– SEIU union members knocked on thousands of doors to elect working families candidates–
PHILADELPHIA – 32BJ SEIU today congratulated Rep. Chris Rabb and Joe Hohenstein on their primary election victories.
“Joe Hohenstein’s win shows that voters want progressive leadership in Harrisburg to unrig the system against working families. Joe came from a union family and is committed to protecting working people’s wages, retirement security, health care and protection on the job. As workers face unprecedented attacks, they need leaders like Joe Hohenstein and Rep. Chris Rabb to fight so that they get a fair return on work and are able to provide for their families,” said Gabe Morgan, 32BJ SEIU Vice President.
“Today voters made it clear that they want Rep. Chris Rabb to continue the fight for fair education funding, a $15 minimum wage, health care and good jobs for all Pennsylvanians,” added Morgan.
SEIU members – security officers, commercial office cleaners, health care, social service and blue-collar school employees – have knocked thousands of doors for Hohenstein and Rabb since announcing their endorsements.
In the face of attacks on working families from the Trump Administration, SEIU has endorsed champions who will join in the fight to help more Pennsylvanians join and form unions. Thousands of Pennsylvania SEIU members will get involved in political action this year to remind voters, candidates and elected officials that Pennsylvania needs unions to build the middle class.
In the coming months, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could reverse decades of labor protections for public sector workers. SEIU, the second largest union of public service employees in the U.S., has been fighting back against these attacks and continues to organize thousands of workers and raise wages for millions of Americans.
Union workers will play a pivotal role in upcoming mid-term elections. As the Trump administration attacks unions and working families, union members are organizing and speaking out in record numbers. In March, 32BJ members joined with other union workers to make Conor Lamb’s stunning upset victory possible. And recently a wave of teachers’ strikes in red states like Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma have demonstrated that union members are willing to take to the streets by the thousands to demand that political leaders support students and workers.