Seattle, WA (July 20, 2016) — King County Council Chair Joe McDermott builds momentum going into the August 2nd primary by earning the endorsement of the over 28,000 nurses and healthcare workers who make up SEIU Healthcare 1199NW here in Washington state.
“Patients and working people in Washington are better off because of Joe’s leadership. From his work to keep the Harborview clinics open, to holding large corporations accountable to putting patients before profits, to walking the picket line with nurses and healthcare workers, Joe has the track record that shows he will fight for what’s right,” said Scott Canaday, Angio Tech and Vice President of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW.
Throughout his tenure in public service — over ten years in the state legislature and now over five years on the King County Council — Councilmember McDermott has delivered real results for the labor community and for public health. These results include working with labor and management to develop contracts that respect workers and protect patients, saving public health clinics in the face of closure, and passing legislation to allow workers to bargain collectively with the state,
“I’ve been proud to stand with the professionals of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW as they’ve organized around the region, am inspired by their work to build a health care system in Washington that works for all people and all families in our state, and honored to receive their support of my campaign,” said Joe McDermott. “I can’t wait to work together fighting to expand healthcare for all Americans and to ensure that nurses and healthcare workers and services in our region have the support needed to continue delivering quality care.”
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW joins strong labor and community supporters for Councilmember McDermott’s campaign for Congress, including the Washington Federation of State Employees – AFSCME Council 28, the Seattle/King County Building and Construction Trades Council, County Executives Dow Constantine of King County and Dave Somers of Snohomish County and dozens of other elected and community leaders.