WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 At tonight's debate, SEIU members say that John McCain needs to stop the attacks and finally address the need for affordable healthcare for all and an economy that puts working people first. Throughout the campaign, SEIU members have been out front asking McCain to address these issues and offering their own advice to help working families get by.
SEIU members have invited McCain and his running mate Governor Palin to experience firsthand what it's like to work and raise a family by walking a day in their shoes, sent a series of "Dear John" letters offering their advice to McCain as he develops his ideas for the economy, repeatedly invited McCain to sit down and discuss the issues at stake this election, released reports detailing the harmful effects of our healthcare crisis, and held events asking McCain to support affordable healthcare for all and an economic solution that helps Main Street. McCain has ignored all of these efforts.
"I feel like I'm invisible to John McCain," said Cheryl Reaves, a counselor who works with disabled people outside Philadelphia. "I was planning on retiring this year but I have to keep working because I can't afford to pay for healthcare on my own."
"All I hear from McCain are attacks," added Reaves. "And attacks aren't going to help me afford my retirement."
Reaves is one of more than 3,000 SEIU members, leaders, and staff taking time off and another 100,000 nurses, janitors, child care providers, and other workers volunteering after work and on weekends to elect Barack Obama and a pro-working family Congress on November 4th. Members have committed more than $85 million to election efforts around the country.
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 health care 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.
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SOURCE SEIU Local 99