Miami, FL. — The members of SEIU Florida have endorsed Congressman Patrick Murphy for US Senate. Congressman Murphy has long advocated for Florida’s hardworking families. He is committed to lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour for millions of struggling, underpaid workers in Florida and around the country. He is dedicated to closing the coverage gap for nearly 1 million Floridians and the millions of Americans around the country who don’t have access to quality, affordable healthcare. And he has proven to be a true advocate in the fight for racial justice, immigration reform and childcare funding.
“Congressman Murphy is well prepared to serve as our United States Senator and has earned the support of SEIU Florida members across the state by aggressively fighting for policy solutions that are important to Florida’s working families,” said Monica Russo, president of SEIU Florida. “We support candidates who are willing to be a champion and a voice for working-class families who are sick and tired of being pushed aside. Patrick Murphy is one of those candidates.”
As part of his commitment to working class families, earlier this year, Congressman Murphy accepted SEIU Florida’s minimum wage challenge by living on $85 for the week to bring attention to the impact of poverty wages. On Sunday, May 1, Congressman Murphy visited with homecare, hospital and childcare workers — who have committed their lives to taking care of others — to discuss the dramatic impacts of low wages on their ability to take care of their families, an unfortunate struggle familiar to millions of hardworking Florida families.
As congressman Murphy told one of the workers he spoke with on May 1, “Here you are, doing the right thing. Working.”
“And it’s still so hard,” homecare worker Patricia Walker replied. “We’re still struggling. Even though we live in one of the richest countries.”
Homecare worker Ann Buckner added, “I thought when I got older, I wouldn’t have to struggle, but I’m struggling.”
“The vast, vast majority of people on minimum wage want to be working, want to be making more money, want to be giving more back to the community, are doing a lot of jobs that are very important, and they deserve to be paid more,” said Congressman Murphy. “It’s unacceptable to be on the minimum wage, be working 40 hours a week, and live in poverty. That’s unacceptable in this country.”
We stand with Patrick Murphy because he stands with us.
SEIU Florida represents over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees and property service workers in the state of Florida. SEIU members provide vital public services in Florida’s hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, community colleges, municipal and county governments, malls, and universities. With over 2.1 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America.