Endorsements

2018 Endorsements

SEIU 1021 members are interviewing candidates and reviewing measures to endorse. Check this page regularly with the latest updates.


June Elections

Constitutional Offices

  • California Governor: Gavin Newsom
  • California Lt. Governor: Ed Hernandez
  • California Attorney General: Xavier Becerra
  • California Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
  • California Treasurer: Fiona Ma
  • California Controller: Betty Yee
  • California Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
  • California Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond
  • California Board of Equalization, District 2: No Endorsement

U.S. Senate

  • U.S. Senate: Kevin de León

U.S. Congress

  • U.S. Congress, District 3: John Garamendi
  • U.S. Congress, District 7: Ami Bera
  • U.S. Congress, District 9: Jerry McNerney
  • U.S. Congress, District 10: Virgnia Madueno
  • U.S. Congress, District 12: Nancy Pelosi
  • U.S. Congress, District 13: Barbara Lee
  • U.S. Congress, District 14: Jackie Speier
  • U.S. Congress, District 15: Eric Swalwell

State Senate

  • District 6: Richard Pan
  • District 10: Bob Wieckowski
  • District 12: Ana Caballero

State Assembly

  • District 2: Jim Wood
  • District 4: Cecilia Aguilar-Curry
  • District 15: Jovanka Beckles
  • District 17: David Chiu
  • District 18: Rob Bonta
  • District 19: Phil Ting
  • District 20: Bill Quirk
  • District 22: Kevin Mullin

State Ballot Measures

  • Prop 68: Bonds Funding Parks, Natural Resources Protection, Climate Adaption, Water Quality and Supply, and Flood Protection. Issues $4 billion in bonds for parks, environmental protection, and water infrastructure. YES
  • Prop 69: Motor Vehicle Fees and Taxes: Restriction on Expenditures. Requires taxes and fees derived from a proposed Transportation Improvement fees and taxes to be used solely for transportation purposes, prohibits these revenues from being used to pay for previously authorized transportation bond debt service, and prohibits the Legislature from borrowing or using those revenues for unauthorized purposes. YES
  • Prop 70: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund. Vote requirement to use cap-and-trade revenue. Requires a one-time 2/3 vote to use revenue from the cap-and-trade program. NO

Alameda County

  • Board of Supervisors, District 2: Richard Valle
  • Board of Supervisors, District 3: Wilma Chan
  • District Attorney: Nancy O’Malley
  • Treasurer Tax Collector: Hank Levy
  • Board of Education: Joaquin Rivera

County Measures

  • Measure A: YES

City of Emeryville

  • Measure C: YES

City of Oakland

  • Measure D: YES

Amador County

  • Board of Supervisors, District 3: Lynn Morgan
  • Board of Supervisors, District 5: Andrea Macon

Contra Costa County

  • District Attorney: Diana Becton

Marin County

  • District Attorney: AJ Brady

Mendocino County

  • Board of Supervisors, District 5: Chris Skyhawk
  • Board of Supervisors, District 3: John Haschak

Napa County

  • Board of Supervisors, District 3: Cio Perezk

City and County of San Francisco

  • Mayor (Ranked Choice): (1) Jane Kim (2) London Breed (3) Mark Leno
  • Board of Supervisors, District 8: Rafael Mendelman

Propositions

  • Prop A – Public Utilities Revenue Bonds: YES
  • Prop B – Should Appointed Commissioners Be Allowed to Run for Office: No Position
  • Prop C – Fund universal child care and education, from infancy to 5, from an additional tax on Commercial Rents YES
  • Prop D – Fund Housing and Homelessness Services from an Additional Tax on Commercial Rents. If passed along with Prop C, would prevent tax on commercial rents from funding childcare and education as well: NO
  • Prop E – Prohibit Tobacco Retailers from Selling Flavored Tobacco Products: YES
  • Prop F – Ensure right to counsel and city-Funded Legal Representation for renters facing eviction lawsuits: YES
  • Prop H – Allow the Use of Tasers by San Francisco Police Officers: NO
  • Prop I – Relocation of Professional Sports Teams: No Position

Superior Court Judges

  • Seat 4: Andrew Cheng and Phoenix Street
  • Seat 7: Maria Evangelista
  • Seat 9: Kwixuan Maloof
  • Seat 11: Niki Solis

Sonoma County

  • Sheriff: John Mutz

November Elections

State Ballot Measures

  • The Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act (Support)
  • Business Rountable’s “Taxpayer Protection Act” (Oppose)

City of Richmond

  • Richmond Kids First (Measure E) – YES
  • Richmond Kids First Amendment (Measure K) – YES
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SEIU California Endorses Gavin Newsom for Governor

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000-member union’s endorsement of Gavin Newsom as California’s next governor. The endorsement was announced after SEIU California members from across the state participated in the union’s One Voice Town Hall, where members met with the candidates, asked their questions, and then made their selection for the candidate they’ll support now through November.

“Newsom’s commitment to stand with workers as we fight for justice and dignity made him our choice to be our partner in the Governor’s Office. Now, we’ll show what our commitment means: working hard every day from now to November to deliver a win for workers,” said Carmen Roberts, an In-Home Supportive Services worker from Los Angeles and member of SEIU Local 2015.

“SEIU California members are ready to work to see Gavin Newsom sworn in as California’s next governor,” said Roxanne Sanchez, President of SEIU California. “We believe that California can show the nation the way forward to a society that values every person and makes real progress toward economic and racial justice. Gavin Newsom will be both a visionary leader and, more important, a partner of working people in accomplishing these goals.”

“I’m honored to have earned the endorsement of the 700,000 working people of SEIU California and proud to share their vision for a strong, diverse, dynamic and just California that can only be achieved when working people have the power that comes from joining together in their unions,” said Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. “The key to accomplishing economic equity is ensuring more working people have the power and the right to organize. SEIU members are defending and advancing California’s values on the most crucial issues facing our state — health care, home care, criminal justice, early education to higher education, and respect for every person’s hard work, regardless of immigration status. Every day, these hard-working women and men are showing our state how a collective voice makes a difference and moves us closer to the society we aim for. As California’s next Governor, I will be proud to stand with SEIU members to create a California that respects workers’ voices and delivers on the promise of opportunity for all.”

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SEIU California Endorses Kevin de León for U.S. Senate

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000-member union’s endorsement of Kevin de León to represent California in the United States Senate. The endorsement was announced after SEIU California members from across the state participated in the union’s One Voice Town Hall, where members met with the candidates, asked their questions, and then made their selection for the candidate they’ll support now through November.

