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Rule #1 on Wall Street: There Are No Rules

Jan 29, 2010 - As President Obama joins taxpayers in bearing down on the big banks' reckless behavior, the bankers are striking back - already hard at work on ways to sidestep any new rules that might be put in their way. Bloomberg reports that the the leaders of some of the world's biggest banks "met during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to plot how to reassert their influence with regulators and governments." Instead of figuring out ways to reform their banks, they're figuring out ways to prevent reform from happening. Read more...

In Video: Key Policy Moments from Obama's State of the Union

Jan 28, 2010 - Obama touched on many issues in his SOTU address that matter deeply to the members of our union -- creating new jobs, health reform and holding accountable the parties that crashed our economy (to name a few). Here are some of the best policy moments from his speech last night. Read more...

State of the Union: Obama Calls For Change Working Families Are Still Waiting For

Jan 27, 2010 - Following the conclusion of President Obama's State of the Union address, SEIU's Anna Burger issued this statement: One year into his presidency, President Obama has acted quickly to move us out of the Dark Ages of the Bush administration. But today, we need even bolder solutions to address the solutions that America's working families need. President Obama should heed the call he gave each of us long ago: We are the ones we've been waiting for. Read more...

Obama's First State of the Union: Watch Live Right Here

Jan 27, 2010 - Catch the President's first State of the Union address from the comfort of your computer right here. Read more...

Jon Stewart to Elizabeth Warren: 'I Want to Make Out with You.'

Jan 27, 2010 - And I can't say I blame him. Elizabeth Warren is the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel - the body responsible for overseeing the Treasury's management of the TARP program. It's definitely worth taking eight minutes to hear Warren describe the state of Wall Street and our economy. Read more...

Obama's State of the Union Address: How to Watch It Live From Just About Anywhere

Jan 26, 2010 - Don't forget to tune in to President Obama delivering the State of the Union address on Wednesday, January 27th at 9:00 p.m. EST. With the plethora of options now enabling you to watch from basically anywhere (your house, a computer, your phone...), there's really no good reason not to tune in to the President's speech outlining his legislative agenda and national priorities to Congress. Read more...

SEIU Members Expose the Real Scott Brown

Jan 13, 2010 - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) took to the airwaves to educate Bay State voters about how out of step Scott Brown is with the Commonwealth's values. Read more...

A Burgeoning Consensus on Fixing Affordability

Jan 07, 2010 - Today, SEIU and more than 750 national and state-based organizations sent an open letter to the White House and Congress urging a strengthening and expansion of affordability and coverage provisions in the final health care bill. What are these groups asking for? What are these groups asking for? It's simple: The two bills should be combined. Read more...

2009: Remembering the Year That Was...

Jan 05, 2010 - We started the year on a high note: The Inauguration of President Barack Obama, for whom our union worked day and night to elect. As we usher in 2010, we took a closer look back at the legislation, people, stories and campaigns that made an impact on our members and all working people in 2009. Check out our timeline of the year's highlights for working families and SEIU members here. More on the SEIU campaigns that drew a lot of attention this year in our review of the top 10 SEIU Blog stories of 2009. Read more...

Letter from President Andy Stern to SEIU members: Where do we go from here?

Dec 17, 2009 - SEIU members will continue to stand with President Obama, but he must fight for the reform we all know is possible. Now, more than ever, all of us must stand up, remember what health insurance reform is all about, and fight like hell to deliver real and meaningful reform to the American people. Read more...

SEIU Jobs Plan

Dec 03, 2009 - At today's White House jobs summit, the President stressed the willingness of his administration to hear fresh perspectives and new ideas to directly confront the continuing jobs crisis. Yesterday, Burger called for an ambitious and multi-faceted jobs plan for the 21st century to immediately start putting paychecks back into the hands of America's workers. Read more...

Joe Lieberman will hate this

Nov 18, 2009 - Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) have each been targeted by the opposition to join a Republican filibuster. If that happens, health insurance reform will not move forward--but you can have an impact if you adopt a health care "swing state" as your own. Read more...

One year anniversary of the day we changed America forever

Nov 04, 2009 - There's an old saying that goes, 'We make the road by walking.' Today, even in the face of historic opposition to change, there's no question that Barack Obama and the pro-worker members of Congress we elected last November have taken every step with working families at their side. Read more...

One Year After Voting for Change, SEIU Celebrates Victories for Working Families

Nov 04, 2009 - One year after working families voted for change, electing President Barack Obama and progressive candidates up and down the ballot, SEIU released the statement of SEIU President Andy Stern on some of the remarkable progress that has already been achieved for working families. Read more...

"Yes We Can:" Pass Real Health Care Reform

Nov 04, 2009 - One year ago, we all worked together to elect Barack Obama to the office of President of the United States. Now, one year later, we must work together again to pass real heath care reform. Yes we can do that -- and yes we will! Read more...

Big Banks & U.S. Chamber, There's a New Cop in Town

Oct 23, 2009 - Yesterday the House voted 39 to 29 to move forward with the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, to help put a stop to the dangerous and deceptive products and practices that got us into this mess. It was a sad day for corporations in the financial, insurance, and real estate sector--like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce & the Financial Services Roundtable--who spent a combined total of $321 million lobbying against federal reforms such as limits on bonuses and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA). Read more...

Stephen Lerner on CNBC: America Wants Wall Street to Quit Whining

Oct 22, 2009 - Wall Street has a message for Americans who think it's unfair that they take our tax dollars and pay themselves huge bonuses: they need that money for all their hard work. SEIU's Stephen Lerner went on CNBC today to debate a representative of Wall Street over the Obama administration's decision to cap exec pay at seven bailed out firms. Read more...

Obama Administration Begins Crackdown on Bank CEO Salaries

Oct 22, 2009 - The Obama administration has gone and done something that might put a bit of a damper on the bankers' big party in Chicago this weekend. They're drafting a plan, to be announced in the coming days, that will dramatically cut CEO salaries for the companies that took the most taxpayer money during the financial collapse. Read more...

SEIU Doctors out in full force on Capitol Hill to support health care reform

Oct 07, 2009 - CIR/SEIU president Dr. Toni Lewis joined 149 other doctors for an event in the Rose Garden with President Barack Obama on Monday, October 5. The President re-iterated that doctors are some of our strongest supporters of reform, because they see first-hand the damage caused by our broken system. Concurrently, 20 CIR/SEIU doctors from MA, NY, FL and CA descended on Capitol Hill to thank their members of Congress for supporting comprehensive reform. Read more...

Wall Street Reform Must Not Be Stalled or Stopped

Sep 15, 2009 - "When Lehman Brothers fell, they took not just the rest of Wall Street, but all of Main Street, down with them. Yet, one year later, the greedy CEOs who caused the collapse are unremorseful, unrepentant, and virtually unchanged," said SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, following President Obama's speech yesterday on the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. While the economy continues to recover, President Obama warned, "normalcy cannot lead to complacency." Read more...

SEIU nurses stand strong with the President

Sep 14, 2009 - Following up on his address to Congress on Wednesday, President Obama spoke to a group of nurses gathered in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The participating SEIU nurses, who came to DC on very short notice from all over the country, said they felt honored to represent SEIU at an event focused on such an important issue and thrilled to be involved in such an intimate gathering with the President. Read more...

