ON SEPTEMBER 14th

STAND AGAINST THE ATTACK ON WORKERS & OUR DEMOCRACY!

SAY “NO!” TO THE RIGHT-WING, REPUBLICAN RECALL AGAINST GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM

Governor Newsom has been a strong advocate for child care and early learning, equitable K-12 schools, access to community college for all and good jobs for education workers. Now, the same right-wing Republicans who stormed the Capitol on January 6th, have set their sights on California with a recall that will cost taxpayers more than $275 million.

ON SEPTEMBER 14th

STAND AGAINST THE ATTACK ON WORKERS & OUR DEMOCRACY

SAY “NO” TO THE RIGHT-WING, REPUBLICAN RECALL AGAINST GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM

Governor Newsom has been a strong advocate for child care and early learning, equitable K-12 schools, access to community college for all and good jobs for education workers. Now, the same right-wing republicans who stormed the Capitol on January 6th, have set their sights on California with a recall that will cost taxpayers more than $275 million.

Join the final push to

GET-OUT-THE-VOTE

Saturday, Sept. 11 & Sunday, Sept. 12

The recall isn’t just about who sits in the governor’s seat. It’s about whether we’ll be able to continue negotiating for improvements to the services we provide in eduation, our jobs, and additional gains for child care providers, like health care benefits, or whether we’ll be negotiating cuts and losses with an anti-union, right-wing Republican governor.

This is what’s at stake for us and why we need SEIU Local 99 members out in force in our final push to mobilize voters to the polls in the last weekend leading up to election day, Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Sign-up to join fellow members Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12 to knock on the doors of voters. Together, we’ll stop the recall.

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A Commitment to Child Care and Early Education

While campaigning for governor, Governor Newsom signed a pledge saying he would sign a bill giving California-based family child care providers the right to collective bargaining.

In October 2019, he kept his word and signed AB 378 when it landed on his desk. This bill gives providers the power to lower the cost of care for parents and the right to come together to negotiate for living wages, benefits and the ongoing training they need to provide quality care. On June 25, child care providers negotiated their first contract with the Governor that includes historic gains:

  • The first increase in pay providers have seen in five years that will amount to a 15% rate increase for all providers.
  • New funding for additional provider training and education to ensure quality care.
  • New funding to allow more providers to become licensed to expand available care, especially in child care deserts where providers are scarce.
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A GOVERNOR WORTH KEEPING

Governor Newsom’s record speaks for itself. He listened to education workers and approved a state budget that included historic investments in education and education workers, like us. This is why we elected him and why we must now defend what we have gained:

Funding to safely re-open schools for in-person instruction

$2 billion in funds that may be used for anything related to reopening, such as enhanced cleaning, disinfection, PPE, ventilation, social and mental health services and salaries for classified staff.

Funding to safely re-open schools for in-person instruction

$2 billion in funds that may be used for anything related to reopening, such as enhanced cleaning, disinfection, PPE, ventilation, social and mental health services and salaries for classified staff.

Increased funding for community colleges

  • $511 million to address deferred maintenance and repairs to community college facilities
  • $100 million to retain and enroll more students in community colleges
  • $371.2 for a Cost of Living Adjustment for workers

Increased funding for community colleges

  • $511 million to address deferred maintenance and repairs to community college facilities
  • $100 million to retain and enroll more students in community colleges
  • $371.2 for a Cost of Living Adjustment for workers

Increased funding for paraprofessionals

$460 million to increase hours for special education assistants and hire new special education assistants and other paraprofessionals.

Increased funding for paraprofessionals

$460 million to increase hours for special education assistants and hire new special education assistants and other paraprofessionals.

Additional support for houseless students

$1000 per houseless student to help our most vulnerable students recover from the pandemic.

Additional support for houseless students

$1000 per houseless student to help our most vulnerable students recover from the pandemic.

