here.