Local 99 members meet with AB 621 Bill Author and Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra.
In an effort to gain the support of legislators for AB 621, a group of members joined the SEIU Local 99 “Midnight Ride” to Sacramento from May 2-3. Our union has been organizing trips like this for years as new bills aimed at bringing summertime economic relief to classified school employees are introduced in the State Legislature at the beginning of each legislative session.
We’ve been making big strides in raising awareness with legislators of the cruel and unjust summer school employees endure every year when school is out for summer recess. In fact, last year, our summer relief bill (AB 2197) made it all the way to the Governor’s desk for the first time. While he ultimately vetoed the bill, we succeeded in getting classified school employees and the issue of summer unemployment on their radars.
In all, we visited 61 legislators’ offices throughout the day (half of the entire California legislature in just one day!) to make sure these leaders understand how much we love what we do, but struggle in the summer. We were also joined by classified school employees from our sister unions, SEIU Local 521 and SEIU Local 1021. Check out some photos from the trip.
Although many legislators and staff expressed support for our bill, we still have more to do! AB 621 needs to get out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee by May 26th, and out of the full Assembly before the July recess. Be sure to do your part and Speak Out to move AB 621 forward.