NEWS: Members of SEIU Florida Endorse Stephanie Murphy for Congress

Service Employees Say Stephanie Murphy Will Fight for Workers, Raise Wages

ORLANDO – Members of SEIU Florida today endorsed former national security specialist Stephanie Murphy for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District. SEIU Florida represents over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers in the state of Florida. With over 2.1 million members, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America.

Service employees said Stephanie will fight for working families and lead the effort to raise wages in central Florida.

“Our members are endorsing Stephanie Murphy because she will fight for working families in Florida and will be a bipartisan bridge builder in Congress,” said Monica Russo, President of SEIU Florida. “Stephanie’s immigrant parents worked multiple hard-labor jobs here in America – including cleaning office buildings at night – so that her brother and her could be the first in their family to graduate college. She understands the struggles of everyday working families, which is why she will fight for higher wages, safer workplaces, paid family leave, and better access to childcare.”

Murphy said she was honored by the endorsement – particularly since her own parents worked several low-wage jobs and long hours just to make ends meet when she was growing up. She called for bipartisan efforts to pass legislation to help families in central Florida.

“As someone who grew up watching her parents scrub office floors and bathroom toilets at night to make ends meet, I am proud and honored to receive SEIU Florida’s endorsement,” said Murphy. “I’m running because I believe the American dream is alive and well, but it’s slipping out of reach for too many families. Hard work isn’t enough anymore, and Washington isn’t helping – in fact, they’re making it worse. We need to raise wages, invest more in education and career training, ensure equal pay for equal work, fight for safer workplaces and more secure retirements, and pass paid family and medical leave. We can only do this by reaching across the aisle and bringing Democrats and Republicans together to stop the bickering and start delivering results.”

Murphy also criticized her opponent for failing to stand up for working families in central Florida.

“While Congressman Mica has voted against raising the minimum wage nearly every time over his 24 years in Congress, he’s voted to allow himself a payraise eight times. This is just the tip of the iceberg of Mica’s anti-worker votes and a prime example of what’s wrong with Washington. If we want to change Washington, we’ve got to change the people we send to Washington,” said Murphy.

Murphy is running for Congress in Florida’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes all of Seminole County and northern Orange County, including Winter Park and much of downtown Orlando.

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Mica Voted 8 Times To Raise His Own Pay. [HR 2775, Vote #550, 10/16/13; HR 8, Vote #659, 1/01/13;  HR 3630, Vote #922, 12/13/11; HR 3082, Vote #662, 12/21/10; HR 1105, Vote #86, 2/25/09 ; H J Res 20, Vote #72, 1/31/07; HR 4328, Vote #538, 10/20/98 ; HR 4539, Vote #247, 7/15/94]

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