Issued December 21, 2020
WASHINGTON—The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today released seven principles it’s calling on employers, public health officials and elected officials to follow during distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The principles were proposed by a task force of local leaders representing the breadth of SEIU membership and adopted by the Union’s International Executive Board. SEIU is the largest healthcare workers union in the nation, with about half of its two million members working in hospitals, home care, nursing homes and other care settings.
“Essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic are demanding to be respected, protected and paid,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. “Adhering to a set of commonsense principles is one way corporations and elected leaders can back up words of support and show working people they are truly valued. This is most important in communities of color, which have borne both the economic and health brunt of this virus. We need to unrig the rules so all working people can have a better life, and an equitable recovery begins with equitable vaccine distribution to essential workers.”
The principles are:
On March 18, SEIU members and other essential workers on the pandemic frontlines launched the Protect all Workers campaign to call on government at all levels as well as leading industries -- from airline and healthcare to fast-food and beyond -- to take immediate, sweeping and concrete actions to protect the health, safety and financial security of all working people. The principles released today represent the latest step in realizing the changes demanded by essential workers across the nation.
SEIU healthcare members from California to Michigan to New York have already begun to receive their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. To speak with one of them, or a member of SEIU leadership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.