For Friday, October 7, 2011, 12 pm [Updated October 8 at 10:40 am]
1199SEIU will back #OccupyBoston
State’s largest healthcare union to lend resources, support to growing movement
BOSTON, MA – The state’s fastest growing union—1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, which is also the state’s largest healthcare union—announced today that it will lend support and resources to the #OccupyBoston movement. Fourty-four thousand hospital, nursing home, home care, and clinic workers in Massachusetts are members of 1199SEIU.
1199SEIU Executive Vice President Veronica Turner issued this statement today:
Because we are of the 99%, 1199SEIU healthcare workers in Massachusetts stand in solidarity with the #OccupyBoston protesters and their demand that Wall Street be held accountable for the current economic crisis.
It is time for large corporations and the super-rich to pay their fair share, so this country can invest in our communities, create jobs, and get back to work. It is time for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act to put millions of Americans back to work. Our country needs jobs, not cuts.
The healthcare workers of 1199SEIU will join #OccupyBoston in the streets and will immediately begin dedicating resources—including medical and printing resources—to promote and sustain the growth of this important push for social and economic justice.
Representing more than 44,000 healthcare workers throughout Massachusetts and 350,000 workers in Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Florida, and Washington D.C., 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. Their mission is to achieve affordable, high-quality healthcare for all. 1199SEIU is part of the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
[This advisory was updated to reflect changes made by members of Occupy Boston. We are a horizontal democracy. Every voice matters. Every voice is heard.]