Union Members Honor George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Demand Accountability in Police Brutality Cases Across the Country in Walkouts, Vigils, and Other Actions

Union Members Honor George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Demand Accountability in Police Brutality Cases Across the Country in Walkouts, Vigils, and Other Actions

Mayor de Blasio & SEIU 1199 President George Gresham spoke to a rally calling on Rite Aid not to reduce healthcare benefits for workers. NEW YORK CITY – NOVEMBER 22 2016 (Shutterstock)

Members of 1199SEIU, the nation’s largest healthcare workers’ union, walked out of their workplaces yesterday for a silent vigil lasting eight minutes and 46 seconds—the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer pinned George Floyd to the ground with a knee on his neck. The members, who have selflessly cared for COVID-19 victims for the past several months, and who also have been battling centuries of police brutality and continued discrimination against Black people, including recent police victims George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery, held these vigils during their lunch break. Watch coverage at News 12 Bronx and see more photos on 1199SEIU’s Twitter

1199 SEIU Members across the country have signed a letter urging their local mayor to invest in increased funding for healthcare, housing and youth development programs and initiatives. Workers represented by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 held similar lunchtime actions. 

The Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU members in NYC and across the country have also organized and participated in many Black Lives Matter protests and actions.  This video is a powerful montage of CIR/SEIU members in action including members at King’s County, Lincoln Hospital, Metropolitan, and more. A NY Times article quotes Dr. Oluyemi Omotoso, CIR member leader in The Bronx, who led a peaceful demonstration outside of Lincoln Hospital last week.  

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