Los Angeles — Service Employees International Union Local 721 President David Green released the following statement on Gov. Newsom’s appointment of Laphonza Butler to the U.S. Senate:
“SEIU 721 members are very excited to see that Gov. Newsom has selected Laphonza Butler to represent Californians in the U.S. Senate.
Butler, the former president of SEIU Local 2015 and SEIU California, has been a strong champion for working people for her entire career and has courageously endeavored to organize and mobilize workers to fight for economic and racial justice.
At SEIU 2015, Butler led groundbreaking campaigns that led to better wages and respect on the job for home-care workers who tend to the needs of the most vulnerable people in California. While she was president of SEIU California, Butler led the drive to make the Sunshine State the first in the nation to provide workers with a $15 minimum wage.
In the Senate, we know Butler will be an advocate for working people and will fight against corporate power grabs that undermine worker rights and protections. SEIU 721’s 98,000 members in Southern California look forward to supporting her and her efforts as a Senator.”