Watch LIVE: President Obama's speech on the financial crisis

Sep 14, 2009 - A year after the collapse at Lehman Brothers and the worldwide financial collapse, the President will speak from Wall Street's Federal Hall in New York about the government's role in moving the economy forward after the financial crisis that peaked one year ago, focusing on how to protect consumer's money by preventing another financial collapse. He is expected to speak on stricter regulations of the financial and banking industry. The livestream from the speech at Federal Hall begins at 12:10 p.m. ET and 9:10 a.m. PT. Read more...

Labor Day 2009, SEIU Local style

Sep 10, 2009 - Here's a compilation of a few of the many events and rallies SEIU members attended in Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, Montana and California this Labor Day to show their support for health reform and honor American workers. Read more...

SEIU: America Can and Must Do Better

Sep 09, 2009 - This is our moment to make healthcare affordable and within reach of every American. Read more...

Obama: This moment calls us to do great things

Sep 09, 2009 - With the President's speech just now, and the movement in Congress over the past 48 hours, it's clear we now have all the pieces in place to move on real health insurance reform. Let's go. We've talked about this for years, we've been debating it for months - now let's get it done. Read more...

Progress towards protecting American workers

Sep 08, 2009 - Labor Day is a time to reflect on the achievements of the American worker and our nation's commitment to helping all families pursue the American Dream--especially now that many are facing difficult times, as the result of the recession and the anti-worker agenda carried out by the previous administration. In a short period of time, President Obama and the 111th Congress have been working hard to undo many of the policies that have harmed our nation's workers; showing time and time again that they stand on the side of working families. Read more...

Change Your Pic for Health Care

Sep 08, 2009 - Late last week, a simple message began spreading like wildfire on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. It read: "No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick." As a more lasting way to demonstrate your support of health insurance reform online, download our healthcare avatar and change your profile picture in support of health insurance reform. Read more...

Obama, Biden Reaffirm Support for Employee Free Choice Act

Sep 07, 2009 - At Labor Day rallies in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, President Obama and Vice President Biden today reaffirmed their support for the Employee Free Choice Act as a top priority of the Administration. Read more...

President Obama's Labor Day Message

Sep 07, 2009 - As working Americans take the day off from work, attend healthcare send-off rallies or parades, and spend time with family and friends this Labor Day weekend, many of us will be thinking about the state of working America. In his prepared 2009 Labor Day message, President Obama explains his proposal to help ensure a lifetime of hard work leads to a comfortable retirement. Read more...

Obama and DOL look out for workers' health and safety

Sep 01, 2009 - Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor formally made good on a promise to kill a proposal introduced by President Bush in his final days of administration that would have made it more difficult for the government to write new worker protection rules. OMB Watchreports that the controversial proposal was, essentially, "an attempt to regulate regulations" by creating an "additional mandatory step to an already complicated rulemaking process." Read more...

Health Insurance Reform Bus rolls through Des Moines

Aug 31, 2009 - As the Organizing for America Health Insurance Reform Bus Tour rolled through Des Moines, they were greeted by a welcome sight: hundreds of Iowans with "Thank You" signs waiting to greet those driving the bus for health insurance reform. With around 500 people in attendance, including members of SEIU Local 199, our activists proved their dedication by showing up to support the cause. Read more...

President Obama commits to public option during national healthcare forum

Aug 24, 2009 - "I continue to support a public option; I think it is important," said President Obama during last week's national healthcare forum, which was viewed online by thousands of SEIU members and millions of concerned Americans from across the country. He described the public option as setting a benchmark for private insurers, who would then respond by shaping their own plans to be competitive. Read more...

Recap: Positive press for pro-reform activists at President Obama's visit to Montana

Aug 21, 2009 - Last week, thanks to the support of hundreds of activists, the cause of health care reform was advanced across Montana thanks to the passionate protests reform's advocates. Read more...

Foundation Laid for Needed Immigration Reform

Aug 20, 2009 - Yesterday, joined by other labor, advocacy, faith and business leaders, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina met with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to lay the groundwork on immigration reform. Read more...

TODAY: Join the Call with President Obama

Aug 19, 2009 - I'm getting on a call with President Obama on Thursday, August 20 and I want you to join me. The President is holding a live health care reform strategy meeting at 2:30 pm EST. He'll lay out our strategy and message going forward, and he'll answer questions from SEIU members and supporters like you. Read more...

New Coalition Campaign, Ads to Debunk Anti-Reform Myths

Aug 13, 2009 - To help debunk the misinformation being spread about what health care reform actually means for Americans, a new coalition called Americans for Stable Quality Care--which includes the SEIU, American Medical Association (AMA), PhRMA, the Federation of American Hospitals and FamiliesUSA--will launch their first ad today as part of an August recess campaign for health care reform. Read more...

Keeping town halls focused on healthcare reform details

Aug 11, 2009 - CIR/SEIU Healthcare President Dr. L Toni Lewis is live on the Ed Show on MSNBC to discuss the ongoing healthcare town halls--and why SEIU members are pledging to keep the focus on the need for reform. Read more...

The Daily Show Takes on Teabaggers (Video)

Aug 11, 2009 - Leave it to John Stewart to bring a little clarity on the opponents of health care reform. Read more...

Own a piece of the movement

Aug 04, 2009 - SEIU has partnered with Florida-based artist Derek Gores to create an original piece of art for those closest to the movement to fix health care. Using words, photographs, and symbols of our movement as inspiration, Mr. Gores has captured this unique moment in our nation's history. Read more...

Educating on the Employee Free Choice Act

Jul 31, 2009 - Paul Begala has an incredibly powerful and persuasive op-ed in Politicotoday making the case for the Employee Free Choice Act. After introducing nightmare hypothetical scenarios of workers getting fired for trying to organize, Begala pulls back the curtain and reveals the stories are about real workers who were fighting for better jobs. Read more...

Do you think they're getting the message?

Jul 29, 2009 - Attacking Reform with Insurance Company-Owned Research? So far hundreds of you have watched this video and used Twitter to call out the people trying to pass off the Lewin Group as "independent." I just took a screen shot of all the @replies to Senator Grassley's Twitter feed - take a look... Read more...

Obama on primetime to urge action, not politics, on healthcare

Jul 22, 2009 - For millions of Americans, real hope for changing the status quo of the 46 million Americans who don't have health insurance or can't afford the plan they have now is closer than ever. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET, President Obama is holding a primetime news conference on health care. He's going to lay it all out there: where we are, where we're going, and why health insurance reform matters. Read more...

Big banks and the Chamber do their best to stop economic recovery--AGAIN

Jul 21, 2009 - Today, reports hit saying Congress is delaying action on the Consumer Financial Protection Agency after a series of lobbying efforts and a letter from the U.S. Chamber and big banks. When it comes to fixing our economy, Congress must not buckle under the pressure of the U.S. Chamber and big banks. Read more...

Demint's Slip-Up

Jul 20, 2009 - Republicans have pledged to be working in good faith with Democrats, despite their nonstop battering ram of rhetoric (re: "socialized medicine," "rationing of care" and blaming Canada), and have left the dirty work of killing health care to pundits and Fox News anchors. But now, there's been a slip-up. And not just by any Republican - but by a very prominent Republican leader... Read more...