 “Kevin de León is a leader who speaks up for California values.  His leadership on the most pressing challenges facing California stands in stark contrast with the dysfunctional political establishment in Washington, D.C.,” said David Huerta, Executive Board Member, SEIU California. “Kevin shouldered our fight for $15 minimum wage across the finish line, holds a strong record on environmental justice, and fought valiantly to protect our immigrant communities when the Trump Administration moved to openly attack them and divide families.  He’s stood up for us and our California values again and again and now we are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder and endorse Kevin de León to be our next U.S. Senator.”

Kevin de León took the time to meet with SEIU members and spent a day walking in our shoes.  He heard our concerns over growing inequality, and we heard his commitment to stand with us to fight injustice.  It’s clear that he shares our dreams:  to build a state and a country where every one of our children has the same opportunities to thrive, no matter where they were born,” said Michelle Melendez, Child Care Provider and Member of SEIU Local 521.

 “I am incredibly humbled to receive the endorsement of SEIU California. With SEIU members’ support, I am confident we can take the fight for our California values to President Trump’s doorstep in Washington, D.C.” said De León. “We must demand more of our elected leaders in Washington.  Right now, it is clear they lack the political willpower to prioritize the issues we care on the floor of the U.S. Senate.  It is time for new leadership that will fight tirelessly for fair and equal wages, a growing economy that generates good-paying jobs, and more opportunities for everyone. My whole life I have worked to defend our California Dream.  That’s why I won’t be just another party-line vote in Washington.  Instead, I will be the outspoken activist Californians need on the issues they care about most.”

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Vote for an Affordable, Livable San Francisco! SF COPE Endorsements

Find out about meetings of the SF Committee on Political Education and come share your voice and perspective

Vote by mail or in person by Tuesday, November 8!
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Jane Kim

State Senate District 11: Jane Kim

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Supervisor District 1: Sandra Lee Fewer

Supervisor District 3: Aaron Peskin

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Supervisor District 7: Norman Yee

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Supervisor District 9: Hilary Ronen

Kimberly Alvarenga

Supervisor District 11: Kimberly Alvarenga

Lateefah Simon

BART Board District 7: Lateefah Simon

Bevan Dufty

BART Board District 9: Bevan Dufty

SFUSD Board of Education
Vote for all four

Rachel Norton


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Stevon Cook

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Matt Haney

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Mark Sanchez

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City College Board of Trustees
Vote for all four

Tom Temprano

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Alex Randolph

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Rafael Mandelman

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Amy Bacharach

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Local Ballot Propositions

A – YES

SFUSD Bond

B – YES

City College Parcel Tax Extension

C – YES

Loans for Affordable Housing

D – YES

Special Elections for Vacant Supervisor Seats

E – YES

City Maintenance of Street Trees

F – YES

Voting for 16 and 17-year-olds in Local Elections

G – YES

Police Accountability

H – YES

Public Advocate

I – YES

Dignity Fund

J – NO

Set-Aside for Transportation

K

General Sales Tax – No Position

L – YES

MTA Appointments and Budget

M – NO

Housing Commission

N – YES

A Voice for Immigrant Parents in School Board Elections

O – NO

Offices Before Housing in Candlestick

P – NO

Make it Harder to Build Affordable Housing

Q – NO

Tent Ban with No Added Housing

R – NO

Neighborhood Crime Units

S – YES

Hotel Tax for Homelessness and Arts

T – YES

Restrictions on Lobbyists

U – NO

Raise Income Limit on Affordable Housing

V

Soda Tax – No Position

W – YES

Mansion Tax for Free City College

State Ballot Measures

53 – NO

Restrictions on Infrastructure Funding

Make it harder and slower for the state to raise money to build or repair schools, hospitals, and public works.

55 – YES

Invest in our Children and Communities

Protect our public schools, healthcare system and other vital services from returning to the days of massive tuition hikes, layoffs and budget cuts.

56 – Yes

Tobacco Tax

Keep our children from smoking and improve health care, reduce tobacco-related healthcare costs, and save lives.

57 – YES

Give Youth and Nonviolent Offenders a Fair Path to Rehabilitation

Restore the role of rehabilitation in California’s justice system, resulting in greater public safety.

58 – YES

Strengthen Language Skills for All Students With Dual Language Immersion

Help students learn English as quickly as possible and expands opportunities for English speakers to master a second language.

61 – YES

Fight Back Against Drug Companies’ Price Gouging

Use California’s bulk-purchasing power to secure lower drug prices for prescription drugs.

62 – YES

End the Costly And Discriminatory Death Penalty System

Repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

63 – YES

Ensure Gun Safety For All

Regulates the sale of ammunition and holds gun dealers, owners and government officials accountable for gun safety.

66 – NO

Reject a costly and reckless experiment with justice

It is confusing and poorly written; it will cost taxpayers millions, and it increases the risk that California executes an innocent person

 

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Local Sonoma County Endorsements for 2016 General Election

At the September 1st, 2016 meeting of the Sonoma County COPE (Committee on Political Education) the final endorsements were made for select Sonoma County Candidates and Ballot Measures. The COPE held three (3) measure and candidate forums in August that provided endorsement recommendations to the COPE.

See the graphic below for the endorsements (click to enlarge):

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School Boards Candidates Forum

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SEIU Local 1021 members of all Sonoma County Chapters are invited to attend our School Boards Candidates Forum. Your COPE has invited candidates running for the Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa City Schools, and Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School district Boards. This is your opportunity to listen to what they have to say and make your voice heard in deciding who we as the union choose to endorse.

Please RSVP by contacting our Political Organizer, Michael Weinberg, at: Michael.Weinberg@seiu1021.org or (415) 717-2185.

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SEIU 1021 Endorsements – 2014

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NATIONAL OFFICE

2nd Congressional District: Jared Huffman
5th Congressional District: Mike Thompson

STATE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICES

Attorney General – Kamala Harris
Controller – Betty Yee
Governor – Jerry Brown
Insurance Commissioner – Dave Jones
Lt. Governor – Gavin Newsom
Secretary of State – Alex Padilla
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Tom Torlakson
Treasurer – John Chiang

STATE PROPOSITIONS

Prop 46: NO
Prop 47: YES

ALAMEDA COUNTY

Alameda City Council:
Jim Oddie

City of Oakland Mayor:
Triple endorsement (ranked)
1. Dan Siegel
2. Rebecca Kaplan
3. Jean Quan

Oakland City Council:
District 2: Abel Guillen
District 4: Anne Campbell Washington
District 6 Desley Brooks

Measure DD – Redistricting: NO
Measure FF – Raise the Minimum Wage: YES
Measure N – Oakland Unified School District , parcel tax of $120, sunsets in 10 years: YES
Measure Z – Measure Y renewal: YES

