8,000 healthcare workers from across the state joined with doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and community supporters at the Capitol to call on Governor Brown and the legislators to stop $1 billion in planned cuts to Medi-Cal.
Coming from all corners of the state, many SEIU-UHW members got on buses before the sun rose to attend the event. And in the case of members from Riverside, they were joined by newly elected State Senator Richard Roth on the journey to Sacramento.
Once there, members paid visits to every member of the California legislature–thanking those who had already agreed to support reversing the cuts, and calling on the others to do the same. If the cuts go through, millions of Californians will lose their healthcare—particularly in rural and underserved areas–and thousands of health workers could lose their jobs.
“I think it’s wonderful to stand up as a union, and to show our unity and our commitment to helping people throughout the community,” said Andrina Lunde from Kaiser Vacaville. “We’ve shown that we can be a force to be reckoned with, to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. We need to do that, and I’m very excited to be here.”
Take a look at our pictures below, and tell us what your favorite part of the rally was in the comments!