House Releases Health Care Reform Bill

Jul 14, 2009 - Leaders in the House of Representatives have released their comprehensive plan for reforming health care today. It's a complete, thorough bill that will take some time to comb through and examine all the details. But, the preliminary analyses conclude that it's a huge step toward fixing health care and a major victory for all of us who have been working for quality, affordable health care. Read more...

Sotomayor confirmation hearings reminder America is still the land of opportunity

Jul 13, 2009 - The life story of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is, quite literally, a remarkable retelling of the American Dream. Her personal story of achievement has given her a rare insight into the lives of people who get up and go to work each day to make a better life for their families. Watch the Sotomayor confirmation hearings live here. Read more...

Labor unions set to talk EFCA, healthcare & economic stimulus with President Obama

Jul 09, 2009 - Labor unions SEIU, AFL-CIO, NEA, USW, CWA, IBT and UFCW are headed to the White House next week. On Monday, the united group of labor leaders--including SEIU's Andy Stern and Anna Burger--will meet with President Obama to discuss joint efforts to build an economy that works for all including passing healthcare reform, economic stimulus and the Employee Free Choice Act. Read more...

Sarah Jones: A Right to Care

Jul 08, 2009 - The Associated Press calls her "astounding." People Magazine calls her "amazing." We call her one of the most important and engaging messengers ever to tackle the issue of health care disparities in America. And she's performing in Washington, DC on Thursday, July 9th and St. Paul, MN on July 11th. Read more...

Big banks & U.S. Chamber of Commerce join forces to tank financial reform

Jul 07, 2009 - Recognizing their parallel efforts to fund campaigns against working families, the unappetizing alliance of big bank executives, credit card and financial services companies is joining forces to intensify their lobbying efforts against financial reform. Read more...

Change that Works Attends Obama Health Care Town Hall

Jul 04, 2009 - President Barack Obama held a health care reform town hall at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus on July 1-- questions were submitted online and from the live audience. Change that Works Virginia team member, Sheila Collier had the honor of asking the last question to the President. Read more...

Senate HELP Committee Releases Complete Health Care Bill

Jul 02, 2009 - For months, we've been standing firm on our call for Congress to deliver a health care bill that does a few, simple things. It has to lower health care costs for patients, businesses, and governments. It has to improve the quality of care for patients. And it has to make sure that every American, regardless of who they are or how much money that make, has access to affordable care. Today, we have that bill. Read more...

HAARM: Takin' It To The Streets

Jul 01, 2009 - This weekend, the same groups that organized anti-Obama "tea parties" around the country are putting together another round of July 4th tea parties. This time, killing health care reform is at the top of their agenda. Naturally, HAARM wanted to get in on the fun. Check out the video of HAARM's anti-health care reform protest: www.haarm.org Read more...

House takes historic Leap toward clean energy economy; Obama touts new (sexier) light bulb standards

Jun 29, 2009 - On Friday, Congress took an extraordinary step forward on efforts to curb global warming. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the first-ever bill designed to advance a clean energy economy that creates green jobs, boosts national security and protects our planet. Read more...

You Ask, The President Answers

Jun 29, 2009 - President Obama is hosting an online discussion this Wednesday, at 1:15 p.m. EDT, on health care reform. He's soliciting questions from people via Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Get involved in the discussion by submitting your own question. Read more...

Healthcare Equality 2009: Lighting up the Future

Jun 25, 2009 - Last night, an impressive group of speakers and passionate activists gathered in Washington DC, in the appropriately named Freedom Plaza, to declare their commitment to advocacy and demand that Congressional reform efforts address systemic inequality in the American health care system. Punctuated throughout the evening by the rhythmic sounds of Rudy Gonzalez Y Su Lokura's Latin jazz band, the evening was a tribute to both the passion and diversity involved in the health care reform movement. Read more...

Liveblogging: Health Care Events on Capitol Hill

Jun 24, 2009 - We live blogged the health care events taking place today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. People of all religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds came together to rally for health care equality across America! Read more...

SEIU Home Care Aide to discuss healthcare with President Obama on ABC's "Prescription for America"

Jun 24, 2009 - Tonight, Obama will continue his health care push with a primetime nationally televised event in the White House called "Questions for the President: Prescription for America," which will be moderated with ABC's Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer. SEIU Healthcare 775NW member & home care aide Pat DeJong has been invited to participate in the ABC News special event--make sure to watch! Read more...

Meet HAARM: Healthy Americans Against Reforming Medicine

Jun 23, 2009 - Is it just me, or do our opponents sound crazier every day? Take opponents of health care reform; they're spending millions of dollars on TV ads that call the President's plan "socialism," "rationing," and "a government takeover." It sort of makes you wonder - where do these people come up with this stuff? Meet HAARM: Health Americans Against Reforming Medicine - www.haarm.org Read more...

NBC/WSJ Poll: 76% of Americans Support Public Health Insurance Option

Jun 18, 2009 - Congress can't seem to reach a consensus, but the American people have overwhelmingly made up their minds: we need a public health insurance option. A new poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal is the latest in a series of polls to show convincing support for a choice between a private or public health insurance plan among the American people. Read more...

State Legislators to the Hill: We Need Health Care Reform

Jun 17, 2009 - 700 state legislators from every state have signed on to a letter to the President, HHS Secretary Sebelius, and leaders in Congress, asking them to support the key ingredients for real health care reform. And, today, a delegation of legislators from around the country will be on Capitol Hill to meet with the White House and deliver the letter. Read more...

President Obama Mentions Nashville Small Business Owners

Jun 16, 2009 - President Obama in his health care reform address to the American Medical Association in Chicago, mentioned Becky and Chris Link, two small business owners and Change that Works Tennessee activists Read more...

President Obama addresses the AMA; Doctors say public health insurance option must be part of health care reform solution

Jun 15, 2009 - In his 50 minute address to the American Medical Association at the group's annual convention in Chicago, President Obama reiterated his strong support for a truly national public health insurance plan, calling the current state of the nation's health care system a "ticking time bomb." Read more...

Senators push for wage and hour protections for home care workers

Jun 13, 2009 - A group of 15 Senators led by Senator Harkins (D-IA) have sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, urging the Department of Labor to expand federal wage and hour laws to an estimated 1.5 million home care workers in the U.S., one of the fastest-growing professions in the country today. Read more...

Quickening the Pace of Progress: Obama's Roadmap to Recovery

Jun 08, 2009 - At a Cabinet meeting on Monday, President Barack Obama promised to speed federal money into hundreds of public works projects this summer, vowing that 600,000 jobs would be created or saved in the second hundred days--four times the number created or saved in the first 100 days. Read more...

How about now? Reform Immigration FOR America

Jun 03, 2009 - Yesterday, a broad coalition of allies from labor, business, and community groups officially kicked off the national campaign Reform Immigration FOR America (RIFA)in Washington, DC. SEIU is a part of this exciting grassroots movement to reform immigration, and we invite you to join us. Read more...