Income for classified school workers during the summer break

Governor Newsom worked with us to secure a $60 million investment in the Summer Bridge Fund that ensures classified school workers can continue to receive matching funds from the state during the summer break when work is not available.

Income for classified school workers during the summer break

$460 million to increase hours for special education assistants and hire new special education assistants and other paraprofessionals.

Immediate funding for custodians and other classified school staff

Governor Newsom’s budget included $1.1 billion to increase support staff. This is money school districts can access to address the shortage of staffing and hours when it comes to custodians and other classified employees.

Immediate funding for custodians and other classified school staff

Governor Newsom’s budget included $1.1 billion to increase support staff. This is money school districts can access to address the shortage of staffing and hours when it comes to custodians and other classified employees.

Sacramento, Calif., September 30, 2019.
California governor Gavin Newsom signs a bill giving child care providers collective bargain rights in Sacramento, Calif., September 30, 2019. Signing was followed by a press conference.
Photo by Robert Durell

A Commitment to Child Care and Early Education

While campaigning for governor, Governor Newsom signed a pledge saying he would sign a bill giving California-based family child care providers the right to collective bargaining.

In October 2019, he kept his word and signed AB 378 when it landed on his desk. This bill gives providers the power to lower the cost of care for parents and the right to come together to negotiate for living wages, benefits and the ongoing training they need to provide quality care. On June 25, child care providers negotiated their first contract with the Governor that includes historic gains:

  • The first increase in pay providers have seen in five years that will amount to a fair rate increase for all providers.
  • New funding for additional provider training and education to ensure quality care.
  • New funding to allow more providers to become licensed to expand available care, especially in child care deserts where providers are scarce.

A Commitment to Child Care and Early Education

While campaigning for governor, Governor Newsom signed a pledge saying he would sign a bill giving California-based family child care providers the right to collective bargaining.

In October 2019, he kept his word and signed AB 378 when it landed on his desk. This bill gives providers the power to lower the cost of care for parents and the right to come together to negotiate for living wages, benefits and the ongoing training they need to provide quality care. On June 25, child care providers negotiated their first contract with the Governor that includes historic gains:

  • The first increase in pay providers have seen in five years that will amount to a fair rate increase for all providers.
  • New funding for additional provider training and education to ensure quality care.
  • New funding to allow more providers to become licensed to expand available care, especially in child care deserts where providers are scarce.
Sacramento, Calif., September 30, 2019. California governor Gavin Newsom signs a bill giving child care providers collective bargain rights in Sacramento, Calif., September 30, 2019. Signing was followed by a press conference.

WHO’S BEHIND THE RECALL?

This recall is backed by a cabal of anti-union special interests, anti-immigrant activists, corporate cronies and far right Republicans who think the violent January 6 terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol was a “patriotic” act.

They have funneled over $1.68 million into the recall campaign to weaken or eliminate laws that protect our pay, retirement security, voting rights, funding for public education, and our good union jobs.

They’re attacking the very things that lift up communities of color in California—and the elected officials, like Governor Gavin Newsom, who actively support these communities.

See a list of who’s bankrolling the recall effort.

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Anti-Union Special Interests

Corporate CEOs, billionaire investors and their bought-and-paid-for politicians see Governor Newsom as a threat to their bottom line.

They want to roll back decades of progress on workers’ rights in California. These anti-union recall backers want to lower wages, eliminate health care and safety laws, and kill union jobs.

Anti-immigrant Activists

Orrin Heatlie is the co-founder and chief organizer of the recall. He’s also an anti-vaxxer and has disturbing ideas on issues around immigration. In April, Heatlie posted on Facebook, “The same people calling me a science, climate denier are claiming there are multiple genders, and they want me to vaccinate. I am soooooooooo NOT!” In another post, he suggested it might be a good idea to “microchip” undocumented immigrants.

Far Right Republicans

National Republicans like Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Devin Nunes have all backed the recall effort. The Republican National Committee has even cut the recall a $250,000 check.

