SEIU President Mary Kay Henry to Address Convention This Evening

Sep 04, 2012, 08:14 ET from Service Employees International Union

SEIU Agenda Below

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tonight, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry will address delegates to the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Center. President Henry is joining more than 100 SEIU members and leaders to represent the interests and concerns of working men and women.

Each day, SEIU delegates are also distributing buttons specific a pillar of SEIU's 99% agenda and the role SEIU members play in the broader progressive movement across the country. Today, the buttons are focused on an economy where everyone pays their fair share and one that reads "I Helped You Build That" because without a strong community and a fair economy nobody can build a successful business that lasts.

One of the SEIU members who will be in Charlotte will be Ros Hampton from Buffalo, New York, a member of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. You can read more about why Ros is in Charlotte after the events schedule.


(All Times Local / All Locations Charlotte)

Tuesday, September 4

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry Addresses Democratic National Convention

  • When: Between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • Where: Time Warner Cable Arena

Wednesday, September 5

Moving America Forward: Health Care Visionaries and Voices from the Front Lines (Joint Forum with SEIU and Families USA)

Confirmed speakers include U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA); Nancy-Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President; Mary Kay Henry, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU); U.S. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer; Victoria Kennedy; U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA); Vivek Murthy, M.D., President, Doctors for America; Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA); U.S. House Leader Nancy Pelosi; Ron Pollack, Executive Director, Families USA; Governor Peter Shumlin (D- VT)

  • When: 9:30 am11:30 am
  • Where: NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum
    400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Thursday, September 6

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry Participates in "Envisioning Prosperity" panel at PPL/The Big Tent

Ari Melber from The Nation moderates a panel on what an America for the 99% would look like. Can we achieve an economy that prioritizes the interests and financial security of working families first?

  • When: 9:00 am10:00 am
  • Where: PPL/The Big Tent, Packard Place
    222 S. Church St

For more information on SEIU's schedule and media opportunities please contact

One of the SEIU members in Charlotte as a delegate is Ros Hampton, a member of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.

Ros is a nurse in Buffalo, NY, and has been in the profession for more than 25 years. She recently went back to college to get a degree in healthcare administration, so can relate personally to President Obama's work to make a college education more affordable for working families.

Ros has seen first-hand how the Affordable Care Act has provided access to affordable healthcare to many other families and knows that a Mitt Romney presidency would roll back these efforts and take our country back.

Ros, a mother of four and a grandmother to seven, recently served as an 1199SEIU delegate to the SEIU Convention in Denver but her selection as a delegate to her first Democratic National Convention came as a complete surprise. She attributes it to her involvement in many community organizations and SEIU's role as a leader in the community for issues important to working families.

"There is power in numbers and that is the message I want to spread in Charlotte," said Ros. "I hope that the convention provides some extra energy to motivate the 99% to take on the money of the 1% so we can re-elect President Obama and finish fixing the economy for the working and middle class."

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.

Note to editors and reporters: Interviews can be arranged with SEIU leaders and members at the DNC Convention as delegates or with members on the ground in Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Contact:, (202) 812-2528

SOURCE Service Employees International Union