"Campaign for America's Future" Prepares the Way for Healthcare Reform

Jun 03, 2009 - More than 1,000 progressive leaders and activists have been in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for the yearly America's Future Now! Conference, organized by Campaign for America's Future (CAF). The main 'event' of CAF's 2009 conference has been the launching of an $82 million campaign for healthcare reform, a collective effort involving more than 1,000 organizations that are part of Health Care for America Now behind President Obama's health care plan. Read more...

On June 6th, thousands of people are organizing for health care reform

Jun 01, 2009 - On June 6th, thousands of people just like you are beginning to organize for healthcare reform by hosting or attending a Healthcare for Organizing Kickoff with Organizing for America. We can win healthcare reform in the same way we won the election: building support one block, one neighbor, one conversation at a time. Please join us by signing up today. Read more...

Wal-Mart Responsible for Black Friday Trampling Death

May 28, 2009 - So what's the punishment for shocking corporate negligence that results in the death of a worker like in the case of Wal-Mart temporary employee Jdimytai Damour? OSHA hit them with the maximum fine allowable by law -- $7,000. Read more...

Stop Schwarzenegger's Cruel Cuts

May 27, 2009 - Two years ago, President Barack Obama walked a day in the shoes of SEIU home care worker Pauline Beck. Today, Pauline and home care workers across California face pay cuts of up to 33% -- from $12.10 an hour down to $8. Please send a message to the Governor telling him you strongly disagree with his misguided priorities--we're not going to let this happen without a fight. Read more...

Judge Sotomayor's Nomination to the Supreme Court an Extraordinary Choice for Today and Tomorrow

May 26, 2009 - President Obama said he would appoint people to our courts who not only had brilliant legal minds, but who also understand how the law impacts the everyday lives of working families. Today he has fulfilled that promise by nominating U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more...

Green jobs and energy are focus of President's first Economic Recovery Advisory Board meeting

May 20, 2009 - During the first quarterly meeting of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and fifteen other board members discussed green jobs and energy with the President, sharing their expertise on the creation of a comprehensive energy plan that will generate millions of clean energy jobs. Read more...

The GOP Health Care Proposal: More of the Same

May 20, 2009 - Republicans in Congress dusted off John McCain's health care proposal from the 2008 campaign and reintroduced it at a press conference in Washington today. The proposal, which serves as their counter to President Obama's plan for health care reform, replaces the coverage people have with an insufficient tax subsidy that doesn't even cover half of the average family's health care premiums. Read more...

Obama Administration Blocks Harmful Cuts to Homecare Workers

May 15, 2009 - In a victory for struggling homecare workers, the Obama Administration ruled last week that California's proposed cuts to the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program violates the terms of the federal stimulus aid going to the state under the terms of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Read more...

The Latest Victims of the Broken Health Care System: Medicare Recipients

May 13, 2009 - The big news out of Washington is that the Social Security and Medicare Trust funds are in worse shape than we thought. According to the Medicare Trustees' report released yesterday, we're going to exhaust Medicare by 2017 unless we take immediate action. Read more...

As part of President Obama's Job Creation Plan, SEIU Calls for Passage of Employee Free Choice Act

May 11, 2009 - As President Obama laid out his latest plans to help the nation's unemployed millions, SEIU President Andy Stern called on Congress to implement the Employee Free Choice Act as a priority part of the President's job creation plan. Read more...

Calling It What It Is: Frank Luntz's Hit Job on Health Care

May 08, 2009 - Opponents of health care reform have been wringing their hands these last few months. Ever since America elected a president dedicated to fixing our broken system last November, it seems that no amount of spin can distract people from the fact that we're paying billions of dollars for a health care system that doesn't work. This week, as a last ditch effort, Republican spin-doctor Frank Luntz floated a confidential memo on how to scare Americans into believing health care reform is bad. The only problem: the memo was leaked. And, now, the media and members of Congress are calling his bluff. Read more...

SEIU to Congress: Pass Employee Free Choice Act As Part of Obama's Job Creation Plan

May 08, 2009 - As President Obama laid out his latest plans to help the nation's unemployed millions, SEIU International President Andy Stern today called on Congress to implement the Employee Free Choice Act as a priority part of the President's job creation plan. Read more...

Obama Administration Rules Against California's Proposed Wage Cuts to Homecare Workers

May 08, 2009 - In a major victory for California's 250,000 In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) workers and the 440,000 seniors and people with disabilities who rely on IHSS for daily care, the Obama Administration has ruled that proposed cuts to the IHSS program violate the terms of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Read more...

Labor Groups United to Unveil Unified Immigration Reform Framework

Apr 14, 2009 - Today, the Change to Win federation and AFL-CIO unveiled a unified framework for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The proposal endorses legalizing the status of tundocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. and opposes the adoption of employers' incentive to hire undocumented workers rather than U.S. workers. Read more...

Dennis Rivera and Michael Bloomberg: Health Care Reform is a Must

Apr 14, 2009 - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and SEIU Healthcare Chair Dennis Rivera have published a joint op-ed on the Huffington Post with a simple message: health care reform must happen this year, period. Read more...

President Obama Creates Office of Health Reform

Apr 08, 2009 - By executive order, President Obama established the White House Office of Health Reform today. According to the order, it "will provide leadership to the executive branch in establishing policies, priorities, and objectives for the Federal Government's comprehensive effort to improve access to health care, the quality of such care, and the sustainability of the health care system." Read more...

NYT: We Should Have a Public Health Insurance Option

Apr 08, 2009 - The New York Times is out in front with an early endorsement of a public health insurance option as part of any plan to fix health care: A new public plan - to offer consumers greater choice, keep the private... Read more...

Ezra Klein: Fixing Health Care Shouldn't Mean Choosing Between Two Extremes

Apr 07, 2009 - Rather than deciding as a society how much will be spent in the coming year and then figuring out how best to spend it, we abdicate collective responsibility and let individuals fend for themselves. So although Britain and Canada have decided that no one will go without, even if some must occasionally wait, the U.S. has decided that most of those who can't afford care simply won't get it. Read more...

Senator Schumer: Competition Works for Health Care

Apr 06, 2009 - That's where Senator Schumer comes in. During the coming months, as the plans for health care reform unfold, his job is to make sure Congress is looking out for patients and not profits by including a public health insurance option into the mix. Backing him up will be President Obama and the soon-to-be-Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. And, of course, all of us. Read more...

Free Sebelius!

Apr 03, 2009 - It's with great disappointment that we received news this morning that an "unnamed Republican Senator" put a hold on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' confirmation as Health and Human Services Secretary. At a time when the U.S. economy is collapsing under the elephantine costs of our broken health care system, how is it that one anonymous Senator can obstruct filling the leadership post of our nation's top health agency? Read more...

Moving Forward: Congress Passes President Obama's Budget

Apr 03, 2009 - Today, we moved a little bit closer to fixing health care. Nothing about it was easy, but Congress has passed a budget that includes a historic commitment to health care reform. It follows the president's directive to establish a health reform reserve fund to cover the cost of health care without raising the deficit. Consider this a promise to the American people that real change is coming this year. Read more...

Budget Coming As Soon As Today

Apr 02, 2009 - The AP is reporting that Congress is expected to take a final vote on a budget resolution as early as today. Both the House and Senate Budget Committees released their own proposals last week that protect the key investments President Obama had requested for fixing health care and restoring the economy. Read more...

