Sara Lonardo,, (202) 730-7332

Issued September 17, 2019

SEIU’s Henry: Unconscionable for GM to rip healthcare away from striking workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement today in support of the striking GM workers and their right to the healthcare coverage they were promised:

“GM’s decision to yank healthcare coverage away from their dedicated employees, in the dead of night, with no warning, is heartless and unconscionable. GM’s actions could put people’s lives at risk, from the factory worker who needs treatment for their asthma to the child who relies on their parents’ insurance for chemotherapy. Thankfully these men and women have their union, which is making sure working people and their families can continue to get care.

“The UAW workers on the strike lines are showing immense bravery in the face of intimidation. They are an inspiration to SEIU’s two million members, and millions more working people united in the Fight for $15 and a Union. This is why we are demanding Unions for All: so that working people have the power to hold big corporations like GM accountable and to fight for our future, our families and our communities.”

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) unites 2 million diverse members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. SEIU members working in the healthcare industry, in the public sector and in property services believe in the power of joining together on the job to win higher wages and benefits and to create better communities while fighting for a more just society and an economy that works for all of us, not just corporations and the wealthy.