2020 Member Election Center

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General Election Day this year will be on Tuesday, November 3rd.
If we are really going to beat COVID19 and restore our nation’s economy, frontline workers need a seat at the table with corporations and our government.

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SEIU 2020 – Unions for All and SEIU for Biden
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Essential Workers Deliver Win in Historic Victory for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

SEIU leaders celebrate the election of the first black woman and person of Indian descent to be elected Vice President of the United States.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – With the most votes of any presidential ticket in American history, essential workers across the country have delivered a decisive victory for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

“Essential workers turned out in record numbers to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, making history by electing the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent as Vice President of the United States,” said Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH and International Vice President of the Service Employees International Union. “Now women and girls across the country and around the world will see a reflection of themselves in the Vice President of the United States and know that they can achieve their dreams no matter their zip code or the color of their skin.”

Even in the midst of a pandemic that has left more than 200,000 of our loved ones dead and created the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, essential workers like Cleveland-area homecare worker Carol Ford have turned out in record numbers across the country to vote, making their voices heard to pick new leaders who will care and govern for all of us.

“For four years, people across our country have demonstrated our commitment to standing with and for each other. In 2020, a year that has tested us like no other, we’re pulling through the pandemic by pulling together,” said Carol Ford, Ohio Private Sector Member Vice President for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH and Cleveland-area homecare provider. “Through it all, we’ve rejected every attempt to divide us based on what we look like, where we come from, or where we live. And this election is no exception. We the people are proving nothing will stop us from making our voices heard.”

Now essential workers like Lorain-area Registered Nurse Judy Maldonado say it is time to hold our new government leaders to account – to not merely tackle the crises the last government created – but to make this a place where all of us can thrive.

“Our collective vote nationwide was the first step in forcing a reckoning to bring bold change to our communities,” said Judy Maldonado, RN Member Vice President of SEIU District 1199 and a behavioral health nurse practitioner in Lorain, Ohio. “Now, we need to uproot the systems of racism that our nation was founded on and unrig the rules so all working people can bargain for a better life at work and in our communities.”

SEIU members believe that President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will deliver on the issues that matter to working people, specifically raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, rewriting the rules so all workers can have a Union and healthcare for all.

“Today we celebrate this historic victory for our nation, and tomorrow we continue our collective work to demand our elected leaders take action bold enough to meet this moment of unprecedented crisis,” continued Williams.

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Working People Have Voted and Decided

Workers of all backgrounds across the country have been doing everything they can in this pandemic to keep the country safe, healthy, and moving forward. In one of the most important elections in history, working people have also stepped up by engaging in the political process and voting in record numbers.

This historic turnout says the following: respect us, protect us, and pay us. The votes of working people must be counted and respected. Will you join with fellow workers at a rally near you on Saturday?

Our votes have made a difference. We voted for a $15 minimum wage, union rights, health care coverage, and a society with equity. We voted to protect frontline workers with needed personal protective equipment, paid sick leave, hazard pay, and a national plan to solve the COVID-19 pandemic. We voted for unity and a country that is inclusive.

That’s why we voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Will you stand together with me to rally and demand that all votes are counted and respected?

Together, we will declare victory against the pandemic, in addition to the economic and racial inequality that made it so much worse. We will keep fighting until all workers are respected, protected, and treated fairly. We will defend our right to choose who leads our country.

In Solidarity, 

Becky Williams – President 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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Election Day – Protect Your Vote and Make Your Voice Heard

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Today is your last chance to be on the right side of history by joining thousands of your fellow SEIU members in voting.  

Whether you want to vote TODAY in person or by mail, you can find out how using our stress-free guide to voting in 2020. I know that we are all busy but this is the most important thing we can do to secure the future working people need.

If you have any questions about voting today or need to report voter intimidation, call or text 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683). Today, I’m voting for good union jobs for all, for a country where everyone can thrive no matter what they look like or where they come from. What are your reasons for voting and what is your plan?

We’ve done it before by electing Barack Obama. Our vote is our power in our democracy. Don’t let anyone take it away.

In Solidarity, 

Kay Bishop Ohio Healthcare Worker 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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SEIU Members for Biden and Harris

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Don’t Delay and Make a Plan to Vote

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Millions of voters across the country have already cast their ballots. You can evaluate the voting choices available to you in your location, make a plan that is best for you, and get connected to the information you need to make your voting plan at vote.org

We are demonstrating that our vote is essential by joining together across our differences to show our power by voting as soon as possible. Make your plan and make sure your friends and family also have a voting plan. You can find out how you can show your power through your vote at MyVoteIsEssential.org

Just like we took to the streets to demand workplace protections from COVID19 or protest systemic racism, we are joining together and voting in record numbers. Together, we will make our voices heard. 

In Solidarity, 

Becky Williams President 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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Men United to the Polls March in Cleveland

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Election Day this year is quickly approaching and will be held on November 3rd. Members can always visit the Member Election Center online for details on endorsements, finding your polling place, voting by mail, and more.   

A Men United to the Polls March, an event for community members and families, will be held in Cleveland on Saturday, October 24th. Members will meet at 10 AM at 30th and Chester. RSVP for this event online at this link

This is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes and our votes are essential. We are voting this year for our families and our country. Union rights, a $15 an hour minimum wage, racial justice, and healthcare coverage, are on the ballot. Together, we will make our voices heard.

In Solidarity, 

Samara Knight – Executive Vice President 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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A Message From a Member Leader: Our Vote is Essential

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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 onlineYou 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. 

In Solidarity, 

Carol Ford – Ohio Healthcare Worker
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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Take Action & Share Your Support for the Cuyahoga County Library Levy

 

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Register to Vote Online Today

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.

Kentucky Online Voter Registration (Deadline: October 5th)
West Virginia Online Voter Registration (Deadline: October 13th)
Ohio Online Voter Registration (Deadline: October 5th)

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.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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Members of SEIU District 1199 to Peacefully Protest Before the Presidential Debate in Cleveland in Support of Vice President Joe Biden and Unions for All

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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.”

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