White House Report: The Costs of Inaction

Mar 30, 2009 - The White House issued a report on health care this morning that serves as a sobering reminder of the urgent need for reform. Released online at HealthReform.gov, the report documents the widespread effects of the health care crisis across the United States. Read more...

SEIU's Michael Kerr nominated for Department of Labor post

Mar 24, 2009 - Last week, President Obama announced SEIU's Michael Kerr as his nominee for Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (OASAM) with the Department of Labor. Read more...

Obama Says: 'I Will Help You' Find Health Care for Son

Mar 23, 2009 - SEIU Local 721 member Robin Lewis, who works for the LA County Dept. of Children and Family Services, told President Obama directly how important health care reform is for her son, Kolin. Read more...

We Want Justice, Not Blood

Mar 19, 2009 - Yesterday, I sat for several hours in a House subcommittee meeting, waiting for a satisfying moment that never came. Scores of cameras, dozens of spectators, and the "Ladies in Pink" (who nearly got thrown out of the hearing for waving signs that said "Jail AIG") joined me as we waited for hours to hear from the CEO of AIG, Edward Liddy. Read more...

Congress Needs to Hear From Us

Mar 18, 2009 - There are lots of lessons to be learned from previous attempts to fix health care - and a few critical mistakes that we cannot repeat. One of those mistakes is assuming that, just because a piece of legislation doesn't say "health care reform" in the title, it isn't critical to solving the crisis. Read more...

Ten Things You Should Know About the President's Budget

Mar 11, 2009 - President Obama recently unveiled his budget for getting America back on track - and it includes a significant downpayment toward fixing health care. As usual, opponents of reform are on the attack, attempting to turn our national discussion on health care into an uninformed, schoolyard brawl. Just check out Rep. Zach Wamp's recent appearance on MSNBC: Read more...

SEIU in the White House

Mar 06, 2009 - Yesterday, Andy Stern, Anna Burger, and Dennis Rivera were back at the White House for the president's forum on health care. They were there to represent the two million SEIU members that have been fighting so hard for so long to see real changes in the health care system. Check out their video from the north gate. Read more...

White House Health Summit

Mar 05, 2009 - Today, President Obama hosted a one-day health forum at the White House to officially launch a discussion on how we can bring about meaningful change in health care. The 120 participants - Republicans, Democrats, insurance companies, labor, doctors and patient advocates, including SEIU's President Andy Stern, Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and SEIU Healthcare chair Dennis Rivera - will be working together to offer up ideas for the best way to make reform happen. Read more...

Standing Up for Homecare Workers in Washington (Video)

Mar 04, 2009 - I attended a hearing at the Rayburn building about "Family Friendly Policies". A very brave woman named Rebia Mixon Clay told a very compelling and powerful story about the vicissitudes of she faces every day as a home health care Worker. Ms. Mixon Clay, was succinct, on point and eloquent. In a very personal and uplifting way she brought home the plight of many people in this country. Read more...

Kathleen Sebelius Ready to Lead Healthcare Reform in 2009

Mar 02, 2009 - President Obama's appointment of Governor Kathleen Sebelius confirms his commitment to health care reform. This is yet another clear signal that this is the year to make quality, affordable health care for everyone a reality. Read more...

White House Budget Suggests "Health Care is a Go"

Feb 25, 2009 - Today, news reports suggest that the president intends to make a serious investment in fixing, once and for all, our broken health care system. According to the Associated Press, the White House budget includes $634 billion for health care over the course of 10 years. Read more...

Obama's Speech: A Health Care Milestone (Video)

Feb 24, 2009 - I just finished watching Obama's address to Congress with a group of SEIU nurses. I won't name names, but some of us have tears in our eyes right now. For us, this is a moment more than a decade in the making. When our movement started, having a president who would speak so honestly and passionately about the need to fix health care was something we dreamt about, but it was hard to imagine. Read more...

VIDEO: Health Care Dominates White House Fiscal Responsibility Summit

Feb 23, 2009 - The first-ever Fiscal Responsibility Summit took place on Monday at the White House. Advisors at the highest levels of the Obama administration hosted members of Congress as well as leaders from a wide range of organizations to discuss solutions to long-term fiscal challenges facing the nation. SEIU President Andy Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger were among the attendees at the event. Read more...

Caregivers Defend Health IT

Feb 11, 2009 - Yesterday, we told you about Rush Limbaugh's rant against the measures to improve health IT in the Economic Recovery Act. Normally, Rush goes largely unnoticed by most of the general public. But his irresponsible comments about health IT have hit... Read more...

What We Won for Kids' Health

Feb 05, 2009 - Yesterday, health care advocates nationwide celebrated a major victory for our movement. President Obama signed the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) into law. President Obama characterized the bill as a "down payment" on winning quality, affordable health care for all Americans, not just our children. Read more...

Quoted: Labor-lovin' Presidents

Feb 02, 2009 - Following Friday's unveiling of the Middle Class Working Families Task Force, Obama delivered his most emphatic public remarks on his support for labor unions, saying, "I don't see organized labor as part of the problem...To me, it's part of the solution," said President Obama following Friday's unveiling of the new administration's Middle Class Working Families Task Force. Read more...

SEIU Statement on President Obama's Executive Orders For Working America

Jan 30, 2009 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger released the following statement today regarding President Obama's White House ceremony to sign four worker-related executive orders into law, including the creation of the Middle Class Working Families Task Force led by Vice-president Joe Biden. Read more...

Quote of the Day: Joe Biden on the Middle Class

Jan 30, 2009 - Vice-President Joe Biden, chair of the new Working Families Task Force, in an interview yesterday with CNBC: Read more...

New TV Ad Campaign Targets House Republicans Completely Out of Touch with Working People in America

Jan 29, 2009 - SEIU and coalition groups Americans United for Change, MoveOn.org Political Action and AFSCME unveiled a new television ad campaign that aims to to pressure key and potentially deciding votes in Congress and build momentum behind President Obama's "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act". Read more...

Why Smart Investments Include Health IT

Jan 22, 2009 - This week, the National Journal asked health care advocates and experts to weigh in on the issue of health IT as part of the larger economic recovery package. Read Andy Stern's response here. Read more...

Obama's Inaugural Address: A Moment to Define A Generation

Jan 21, 2009 - Obama delivered his Inaugural Address in a decisive and inspiring manner, calling for no less than the remaking of America and summoning generations, new and old, to return "to a new era of responsibility." Read more...

Manifest Hope: DC Online Contest Winners Selected for Inauguration Art Gallery

Jan 16, 2009 - SEIU partnered with Manifest Hope: DC, MoveOn PAC and Obey Giant to launch a nationwide online contest last month to gather the best artwork celebrating the grass roots campaign that helped elect Barack Obama as president. The 15 winning entries-- selected from a pool of over 1,000 submissions--have been announced. Read more...

Images of Hope: Art Exhibit at SEIU HQ Jan. 19 - 22

Jan 14, 2009 - SEIU is hosting the Change That Works open art exhibit SEIU art exhibit at headquarters in Washington, DC from January 19 through January 22. The works of art to be displayed were commissioned by acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey, who created the iconic Obama "HOPE" image. The exhibit shines a spotlight on artists across the country using their voices to amplify and motivate the grass roots movement for social justice and political action Read more...

