The Summer Bridge Bill (AB 621) passed the Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security today. The vote today is the first step in the legislative process and it means we can keep moving forward.
If this bill becomes law, school workers will be able to contribute one day of pay each month for ten months to the Summer Bridge Fund. In return, the state will provide a 2 to 1 match. That means for every dollar you pay into the fund, you will get an additional two dollars. And you’ll be able to cash-out all the money during the summer break.
The legislators on the committee voted yes after receiving more than 1000 emails from Local 99 members and hearing Union member Isabel Miranda, a Special Education Assistant at LAUSD, speak about the hardship that many dedicated school workers face during the summer break. She said:
“Because I choose to work in education, the summer is very hard. We live off of my husband’s pension and on the little money he makes by cleaning shopping centers … But we are one of the lucky ones. During the summer, many of my co-workers apply for food stamps or go to churches or pantries for food, clothes and shoes. They cry. They say – We can’t believe this is happening to us. We work hard. We are professionals, but we don’t earn enough.”
Here’s how the Assembly Members on the Committee voted:
- Patrick O’Donnell (Democrat) – Yes
- Rob Bonta (Democrat) – Yes
- William Brough (Republican) – No
- Jim Cooper (Democrat) – Yes
- Freddie Rodriguez (Democrat) – Yes
- Sabrina Cervantes (Democrat) – Yes
Check out Isabel make the case for the Summer Bridge Bill in front of the committee
Join us on a Trip to Sacramento to Speak Out Against the Cruel Summer
The California Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security voted to pass Assembly Bill 621 on Wednesday, March 29. It’s up to us to keep the bill alive and moving in the legislature. This means putting it on the radar of every legislator who will make a yes or no decision on AB 621. We need to make them aware of the human impact of their vote.
Our next action will be a turnaround trip to Sacramento from Tuesday to Wednesday, May 2-3. Members will talk directly to legislators and their staff about the financial struggles we face in the summer and how AB 621 will fix this injustice. This is how we’ll gain support for the bill.
The trip is free for SEIU Local 99 members.