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MEDIA ADVISORY for June 8

Contact:  Elizabeth Fernandez, elizabeth.fernandez@seiufl.org, 954-652-9897

WHO:      Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, legal experts and community leaders
WHAT:     Ban the Box Community Forum
WHEN:    Wednesday, June 8, at 7 pm
WHERE: Lauderhill Mall – SE Entrance
                 1267 N State Road 7
                 Lauderhill, FL 33313

Fort Lauderdale, FL — The Broward County Commission will be having its initial vote on Ban the Box legislation on May 24. Affected community members will be there to urge the Commission to eliminate criminal history questions from county job applications, share their personal stories, and discuss the impact the legislation could have on them with reporters.

Research shows people of color are disproportionately affected by “the box,” making up 14% of the US, but 40% of the incarcerated population, and it takes African Americans with past convictions three times as long to get a callback or a job offer. In other cities and counties, Ban the Box legislation has had a huge impact on hiring. In Durham, North Carolina, for example, there was a jump in the proportion of people with records hired for municipal jobs, rising from 2.25% to 15%.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

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