Measure BB – Countywide for transportation funding: YES

BART District 4: Lena Tam

Peralta Trustee District 7: Julina Bonilla

EBMUD Ward 3: Marguerite Young

Oakland School Board District 2: Aimee Eng
Oakland School Board District 6: Shanti Gonzalez

Berkeley City Council
District 1: Alejandro Soto-Vigil
District 4: Jesse Areguin
District 7: Kriss Worthington
District 8: Jacquelyn McCormick

City of Berkeley Ballot Measures
Measure F- YES
Measure R – YES

Emeryville City Council:
Dianne Martinez
Scott Donahue

City of Emeryville Ballot Measures
Measure U: YES
Measure V: YES

AMADOR COUNTY

Board of Supervisors District 3: Lynn Morgan

BUTTE COUNTY

Chico City Council:
Lupe Arim-Law
Forough Maria Molina
Mark Sorensen
Scott Gruendi

CALAVERAS COUNTY

Calaveras County Water District
Area 1 – Michael Dell’Orto
Area 3 – Don Stump
Area 4 – Russ Thomas

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

City of Richmond
Mayor: Tom Butt

Richmond City Council:
Jael Myrick
Gayle McLaughlin
Jovanka Beckles
Eduardo Martinez

El Cerrito City Council:
Gabriel Quinto
Janet Abelson

City of El Cerrito Ballot Measures:
Prop R: YES

Assembly District 16: Tim Sbranti

West Contra Costa Wastewater District Board: Audrey Comeaux

DEL NORTE COUNTY

Del Norte County Ballot Measures
Measure F: YES

Del Norte County Sheriff: Erik Apperson
Judge: Chris Doehle

MARIN COUNTY

Marin Municipal Water District, Division 3: Liza Crosse

NAPA COUNTY

Napa City Council:
Peter Mott, Jose Hurtado and Juliana Inman

City of Napa Ballot Measures
Measure E: YES

SACRAMENTO COUNTY

City of Sacramento Ballot Measures
Measure L: NO

Sacramento City Unified School District –
Trustee Area 1 – Anna Molander
Trustee Area 6 – Maria Haro-Sullivan
Trustee Area 7 – Jonathan Tran

Los Rios Community College District –
Trustee Area 2 – Robert Jones
Trustee Area 3 – Leroy Tripette
Trustee Area 6 – Debra Ortiz

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

Board of Supervisors District 4 – Chuck Winn
Superintendent of Schools – James Mousalimas

Stockton City Council, District 5 – Dyane Burgos Medina

SAN FRANCISCO CITY & COUNTY

San Francisco Propositions
Proposition A – Transportation and Road Improvement (Bond): No position taken
Proposition B – Population-Based Adjustment to General Fund Appropriation to Transportation Fund (Charter Amendment): YES
Proposition C – Children and Youth Fund; Public Education Enrichment Fund; Our Children, Our Families Council; Rainy Day Reserves (Charter Amendment): YES
Proposition D – Retiree Health Benefits for Former Redevelopment Agency and Successor Agency Employee (Charter Amendment): YES
Proposition E – Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Fund Food and Health Programs (Ordinance): YES
Proposition F – Pier 70 Development Site Height Limit Increase: YES
Proposition G – Surtax on Transfers of Residential Real Property Within Five Years of a Prior Transfer (Ordinance): YES
Proposition H – Requiring Certain Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park to be Maintained as Natural Grass: YES
Proposition I – Park Code—Children’s Playgrounds, Walking Trails, Athletic Fields (Ordinance): NO
Proposition J – Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 by 2018: YES
Proposition K – Weak affordable housing requirement that includes funding the privatization of the Housing Authority: NO
Proposition L – Policy Regarding Transportation Priorities in San Francisco: YES

Assembly District 18: David Campos

Superior Court Judge – Daniel Flores

BART District 8: James Fang
Board of Supervisors District 10: Tony Kelly
San Francisco Community College Board – Wendy Aragon
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education – Stevon Cook
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education – Shammon Walton
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education – Hydra Mendoza

SOLANO COUNTY

Fairfield City Council
John Mraz
Catherine Moy

Solano County Supervisor, District 3: Pam Bertani

SONOMA COUNTY

Board of Supervisor District 4: Deb Fudge

Santa Rosa Unified School District: Omar Medina

State Senate District 2: Mike McGuire
State Assembly District 2: James Wood

Santa Rosa City Council: Curtis Byrd

City of Santa Rosa Ballot Measures:
Measure M: YES

Santa Rosa Junior College:
Area 7: Jordon Burns
Area 3,4,5: Dorothy Battenfeld
Area 2: Maggie Fishman

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Election Night 2012: Local 1021 Members Make the Difference

On behalf of SEIU Local 1021 Officers, the Director of Field and Programs and the Director of Operations, I want to give you my sincerest thanks for the work you did to make our political program successful in 2012. With the passage of Proposition 30 and the defeat of Proposition 32, Local 1021 members helped secure a major victory for the future of California.

Prop. 30 passed with almost 54 percent of the vote—an 8 point victory. Prop. 32 failed with more than 56 percent voting no – a 12 point win for labor. The “No on 32” campaign proved effective and the passage of Prop. 30 was critical for Local 1021, averting $6 billion in trigger cuts to education and even more cuts to the services our members provide.

Local 1021 figured prominently in the 30/32 campaigns. Our members and staff led the charge on 30, carrying the banner to tax millionaires and fund education and other critical services. We collected signatures to qualify 30 for the ballot, then moved forward through election night to win. Our member-led campaign, spearheaded by one-on-one conversations with voters, helped propel the initiative.

Candidates supporting labor and the services we provide were also a focal point of our efforts in 2012. The work we did in candidate races and on issues, specifically on the phones and walking precincts, made the difference in some of these contests. We won most of our campaigns, but also lost a few tough ones.

We have witnessed how aggressively anti-union forces are pushing their agenda in California, but we have also seen how strong we are when we are united and mobilized. I look forward to continuing to work with you to build a stronger political program for a stronger union.

Chris Daly
Local 1021 Political Director

Download information on SEIU Local 1021’s Priority Race Results (PDF)

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Election Volunteer Activities: November 2 to 6

This is it, folks. Only one more week until Election Day. Hurricane Sandy missed California but Hurricane Prop. 32 is still heading straight for us, and Prop. 30 must pass if we don’t want $6 billion in budget cuts to annihilate our schools.

From Friday through Election Day, Local 1021 offices will become Election Central for phone banks and precinct walks to get out the vote and make a difference. California may be a “safe” state on the national radar but the passage of Prop. 30, defeat of Prop. 32, and election of local candidates like Susan Gorin (Sonoma BOS) and Rhodesia Ransom (San Joaquin BOS) is anything but certain. We are the ones who can make it all happen.

