Working People Across West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio Call on Candidates to Back $15, Union Rights


CLEVELAND, OHIO – Nearly 1,000 working people fighting for $15 and union rights joined SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH members in Cleveland to stress to all candidates that the millions of workers paid less than $15 an hour are a powerful voting bloc demanding support for our Fight for $15 Voter Agenda, which includes higher pay, union rights, and addressing racism.

Many supporters of the Fight for $15 movement are voting for the first time this year.

“No matter how hard or long I work, I still dont make enough to cover the basics like rent for my family or my bus pass. So even though I registered to vote nearly a decade ago, I never voted because I felt like it didnt matter, said Ken Abner who makes $8.30 per hour and voted for the first time since 2008. But our movement is changing that. Im one of the 2.4 million Ohioans who could swing this election, and if candidates want my vote, they can come and get it by backing $15 and union rights.”

“By sticking together and speaking up, we are building a powerful movement for a better future for our families,” said Artheta Peters, a Cleveland home care worker. “We want every presidential candidate on both sides of the aisle to know they’ll only get our vote if they support $15 and union rights.”

Everywhere candidates go this primary season, workers in the Fight for $15 movement are following them, forcing White House hopefuls to address the demands of the nearly 64 million Americans paid less than $15, drowning out supporters for the individual candidates.

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FIGHT FOR $15 – In Your Own Words

Statements of support from SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Member Leaders

CarolFord“As a nursing home worker, I understand the importance of dignity,” said Carol Ford, a state-tested nursing assistant from Cleveland. “We are calling on our elected representatives to make sure underpaid workers have a fair shot. We’re sick and tired of corporations and the wealthy having so much power that they can manipulate the rules in their favor.”


JudyMaldonado“Too many working people—whether they work in fast-food, child care, home care, hospitals, airports or colleges—are paid too little to support their families,” said Judy Maldonado, a registered nurse from Lorain, Ohio. “Paychecks have stayed the same for too long, hurting families, communities and the economy.”


DebbieHajzak“The 64 million Americans paid less than $15 per hour are a political force that cannot be ignored,” said Debbie Hajzak who works for the Cleveland Public Library. “If you stand up for $15 an hour and union rights, we will stand behind you.”


PeteHanlon“No working mom or dad should have to struggle to provide for their family,” said Pete Hanlon, a psychology assistant from Wadsworth, Ohio. “An economy and a democracy that works for all us is possible and that starts with $15 and a union.”


VikkiTully“By sticking together and speaking up, we are building a powerful movement for a better future for our families,” said Vikki Tully, a teacher with the Appalachian Council Head Start program from Alkol, West Virginia. “It is up to us to leave a better and more equal world for children and grandchildren.” 

SAVE THE DATE: Day of Action for Worker Justice

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 | Huntington, WV & Cleveland, OH

We believe in and will fight for a just society:

  • Where all workers are valued and all people are respected.
  • Where all families and communities thrive.
  • Where we leave a better and more equal world for generations to come.

We won’t stop until we make poverty history by ensuring all workers have a path to $15 per hour and union rights, affordable child care, quality long-term care and we properly address racism, discrimination and injustice in our community.

We invite you to bring your family, friends and co-workers to our Day of Action for Worker Justice on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Events will be held in Huntington, WV and Cleveland, OH. For additional information, contact your Administrative Organizer.

Coming Soon! Watch Your Email for Special Announcements


For more than a year, our union has been working hard to develop a brand new benefits program that provides products and services specifically designed to meet the needs of SEIU members. We’re happy to announce that SEIU Member Benefits is scheduled to launch later this spring.

The SEIU Member Benefits program will offer you high-quality financial, insurance and discount products supported by a dedicated, member-only website and customer service center with bilingual English- and Spanish-speaking representatives and a toll-free telephone number.

This is just the beginning—there are more value-added programs to come. Watch your email for additional information on this exclusive program.

SEIU Member Benefits Launches Spring 2016

Unity. Justice. Progress.

Working people are facing a deep and growing crisis in our communities, our country and our world. We are working harder than ever but struggling to get by, while all the new wealth is going to the rich and the well connected. Good-paying jobs with benefits and retirement security are hard to find, quality healthcare is still inaccessible for too many and our basic rights are being threatened.

This action platform was created by you – the members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH – as our foundation to fight for our issues to ensure that politicians, elected leaders and our employers hear our voice in our communities and our workplaces.

Our mission continues to be improving the lives of working people and their families and to achieve greater social and economic justice. Together with our allies, we are standing up for a just society where all workers are valued and all people are respected, where all families and communities thrive, and where we leave a better and more equal world for generations to come.


  • Fighting for $15 & A Union For All Working People
  • Retirement Security Including Protecting Social Security & Pensions
  • Earned Paid Sick & Family Leave
  • Affordable Childcare, Education & College


  • Quality Long-Term Care for our Seniors & People with Disabilities
  • Free Healthcare from Birth Until Death by Expanding Medicaid & Medicare
  • Protecting & Improving the Affordable Care Act


  • Protecting the Rights of Women & Demanding Pay Equity
  • Addressing the lasting impact of racism toward Black Americans
  • End Workplace & Housing Discrimination for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered People
  • Clean Air, Water & Food for Our Communities
  • A Pathway to Citizenship for Aspiring Americans



PAC65 Previously Endorsed West Virginia Candidates PASSED
PAC66 Newly Endorsed West Virginia Candidates PASSED
PAC67 Previously Endorsed Ohio Candidates PASSED
PAC68    Zach Klein for Franklin County (Ohio) Prosecutor PASSED



April 14               Day of Action for Worker Justice                   Huntington, WV / Cleveland, OH


May 18                Cleveland Regional Membership Meeting    Cleveland, OH


May 22 – 24        SEIU International Convention                       Detroit, MI


July 13                Huntington Regional Membership Meeting   Huntington, WV


July 22                Regional Executive Board Meetings              Cleveland, OH

Columbus, OH

Huntington, WV


September 21   Toledo Regional Membership Meeting                  Toledo, OH


October 20-21   Leadership Assembly / E-Board Meeting      Columbus, OH


November 8      Election Day 2016: Remember in November   Go Vote!


November 30    Cincinnati Regional Membership Meeting     Cincinnati, OH

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