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Miami, FL— Today, the members of SEIU Florida expressed their strong support for José Suárez and have endorsed him for City of Miami Commission, District 3 in the upcoming November election.

“José is a tireless advocate and deeply understands the issues facing working families across the state, City of Miami, in District 3 as well as in his Little Havana neighborhood” said Monica Russo, President of SEIU Florida and Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. “Our members and leadership are very pleased to support a candidate who can truly speak for the needs of local residents and businesses, and we’re especially proud to endorse one of our own.”

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:

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.

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:

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:

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!”

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.

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. 

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.

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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