FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2018
Contact: Meghan.Finegan@seiu.org; c: 617-283-8597
Working Iowans need a leader who will fight for higher wages to strengthen the middle class, stop private companies from profiting from Medicaid
Iowa City, Iowa – Working Iowans from the state’s hospitals and schools who provide care and essential services to their communities recently voted to endorse Fred Hubbell for Governor.
“Iowans want to see our hard work rewarded and to be able to care for our own families. We want affordable healthcare we can count on, and we deserve leaders who will put working people first. With Fred Hubbell’s leadership, we will fight to get incomes rising for all Iowans, stop corporations from profiting from Medicaid, and ensure every working person has the right to come together in a strong union and have a real voice on the job again,” said SEIU Local 199 President Cathy Glasson, RN.
The members of Local 199 Iowa are reaching out to their friends, neighbors and larger communities in preparation for election day on November 6, ensuring that Iowans are registered to vote, know their polling place and have a ride to the polls.
“People may be fed up with what’s going on in Washington, but we need everyone to turn out and vote this election. By electing candidates who will take a stand against special interests and respect the work we do every day in our hospitals and schools, we can turn Iowa around,” said Carrie Means, a licensed social worker at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Just as SEIU members are gearing up for election day, many educational workers are voting to recertify and keep their union in the workplace — a tactic built into the anti-worker law driven by Republican legislators and passed by then Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds early in 2017. The current law denies working people the right to negotiate over workplace issues like healthcare benefits, paid sick days and working conditions. As Tim Martens, Head Custodian at Dubuque Community School District said, “We need to make sure everyone has a strong voice on the job and we know Fred Hubbell will stand with us.”
SEIU Local 199 represents healthcare and educational workers throughout Iowa who are dedicated to improving the lives of working people and their families and creating a more just and humane society.