It has been a tough time. I’m worried about my loved ones and for our friends, neighbors, and whole country. It has been an especially tough time for all of us.
We have called legislators, marched in the streets, held vigils honoring the lives of frontline workers and nursing home residents lost to COVID19, and stood together demanding job protections, PPE, and hazard pay. Despite all this, we haven’t gotten the support that we need.
If they haven’t listened so far, they must hear us at the ballot box. On November 3rd and during early voting, we have the chance to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and Vice President of our country. This is a ticket that supports making it easier for folks to join a Union, a $15 minimum wage, standing up for racial justice, and taking on big companies that don’t respect workers.
Early voting is ongoing now in each county in Ohio. You can view early voting locations and hours online. You can also vote by mail and I’m telling all of my friends to send back their ballot as soon as possible.
I’m making my action plan. I want every elected leader to know that we will be speaking out on Election Day. Visit MyVoteIsEssential.org to do the same! Our vote is essential. Visit MyVoteIsEssential.org and join with me.
Carol Ford – Healthcare Worker in Cleveland
Member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Visit the Member Election Center for member endorsements and details for voters.
The deadline to register to vote is quickly approaching but you can still update your voter registration or register to vote online in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. If you are not registered to vote, register right away so that you can be a part of this important election.
If you are registered to vote or after you register to vote, consider voting by mail. Together, we have the power to win unions for all. Register to vote today.
Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Union members will peacefully hold signs and chant is support of Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and a Unions for All agenda. Workers in Cleveland say that this is one of the most important presidential elections in recent history and that good union jobs, racial justice, healthcare coverage, and a $15 an hour minimum wage, are on the ballot.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 28th, 2020
Contact: Anthony Caldwell at (877) 419-7348
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Union members from all backgrounds will demonstrate in advance of the presidential debate that will be held in Cleveland this evening on Tuesday, September 29th at 9 PM ET. Local workers will stand together from 5 PM to 7 PM in advance of the debate around 89th and Chester Avenue. Workers will draw attention to their support for Vice President Joe Biden and the importance of his agenda in support of working people and their families.
“There are so many special interests, major corporations, and wealthy donors. The rules have been rigged against working people for too long. It is important that we make our voices heard, especially with President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden visiting Cleveland,” said Carol Ford, a Member Vice President and healthcare worker with SEIU District 1199. “We need greater unity as a country, for there to be more good union jobs, and an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, so that all working people can make a living wage for their hard work,” continued Ford.
With the election fast approaching, members with SEIU District 1199 have been vigorously helping other workers and their family members register to vote, in addition to sharing details on policy issues and how to request an absentee ballot. In Ohio, voters will have less than a week remaining to register to vote following the presidential debate.
“People in Cleveland know how important it is that no matter how much money we make or what we look like, that people across the country have to come together again,” said Samara Knight, an Executive Vice President with SEIU District 1199.” There has been too much division and working people across Ohio and the country are supporting Vice President Joe Biden because they know he will bring unity and help implement policies that support working people and the good union jobs that our communities need.”
What: Early Vote Unity and Solidarity March to the Board of Elections
When: Tuesday, October 6th at 11 AM
Where: Meet on 30th and Chester at 10 AM at 2701 Chester Avenue. Parking Available on Side Street.
This is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. We are voting this year for our families and our country. Together, we will make our voices heard.
What: Unions for All Presidential Debate Protest in Cleveland, Ohio.
When: Tuesday, September 29th. Meet at Union Hall by 1PM. Depart at 2PM.
Where: SEIU Union Hall at 13000 Shaker Boulevard. Travel to event via RTA.
Vice President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will stand up for good union jobs, the healthcare coverage we need, a $15 an hour minimum wage, and racial justice.