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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. 

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.

With Early Voting starts the final countdown towards Election Day and the final push to get out the vote. SEIU Florida and community organizations, such as PICO National Network, Faith in Florida, FLIC Votes, Organize Now and New Florida Majority, will invest over half a million ($510,000) in radio and digital ads targeting Latino millennial, African American and Haitian voters.

This Sunday, Oct. 30th, labor and immigration groups will celebrate the first weekend of early voting by hosting a Trump Is Scary Halloween Parade and block party. 

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