Sara Lonardo,, 202-730-7332

Issued February 05, 2020

SEIU’s Henry: Impeachment trial is why working people think our democracy doesn’t work for all of us

WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate acquitted President Trump on two articles of impeachment: 

“SEIU members believe that no one is above the law, including the president, and that our democracy should work for all us—Black, white, brown and Asian-Pacific Islander—not just the powerful few.

“The impeachment trial of President Trump, particularly the failure to consider any new witnesses or documents, is a perfect example of why working people think our democracy doesn’t work for all of us. Instead of listening to the 75 percent of Americans - across party lines - who wanted to hear critical evidence, the majority of senators refused to listen to anyone who didn’t already conform to their viewpoint. We learned during the impeachment and trial that the president abused his power to benefit his own political purposes. Mitch McConnell and Republican senators’ refusal to do everything possible to find out every detail is an insult to the people they represent.

“This is not how a government that works for working people should operate. SEIU members and worker leaders in the Fight for $15 and a Union movement are already in motion to elect leaders this November who will deliver for the majority of people in this country. They are talking to their families, friends and co-workers to educate them, register them to vote and make sure we are ready to overcome any obstacles put in our way. Record numbers of Black, Latinx, white and Asian-Pacific Islander communities will make their voices heard for a democracy that works for all of us at the ballot box on November 3.”



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.