FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2018
Contact: Sam Shaw, 725-221-1205, firstname.lastname@example.org
SEIU Members in Nevada Vow to Stick Together: “No Court case will stand in our way”
LAS VEGAS – Members of SEIU Nevada Local 1107 joined their brothers and sisters across the country today to declare their resolve to stick together in their union. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a long-expected decision in the Janus vs. AFSCME case that was backed by anti-worker extremists seeking to divide them, SEIU members remain dedicated to uniting more working people in unions and holding politicians accountable for creating good, union jobs.
“We know what it’s like to be under attack in a right-to-work state. But nothing is going to stop my co-workers and I from fighting for good, union jobs and quality public services,” said Brenda Marzan, Clark County Sr. Business Systems Analyst. “We’re proud to stand strong with our brothers and sisters across the nation.”
“We know that when working people are united, they have the power in numbers to raise wages, secure basic needs like healthcare coverage, improve their jobs and make life better for their families and build stronger communities,” said Ramona Horton, Regional Transportation Commission Customer Care Agent.
“It’s disappointing that the Supreme Court ruled against working families. In Las Vegas, good, union jobs keep our economy running. Despite this decision, SEIU members will keep fighting for what’s important – having a powerful union voice to win better wages, benefits and working conditions,” said Maureen Allred, Groundskeeper, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
“At UMC, having a union has made a significant difference in our working conditions, wages, and benefits. We’ll keep fighting to ensure that our hospital provides good jobs and quality care for our community,” said Pat Greaux, UMC Emergency Room Clerk
“It’s clear that working families are under attack. We need to hold our elected leaders accountable to creating good, union jobs. This year and beyond, union workers will be standing stronger together to fight for a better way of life,” said Byron Peterson, Sr. Service Program Coordinator, Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority.
“An attack on unions is an attack on working people, the services we provide to our communities, and the issues we fight for every day. We stand with all union and non-union workers who want a union voice. No court case will stop our movement,” said Regena Ellis, R.N., Southern Nevada Health District.
“An attack on working people and their unions is an attack on our broader movement for justice. The movements for healthcare for all, raising the minimum wage, racial justice and other issues of equality are strengthened when more working people are able to join together in unions. The time to affect real change in Nevada is now. SEIU Nevada Local 1107 members are mobilizing in 2018 to ensure that elected leaders are held accountable to creating good, union jobs and putting working Nevadans first,” said SEIU Nevada Local 1107 Deputy Trustees Grace Vergara-Mactal and Brian Shepherd.
SEIU Nevada Local 1107 represents 19,000 workers in the healthcare and public sector across the entire state – from Reno to Elko in Northern Nevada, and across Clark County in Southern Nevada. We are the largest healthcare union in Nevada, including nurses, administrative staff, ancillary hospital staff, techs, and home care workers. In the public sector, our union represents workers that provide vital services that our communities rely on. Together, SEIU Nevada Local 1107 members fight for better wages, benefits, social justice, and a better quality of life for all working Nevadans.