SEIU California Endorses Prop 10 Campaign to Expand Rent Control

In Press Releases by Arielle Sallai

With over 700,000 members vulnerable to excessive rent increases and long commutes to work, the Service Employees International Union California has announced its endorsement of Proposition 10, the Affordable Housing Act, on the November 2018 ballot. The initiative would repeal the anti-rent control Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and allow local communities to expand protections for tenants.

“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.

Proposition 10, the Affordable Housing Act, is an initiative on the November ballot to repeal the state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and return power to local communities to adopt rent control necessary to address the state’s housing affordability crisis. Costa-Hawkins prevents cities and counties from applying rent control on apartments built after 1995 or to single-family rental units and condos. It also allows landlords to raise the rent as much as they want when a unit becomes vacant.

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