SEIU President Mary Kay Henry participated this morning in a live chat on the news, politics, media and "talk of the town" website Gawker. Answering readers' questions about the 2014 vote--and how working families will head to the polls to support candidates who are committed to making the economy work for everyone, not just the wealthy few--Mary Kay shared her thoughts on the economy and what working people are doing to fight back.
Mary Kay told Gawker that America's economic system favors big business and the wealthy few. She shared her thoughts on the economy and what working people are doing to fight back Tuesday with the "talk of the town" website's readers.
Noting that Mary Kay Henry is "one of the most influential and politically active labor leaders in America" and that SEIU "is playing a large role in organizing the ongoing push to increase wages for fast-food workers and Wal-Mart workers. The 2 million-member international union is... advocating for universal health care, immigration reform, gay rights and, perhaps most importantly, more money for working Americans," Gawker invited its visitors to ask Mary Kay about "labor, inequality, politics, organizing or anything else."
In response to a question by a worker who is employed by a "conservative company" and frequently debates her co-workers about the benefits of unionism, Mary Kay replied: "We are in a system that has been rigged in favor of the wealthy and corporations--so while people THINK that it is every person for themselves, in reality, it's a system that subsidizes corporations [that pay low wages] with taxpayer dollars and gives huge tax breaks to billionaires and corporations."
When asked about the recent wave of strikes by working men and women who are not paid a fair wage, Mary Kay said: "Working people are creative both in making ends meet and in standing up what they deserve ... . Wherever workers want to organize, we will be there to support them."
Mary Kay had the opportunity to discuss everything from:
Election Work: "We've got 300 members working full time recruiting 25,000 to volunteer for this election and we're working with strategic partners inside and outside labor"...
...to Wisconsin Politics: "By the way, Mary Burke has Scott Walker on the ropes in Wisconsin and voters are poised to hold him accountable"...
...to Thanksgiving Dinner: "Challenge your friends and family at the Thanksgiving table this year to stand with workers."
When asked about the recent wave of strikes by working people who are not paid a fair wage, Mary Kay said, "Working people are creative both in making ends meet and in standing up for what they deserve.... Wherever workers want to organize, we will be there to support them."
Read the entire discussion on Gawker.