With over 700,000 members vulnerable to excessive rent increases, the Service Employees International Union California has announced its endorsement of Proposition 10. The November ballot measure allows communities to urgently address California’s housing-affordability and homeless crises.
“In survey after survey our members are saying that the skyrocketing housing cost is their top concern. Too many of the working people who take care of our seniors, children, and the sick, and provide the many other essential services that make our cities work are couch-surfing, living in cars or forced into long commutes. That’s not right, and we can do something about it by passing Prop 10,” said Roxanne Sanchez, President of SEIU California and SEIU Local 1021.
“We’re proud to be in this fight to expand protections for renters with SEIU,” said Christina Livingston, State Director of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, a proponent of Proposition 10. “The growing gap between wages and rent has threatened to make our state unaffordable to the vast majority of Californians, but with Proposition 10, we could take an important step towards creating the protections to keep nurses, homecare workers, medical technicians and other healthcare workers in the same communities where they provide life-saving care.”
SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. SEIU California fights to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues its members care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities.
Prop 10 returns power to communities to set reasonable limits on excessive rents as Californians struggling with devastating housing-affordability and homeless crises. It also guarantees a fair rate of return to landlords. The California Democratic Party, Los Angeles Times, and Sacramento Bee have also endorsed Prop 10.