1199 SEIU Endorses Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Via Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – George Gresham, President of local 1199 SEIU released the following statement endorsing Keith Ellison for DNC Chair. 1199 SEIU is the largest healthcare union in the country with more than 400,000 members.

"Keith Ellison has always been there for working people. He's joined our strikes, he's voted to protect our interests, and he's been a fearless advocate for us.”

“As a result, 1199 SEIU -- the largest healthcare union in the country -- could not be more proud to endorse him as he seeks to become the next DNC Chair. Our more than 400,000 members know that the Democratic Party needs a leader who won't back down from a fight and who is willing to take on anyone who threatens unions.”

“We need a leader who will promote bold, concrete proposals to raise up the living standards of working people and vastly expand the strength and size of workers' unions. Keith Ellison is that person. And he'll make sure that all working-class voters are engaged through his 3,143 county strategy."

Keith Ellison is endorsed by the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters, United Steelworkers, American Federation of Government Employees, Communications Workers of America, UNITE HERE, National Nurses United, and SEIU Local 32BJ.
Keith is also endorsed by union presidents and leaders such as Lee Saunders of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, Leo Gerard of United Steelworkers, Chris Shelton of Communications Workers of America, RoseAnn DeMoro of National Nurses United, Lawrence Hanley of Amalgamated Transit Union, Mark Dimondstein of American Postal Workers Union, Rev. and Terry L. Melvin of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and Secretary-Treasurer of the New York State AFL-CIO.

He is also endorsed by worker advocates Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers Union, Linda Chavez Thompson, Executive Vice President, Emerita of the AFL-CIO and past Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Maria Elena Durazo of UNITE HERE and Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder of ROC United and ROC Action.