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SEIU Janitors Join With Corporate Leaders in Opening Houston Health Clinic, Providing Model for Labor-Business Cooperation in Other Cities

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 General News J E 4
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Labor and business are coming together for an innovative solution to the healthcare crisis: a new clinic in Houston that will offer low-cost, quality care and could provide a model for other cities also struggling with a growing number of uninsured.



The new Houston Service Workers' Clinic is a groundbreaking partnership between SEIU janitors and responsible corporate leaders - including Cigna Health and Baylor University - to make health care more accessible and more affordable.



Nearly 46 million Americans don't have health coverage, including one in three Houstonians. As health costs rise year after year, many more Americans risk losing their coverage.



The clinic will be unveiled Wednesday, Dec. 17. Non-Houston-based media interested in setting up interviews with workers and officials can contact Lynda Tran at 202-907-1172 or lynda.tran@seiu.org.



WHAT: Houston Janitors Unveil Health Care Clinic



WHO: U.S. Representative Al Green, U.S. Representative Gene Green, City Councilman Peter Brown, Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, State Representative Ana Hernandez, City Councilman James Rodriguez, Deacon Sam Dunning of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Deacon Joe Rubio of Catholic Charities, healthcare providers, and janitors and their families



WHEN: 12 noon, Wednesday, December 17



WHERE: 3333 Fannin St., near Elgin St., Houston, Texas



VISUAL: Janitors and supporters in purple t-shirts with banners, noisemakers and signs; workers will unveil clinic sign and begin painting walls.



With 2 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America. Focused on uniting workers in three sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide, SEIU is the largest healthcare union, including hospitals, nursing homes, and home care; the largest property services union, including building cleaning and security; and the second largest public employee union.



/PRNewswire-USNewswire - Dec. 16/



SOURCE Service Employees International Union
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