The results of the November 6th election are finally in, and it’s clear that the volunteer work done by the members of USWW had a huge impact on the outcome. Not only did we win big on the local level, but on the national stage as well. Many of these victories were extremely close and would not have been possible without the volunteer work done by the members of USWW. If you didn’t volunteer in this election, talk to someone that did. If you did volunteer in this election, know that your effort helped build worker power, and that you were an important part of the Blue Wave that will help bring government back to working families and take it out of the hands of the one percent.
Congressional District 10- This is the perfect example of why volunteering and walking precincts matters. In this Republican district, we defeated incumbent and Trump supporter Jeff Denham and replaced him with Josh Harder, a supporter of labor and working Californians. In the end, Harder won by fewer than 7,000 votes. Special thanks to the USWW members from Sacramento who made thousands of calls into CD10. Your effort really made the difference!
San Francisco Board of Supervisors- All of the candidates that were endorsed by USWW won. Hundreds of volunteer hours were spent walking and phone banking for Gordon Mar, Shaman Walton and Matt Haney. All are champions of labor and of working people.
San Jose City Council- Many member walked for City Council candidate Maya Esparza including many Silicon Valley officers that became a part of USWW when they ratified their first contract this summer. While this race has not yet been called because the opponent paid for a recount, it seems clear that Maya is headed toward a victory. You can continue to follow the race at the County website.
Congressional Districts 39 & 49- In an extremely close race in Orange County, Democrat Gil Cisneros defeated Republican Young Kim by 3,442 votes. Also in a close race, Democrat Mike Levin defeated Republican Diane Harkey. These races helped the Democrats complete their sweep of the democratic delegation in Orange County. USWW members were critical in bringing out the Latino voters that were vital for victory.
Congressional District 25- Democrat Katie Hill defeated Republican incumbent Steve Knight. Katie was part of a huge wave of democratic women that won on November 6th, and she took back the only Los Angeles County based congressional seat that was held by a Republican. Once again USWW played an integral part in her victory.
Los Angeles County Sheriff- Though its not official, the 22,000+ vote lead held by Alex Villanueva in the LA County Sheriff’s race seems to have swept out former Sheriff McDonnell who sided with the Trump administration agains SB 54, the sanctuary state bill. Check out all of the reasons that SEIU-USWW members supported Villanueva in President David Huerta’s La Opinion editorial
Anaheim Measure L- Thanks to the hard work of our Orange County members and especially the members that work at Disneyland, over 10,000 workers in the Anaheim Resort will earn a living wage and $140 million will be generated for the local economy. Read more about the victory here.