Local 1021 offices in Oakland, San Francisco, Fairfield, Sacramento and Santa Rosa will be in high gear all day Friday through Monday (Saturday-Monday in Stockton); and all offices will be running GOTV poll checks and lit drops from early morning until the polls close on Election Day. Other GOTV activities take place in the cities of Napa, Hayward, Richmond, Manteca and Tracy.

Every vote counts. Every vote is needed. Please vote on Tuesday, November 6.

San Francisco (350 Rhode Island, #100 South Bldg.)
Volunteer Info: Gabriel.Haaland@SEIU1021.org
Get Out The Vote Activities
Fri. Nov. 2 – 8a-6p
Sat. Nov. 3 – 8a-6p
Sun. Nov.4 – 8a-6p
Mon. Nov. 5 – 8a-6p
Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6 – 8a-8p

EAST BAY
Oakland (447 29th Street)
Volunteer Info: Ariana.Casanova@SEIU1021.org or 510-915-8400 for all East Bay activities
Get Out The Vote Activities
Fri. Nov. 2 – 8a-6p
Sat. Nov. 3 – 10a-6p
Sun. Nov.4 – 10a-6p
Mon. Nov. 5 – 9a-6p
Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6 – 9a-8p

Oakland (100 Oak Street, 3rd Floor)
Phone Banks
Mon. Nov. 5 – 9a-6p
Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6 – 8a-8p
Precinct Walks
Sat. Nov. 3 – 11a-4p
Mon. Nov. 5 – 9a-6p
Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6 – 8a-8p

Richmond (1021 Macdonald Ave.)
Precinct Walk: Sat. Nov. 3 – 9a-3p
For additional Richmond activities, report to 447 29th Street, Oakland, where you will be assigned.

Hayward (28870 Mission Blvd.)
Phone Banks for Richard Valle & Prop 32
Sun. Nov. 4 – 1-4p
Precinct Walks
Sat. Nov. 3 – 10a-2p
Sun. Nov. 4 – 1-4p

SOLANO & NORTH BAY

Fairfield (2300 Boynton Ave. #200)
Volunteer Info: Michael.Weinberg@SEIU1021.org
Get Out The Vote Activities
Fri. Nov. 2 – 8a-6p
Sat. Nov. 3 – 8a-6p
Sun. Nov.4 – 8a-6p
Mon. Nov. 5 – 9a-6p
Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6 – 9a-8p – Help distribute doorknob hangers beginning 9a.

City of Napa (1830 Soscol Avenue, Suite A)
Volunteer Info: Michael.Weinberg@SEIU1021.org
Get Out The Vote Activities
Sat. Nov. 3 – 9a-6p
Phone Banks
Mon. Nov. 5 – 9a-6p
Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6 – 9a-8p
Precinct Walks
Sat. Nov. 3 – 9a-6p
Sun. Nov. 4- 9a-6p
Mon. Nov. 5 – 5-8p

Santa Rosa (600 B Street)
Volunteer Info: Paul.Rodriguez@SEIU1021.org
Get Out The Vote Activities
Fri. Nov. 2 – 5:30-7:30p
Sat. Nov. 3 – 10a-5p
Sun. Nov.4 – 10a-5p
Mon. Nov. 5 – 9a-5p
Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6 –  9a-8p

CENTRAL VALLEY

Manteca (Manteca Educator’s Association, 576 Commerce Court)
Volunteer Info: Andrea Colavita Pinkham 209-461-7734
On Monday and Tuesday, Manteca will be the headquarters for GOTV in San Joaquin County. The Stockton office will be open for phone banking Saturday-Tuesday but no activities are planned.
Get Out The Vote Activities
Mon. Nov. 5 – 10a-6p
Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6 – 10a-7:50p

Sacramento (1006 4th St., 8th floor)
Volunteer Info: John.Shaban@SEIU1021.org
Get Out The Vote Activities
Fri. Nov. 2 – 8a-6p
Sat. Nov. 3 – 8a-6p
Sun. Nov.4 – 8a-6p
Mon. Nov. 5 – 8a-6p
Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6 – 8a-8p

Stockton (37 Hunter Square Plaza)
Volunteer Info: Andrea Colavita Pinkham 209-461-7734
On Monday and Tuesday, Manteca will be the headquarters for GOTV in San Joaquin County. The Stockton office will be open for phone banking Saturday-Tuesday but no activities are planned.
GOTV Rally (Stockton)
Mon. Nov. 5 – 5-7:30 – Weber Point, 221 N. Center Street, Stockton
Phone Banks
Sat. Nov. 3 – 10a-6p
Sun. Nov.4 – 10a-6p
Mon. Nov. 5 – 8a-6p
Election Day, Tues. Nov. 6 – 8a-8p

Tracy (Rhodesia Ransom HQ, 29 West 10th Street)
Volunteer Info: Andrea Colavita Pinkham 209-461-7734
On Monday and Tuesday, Manteca will be the headquarters for GOTV in San Joaquin County. The Stockton office will be open for phone banking Saturday-Tuesday but no activities are planned.
Precinct Walks
Sat. Nov. 3 – 10a – Walk and literature drop to union households – Rhodesia Ransom HQ, 29 West 10th Street, Tracy
Sun. Nov. 4 – 11a – Same as above, different time

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Election Day Is Just Days Away. Governor Jerry Brown: “Don’t Be Complacent.”

California Governor Jerry Brown makes a surprise visit to the SEIU Local 1021 union hall to charge-up the labor base in San Francisco.

In the final two weeks before the Nov. 6 Election, California’s Governor made a surprise appearance to rally the troops of canvassers promoting YES for Proposition 30 and NO for Proposition 32.

On Saturday Oct. 20, more than 100 Bay Area educators, SEIU Local 1021 members and the San Francisco Labor Council members joined Governor Jerry Brown at a Get-Out-The-Vote kick-off event and press conference at our Local 1021 headquarters in San Francisco.

“We have a close election. I believe we are ahead. But we can’t be complacent. We don’t have too many days left,” said Gov. Brown, “I’m going to do everything I can between now and the election to get proposition 30 passed.”

United Educators of San Francisco President Dennis Kelly rallied teachers, San Francisco city workers and Local 1021 nonprofit industry leaders in the room and emphasized the importance of this election.

“We are mobilizing across the state to defend California on Election Day. We are fighting to pass Proposition 30, which will prevent over $6 billion in immediate cuts to California schools. And we are standing with all working people in the state to defeat the destructive Proposition 32, which would silence the political voices of union members and let millionaires and billionaires write their own rules,” said Kelly.