Andy Stern: "Let's Stay Focused on the Right Kind of Economic Recovery"

Jan 14, 2009 - Even after the collapse of the myth of the market, conservatives are still waging class warfare on the rest of us. Read more...

SEIU President Andy Stern Statement on President-Elect Obama's Economic Speech

Jan 08, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement following President-elect Obama's speech on the economy at George Mason University. Read more...

Obama To Give Economic Address Today at 11 a.m.

Jan 08, 2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's office announced the details of his major speech on the economy Wednesday afternoon, advocating "urgent action" on his economic stimulus plan. Read more...

Anna Burger: 2009 Will Be the "Year of the Middle Class"

Jan 05, 2009 - "By rebuilding the American Dream for millions of families and rewarding work instead of one's wealth, greed or market manipulation, we can strengthen our economy for generations to come," says SEIU's Anna Burger, giving us her boldest political predictions for 2009 on Politico's The Arena. Read more...

SEIU Partners with Manifest Hope for Inauguration Art Gallery

Dec 30, 2008 - SEIU, MoveOn PAC, and Obey Giant are partnering with Manifest Hope:DC in launching a nationwide contest to gather the best work celebrating the grass roots campaign that helped elect Barack Obama as president. The contest is calling for entries of visual artwork that convey the urgency of encouraging a national dialogue focused on heathcare reform, the green economy and workers' rights. Read more...

Your Health Care Meet-Ups: All Over The News

Dec 29, 2008 - Despite the busy holiday season, Americans throughout the country - from caregivers like nurses, doctors and pharmacists to ordinary health care consumers - have been gathering to hold their own health care meetings. You've brought your friends, your family, like-minded individuals, and even those who have different points of view together to share their ideas and input on health care reform that comes from the ground up. News report after news report has been gracing our inboxes over the holiday season - from national papers like the New York Times to small, local papers from your areas. Read more...

New Poll Shows Widespread Support for SCHIP Expansion to Cover Legal Immigrant Children

Dec 23, 2008 - Encouraging news from a poll released yesterday, which shows that more than two-thirds of the public (82 percent) supports SCHIP renewal and for extending children's health benefits to legal immigrant children. Read more...

Stand with Chicago Workers of Republic Windows & Doors to Hold Bank of America Accountable

Dec 09, 2008 - Scores of workers were laid-off with little notice from a Chicago factory last week when the factory closed down abruptly after Bank of America canceled the company's financing. The workers staged a "peaceful occupation" of the Republic Windows and Doors plant and in day five of an around-the-clock sit-in of the plant. Read more...

Join the Healthcare Debate at Change.gov

Dec 05, 2008 - Already, discussions have begun, including a growing health care debate at Change.gov, the Obama transition team's website. You and I know that for any health care initiative to truly succeed, nurses need to be included - and the Gallup poll proves it. Now's the perfect time to put our credibility to use. Each of us needs to lend our much-needed caregiver expertise to the discussion Read more...

Statement by SEIU Healthcare Chair Dennis Rivera Pledging Support for Former Senator Daschle, Obama Transition Team Efforts to Fix Health Care

Dec 05, 2008 - We look forward to doing our part to promote this vital effort across the country. Read the entire statement from SEIU's Dennis Rivera now. Read more...

A New Beginning for America's Working Families

Dec 01, 2008 - Time and time again, President-elect Obama inspired Americans with the phrase, "You are the people you have been waiting for." SEIU members took that message to heart and worked tirelessly this past election for our families, for our communities and for our future. Read more...

Here We Go Again

Nov 25, 2008 - You can hear the jaws dropping as people read James Pethokoukis' latest piece on health care in U.S. News' Capital Commerce blog. Pethokoukis takes partisan politics to a new level by urging Republicans to block any efforts by Obama (or any other Democrat) to fix health care. Read more...

Former SEIU Political Leader Appointed as Obama's Political Director

Nov 21, 2008 - This afternoon, Patrick Gaspard was named the White House political director for President-elect Barack Obama. Gaspard served as national political director for much of Obama's general election campaign and was named associate personnel director for the transition effort. Read more...

SEIU Funding & Leadership Out-Ranks Dozens of Groups During Presidential, Senate Races

Nov 18, 2008 - SEIU Financial Support & Leadership Out-Ranks Dozens of Groups During Presidential and Senate Races Read more...

"Now is the time to roll up our sleeves..." Letter to the Editor from SEIU Healthcare Member

Nov 18, 2008 - "No matter if you voted for President-elect Barack Obama or Sen. John McCain, if you are a union member, small-business owner or retiree, we share one community. We need to play our part to help our elected leaders fulfill their campaign promises," writes SEIU Healthcare member Charlotte Anibas from Local 1199NW in a Seattle Times LTE. Read more...

A Blueprint And A Call To Action For The Nation's Ailing Healthcare System

Nov 15, 2008 - "One week since the historic election that brought a sea change of hope and energy to our country, we're already getting a clear picture of what to expect from new leadership in Washington in 2009," writes SEIU Healthcare Chairman Dennis Rivera today on The Hill's Congress blog. Read more...

Why Employees Need Free Choice to Join Unions: Let's Cut to the Chase

Nov 14, 2008 - The Saturday, Nov. 8th edition of The New York Times had a lengthy piece by Steven Greenhouse about the growing chorus for the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would restore free choice for people who want to join a union. Towards the end of the article is a simple sentence that bears further examination, because it gets to the heart of why we need Employee Free Choice... Read more...

SEIU, Coalition Partners Urge Health Care Overhaul

Nov 13, 2008 - SEIU and its Divided We Fail partners AARP, the Business Roundtable and the National Federation of Independent Businesses published an open letter to President-elect Barack Obama in USA Today this week, calling for comprehensive healthcare reform in the new administration's... Read more...

Gerry Hudson Shares Ideas with Alternet re: a Progressive Health Care Reform Agenda

Nov 12, 2008 - This weekend, Alternet asked dozens of writers, experts and activists about priorities for President-elect Barack Obama's early days in office. SEIU Executive Vice President Gerry Hudson wrote, "Health care costs are rising at almost double the rate of wage increases for the average American worker. Read more...

Join Barack Obama and Support the Employee Free Choice Act

Nov 10, 2008 - Join Barack Obama and Support the Employee Free Choice Act Read more...

Putting Healthcare on the Map

Nov 07, 2008 - This week, we're celebrating. SEIU members, local and International staff across the country knocked on doors and called voters to help get out the vote and move millions of Americans to the polls to bring home victory for Barack Obama. Read more...

Statement of SEIU President Andy Stern on the Victories of President-Elect Obama and Other Pro-Working Family Candidates in Today's Election

Nov 04, 2008 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern issued the following statement tonight upon the confirmed victory of the Obama-Biden ticket and pro-worker candidates across the country: Read more...

Fast Fact: In Just Five Months...

Nov 04, 2008 - Through last night, SEIU members knocked on 2,435,645 doors in battleground states and key races across the country. Read more...

Today We Must Be the Change We Need

Nov 04, 2008 - All over this great country, men and woman who each day struggle to make ends meet and take care of their families will get up today, go to the polls and take a huge step toward ensuring a better life for their families. Read more...

