SEIU PA Endorses Prah, Hayes for March 17 Special Elections

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SEIU PA Endorses Prah, Hayes for March 17 Special Elections

Harrisburg – Today, the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Pennsylvania State Council announced endorsements for Special Elections in two House Districts, HD 58 and HD 18. The State Council, whose affiliated locals represent over 80,000 workers across Pennsylvania, voted to endorse Robert Prah for HD-58 and Harold Hayes for HD-18.

“SEIU has a fundamental mission, and that is to fight for Unions for All Pennsylvanians, whether white, black or brown,” said Matt Yarnell, Secretary-Treasurer of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council and the President of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania. “As union members and leaders, Robert and Harold are fully committed to unrigging the rules and ensuring that all Pennsylvanians can join and form a union.”

Robert Prah grew up the son of a steelworker and is a member of the Pennsylvania State Educators Association, and is seeking to represent one of Pennsylvania’s most union dense districts. Harold Hayes is a foreman and union plumber from Local 690.

“For too long, Harrisburg has been governed by anti-union politicians who have made it their mission to dismantle union rights while cozying up to major corporations who serve as their campaign donors,” said Steve Catanese, President of SEIU Local 668. “On March 17, we have the opportunity to send TWO union leaders to Harrisburg who will work tirelessly to tip the balance of power in favor of working people.”

These Special Elections are part of SEIU’s long-term strategy to elect pro-workers politicians and return power in Harrisburg to union members and working families across Pennsylvania.

The locals of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council include SEIU Local 32BJ, SEIU Local 668, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Joint Board of Workers United. These locals represent 80,000 workers statewide – including property service workers, health care workers, public service workers, school employees, laundry and distribution workers.

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