Polling shows too close to call

For months, Local 1021 members throughout northern California and community allies have been knocking on doors and making calls, talking with voters in their communities to pass Proposition 30 to stop billions in immediate schools cuts and to defeat the deceptive anti-worker Prop. 32.

Polling demonstrates our voter education efforts are working, but also shows Proposition 30 and 32 are too close to call, making this a critical election for union politics and funding for education.

How critical is this election? Critical enough that SEIU Local 1021 President Roxanne Sanchez and Vice Presidents Larry Bradshaw, Gary Jimenez, and Crawford Johnson sent a special letter to all Local 1021 members and staff, informing them that political work is a top priority.

“Right here, right now, organized labor is in the throes of our toughest political battle,” said President Sanchez and three Vice Presidents.

Reason-Rupe, a right-leaning poll, released October 19, 2012.

Prop. 30, Governor Jerry Brown’s initiative to raise taxes on the rich,

  • the poll finds 50 percent of likely voters will vote YES and 46 percent say NO while 4 percent are undecided on Proposition 30,
  • Prop. 32, aimed at eliminating working families from being heard in the political process, is too close to call— 48 percent NO, 45 percent YES and 6 percent undecided. Both propositions are within the margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.

It is critical that we step up in the final countdown to Nov. 6. Join a precinct walk or phone bank near you.

Read the Associated Press story: http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_21821989/california-governor-jerry-brown-talks-teachers-push-increase

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Local 1021 Endorsements

Local 1021 has announced its November election endorsements, and topping the list are the fights to pass Proposition 30 and defeat Proposition 32, plus two board of supervisors races that could tip the balance of power in two of our most difficult counties: Susan Gorin in Sonoma and Rhodesia Ransom in San Joaquin.

View a complete list of all Local 1021 endorsements by county:
Alameda County
Amador County
Butte County
Calaveras County
Contra Costa County
Del Norte County
Marin County
Mendocino County
Napa County
Sacramento County
City and County of San Francisco
San Joaquin County
Shasta County
Solano County
Sonoma County
Yolo County

Alameda County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Congress, House of Representatives
CD 11 – George Miller
CD 13 – Barbara Lee
CD 15 – Pete Stark
CD 17 – Mike Honda

U.S. Congress, Senate
Dianne Feinstein

State Senate
SD 7 – Mark DeSaulnier
SD 9 – Loni Hancock

State Assembly
AD 14 – Susan Bonilla
AD 15 – Nancy Skinner
AD 16 – Joan Buchanan
AD 18 – Rob Bonta, Abel Guillen (dual endorsement)
AD 20 – Bill Quirk
AD 25 – Bob Wieckowski

Board of Supervisors
District 2 – Richard Valle

Alameda County Ballot Measures
B1 – YES (Transportation tax)
F – YES (City of Albany sales tax)
I – YES (Chabot/Las Positas parcel tax)
J – YES (Oakland school bonds)
M – YES (City of Berkeley watershed bonds)
N – YES (City of Berkeley pool bonds)
O – YES (City of Berkeley parcel tax for pools operations)
P – YES (City of Berkeley Gann tax override)
Q – YES (City of Berkeley technical change in utility tax)
R – NO (City of Berkeley)
S – NO (City of Berkeley)
T – NO (City of Berkeley)
U – NO (City of Berkeley)
V – NO (City of Berkeley)

BART Board
District 3 – Rebecca Saltzman
District 5 – John McPartland
District 7 – Maria Alegria
District 9 – Tom Radulovich

Oakland City Council (ranked choice voting)
District 1 – 1. Dan Kalb
District 3 – 1. Nyeisha DeWitt, 2. Alex Miller-Cole, 3. Derrick Muhammed
District 5 – 1. Mario Juarez
District 7 – Sheryl Walton, Larry Reid (open endorsement)
At-Large – 1. Rebecca Kaplan

Oakland City Attorney (ranked choice voting)
1. Jane Brunner

Oakland School Board (ranked choice voting)
District 1 – 1. Jody London
District 3 – 1. Jamoke Hodge, 2. Richard Fuentes
District 5 – 1. Rosie Torres
District 7 – 1. Alice Spearman

City of Berkeley, Mayor
Kriss Worthington

Berkeley City Council
D-2 – Darryl Moore (incumbent)
D-3 – Max Anderson (incumbent)
D-5 – Laurie Capitelli (incumbent), Sophie Hahn (open endorsement)

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Judy Shelton, Asa Dodsworth, Igor Tregub

City of Fremont, Mayor
1. Bill Harrison, 2. Anu Natarajan (ranked choice)

Fremont City Council
John Dutra, Sue Chan, Vinnie Bacon (open endorsement)

Fremont School Board
Lily Mei (incumbent), Reshma Kripineni, Ann Crosbie

San Leandro City Council
D-2 – Ursula Reed
D-4 – Darlene Daevu
D-6 – Jim Prola

Hayward School Board
Sara Lamnin, Peter Bufete, John Taylor

San Lorenzo School Board
Jim Sherman (incumbent), Penny Peck

Peralta Community College Board
Area 1 – Bill Withrow
Area 2 – Jurena Storm
Area 4 – Nicky Yuen
Area 6 – By Gulassa

Ohlone College District Trustee
Area 2 – Kevin Bristow, Greg Bonaccorsi, Teresa Cox

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Amador County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Butte County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Calaveras County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

Board of Supervisors
District 1 – Gary Tofanelli
District 2 – Bryce Randall

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Contra Costa County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Congress
CD 11 – George Miller

State Senate
SD 3 – Lois Wolk

State Assembly
AD 11 – Jim Frazier
AD 14 – Susan Bonilla
AD 15 – Nancy Skinner
AD 16 – Joan Buchanan

Richmond City Council
Marilyn Langlois, Eduardo Martinez

Ballot Measures
A – YES (Contra Costa parcel tax)
D – YES (San Ramon bond)
I – YES (Chabot/Las Positas)
N – YES (Sugar tax)
P – YES (Overturn Citizens United)

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Del Norte County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Congress
CD 2 – Jared Huffman

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Marin County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Congress
CD 2 – Jared Huffman

State Assembly
AD 10 – Michael Allen

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Mendocino County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Congress
CD 2 – Jared Huffman

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Napa County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

State Senate
SD 3 – Lois Wolk

State Assembly
AD 4 – Mariko Yamada

Board of Supervisors
District 2 – Mark Van Gorder

City of Napa
Mayor – Peter Mott
City Council – Scott Sedgley, Alfredo Pedroza

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Sacramento County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Congress
CD 3 – John Garamendi
CD 7 – Dr. Ami Bera