SEIU Leaders Barnstorm Battleground States for Obama, Senate Candidates

Oct 31, 2008 - SEIU President Andy Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will hit the campaign trail this weekend in a final push to win key battleground states for Barack Obama and Senate races for pro-working family candidates Al Franken in Minnesota and Jeff Merkley in Oregon. Read more...

In Final 72-Hour Push, SEIU Members Get Out The Vote for Barack Obama and Other Working Family Candidates Across the Country

Oct 31, 2008 - In the final 72-hours of this campaign, more than 100,000 nurses, janitors and other volunteers across the country are joining 4,000 SEIU members, local and International staff who've taken extended time off the job to bring home victory for Barack Obama, Joe Biden and other candidates promising the change working families need. Read more...

Obama Puts Healthcare, Economic Relief for Middle Class First in Prime-Time Special

Oct 29, 2008 - There's a lot at stake this election--the American Dream hangs in the balance. That's why nurses, janitors, child care providers, and other SEIU members continue to mobilize their co-workers and communities to elect a president who will finally win healthcare for all and rebuild the middle class. Read more...

Anna Burger to Join Governors Sebelius and Napolitano at Obama Town Hall Meetings in Indiana Monday

Oct 27, 2008 - On Monday, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will moderate town hall meetings with Governors Kathy Sebelius of Kansas and Janet Napolitano of Arizona in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, and Terre Haute, Indiana for Barack Obama. Read more...

SEIU's Massive Ground Campaign for Obama, Pro-Working Family Candidates

Oct 27, 2008 - I wanted to quickly share something from this morning's USA Today piece "Groups spend millions bypassing TV, radio" by Matt Kelley: Read more...

California SEIU Members Head to Nevada to Mobilize Voters for Obama

Oct 22, 2008 - This weekend, with only 11 days remaining before voters head to the polls, hundreds of SEIU members from across California will put down their brooms, badges, briefcases, and blood pressure cuffs and pick up clipboards and walk lists as they head to Nevada to mobilize voters for Barack Obama. Read more...

SEIU President Andy Stern to Join Senator Biden On Colorado Bus Tour

Oct 21, 2008 - Today, SEIU President Andy Stern will join Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden on a bus tour in Colorado with stops in Greeley and Commerce City. Read more...

High-Profile TV, Film & Recording Stars Join Members of the Nation's Fastest Growing Labor Union for Door-Knocking, Campaign Calls, and other GOTV Activities in Battleground States

Oct 16, 2008 - This week, more than a dozen celebrities have volunteered to participate in GOTV efforts to help give voice to working families' concerns with the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), the nation's fastest growing union in the country. Read more...

SEIU: John McCain v. George W. Bush

Oct 16, 2008 - Working families who have suffered through eight years of Bush's failed policies - hundreds of thousands of jobs lost, tax cuts for the richest Americans, stagnant wages, record food and gas prices, retirement accounts losing trillions of dollars - face more of the same from a McCain Administration, asserts a new online ad by SEIU. Read more...

Thousands of Indiana Voters Regain Right to Vote Early

Oct 15, 2008 - Today, after more than a week of legal struggle between an SEIU-backed coalition of labor and civil rights groups and the Indiana GOP, hundreds of Indiana voters began casting early voting ballots in East Chicago, Gary and Hammond, Indiana. Read more...

SEIU Members Stepping Up Their Efforts for Obama-Biden Ticket

Oct 15, 2008 - With just three weeks to go until Election Day, SEIU members across the country are stepping up their efforts to elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden so they can bring about the change working families need. Read more...

Renown Nurse Introduces Senator Obama at Reno Rally

Oct 15, 2008 - Lori Millard-Streeter, an SEIU RN at Renown Regional Medical Center, introduced Sen. Barack Obama last week at her alma mater, the University of Nevada-Reno, before more than 10,000 people. Read more...

SEIU Leaders Andy Stern and Anna Burger to Attend Tonight's Final Presidential Debate

Oct 15, 2008 - Tonight, SEIU President Andy Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will attend the final presidential debate and will be available to speak to the media about the issues at stake this election for working people and SEIU's efforts to elect Barack Obama and a pro-working family majority in Congress. Read more...

Vital Signs: Freda Blakerby, RN

Oct 08, 2008 - I became an LPN in 1983 and an RN in 1993. In 2003, at the age of 55, I became disabled by a genetic disease and lost my job. Read more...

SEIU Nursing Assistant Will Be At Tonight's 2nd Presidential Debate

Oct 07, 2008 - Jean Ann Berg, a nursing assistant and member of SEIU Healthcare Florida, will be in the audience at tonight's 2nd Presidential debate, waiting to ask John McCain why he wants to tax healthcare benefits and make it harder for families to afford coverage. Read more...

SEIU Nursing Assistant Will Be In Town Hall Audience, Ready To Ask John McCain Why He Won't Provide Affordable Healthcare For All

Oct 07, 2008 - As the presidential candidates come on stage tonight for the second presidential debate, Jean Berg, a nursing assistant and member of SEIU Healthcare Florida, will be in the audience, waiting to ask John McCain why he wants to tax healthcare benefits and make it harder for families to afford coverage. Read more...

SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina to Attend Tonight's Presidential Debate in Tennessee

Oct 07, 2008 - Tonight, Eliseo Medina, Executive Vice President of the 2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), will represent the voices of working men and women across the country while attending the Presidential Town Hall Debate in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more...

SEIU Members Make Health Care Deciding Issue For Uncommitted Voters

Oct 06, 2008 - Today, SEIU announced a new, multi-state television and field campaign aimed at targeting undecided voters in the final weeks of the presidential election with information on the difference between the Obama and McCain health care plans. Read more...

SEIU Ohio Members Launch Massive Early Vote Blitz Across State

Oct 03, 2008 - Tomorrow, SEIU members across Ohio will unite with members in other Change to Win and AFL-CIO unions to launch a major early vote effort across the state. Hundreds of workers in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and other cities will attend rallies, vote early, and go door-to-door to get union members to participate in Ohio's first early vote election. Read more...

SEIU Members Say Voters Fearful About An Economy That Keeps Getting Worse

Oct 03, 2008 - As today's latest jobs report showing nine straight months of job loss hits the headlines, SEIU members knocking on doors and making calls across the country report growing frustration and fear from voters about an economy that shows no signs of improving. Read more...

SEIU Members Pound the Pavement For Votes, Have Registered Over 70,000 New Voters

Oct 02, 2008 - With voter registration deadlines approaching in many states, SEIU members are pounding the pavement, working the phones, and pulling out all the stops to help register tens of thousands of new voters - and make sure they get out to vote on November 4th for Barack Obama and a pro-working family Congress. Read more...

Nurses, Healthcare Workers Launch Massive Drive to Inform 1 Million Caregivers in Key States on Obama and McCain Healthcare Plans

Sep 24, 2008 - With women voters poised to play a pivotal role in the presidential election, a unique project of SEIU Healthcare will reach at least 1 million healthcare employees--a largely female workforce --through worker-to-worker communication on the candidates' views on healthcare issues. Read more...

