August 13, 2021
Fellow IHSS and child care providers,
On September 14, residents of California will be voting on whether or not to recall Governor Gavin Newsom from office. You’ve probably heard arguments from both sides, but I want to stick to the facts: we need a governor who will work with us to protect the IHSS program and fix the broken child care system.
In our last recall in 2003, Californians voted to replace Gray Davis with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once he took office, Governor Schwarzenegger attempted to eliminate the IHSS program altogether, which would have left hundreds of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities—our clients and loved ones—without care.
That’s why it’s so vitally important that our elected leaders know us and value the work we do. Since taking office, Governor Newsom has shown us time and again that he supports caregivers and child care providers. He showed us when he dubbed us essential workers during the pandemic, and when he worked with us to ensure that we had the PPE and sanitation supplies we needed to keep the people in our care safe.
He was the governor who signed our bill allowing child care providers to unionize. And he’s the governor who this year worked with us to end the 7% cut to IHSS for good, and helped our child care members make history with our first contract ever.
We know that Governor Newsom will continue to invest in our members, our families, and the people we care for. Let’s vote no on the recall to keep him in office.
IHSS Provider and UDW Statewide President
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