Sara Lonardo,, 202/730-7332

Issued October 09, 2017

SEIU’s Henry: Clean Power Plan repeal puts corporate profits over health of working families

WASHINGTON—SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement he will repeal the Clean Power Plan:

“The Trump administration has spent the last ten months putting corporate profits ahead of working families’ healthcare, immigrant lives and paychecks. Now President Trump and his EPA Administrator, who has been wined and dined by oil company executives, are putting corporate profits ahead of our ability to breathe clean air.

“SEIU’s two million members serve and care for their communities - many of which suffer the most from pollution. Our one million healthcare providers tend to people with asthma and other problems caused by dirty air. Too many of our members, from New York to Florida have dealt with catastrophic weather disasters made more devastating by the greenhouse gases that will now be more prevalent in our atmosphere.

“We are not going to stop speaking up in one united voice until we have won a better future for our children. SEIU members and our communities will remember who supported this repeal when it’s time to go to the ballot box and we will hold them accountable."