Updates

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] 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


Saturday 10/9 - Precinct Walk for Dolores Morales in Hollister


Tuesday 9/28: Strike Line Support for IUOE Local 39 Stationary Engineers

Join the South Bay Labor Council to support the IUOE Local 39 Stationary Engineers strike at Kaiser for wages & conditions. 

WHEN: Tuesday, September 28th from 4:30 - 6 PM

WHERE: Santa Clara Kaiser Hospital - 700 Lawrence Expressway Santa Clara, CA 95051

WHO: Union Members, Community Allies, Elected Officials

The Stationary Engineers and Biomedical Engineers maintain the fire/life/safety and mechanical systems in Kaiser buildings, in addition to maintaining all patient-related equipment and medical systems, especially important during the pandemic. They deserve a fair contract with Kaiser! 

Kaiser has rejected all economic proposals and refused to negotiate an IUOE contract in good faith. The IUOE contract expired on 9/17/2021 and now Kaiser is trying to bring chief engineers from Southern California as replacement workers. 

Show your support on Tuesday 9/28 in solidarity with our Local 39 brothers and sisters.

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Join Tefere Gebre & Betty Yee on Election Day Tuesday 9/14


Sunday GOTV Launch with Liz Shuler!


No on the Recall GOTV Schedule


September Anti-Recall Volunteer Opportunities