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May 13, 2016
Contact: Elizabeth Fernandez, elizabeth.fernandez@seiufl.org954-652-9897

Miami, FL—SEIU Florida President Monica Russo released the following statement in reaction to the planned wave of new immigration raids targeting hundreds of mothers and children:

Miami, FL – A multiracial coalition of immigrant organizations, faith leaders, labor unions, local activists and artists brought together more than 500 people of all ages to march through Downtown Miami on International Worker’s Day. Thousands across the country joined them in May Day rallies from New York City to Los Angeles.

Lauderdhill, Fla. – Over 400 legal permanent residents attended a two-day citizenship drive at Lauderhill mall this weekend to apply for citizenship.  A line of over 100 Jamaican, Haitian, Dominican and Latino immigrants had already formed and wrapped around the building Saturday morning by 9am before the doors opened. 

The citizenship eventorganized by Commissioner Dale Holness, SEIU Florida, iAmerica, Florida Immigrant Coalition and Florida New Americans–is part of a statewide effort to provide free assistance to eligible legal permanent residents to become naturalized ahead of the November 8th presidential election.

Miami, Fla.– The Miami-Dade County Commission overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the Living Wage Ordinance today on a 12-1 vote, that increases wages to offset rising health care costs. This amendment will enable thousands of Miami-Dade contracted employees to have access to affordable healthcare for the first time in 15 years. Miami-Dade County contract workers have been struggling to afford basic medical expenses for years as the healthcare benefit lagged behind increased premium costs and exorbitant deductibles.

Miami, FL—SEIU Florida President & 1199SEIU Executive VP Monica Russo issued the following statement in response to Governor Rick Scott signing HB 1411 on Friday.

"We will hold Governor Scott and the Republican-led legislature accountable for severely limiting women's access to healthcare and potentially creating a health crisis by limiting vital health services.

As a woman, a mother, and a leader of a Union of women who work in the healthcare sector, I am shocked and appalled that women's rights to safe and affordable care are now the political target of a male-dominated Republican leadership from the Governor on down. 

Miami, FL—As another disappointing legislative session ends in Tallahassee, the priorities of Florida’s working families have once again been ignored. Whether that will prove to be a mistake for many legislators is the question to be tested in elections across the state this year.

SEIU Florida is throwing its 55,000-member statewide organization behind a broad push to affect the 2016 elections in Florida, from President to local races. Banking on a growing populist discontent with the status quo, SEIU and its wide network of community allies will work to educate voters on one of the biggest issues facing working families across the nation – a minimum wage that has not kept up with the cost of living.

Tallahassee, Fla. – Two weeks after a new economic study was released revealing the $11.4 billion price tag for low wage jobs, underpaid Floridians flooded a committee hearing on poverty Wednesday to urge lawmakers to hear HB6 and SB109 that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, lifting 4 million working families out of poverty.

Miami, FL—SEIU Florida President Monica Russo issued the following statement in response to the Florida House passing HB 7099:

"It’s a crime and a shame that all of the Republicans and some Democrats in the Florida House of Representatives voted to support another billion-dollar handout to corporations paid for by Florida’s workers. They are picking the pockets of hard working Floridians, and we cannot stand idly by while the Republican-led Legislature pushes an agenda that benefits profitable corporations rather than focusing on the needs of everyday Floridians. We applaud those House Democrats who did their job today by standing up for hard working Floridians and voting no on this bill.”