Excerpts of SEIU President Mary Kay Henry's Convention Remarks

Sep 04, 2012, 15:36 ET from Service Employees International Union

Ms. Henry will focus on what's at stake for working people this election and the stark difference between President Obama's inclusive vision for America and Mitt Romney's plan to continue failed policies of the past.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On behalf of SEIU's 2.1 million members and other working men and women across the country, Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry will address Democratic National Convention delegates tonight during the 6 p.m. hour.

To arrange an interview with Ms. Henry during the DNC convention, contact Jenice R. Robinson (202.277.8750, jenice.robinson@seiu.org) or Mark McCullough (202.812.2528, mark.mccullough@seiu.org).

Below are excerpts of President Mary Kay Henry's remarks -


I grew up in southeast Michigan—just a few miles from Mitt Romney. Just a few miles away, and a world apart. 

But here's the thing: Even though Mitt Romney and I both call Detroit home, it seems like he learned a very different set of values.


Time after time, working families have paid the price for Mitt Romney's success. Those are his values.

And make no mistake: Those are the values he'd bring to the White House.


Middle-class Americans cannot afford four years of "Romney Economics."  We need a president who fights for us.  And that's what we have in President Barack Obama.

We have a president who fights for women like Maria Patterson.

Maria is custodian from California, and – thanks to health care reform – Maria's daughter is covered under her health insurance and Maria's mother will never have to worry that she'll lose her Medicare benefits. 

We have a president who has fought for hardworking immigrants like Brenda, who came to this country when she was 3-years-old. Thanks to executive action taken by President Obama, Brenda can pursue college or a career – without the fear of deportation.

We have a president who has fought for the right to bargain collectively… for the chance to earn a decent wage… for the principle that all work has value – and that every worker deserves respect.


With 2.1 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers--not just corporations and CEOs--benefit from today's global economy. www.seiu.org

Mark.McCullough@seiu.org, (202) 812-2528

SOURCE Service Employees International Union