View all news and events related to state, federal and local budgets, elections, retirement reform and other political issues related to public service employees.

Social Security and the 1%

On April 17, most of America's wealthiest citizens will stop paying Social Security taxes. Once the payroll contribution cap of $117,000 is reached, millionaires and billionaires stop paying into the system, while the vast majority of Americans pay on all of their salary - all year long.

The Voting Rights Act and City Council Elections

Currently, several large cities in California are facing political and legal challenges to the way they conduct city council elections. These cities have "at-large" elections meaning that voters cast ballots for the whole city, not by individual districts. Many believe "at-large" voting disenfranchises minority groups as well as contributing to the high cost for an individual to run against an incumbent.  In Southern California these cities include Whittier, Santa Clarita, Palmdale and Anaheim, among others.

The Latest COPE Endorsements for 2014

SEIU 721 COPE members are kicking into high gear! Since December, they have been attending town halls, meeting with candidates and preparing to make recommendations for endorsements for the 2014 Primary and General Elections.

It's Your Choice and Your Voice!

vote-smart-button_140x140.jpgJoin with other fellow members to interview candidates for SEIU 721's endorsement in the upcoming June 3rd Election. Who will be the best choices for working families? Get involved in the endorsement process. It's your choice and your voice!

Can A Woman Retire in a Man's World?

As we spend the month of March celebrating the historic achievements of women, it is important to pay attention to the economic challenges women face, including the myriad obstacles to retirement security. The dream of retiring with security is out of reach for most women.

What's a Fugazi?

Earlier this week on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, a super cute and talented five-year-old, who has an amazing ability to memorize famous monologues from movies, performed Matthew McConaughey's stock broker speech from the Wolf of Wall Street. In one of the first scenes, McConaughey takes the young, innocent Belfort to lunch at Windows of the World and explains Wall Street to him.

Don't Retire in California! What?!

In a state as beautiful, innovative and sunny as California, you would think everyone would want to retire here. Unfortunately most California's will not have the means to retire, according to a report by The National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS). 

Another Attack on Public Worker Retirement Plans? Not This Year!

The latest attack on pensions came in the form of an initiative put forward by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, which would have been a California constitutional amendment that would allow government employers to break the retirement promises they had made to workers. 

Victory for LA County Public Health Workers and Clients

A LA Superior Court judge pulled the Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) measure off the June ballot.

Information About Retirement Security

These basic info links are a great place to start if you are just beginning to learn about the retirement crisis.  The helpful websites and research sections are great resources for novices and experts alike.

Strong Voices for the Cities We Serve

As union members and advocates for a stronger middle class, we know it's critical that we vote especially in these often lower turn-out elections. Every vote REALLY matters!

Si Se Puede: Toward Immigration Reform

On Oct. 3, hundreds of people packed LA City Hall's south lawn to witness the historic signing of AB 60, the bill granting drivers' licenses to undocumented Californians. 

Special Elections Are Right Around the Corner

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There are two important upcoming Special Elections to fill vacant Assembly and Senate seats.

Who Will Be the Next LA County Supervisor?

LA-County-Hilda_x350.jpgSEIU 721 members have spoken: they are proudly backing former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to be the next LA County Supervisor in the First District

"Our members want to make LA County stronger--stronger for working families and all residents. We can do that by electing Hilda Solis to the Board of Supervisors next year. Secretary Solis has always done what's right for working families. I can't think of a more qualified candidate to lead this County." 
-Bob Schoonover, SEIU 721 President

SEIU One Voice Town Hall for Upcoming Special Election

After helping elect two new members to Los Angeles City Council, Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield and Senator Curren Price; Governor Brown has called for a Special Election on September 17.