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Supporting all who stand up to hate

January 27, 2017Press Release

On Thursday, Jan. 26, Florida House Democrats walked out of a hearing on refugees in protest of a presentation led by Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which has been called a hate group and described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an organization “spreading anti-immigrant ideas.” Monica Russo, SEIU Florida president and executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers, has released the following statement in support of the walk-out:

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South Floridians to Rally Outside Broward Transitional Center on National Day of Action to Prevent Deportations and Protect Immigrants and Refugees

January 11, 2017Press ReleaseCommunity Declares They Are Here to Stay, Raising Their Voices in Support of Sanctuary Spaces and Preserving DACA

On Saturday, immigrants and supporters will host a community cultural rally outside of Broward Transitional Center as part of a national day of action to prevent deportations. Across the country, immigrant communities and supporters are rallying for the creation of sanctuary spaces in churches and schools to protect immigrants and refugees. They are also calling for preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which currently protects three-quarters of a million young immigrants and provides stability for their families.

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Members of SEIU Florida endorse Stephen Bittel

December 19, 2016Press Release

Monica Russo, SEIU Florida president and executive vice president of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers, has released a statement following the endorsement of Stephen Bittel in his run for Miami-Dade County Democratic Party committeeman:

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SEIU Florida Stands With Chuck Jones and United Steelworkers Local 1999

December 8, 2016Press Release

Miami, FL — In response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s attacks on United Steelworkers President Chuck Jones, which has led to threats directed at him and his family, SEIU Florida has released the following statements:

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Fight for $15 Protests Take Over Fort Lauderdale Airport, Sweep America

December 5, 2016Press ReleaseTens of Thousands Hit Streets Following Election Defined by Frustration with Rigged Economy

More than 200 airport workers, striking fast food, home care, and health care employees converged on Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport as part of a s part of a massive nationwide protests that saw civil disobedience and disruptions in 340 cities and 20 major airports.

“I came to this country for the freedom of expression I was denied in Cuba,” said John Marrero, lobby agent for Eulen America at Miami International Airport. “I came here for the American Dream which promises that if you work hard you can achieve a better life for you and your family. We are today to say that we are strong, we are united, and we will not stop until we have won $15 and a union for all workers!”

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Underpaid Workers to Elected Officials: ‘This Economy is Rigged. We Won’t Back Down!’

November 29, 2016Press ReleaseSouth Florida Fast-food Workers Strike, and Block Traffic on National Day of Disruption to #FightFor15

Local fast-food workers walked off the job before dawn on early Tuesday morning, kicking off a wave of strikes and civil disobedience by working Americans in the Fight for $15. More than 1,000 arrests are expected across the country as part of a nationwide Day of Disruption on the fourth anniversary of the launch of the powerful Fight for $15 movement.

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Airport, Fast Food, Home Care and Child Care Workers to Join Thousands in Streets to Show They Won’t Back Down

November 29, 2016Press ReleaseProtestors at Fort Lauderdale Will Hold Largest Ever Mannequin Challenge at FLL

Airport workers will join up to 200 other low-wage workers, including striking fast food, home care and health care employees at Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) on November 29th at 12 noon as part of a massive multi-city protest to demand $15 and a union. The underpaid workers will march through the terminals and hold the largest ever mannequin challenge at FLL, illustrating the indignities that they endure, as well as their collective power. 

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City of Miami Raises Living Wage to $15 an Hour

November 18, 2016Press ReleaseCity Council ordinance is a victory for Miami’s working families

Miami suffers from a staggeringly low median wage, with the lowest paid workers getting paid some of the worst wages in the nation. Today, the City of Miami has taken a step forward in ensuring that at least employees under contract with the city will finally make a real living wage of $15 an hour.

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A Dozen Souls to the Polls Events Will Celebrate Final Day of Early Vote

November 4, 2016Press ReleaseMultiple Events Around Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Riviera Beach, Tallahassee, Tampa and St. Petersburg Will Boost Voter Turnout for African-American Faith Community

This Sunday, a dozen events will unite thousands of congregation members across many faiths to celebrate the last day of the 2016 Early Vote election period. 

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Broward Communities of Color Host ‘Reclamation Day’ to Promote Early Voting & Justice for Black Workers

October 28, 2016Press ReleaseCounty commissioners will join underpaid workers, faith leaders, artists, and community members in a celebration of Black cultures and power

As early voting continues throughout Florida, African American, Haitian, Jamaican and other Caribbean communities of color are coming together to claim their power in the workplace and at the ballot box.

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