Contact: Tyler Prell, 202-701-5796
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted down the “Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act”:
“Sadly, we have seen another example of why Americans are so frustrated with their lawmakers. A group of Senators refused to listen to the vast majority of Americans who believe that we need shared sacrifice to get America back to work. That means that everyone, including millionaires, must pay their fair share.
“For this bill to be defeated solely based on some Senators’ objections to asking millionaires to pay a little bit more is an insult to the millions of Americans looking for work. There is simply no excuse for blocking this legislation when our country is facing a jobs emergency.
“In addition to defending why they sided with millionaires over the unemployed, Senators who voted against this bill will also need to explain to their constituents why there will be fewer police officers on the street, fewer teachers, other educators and staff to support our children and fewer firefighters ready to protect their communities.”
With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers—not just corporations and CEOs—benefit from today’s global economy.