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California Caregivers Will Launch GOTV Plan This Weekend, With a Focus on Flipping CD-25
California – On Saturday, October 27, SEIU Local 2015 will kick-off its Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts across the state with a focus on flipping Congressional District (CD) 25 and getting progressive candidate Katie Hill elected to office. SEIU 2015 is the largest long term care local in the country representing over 385,000 home care and nursing home workers.
“It goes without saying that this election is one of the most important midterms of our lifetime. We have the opportunity to flip Congress and elect progressive champions into office,” said April Verrett, Executive Vice President of SEIU 2015. “Caregivers in our union have been preparing for this moment for months. In our Democracy Schools we trained Democracy Captains throughout the state to be experts on the election process, how to understand their ballot, and how to encourage their co-workers to vote. There will be a sea of purple in the streets during this GOTV period as members go door-to-door canvassing across the state.”
SEIU 2015 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. And this election, the goal is to contact SEIU Local 2015 union members throughout the state and encourage them to vote for candidates who have committed themselves to fight for progressive change in all levels of government.
Candidates like Katie Hill who is vying to unseat incumbent Steve Knight.
“Steve Knight opposes immigration reform, he threatened to repeal our healthcare, and he rather side with the Trump Administration’s bogus policies than represent his constituency,” said Alaina Brooks, Democracy Captain and member leader of SEIU 2015. “I like to hold my elected representative accountable and remove from office candidates like Knight who put politics over people. His values do not align with the values of my family, my union brothers and sisters, or my neighbors. Steve Knight has got to go.”
Members of SEIU 2015 have a track record of replacing incumbents with progressive leaders. Last year they elected Eddie Valero to a Tulare Board of Supervisor seat historically held by conservative members. And in 2016 they unseated then-Assemblymember Cheryl Brown who was backed by oil and pharmaceutical companies and elected Eloise Reyes into office.
“We are fired up and ready to vote,” said Arnulfo de la Cruz, Executive Vice President of SEIU 2015. “It is our mission to elect leaders who are going to work with us, not against us. We need to ensure that those in higher office understand the struggles of low wage workers, caregivers, seniors, and the disability community. We need those who will make the right decisions for the most vulnerable in our state and our country. ”
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Representing over 385,000 home care, skilled nursing facility, and assisted living center workers, SEIU Local 2015 is the largest Local in California. Our members represent every race, every faith, and every ethnicity but are united in their commitment to caring for California’s most vulnerable; seniors and the disabled.
It is our mission to unleash the collective power of long term care workers, their families, and their communities; harness the power of technology; and, build a broad movement to disrupt the unjust status quo in order to bring lasting transformational change towards a more just society for all.