State Assembly
AD 7 – Roger Dickinson
AD 9 – Dr. Richard Pan

Sacramento City Council
District 2– Rob Kerth
District 4 – Joe Yee

Sacramento City USD School Board
Patrick Kennedy, Eric Sunderland, Gustavo Arroyo, Diana Rodriguez

School District Measures
Measure Q – YES (School Facilities Bond)
Measure R – YES (School Facilities Bond)

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

City & County OF San Francisco

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

State Senate
SD 11 – Mark Leno

State Assembly
AD 17 – Tom Ammiano
AD 19 – Phil Ting

Board of Supervisors
District 1 – Eric Mar
District 3 – David Chiu
District 5 – Julian Davis, Christina Olague, John Rizzo (triple endorsement, unranked, alphabetical order)
District 7 – No endorsement
District 9 – David Campos
District 11 – John Avalos

BART Board
District 7 – Maria Alegria
District 9 – Tom Radulovich

SFUSD Board of Education
Sandra Fewer, Matt Haney, Gladys Soto, Shamann Walton

SF Community College Board
Natalie Berg, Rafael Mandelman, Steve Ngo

San Francisco Measures
Prop A – YES (Community College Parcel Tax)
Prop B – YES (Parks Bond)
Prop C – YES (Affordable Housing Fund)
Prop D – No endorsement (Municipal Elections)
Prop E – No endorsement (Gross Receipts Tax)
Prop F – NO (Hetch Hetchy)
Prog G – YES (Corporate Personhood)

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

San Joaquin County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Congress
CD 9 – Jerry McNerney
CD 10 – Jose Hernandez

State Senate
SD 5 – Cathleen Galgiani

State Assembly
AD 9 – Dr. Richard Pan

Board of Supervisors
District 5 – Rhodesia Ransom

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Shasta County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)


Solano County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Congress
CD 3 – John Garamendi

State Senate
SD 3 – Lois Wolk

State Assembly
AD 4 – Mariko Yamada
AD 11 – Jim Frazier

Board of Supervisors
District 1 – Erin Hannigan

City of Fairfield
Measure P – YES (Protect Fairfield)

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Sonoma County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Congress
CD 2 – Jared Huffman

State Senate
SD 3 – Lois Wolk

State Assembly
AD 4 – Mariko Yamada
AD 10 – Michael Allen

Board of Supervisors
District 1 – Susan Gorin

Sonoma City Council
Laurie Gallian, Madolyn Agrimonti

Santa Rosa Measures
Measure Q – YES (District Elections)

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

Yolo County

U.S. President & Vice President
Barack Obama & Joe Biden

U.S. Congress
CD 3 – John Garamendi

State Senate
SD 3 – Lois Wolk

State Assembly
AD 4 – Mariko Yamada

Statewide Propositions
30 – YES (Schools & Local Public Safety Protection Act)
31 – NO (Risks to worker safety and environment)
32 – NO (Special Exemptions Act)
33 – NO (Favors auto insurance companies over consumers)
34 – YES (Death penalty repeal)
35 – YES (Human trafficking penalties)
36 – YES (Three Strikes revision)
37 – YES (Genetically engineered food labeling)
38 – NO (State income tax increase)
39 – YES (Funds clean energy jobs, closes corporate tax loophole)
40 – YES (Upholds redistricting of State Senate seats)

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Interview: San Joaquin Board of Supervisors Candidate Rhodesia Ransom

1021: Why do you want to be supervisor? What are your qualifications?

Ransom: I want to be supervisor because I provide the best qualifications and relevant experience. The Board of Supervisors looks out for all of our major public services, and these services really do serve the middle class and protect the economy here locally. It’s not time to have a politician in office who really does not care about the middle class, because without the middle class, our economy is not going to do well, which hurts the entire community.

1021: What role do public service employees play in San Joaquin and what role do you see them playing in the future?

Ransom: Public employees are very important to this county. What people don’t realize is the County itself is one of the biggest employers in the county. That means as we keep these employees working, we keep the services efficient. The more people we have working that are earning an income, the more they’re able to turn over dollars in our community.

Those services are essential that are provided at the county level. When you think about programs such as Head Start, it prepares kids for the future so that they can be our future leaders. When you think about our General Hospital, until we get to a point where everyone does have access to health care, we need to make sure that we are in a position to provide access to quality health care. Because if people aren’t healthy in your community, you can’t expect them to show up for work, you can’t expect them to show up for school.

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2012 Election Volunteer Opportunities

Find a phone bank or precinct walk at a Local 1021 office near you:

Oakland (447 29th Street)
Phone Banks: M/T/W/Th – 5:30-8:30p
Precinct Walks: TBA
Volunteer Info: Ariana at ariana.casanova@seiu1021.org

Fairfield (2300 Boynton Ave. #200)
Phone Banks: M/T/W/Th – 5:30-8p
Precinct Walks: Sa 9a-2p, Su 2-5p
Volunteer Info: Mike at michael.weinberg@seiu1021.org

Sacramento (1006 4th St., 8th floor)
SEIU 1021 Phone Banks: M/T/W/Th – 5:30-8p
Central Labor Council Phone Banks: M/T/W/Th/F – 5-8p – 2840 El Centro Road, Suite 111, Sacramento
Precinct Walks: Sa 9a-3p, SEIU 1000, 1325 S Street – Su 1-5p (start 9/16) – Sacramento CLC, 2840 El Centro Road, Suite 111, Sacramento
Volunteer Info: John at john.shaban@seiu1021.org

San Francisco (350 Rhode Island, #100 South Bldg.)
Phone Banks: T/W/Th – 5:30-8p
Precinct Walks: TBA
Volunteer Info: Gabe at gabriel.haaland@seiu1021.org

Santa Rosa (600 B Street)
Phone Banks: T/W/Th – 5:30-8p
Precinct Walks: Sa 9/22 & Sa 9/29 – 9:30a-1p – Campaign Office, 20079 Broadway, Sonoma; Sa 10/13 & Sa 10/20 – Location/Time TBA
Volunteer Info: Mike at michael.weinberg@seiu1021.org; Paul at paul.rodriguez@seiu1021.org

Stockton (37 Hunter Square Plaza)
Phone Banks: M/T/W – 5:30-8p
Precinct Walks: Sa 10a – Meet at Rhodesia Ransom’s campaign HQ, 29 West 10th St., Tracy
Volunteer Info: Andrea at a.colavitapinkham@seiu1021.org

Get Out the Vote (GOTV) – All Offices
Fr 11/2 – Mo 11/5 – 8a-6p

Election Day GOTV (GOTV/Poll checking)
Tu 11/6 – 8a-8p

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Proposition 32 is Bad for Both Republican and Democratic Local 1021 Members

Political views can change, no matter how you grow up.

