FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
CONTACT: Melissa Uribe, MelissaU@seiu2015.org, (213) 590-9091 (English/Spanish)
California Caregivers Celebrate Newsom’s Sweeping Victory
California – Today, SEIU 2015, the largest long term care local in the country representing over 385,000 home care and nursing home workers in California, celebrates the victory of Gavin Newsom as he is elected as California’s next governor.
Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU 2015, released the following statement:
“While those in the White House spewed hate, we held on to hope. While some said we can’t, we knew we could. While some said we won’t, we went out and did.
“Today is a great day. Today is a victory for California’s working people because we know we have a champion in Sacramento who has had, and will continue to have, the courage to fight against an Administration that has its eyes set on rolling back protections for workers, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community.
“Today is not just a victory for Gavin and the represented members of SEIU 2015, today is also a victory for our communities, the seniors and people with disabilities we care for, and progressive causes across our state. Gavin understands the importance of investing in the workforce that cares for some of the most vulnerable populations in our state and we look forward to working on solutions with him that will improve California’s long term care infrastructure and delivery system.
“We are very excited to get to work with our new Governor.”
At a long term care forum hosted by SEIU 2015 then-candidate Newsom stressed the importance of protecting funding for the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program and improving wages and working conditions for caregivers. Newsom also walked a day in the shoes of one of Local 2015’s members, Ms. Jackie from the City of Palmdale.
The membership of SEIU 2015 contributed over 25,000 volunteer hours, canvassing in over 7 languages for Gavin Newsom because of his plan to address the long term care crisis in California, an issue highlighted during a gubernatorial town hall earlier this year.
SEIU 2015 also held Democracy School trainings all over the state — from rural Humboldt County to the Central Valley to the urban cores of San Francisco and Los Angeles — to get out the vote for candidates who have committed themselves to fight for progressive change in all levels of government.
“This midterm election was proof of the people’s power,” said April Verrett, Executive Vice President of SEIU 2015. “We walked, knocked on doors, and made phone calls for the candidates who know caregivers deserve dignity and respect and are ready to get to work with us. The future looks bright for our Golden State.”