Dear 121RN Member:
At the Unions for All Summit last month, SEIU members had the opportunity to ask eight candidates for president about their plans to make it easier for all workers to form unions. As you may remember, Senator Bernie Sanders was confirmed to attend, but had to cancel following his October 1st heart attack.
We were disappointed that we didn’t get the chance to hear Bernie Sanders present his plan or answer our questions, so I’m excited to report that he’s going to participate in a virtual town hall with SEIU members on Thursday, November 14, at 5 p.m. Registration link is here.
Senator Sanders will have a few minutes to tell us how he plans to make Unions for All a reality, then he’ll take several questions from members. The senator will be on video, so you can listen by phone and/or watch live on SEIU2020.org.
Below is a link to register for the town hall. If you register, you’ll get a reminder text and an automated call that will connect you to the town hall when it starts.
Virtual Town Hall with Senator Sanders
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 5 p.m.
Remember: the 2020 election is our opportunity to make sure all workers have the right to join together in Unions by electing a candidate that puts people before corporations.
Gayle Batiste, RN, CNOR
President, SEIU Local 121RN
ICYMI, here’s part of my my report-back email to you after I returned from last month’s Unions for All summit:
One article really summed it all up for me—the headline says it all: SEIU Members Outshine Journalists in Questioning Candidates At a labor forum in Los Angeles. Real issues faced by workers took center stage over political noise. It goes on to say ‘the diversity of professions that make up SEIU led favorably to a real discussion about the litany of challenges in American life, from employer power to healthcare to transportation and housing.’ Read the article »»» here.
Watch the live streams of each candidate’s on-stage appearance as they took real live questions from us! »»» Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Senator Cory Booker, Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Senator Bernie Sanders could not attend due to an emergency health issue. Stay tuned for another opportunity to engage the Senator.
Our International Union’s President, Mary Kay Henry, spoke with MSNBC about our summit and the Unions for All demand.
There will be many more opportunities to add your voice. In fact, click »»» here if you have a question you’d like candidates to answer in the next Presidential Debate.
More than 99,000 people watched the Summit on the livestream and more than 1.5 million social media users saw posts with the #UnionsForAll hashtag during the event. We’ve had great press coverage and we will keep pushing our Unions for All message out and engaging candidates in the weeks and months ahead.