Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Meek Receives Early Endorsement From SEIU‏

Tallahassee, FL – U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) was endorsed by SEIU in his campaign for the United States Senate. Meek, who is running for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2010, has along-standing relationship with SEIU, having worked closely throughout his 14-year elected public service career, most notably during the statewide class size initiative of 2002 and on repeated SEIU-led health care initiatives. "I am honored to be endorsed by Florida's SEIU and the two million national members of SEIU. SEIU’s membership is broad, diverse and spans across Florida’s many industries. From janitors to school busdrivers, doctors to nurses, and public service workers, SEIU’s members are the face of working Floridians,” said Congressman Kendrick Meek. “Together we have fought battle after battle to reduce class sizes in Florida’s overcrowded schools and improve access to quality healthcare in our nursing homes and hospitals. During these frightening economic times, Floridians are hurting and I continue to join SEIU’s membership and extensive grassroots network on the frontlines to fight on behalf of our working families and neighbors.” Meek has a strong record on other issues important to working Floridians. On Jan. 27 in Congress, Meek voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which gives employees more opportunity to address unfair pay. He also voted to strengthen equality in the workplace by supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Meek supports workers’ rights to organize, increased funding for job training, and unemployment benefits for out of work Floridians and Americans.

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