Donna Jackson grew up in a Democratic family—now she and her brother and sister are Republicans.

Jackson is an outreach technician for the Amador County Public Health Department. She works in the community with children’s programs and understands that defeat of Proposition 32 is critical for all SEIU Local 1021 members.

“This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue,” said Jackson. “It’s a union issue.”

Prop. 32 silences unions by prohibiting the use of payroll deductions funds on politics. It would take away unions’ ability to fight for work safety and environmental regulations.

This initiative will impede unions’ ability to fight against outsourcing of jobs, school closures, lay-offs and budget cuts. The next time threats of minimum wage, collective bargaining, or lunch breaks are under attack, unions will be prohibited from fighting back.

At the same time, Prop. 32 creates loopholes that allow big corporations and billionaires to fund their political campaigns without any limitation. Proposition 32 is a trick to give the big corporations and billionaires even more political power.

“Proposition 32 is one more step toward Wisconsin,” said Jackson. “It will take our rights away.”

In its report regarding Proposition 32, California Legislative Analyst’s Office found:

“The state would experience increased costs to investigate alleged violations of the law and to respond to requests for advice. In addition, state and local governments would experience some other increased administrative costs. Combined, these costs could exceed $1 million annually.”

“Proposition 32 will waste taxpayers’ money,” said Jackson. “It’s one more way for the government to get involved in something they have no business in.”

Stand up for union members by joining the campaign to defeat Proposition 32. Pledge to vote no on Proposition 32 by clicking here.

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Proposition 30: Critical for SEIU Local 1021 Members, Even Those Without School-Aged Children

Karla Faucett, SEIU Local 1021 Sacramento City Unified School District Chapter Vice President

Karla Faucett has two step-grandchildren attending school in the Sacramento City Unified School district, the same district she works for as an admissions and family services technician.

She’s like many SEIU Local 1021 members. She doesn’t have school-aged children but  understands the need to pass Proposition 30 on the November ballot.

“Prop. 30 impacts all of us,” said Faucett. “If it doesn’t pass, we’re putting the future of California at risk.”

Prop. 30 will prevent billions of dollars in devastating cuts to education by taxing the wealthiest Californians. From this initiative, 90 percent will be funded by California’s wealthiest citizens with the rest of the funding achieved through a state sales tax increase of ¼ of one percent.

“The kids are our future,” said Faucett. “If we don’t invest in the kids, they may drop out of school or become career criminals. As a community, we must fight for our kids.”

If Proposition 30 fails, up to three weeks of the school year could be eliminated and hundreds of teachers and school employees will face layoff.

“Shortening the school year is bad for California,” said Faucett. “This would put our kids behind other kids in the nation. We cannot allow this to happen.”

Join the campaign to save California’s future. Pledge to vote yes for Proposition 30 by clicking here.

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Rhodesia Ransom Will Stand Up for San Joaquin County Local 1021 Workers

by Marcus Williams, San Joaquin County COPE Chair

San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors candidate Rhodesia Ransom

As county workers, we have the opportunity and power to elect Rhodesia Ransom, who understands the struggles of working people to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

Ransom has experienced first-hand the effects of wages and benefit cuts. She understands how employees and their families have to grapple with the skyrocketing costs of healthcare.

How often have we said we need someone on the Board of Supervisors who is one of us? This is an opportunity for us to elect someone who has truly walked in a working family’s shoes instead of just giving lip service to the day-to-day issues, pressures and decisions we face supporting our families.

Ransom is extremely qualified to be a member of the Board of Supervisors. She has 15 years of practical business experience and service to the South San Joaquin County community. Ransom is the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, current board member of the City of Tracy Planning Commission, community activist and volunteer.

It may sound cliché that we as public employees get to elect our own bosses. However, this is our chance and opportunity to elect a truly qualified candidate who will be the voice of working people.

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Proposition 32 Hurts Our Union Voice

Chip Atkin, Chair, Sonoma County Chapter of SEIU 1021 Committee on Political Education made this statement on Prop 32:

Vote No on Proposition 32!

Proposition 32 purports to be campaign finance reform, that will get the special interest out of politics by prohibiting both corporations and unions from

  1. making political contributions directly to candidates, and
  2. from collecting payroll deductions to fund their political efforts.

It is extremely deceptive and filled with special exemptions for corporations.   There are only a few types of corporations that are affected by the law.  Close held, LLC corporations, real estate trusts, and incorporated Super PAC’s are exempt, not to mention the individual, billionaire CEO’s of Corporations are unaffected.  Prohibiting corporations from doing payroll deductions to fund politics is like prohibiting men from getting pregnant Corporations don’t use payroll deductions to fund their political efforts, they use their business profits.  Corporations will still be able to invest their profits in Super PAC’s, that will give them a loud voice on any political  issue or candidate.

The payroll deduction provision will eliminate unions’ sources of funding, which they use for political efforts to protect working families and the middle class’s interests.  If Proposition 32 passes, we will not be able to fight the attacks on our compensation,  pensions, and union rights.  We’ll not be able to fight the corporate funded attacks on the middle class, that threaten to privatize Social Security (making it less secure for the average person), reduce worker safety regulations (in the name of reducing cumbersome regulation on business), pair back on overtime compensation, and reverse gains in health care coverage.

Corporations already out spend unions 15 to1 in politics.   This proposition only changes the way that corporations spend their money on politics, but it will eliminate the ability of unions to fund any effort to support candidates or issues which are important to working people.  Don’t let corporate interests silence unions. Vote No on Proposition 32.

We encourage everyone to learn how Proposition hurts unions and everyone else who tries to assure that the voice of regular people is heard and acted on.  

Please Act Now to tell other people to vote No on Proposition 32

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SEIU Local 1021 Members Join Governor Jerry Brown at Kick Off for Proposition 30 Campaign

Governor Jerry Brown speaks at Proposition 30 kick-off at New Technology High School

SEIU Local 1021 members along with teachers, parents and students joined Governor Jerry Brown at the kick off for Proposition 30 campaign. Proposition 30 aims to protect schools and public safety by increasing state revenues.

Proposition 30 provides a fair, common-sense solution to ensure that K-12 and community colleges will receive the funding they critically need.

“Proposition 30 prevents $6 billion in cuts this coming budget year,” said Governor Jerry Brown.

Proposition 30 taxes the wealthiest Californians. Individuals who make below $250,000 and families who make below $500,000 will pay no additional income tax. The sales tax will be increased by ¼ of 1 percent. For every $400 spent on taxable goods, there would be an additional $1.00 in sales tax.

