Workers from SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania (HCPA) and SEIU 32 BJ came together at the “Can’t Wait Live” concert in Philadelphia with headliners including Saweetie, Ne-yo, and Wyclef Jean. They called on audience members to reach out to their legislators and demand they pass Biden’s Build Back Better plan. The concert audience included SEIU home care workers and security officers and housing, racial, and climate justice activists with Working Families Party, Move-on, and Care in Action.
“We are the essential, frontline workers who have kept this country going during this pandemic, and we deserve support from Congress,” said Lolita Owens, a home care worker with SEIU HCPA. “Support for home care workers and healthcare workers, support for building maintenance staff and janitors, support for our brothers and sisters who couldn't make it here today, and any essential worker on the frontlines in the pandemic who kept this country running.”
“Congress MUST pass the Build Back Better plan,” said Miraj Womack, a security bike officer with SEIU 32 BJ. “We are demanding today that Congress stands with us and supports us! We need to invest in good-paying, union jobs! We need to invest in protecting our climate and our planet! We need to invest in home care and health care workers! We need a $15 minimum wage!”