Union members are joining hospitals, faith leaders and community groups to call on Congress to protect our healthcare and Medicaid. The current healthcare repeal bill would kick millions of Americans off of Medicaid, and would cut hundreds of millions of dollars from state and local budgets, impacting county and state workers, as well as older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers, and low-income Virginians.
Call Congress today at 866-426-2631 and tell them to stop the repeal bill and start over. We can’t afford for healthcare and Medicaid to be taken away from those who need it most.
The EYE program connects young people with job opportunities in the community to help them gain the work experience they need to start their careers.
In Northern Virginia, the EYE program is run by SEIU Virginia 512 member Natalie Nguyen Woodruff. For her, this program is personal.
“When I was 16, I got my first job through a program like this. It gave me financial stability and opened a world of opportunity,” said Nguyen Woodruff. “Now, I want to give that same opportunity to these young people.”
Our summer interns are learning about the union, about county employees and home care providers, and they’re making a difference.
Now, you can learn more about them here:
Owen Conway plans to become a video game developer in the near future. This summer, he’s working with our Member Political Organizer team to help register voters, educate members about important issues and more. This program has helped Owen “learn how to work in an office environment.”
Aliymah Lyon hopes to own her own clothing line, write novels and be her own boss. “At the end of the day, though, I would like to help people with their problems through fashion and literature,” she says
Working at the union this summer has taught Aliymah to “always follow my dreams. Also, I’ve learned how important voting is, not only for myself, but for my son as well.”
Jeydi Osorto-Ayala wants to work with kids with disabilities when she grows up because “I love kids and I love helping people,” she says.
Working at the union this summer has taught her “how to work with people and… have lots of patience when helping others.”
Javon A. Price wants to have a career in law and “one day run for office and represent Virginia in the United State Senate.” Working at the union, Javon says, “I have learned not only what a union does for its members, but how it has a prodigious impact on society as a whole. Whether it’s the Fight for 15 or defending employees when they are in need.”
“These lessons will last a lifetime and I can’t thank you all enough,” adds Javon.
We thank our wonderful summer interns for their hard work, and we thank Natalie Nguyen Woodruff and her team for all they do for the next generation of working people.
Union members from across the Commonwealth came together on September 12 for SEIU Virginia 512’s 5th annual Call to Action. The event launched the union’s campaign to Get Out the Vote for candidates who will fight for working families.
Union members knocked doors and made phone calls in key districts in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Prince William and Loudoun. United together, we reached out to over 1,100 voters and had over 250 conversations about the importance of voting on November 3rd.
“Taking political action with my union is important to me because my voice can be heard,” said Richmond member and Home Care provider Brenda Cosby. “United in the union, we can make real change.”
Candidates spoke about why they are running for office and why they are proud to have the union’s endorsement. “No one who works full time should struggle to provide for their family,” state Senate candidate Gary McCollum told the crowd in Hampton Roads.
All 140 members of the state legislature and many local elected officials, including Supervisors in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, face re-election this November. The results of the election will have a major impact on the quality of our jobs, schools, roads and public services. Whether or not the legislature raises the minimum wage, protects voting rights and ensures affordable healthcare for all Virginians depends on who we elect November 3.
With so much on the line, union members across Virginia will continue to knock doors and make phone calls to help inform our community and get out the vote.
Want to join your co-workers and make a difference? Sign up today to volunteer at tinyurl.com/VA512volunteer
United together, we can elect champions for working families and make our Commonwealth a better place to live, work and play for all.