NOTE: Canvass ride-along and interviews with volunteers, B-roll and photos opportunities available all. To interview a member or SEIU official or to join a canvass or phone bank, contact: Julie Blust 215-713-6777 email@example.com
Philadelphia- Hundreds of janitors, security officers, school district workers, healthcare workers and other SEIU (Service Employees International Union) members will rally Saturday at 10:30am at 415 N. 5th Street to demand $15 minimum wage equal pay, affordable healthcare and childcare as well as immigrant, racial and environmental justice.
SEIU members and the 64 million underpaid working Americans have taken to the streets to prompt action on these goals. Together, they are a powerful voting bloc that will be a decisive force in this November’s election and will work to hold politicians accountable once elected.
After Saturday’s rally, hundreds of workers will canvass as part of a final push to knock on doors and make calls for candidates who support working family issues, including Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty and down-ballot candidates like Joe Hohenstein, who was endorsed by President Obama this week. On Election Day alone, SEIU canvassers will knock on more than 230,000 doors in Pennsylvania and 1.4 million doors in other battleground states.
“We know the stakes are high and we’re ready to bring this home for Katie McGinty, Hillary Clinton and other candidates who will fight to make working families’ lives better,” said Gabe Morgan, 32BJ SEIU Vice President. “Despite the TV ads and heated rhetoric, working families know that Clinton and McGinty will deliver on the issues that matter to our pocketbooks and our children’s education. This election will be won in our communities when thousands of people will go out and talk to their neighbors about the importance of electing Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty.”
WHAT: SEIU Rally and Canvass
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10:30am
WHERE: 415 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia (5th and Spring Garden)
VISUALS: Signs, banners, canvass materials
MORE: In numerous places — from Philadelphia to Nevada to Florida — SEIU has advanced the largest field operation in the country this election cycle, one that will be critical to Hillary Clinton’s victory on Tuesday.
More than 200 32BJ SEIU members from New York and New Jersey will travel to Philadelphia to join the effort this weekend. Thousands of SEIU member-volunteers nationwide–known as Weekend Warriors–will travel from their non-battleground home states to rally together raising wages; allowing workers the ability to join together in 21st century unions across the service sector; securing affordable care and home care; and winning racial, immigrant and environmental justice for all communities across our country. Many will then knock on doors, call voters and join together to elect leaders who will be champions on these issues.
To interview a 32BJ SEIU canvasser, contact Julie Blust 215-713-6777 firstname.lastname@example.org
With 155,000 members in eleven states and Washington, D.C., 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.