Updates

Join our Upcoming June 2022 Primary Events!

*Please note that in observance of Mother's Day, the South Bay Labor Council will not hold a precinct walk or phone bank on Sunday, May 8th. 

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SBLC June 2022 Primary Endorsements

The South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council has officially endorsed the following candidates for the June 7, 2022, Primary Election:

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 1
Sylvia Arenas: DUAL Endorsement
Claudia Rossi: DUAL Endorsement
Rich Constantine: OPEN Endorsement

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 4
Susan Ellenberg: SOLE Endorsement

Santa Clara County Assessor
Gary Kremen: No Action

Santa Clara County District Attorney
Sajid Khan: OPEN Endorsement
Jeff Rosen: OPEN Endorsement

Santa Clara County Sheriff
Kevin Jensen: OPEN Endorsement

San Jose Mayor
Cindy Chavez: SOLE Endorsement

San Jose City Council District 1
Rosemary Kamei: SOLE Endorsement

San Jose City Council District 3
Omar Torres: SOLE Endorsement

San Jose City Council District 5
Nora Campos: DUAL Endorsement
Peter Ortiz: DUAL Endorsement
Andres Quintero: OPEN Endorsement

San Jose City Council District 7
Maya Esparza: SOLE Endorsement

San Jose City Council District 9
Pam Foley: No Endorsement

San Benito County Board of Supervisors District 1
Elizabeth "Betsy" Dirks: SOLE Endorsement

San Benito County Board of Supervisors District 3
Mindy Sotelo: SOLE Endorsement

State Assembly District 24
Alex Lee: SOLE Endorsement

State Assembly District 25
Ash Kalra: SOLE Endorsement

State Assembly District 26
Evan Low: SOLE Endorsement

State Assembly District 28
Gail Pellerin: DUAL Endorsement
Rob Rennie: DUAL Endorsement

State Assembly District 29
Robert Rivas: SOLE Endorsement

State Senate District 10
Aisha Wahab: SOLE Endorsement

Congressional District 16
Anna Eshoo: SOLE Endorsement

Congressional District 17
Ro Khanna: SOLE Endorsement

Congressional District 18
Zoe Lofgren: SOLE Endorsement

Congressional District 19
Jimmy Panetta: SOLE Endorsement

Measure A
Yes on Measure A 

Measure B
Yes on Measure B 

To see the California Labor Federation's complete list of endorsements, please visit: https://calaborfed.org/endorsements-for-the-2022-primary-elections/.

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The Life and Times of Civil Rights Icon Fred Ross


2022 COPE Event: Thank You!


COPE Interview Schedule

With the New Year upon us, the South Bay Labor Council is gearing up for the June 2022 COPE endorsement process. We will host several rounds of COPE interviews virtually over Zoom this month and next. We ask that delegates mark their calendars and attend the following meetings.

  • Wednesday, February 23rd at 4:00pm

Upon registering for these meetings, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the meeting. For questions, please email [email protected]

 

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Phone Bank Opportunity: Help Move SJ's Mayoral Election

On Tuesday, December 14th, the San José City Council will discuss putting a measure on the June 2022 ballot to shift the mayoral election to presidential years. Please sign up for a phone bank shift to help support this change! Phone bank details are below. 

RSVP: https://forms.gle/iEv4Nr5jg7UU3Myw6

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AB 1400 is Good for Workers

President Barack Obama stated that “in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one should go broke just because they get sick.” Unfortunately, people do go broke. In the United States, two-thirds of people who file for bankruptcy cite medical issues as a key contributor to their financial downfall. Compounded with health disparities that disproportionally affect women and children of color, we have an unsustainable and inhumane health care system.

Irrespective of political party affiliation, there are strong arguments in favor of transforming the delivery and cost of healthcare in this country. Single Payer offers solutions to a complex system that can be accomplished by implementing AB 1400. Introduced by labor ally Ash Kalra, this compassionate commonsense legislation will positively impact working families in California.

AB 1400 allows California to invest in prevention, which will save lives and lower health care costs. We know that affordable, easy access to care has a positive effect on the health of workers by reducing chronic conditions and increasing life expectancy. Single Payer also expands coverage to all Californians, regardless of citizenship status. This will ensure that all workers in our state have access to affordable health care.

The high cost of healthcare has helped to create a climate of concessionary bargaining, triggering attacks on public sector employees, and shifting more of the costs to working people. Single Payer diminishes the liability for retiree healthcare costs and reduces the cost of coverage for all workers and their families. When we unencumber our communities from the high cost of health care, we create additional capacity for programs and services that support working families.

The Labor Movement is uniting around Single Payer because it offers tangible solutions to a seemly intractable problem. Through the leadership of CNA and ally unions, we have a path that will make healthcare a birthright for everyone in California. AB 1400 is good for workers, and we must organize to ensure its passage.

 

Jean Cohen

Executive Officer

South Bay Labor Council

 

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Urgent Santa Clara County and San José City Redistricting Meetings

Tues 11/16: Critical Santa Clara County Redistricting Commission Meeting with the Board of Supervisors 

On Tuesday, November 16th at 2pm, the Board of Supervisors will hold an important redistricting conversation over Zoom to deliberate which county district map they will implement. This meeting is critical. If there aren't sufficient public comments in support of the Unity Map, the Board of Supervisors may remove the Unity map from its consideration. 

We ask that you prioritize this meeting, leave a public comment, and submit a written email to the Board of Supervisors. The Unity Map is the only map being considered that will uplift the voices of working families in Santa Clara County. We need your help to make sure it gets implemented. Please email [email protected]g for public comment talking points, our email template, and more information on the Unity Map.  

Action Items: 

  1. Tomorrow Tuesday 11/16 at 2pm  Leave a public comment at the 11/16 Board of Supervisors Meeting in support of the Unity Map (Item 13). Click here to join.
  2. Use our template to email the BOS in support of the Unity Map.

 

Wed 11/17: Final San José Citizens Redistricting Commission Meeting

On Wednesday, November 17th at 6pm, the San José Citizen Redistricting Commission will meet over Zoom for the final time to decide which district maps they will advance to the City Council. The commission’s decision on Wednesday depends significantly on public comment, so we urge you to join the meeting and speak in support of the Unity Map. Your participation will help ensure that San José draws equitable district lines that work for all, not just the privileged few. For talking points and more information on the Unity Map, email [email protected]

What: Leave a public comment at the final San José Citizen Redistricting Commission Meeting

When: Wednesday, November 17th at 6pm

Where: Over Zoom. Click here to join.

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Sat 10/30: GOTV Walk for Dolores Morales


Thurs 10/14: Virtual Meet & Great with Aisha Wahab