Instead of fighting COVID-19, Republicans are pulling a page from the Trump playbook and attacking Californians. In fact, a Republican recall will cost the state $275 million – money that could be used to help vaccinate our communities.

Anti-Union Special Interests

Corporate CEOs, billionaire investors and their bought-and-paid-for politicians see Governor Newsom as a threat to their bottom line.

They want to roll back decades of progress on workers’ rights in California. These anti-union recall backers want to lower wages, eliminate health care and safety laws, and kill union jobs.

Anti-immigrant Activists

Orrin Heatlie is the co-founder and chief organizer of the recall. He’s also an anti-vaxxer and has disturbing ideas on issues around immigration. In April, Heatlie posted on Facebook, “The same people calling me a science, climate denier are claiming there are multiple genders, and they want me to vaccinate. I am soooooooooo NOT!” In another post, he suggested it might be a good idea to “microchip” undocumented immigrants.

Far Right Republicans

National Republicans like Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee and Devin Nunes have all backed the recall effort. The Republican National Committee has even cut the recall a $250,000 check.

Instead of fighting COVID-19, Republicans are pulling a page from the Trump playbook and attacking Californians. In fact, a Republican recall will cost the state $275 million – money that could be used to help vaccinate our communities.

What is a recall, anyway?

The recall process allows voters to decide whether to remove elected public officials from office before their term is over.

In this recall election, the first question will ask voters “yes” or “no” to remove the governor from office. In the second part, voters will be asked to select a replacement candidate. If more than 50% of voters vote “yes” to recall the governor, the replacement candidate who gets the most votes is elected for the remainder of the term of office.

If a majority of voters vote “no” on the first question, then the recall has failed, and the governor will remain in office.

The same people who fought to overturn the presidential election and undermine the right to vote across the country are now using the recall process to force an election and grab power in California.

TAKE ACTION

If we stand idly by and do nothing to keep Governor Newsom in office, we risk the recall vote passing and an anti-union, right-wing governor replacing him. This could mean losing everything we’ve gained and hampering our ongoing work to:

  • Set statewide cleaning standards for our school and community colleges to ensure sufficient staffing and equity in school and campus cleanliness.
  • Continue to fund the Summer Bridge Program to ensure dedicated classified school employees can continue to receive matching funds from the state.
  • Secure health care and retirement benefits for family child care providers.

This is what you can do.

VOTE BEFORE OR ON SEPTEMBER 14

SEIU Local 99 members are part of a family of 700,000 SEIU members throughout California. Together, we’re strong and when we vote, we win elections.

Voting has never been easier. See important voter information below.

VOTER REGISTRATION

You may register to vote in California, if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A California resident
  • At least 18 years old on or before the next election
  • Not in state or federal prison for a felony conviction
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by court action

Click or tap below to register or check your registration status.

KEY DATES

  • August 16: Ballots will be mailed out to all registered voters the week of August 16. Voters can return their ballot in the mail, no postage necessary, or at one of many mail ballot drop-off locations.
  • August 30: Last day to register to vote. You can “conditionally” register and vote at your county elections office or polling location after the voter registration deadline, up to and including Election Day. Register online at registertovote.ca.gov.
  • September 3: You can vote or drop-off your ballot at any voting center. Find your early voting or ballot drop-off location at caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov or text “Vote” to 468683.

  • September 14: Election Day! Polls and vote centers are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. If you are in line before 8:00 p.m., you can still vote. Find your early voting or ballot drop-off location at caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov or text “Vote” to 468683.

MOBILIZE VOTERS

Starting August 3 through Election Day, September 14, SEIU Local 99 members will be turning out voters for this recall election through virtual phonebanks and neighborhood door knocking. Join the effort!

COVID-19 Safety: Virtual phonebank and door knocking dates will all be in compliance with current CDC and LA County COVID-19 safety guidelines. Personal protective equipment will be available to participants.

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