SEIU California is endorsing Gavin Newsom as California’s next governor. The endorsement was announced after SEIU California members from across the state, including SEIU Local 99 members, participated in the union’s One Voice Town Hall, where members met with the candidates, asked their questions, and then made their selection. As part of the One Voice Town Hall process, each SEIU Local casts one vote for the candidate they select and the overall vote winner is recommended for endorsement.
As SEIU Local 99 members we know our work is not only to help elect the next Governor, but also to continue to hold him accountable on the issues we care about. Throughout the campaign season and through his election, we will work to ensure that Gavin Newsom understands the importance of supporting summer unemployment relief for school workers and collective bargaining rights for child care providers.
“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.”