Tuesday is Election Day, so I’ll get straight to the point: If we want real progress on the issues that will help us build a brighter future for human service workers, educators and the communities we serve, then we need to elect Hillary Clinton—and every one of us needs to get out and vote before 8:00pm on March 1.
From the fight for living wages to our push to ensure universal access to quality education and child care, Hillary Clinton is best positioned to deliver on a progressive agenda that will make life better for working families across the country. For example:
- Hillary has consistently spoken out in support of the Fight for $15 and a union, the growing movement built from brave working people getting out in the streets and making a bold demand on big corporations. Hillary endorsed the New York wage board fight that resulted in $15 for all fast food workers in the state. She has issued statements of public support for workers and their Fight for $15 and a union on all national days of action and has applauded decisions to raise wages to $15 in communities across the country.
- Hillary understands the needs of home care providers and family child care providers who help educate our future generations and allow our seniors and those with disabilities to live with dignity at home. “One of the things I’m trying to do in this campaign is put raising wages at the center,” Clinton said at a roundtable in Los Angeles with SEIU home care providers. At a child care roundtable she joined in Chicago, she said, “When we short-change child care workers, we short-change kids and America’s future. ”
- Hillary’s plan would guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave—an effort we are spearheading at the state level here in Massachusetts. Her proposal is funded by ensuring the wealthiest pay their fair share, not raising taxes on working families. “For many workers, staying home to take care of a sick child or an aging parent means losing a paycheck—or worse, even losing a job,” she said in November. “That is an impossible choice we shouldn’t ask anyone to make—and yet American workers are forced to make it every day.”
All of this is why SEIU has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Find your polling place here — and make your plan now to vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, March 1. Take a look at your calendar and make sure you will have time to get to the polls before 8:00pm.
Let’s not leave our families’ future to chance.
Thanks for all that you do,
President, SEIU Local 509