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June 7, 2016, Primary Election

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As one individual you may not think your vote will make a difference. But just imagine the powerful impact of our collective votes as tens of thousands of union members combined. Our voices are louder together. 


Statement from President Bob Schoonover on our nation's first statewide $15 min wage law:

Today, working families across California are celebrating the signing of Senate Bill 3, which establishes a pathway to a $15 minimum wage by 2022. This historic legislation will lift California's working families out of poverty, and transform the lives of the 6.5 million Californians who earn less than $15 an hour.

Click here to watch the YouTube video that tells the story of how our workers made history!

Click here to watch the Facebook video about how our unified voice made this victory possible!

Statewide $15/hr. and Supreme Court update from SEIU Local 721 President Bob Schoonover

Sisters and Brothers of SEIU Local 721,

This week began with SEIU representatives joining our elected officials in Sacramento to announce California's plan for a higher wage. The Fight For $15 that Local 721 has led is set to change the lives of millions in the Golden State and across the country. The earth shattering news continued yesterday when the Supreme Court split on Friedrichs v. CTA, the case designed to silence our unified voice by overturning 40 years of precedent. 

Now more than ever, all eyes are upon you. 
Click here to make sure you're there on April 14.

COPE Town Hall for State Senate District 27


Did you know that we have a vote in choosing which candidates SEIU Local 721 supports for elected office? It's OUR choice.

SEIU 721 Members Endorse Hillary Clinton

Clinton supports our movement to build a better future for working families. 

Los Angeles, CA - After members conducted a rigorous endorsement process for the past several months, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, calling her a leader who will stand up for the working moms and dads building a movement to secure a better future for their families.

Barbara Calhoun for Compton School Board

Vote for change and together we can move Compton forward together.


Notice for Upcoming November 3rd Elections!

If you live in Baldwin Park, Pico Rivera, Duarte, Compton, or within the Lennox School District, or Rosemead School District, you have an important local Election this Tuesday, Nov. 3rd. Please see the list of SEIU 721 endorsed candidates below:

Lillian Cabral for Duarte School Board

Let's Move Duarte Forward Together!

Vote for Herman Santos for LACERA Board

lacera_Herman_Santos_80x120.jpgLA County members, the LACERA election ballot should have arrived at your home in an envelope from the L.A.County Register-Recorder. Open the letter, cast your vote for Herman Santos, and return your ballot right away. It's postage free.

One Voice Town Hall: US Senate Candidates June 15

SEIU721_OVOC_LOGO_165px120px_WEB.jpgOn Monday, June 15, SEIU will be conducting a One Voice Town Hall, where sister locals will get together to discuss endorsement for the U.S. Senate seat, recently vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer.

This is a great opportunity for members to be engaged in the political process and make your voice heard.

The 2015 Election Season Begins with Major Wins for SEIU 721

SEIU 721 had numerous electoral wins on March 3rd. These wins would not have been possible without the COPE engagement that started with town halls, continuing with phone banks and finishing with consistent door to door voter engagement.

COPE in Action

EW Budget Hearing_Feb 23_cropped.jpgAs public workers, SEIU 721 members understand the importance of the state budget in funding critical services we provide our communities.  Last week, the 2015-16 California state budget hearings began and SEIU members/Eligibility Workers went to Sacramento to make sure the voices of people relying on Medi-Cal health services were heard at the Health and Human Services hearings. 

Got Democracy?

The City of Los Angeles election is on March 3rd and once again a very low turnout is expected. That means just a few voters will be deciding who will help lead LA for the next four years or longer.

Preparing for the 2015 Elections

(updated Feb. 18, 2015) The year has just begun and SEIU 721 is proud to endorse the following candidates for the upcoming Spring Elections:

January 27, 2015 Election
Lou Correa for Orange County Supervisor
March 3, 2015 Election
Paul Krekorian for Los Angeles City Council District 2
Nury Martinez for Los Angeles City Council District 6 
Bobbie Jean Anderson for Los Angeles City Council District 8
Herb Wesson for Los Angeles City Council District 10
Mitchell Englander for Los Angeles City Council District 12
Jose Huizar for Los Angeles City Council District 14
Vote Yes on LA City Charter Amendment 1
Vote Yes on LA City Charter Amendment 2
LA Community College Board
Francesca Vega
, Seat 1
Sydney Kamlager, Seat 3
Scott Svonkin, Seat 5
Mike Fong, Seat 7
LA Unified School District
George McKenna
, Seat 1
Tamar Galatzan, Seat 3
Bennett Kayser, Seat 5
Richard Vladovic, Seat 7
March 10, 2015 Election
Jacque Robinson for Pasadena Mayor
Rosa Perez for Huntington Park Mayor

April 21, 2015 Election
Kevin Monk for Compton City Council District 1
Brian Parker for Compton City Council District 4

More information about these candidates will be sent to member/voters in advance to the March and April elections. There will also be other COPE town halls for upcoming local races to be held this spring-please stay involved and vote!

SEIU 721 COPE Members Kick-off the 2015 Endorsement Season

The 2014 elections were just last month but already SEIU 721 COPE has begun hosting endorsement town halls for the 2015 races.  Next year, more than 15 cities and special districts where SEIU 721 members work and live will have elections.