“Proposition 30 is the catalyst,” said Crawford Johnson, Local 1021 Second Vice President. “If we don’t approve Prop. 30, we will lose public schools as we know it.”

Many school districts are operating on very lean budgets. In Sacramento City Unified School District, transportation, maintenance and custodial services have been cut. Every service cut impacts children and their families.

“We cannot allow the cuts to critical services to continue,” said Karla Faucett, Vice President for Local 1021 Sacramento City Unified School District. “Proposition 30 will help our schools get back on track.”

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No on Prop 32: Don’t Let Big Corporations Silence Our Voices

Marcus Williams, San Joaquin County COPE Chair

by Marcus Williams

Proposition 32 – The Special Exemptions Act will be on the November ballot.  On the surface it looks and sounds like a good idea.  It claims to ban both corporations and unions from using any funds collected through payroll deductions for politics.

Proposition 32 is unbalanced. The majority of union members in California contribute to politics through payroll deductions which allow unions to collectively pool our resources to support political campaigns benefiting working families and to fight anti-worker political campaigns.

Corporations almost never use payroll deductions for politics.  They use their massive profits.  Corporations and the super-rich can spend with no limits on political campaigns through powerful political action committees.  A United States Supreme Court ruling has deemed corporations to be individuals. This means corporations have the same rights as people.

Corporations can easily out spend us to support laws the benefit them or oppose proposed reform of the existing banking foreclosure laws that have taken homes away from many of us, our friends, neighbors and family members. Whole communities have been decimated by this housing crisis.

Prop. 32 takes away our ability to collective pool our resources to protect the health and safety of our families and communities.  Do not be deceived – Vote No on Prop. 32.

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The Truth Behind Prop. 32: How It Will Affect You. Why You Should Be Scared – Into Action!

Remember, having a good contract alone isn’t enough. Our jobs, and many of our rights and benefits, like the minimum wage, healthcare reform, prevailing wage, workplace safety and overtime pay, rely on us having and using political power. The real intent of Prop. 32 is to weaken unions and give even more power to corporate special interests.

Remember Prop. 75 in the 2005 special election? California voters saw right through it and sent it (like the rest of Gov. Schwarzenegger’s corporate-backed anti-worker agenda) to a crushing defeat. Well, Prop. 32 would do the same thing as Prop. 75, only much worse.

Like that measure, Prop. 32 is sponsored by anti-union millionaires who want to first take away working people’s ability to have a voice in the political process and then come back after our basic rights – like overtime pay, meal breaks, pensions, healthcare coverage, prevailing wage, job security and other things working people have won by standing together. It’s the first blow of a one-two punch.

This measure is confusing. What does it actually do?

Prop. 32’s millionaire backers wrote it intentionally to confuse voters. Here’s what the measure really does.

First, Prop. 32 claims both unions and corporations are banned from giving money to candidates or political parties. In reality, the wealthy backers made sure to include special exemptions for themselves and other corporate special interests. For example, many of California’s companies aren’t technically “corporations” like insurance companies, Wall St. hedge funds, real estate investors, law firms and others. These companies could still give money to candidates. CEOs and billionaires are also exempt. Union members, on the other hand, are strictly banned from ever pooling our money together to support candidates who stand with workers or oppose those who don’t. Unions also would be prohibited from fighting anti-worker ballot initiatives that attempt to limit collective bargaining, gut pensions or ban prevailing wage and project labor agreements.

Next, Prop. 32 claims it bans both unions and corporations from using any funds collected through payroll deduction for politics. Union members pay dues through payroll deduction, a portion of which is used for politics – to support candidates who stand with workers and oppose those who don’t as well as fighting ballot measures that threaten middle class jobs and wages. Corporations, though, almost NEVER use payroll deduction for politics; they use their massive profits. With the special exemptions in Prop. 32, corporate special interests will be able to spend with NO LIMITS on political campaigns through powerful Super PACs.  Again, if you read the fine print, this measure is totally unbalanced and phony. It’s really a wolf in sheep’s clothing designed to prevent union members from having a voice in the political process while giving even more power to the already powerful.

We should get special interest money out of politics. Isn’t this measure a fair way to do that for both corporations and unions?

With all of the stories about Super PACs and corrupt politicians it can feel like the average person doesn’t have a chance to have a say in politics.  But Prop. 32 really doesn’t level the playing field.  It actually makes things much worse. The wealthy backers of this measure wrote special exemptions for themselves and their corporate friends. The measure exempts powerful Super PACs. It exempts insurance companies and Wall St. hedge funds. It exempts billionaires. As a result of all these exemptions, the wealthy and well-connected will have more power in politics than ever. And because it restricts union workers from pooling our money in politics, we won’t be able to stand up to these corporate special interests.

Who’s supporting Prop. 32?

The backers of Prop. 32 are anti-union millionaires who have been behind previous efforts to attack unions. The Lincoln Club of Orange County funded the effort to put the measure on the ballot. The Lincoln Club has no interest in real campaign finance reform. In fact, the group was behind the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which completely gutted federal campaign finance reform and led to the rise of the influential Super PACs. Other backers of the measure include right-wing billionaires like Thomas Siebel and Jerry Perenchio, millionaire real estate investors, corporate executives and retired CEOs who have been trying for years to curb workers’ rights.

Besides my union, who else opposes Prop. 32?

Prop. 32 is broadly opposed by non-partisan “good government” groups like the League of Women Voters and Common Cause, who say they are against it because it’s not genuine reform and will make the system much worse. It’s also opposed by a wide array of community groups, environmental organizations, educators and civil rights leaders.

It’s OK with me to curb union power! Unions just take people’s money, push for bloated pensions for public workers and give money to politicians who I don’t even agree with. Do we really need them anymore?

Someone has to protect working and middle class families in California, and that’s not going to happen if all the power is in the hands of big corporations. From 1950 to 1980, when a third of Americans were union members, incomes for working people more than doubled, creating the great American middle class. But since that time, as the percent of workers in unions has dropped, so have the incomes of average middle class families. That’s not a coincidence. When CEOs write all the rules, with no one sitting across from them at the table negotiating fair wages and benefits for the people who work in their companies, the CEOs walk away with $15 million compensation packages while workers walk away wondering how they’re going to take care of their families. The lessons of the last 60 years are pretty clear:  the working people of this state-whether they’re cops or teachers, bricklayers or farmworkers-need a seat at the table if they’re going to be able to put food on the table for their kids.  This initiative would take away our seat at the table.

My union should stay out of politics and focus on things like my contract and better representation.

The other side understands how important the political process is to move their agenda – corporate special interests outspend unions 15 – 1.  We can never match them dollar for dollar, but we can make a difference by standing together.  This initiative would take away our ability to do that.

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