Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Grace Meng (D – NY) picked up another major supporter in her re-election bid for Democratic National Committee Vice Chair with the endorsement today by 1199SEIU Unite Healthcare Workers East.
“Congresswoman Meng has consistently proven to be a strong advocate for our members and the values we share,” said George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU. “At a time when access to quality, affordable healthcare is under threat, Congresswomen Meng’s continued leadership within the Democratic Party is needed now more than ever. We are pleased to endorse her candidacy for DNC Vice Chair and we look forward to our continued partnership on behalf of working families.”
“The members of 1199SEIU form the frontline of our nation’s healthcare system, working day-in and day-out to provide families with quality care,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng. “I am honored to have their support for my candidacy and I look forward to joining them in the fight to protect access to quality healthcare and ensure good jobs and a fair economy for our families.”
With today’s announcement, Meng gains support of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing healthcare union. 1199SEIU has more than 400,000 members throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Florida, forming the frontline of caregivers in the healthcare industry. The union’s members are highly politically active and are recognized as having one of the most powerful and effective political programs in the country.
1199 SEIU joins a growing coalition of support for Meng’s reelection bid that includes Congressmembers John Lewis, Judy Chu, Gregory Meeks, Maxine Waters, and Barbara Lee; Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers; Stuart Appelbaum, President of Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union; Peter Ward, President of the Hotel Trades Council; the Chairs of the Democratic Parties in Alabama, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming; Bel Leong-Hong, the DNC Caucus Chair for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders; Andrew Lachman, the Chair of the DNC Small Business Council; Earl D Fowlkes Jr., Chair of the DNC LGBT Caucus; the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA); and, most recently, Betty Richie, the DNC Rural Council Chair.