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Healthcare Workers Endorse Natalie Higgins for State Representative
Boston, MA (August 10, 2016) – Members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in Massachusetts, announce their endorsement of Natalie Higgins, Democratic candidate for State Representative in the Fourth Worcester District.
“The stakes couldn’t be higher for working families in this election, and we need to elect champions who share our commitment to quality jobs, quality care and true economic and racial justice for all,” said Tyrék D. Lee, Sr., Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. “Natalie Higgins is a dedicated leader who will stand with us on our issues and will fight with us to build a better future for our families. We are proud to endorse her for election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.”
More than 52,000 members of 1199SEIU work in hospitals, health centers, nursing homes and homecare programs across Massachusetts. As a result of their advocacy efforts, 1199SEIU members have won significant victories over the past year to create a pathway that protects access to quality care and good jobs at community hospitals; advance important legislation that allows workers to take job-protected leave to care for themselves or family members; secure earned sick time for all workers; raise the minimum wage; and negotiate major contracts to ensure quality jobs for healthcare workers.
In addition, 1199SEIU members have been leaders in the national Fight for $15 movement and became the first union in the nation to win a $15 starting wage for Massachusetts’ 35,000 Personal Care Attendants.
“Healthcare workers touch our lives in so many ways, and I am so thankful to have the support of 1199SEIU in my campaign,” said Natalie Higgins. “Labor unions are vital advocates for our entire community. I am continuously inspired by 1199SEIU and its members and excited for the opportunity to continue to advocate with them as State Representative for the Fourth Worcester District."
1199SEIU members have a consistent and demonstrated record of success in local, state and federal elections across Massachusetts, the East Coast and the nation. During recent election cycles in which they have endorsed candidates, 1199SEIU members have proven to be a highly effective voter mobilization force across the Commonwealth, particularly in wards and precincts in communities of color – areas that often are critical to the final outcome of the election.
Representing more than 52,000 healthcare workers throughout Massachusetts and over 400,000 workers across the East Coast, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. Our mission is to achieve affordable, high quality healthcare for all. 1199SEIU is part of the 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union.