Three SEIU Members Making the Difference for Obama

Sep 24, 2008 - Samara is a nursing assistant and single mother raising a son with a severe illness that requires expensive medication and constant doctor visits. But Samara doesn't have healthcare at work and she can't afford expensive coverage on her own. Read more...

Michelle Obama Rallies SEIU Staff Heading to Battleground States

Sep 20, 2008 - Michelle Obama addressed SEIU staff by telephone yesterday, as they prepared to head to Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, and other battleground states to make the difference for Obama. Read more...

Three SEIU Members Making the Difference for Obama

Sep 18, 2008 - More than 1,000 SEIU members have taken time off their jobs and 100,000 nurses, janitors, child care providers, and other workers will be volunteering after work and on weekends to win on November 4th. Read more...

SEIU Launches Multimillion Dollar TV Ad Campaign

Sep 14, 2008 - SEIU announced today that it has begun a new, aggressive television ad campaign that drives home what is at stake economically for millions of American families in the upcoming presidential election. Read more...

SEIU Members Get Ready to Mobilize for General Elections

Jun 24, 2008 - Nurses, child care and home care workers, janitors, security officers and other SEIU members across the country are already talking to voters and hitting the streets in key states and races across the country. Read more...

TODAY: OBAMA TO ADDRESS SEIU CONVENTION

Jun 04, 2008 - Since endorsing Obama in February, thousands of SEIU members have made millions of phone calls, knocked on more than a million doors, appeared on multiple television ads, and volunteered thousands of hours to make Barack Obama the Democratic nominee for president. This morning, Senator Obama will address the 2008 SEIU Convention currently taking place in Puerto Rico live via satellite. Read more...

SEIU: THE GENERAL ELECTION BEGINS TONIGHT

Jun 03, 2008 - "Now that the final primary votes have been cast, we congratulate Senator Clinton on waging a vigorous campaign that inspired working people across this country," said Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger. "Senator Clinton has been a strong friend of workers and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the Senate." Read more...

Barack Obama to Address SEIU Convention

Jun 02, 2008 - This Wednesday at 10:50 am EST, Sen. Barack Obama will address more than 4,000 SEIU members, leaders, and guests at the 2008 SEIU Convention in Puerto Rico by live satellite feed. Read more...

SEIU MEMBERS HELP CLOSE OUT NOMINATION FOR OBAMA IN OREGON

May 20, 2008 - SEIU's 50,000 members in Oregon helped Barack Obama win big, giving him a majority of the pledged delegates in the nomination contest in addition to a majority of the superdelegates. Read more...

SEIU Members Get Out Vote for Obama and Other Candidates in Oregon Primary

May 20, 2008 - SEIU members across Oregon are working hard to close the Democratic nomination today for Barack Obama and turn out the vote for U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Merkley, Attorney General candidate John Kroger, Portland Mayoral candidate Sam Adams and other state and local candidates. With more than 50,000 members, SEIU is the largest union in the state. Read more...

OBAMA: CLEARLY THE PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE

May 06, 2008 - "Senator Obama's commanding win in North Carolina and close showing in Indiana means he is clearly the Democratic nominee for President,"said Anna Burger, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer. "We've had a long process and the outcome is now clear. The Democratic Party should come together to focus on winning in November." Read more...

SEIU Members Engage in Aggressive GOTV Campaign in Indiana

Apr 30, 2008 - With less than a week to go before Indiana's Democratic Primary on Tuesday, May 6, SEIU members are stepping up their efforts on behalf of Senator Obama for President. Starting today, SEIU will be up on the air statewide urging voters to support Barack Obama on May 6. The ad is part of an extensive campaign that SEIU members are waging to get out the vote for Obama in the remaining days before the primary. Read more...

SEIU Members Launch TV Ad on Obama's Solutions for Reigning in Gas Prices

Apr 17, 2008 - Today, SEIU went up on television in Pennsylvania to draw attention to Barack Obama's solutions for skyrocketing gas prices. Read more...

OBAMA STANDS WITH SEIU MEMBERS FOR CHANGE AT CONVENTION

Apr 02, 2008 - In a speech today at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's 38th Constitutional Convention, Senator Barack Obama laid out a plan to help working families and put us on a clear path to creating a new American Dream. From ending the war in Iraq to strengthening the ability of workers to organize and turning around the economic slowdown, Obama will deliver the change America needs. Read more...

Pennsylvania SEIU Members Available to Discuss Their Efforts for Senator Obama

Mar 19, 2008 - With more than 75,000 members in Pennsylvania, SEIU is working hard to elect Senator Barack Obama president so he can bring about the change America needs. Members have engaged in an extensive voter registration effort in their communities in advance of the March 24 primary deadline. Read more...

SEIU Members Help Carry Obama to Overwhelming Victory in Wyoming

Mar 08, 2008 - SEIU members helped carry Sen. Obama to an overwhelming victory in the Wyoming caucuses today with hundreds of SEIU members from every corner of the state turning out their coworkers, families, and friends to set record caucus participation. SEIU has more than 1,200 members in the state. Read more...

Barack Obama Wins Debate on Creating a New American Dream

Feb 26, 2008 - Senator Obama clearly demonstrated tonight that he has the best plan and best strategy to create a new American Dream. Whether the topic was ensuring that all Americans have access to health care, ending the war in Iraq, or creating new jobs for workers, Obama showed yet again that he is the best candidate to unite the country for the change we need. Read more...

SEIU Steps Up Advocacy for Obama In March 4 Primary States

Feb 26, 2008 - Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are escalating their campaign activities for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid with a week to go before the pivotal March 4 primaries. Read more...

SEIU Members Turn Their Focus to Winning Ohio and Texas for Obama

Feb 22, 2008 - With critical primaries in Ohio and Texas just days away, SEIU members are already hitting the pavement as part of an extensive, multi-million dollar ground and air campaign for Sen. Barack Obama. Read more...

SEIU Leaders Stern and Burger to Join SEIU Member Activities for Obama in Cleveland Saturday

Feb 22, 2008 - On Saturday, SEIU President Andrew Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will join SEIU members pounding the pavement in Cleveland and Youngstown for Sen. Barack Obama. Stern will kick off a morning canvass with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and join SEIU member events for Sen. Obama throughout the day. Read more...

SEIU Member to Introduce Barack Obama at Houston Rally Tonight

Feb 19, 2008 - Tonight, SEIU member and janitor Israel Gomez will introduce Sen. Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Houston. Read more...

SEIU Members Endorse Sen. Barack Obama

Feb 15, 2008 - Nurses, childcare workers, janitors and other service workers endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president today, calling him the candidate with the best vision, best plan and best strategy to lead the country to a new American Dream. Read more...

SEIU Releases Detailed Comparison of Presidential Candidates on Health Care

Dec 12, 2007 - With less than a month to go before voters participate in the first-in-the-nation caucuses and primary, SEIU's Americans for Health Care campaign has released a detailed comparison of the health care plans of the Democratic and Republican candidates for president. Read more...

SEIU Members to Hold Political Action Conference in Washington

Sep 10, 2007 - Six leading candidates for president will address close to 2,000 of SEIU's most politically active members at the Member Political Action Conference (MPAC) on Monday, September 17, 2007. Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will present SEIU's plan for electing a pro-worker president in 2008. Read more...

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