Health Care and Property Service Unions Endorse Judge Jorge Elorza

PROVIDENCE, RI – 32 BJ and 1199 New England of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced today their endorsement of Judge Jorge Elorza for Mayor of Providence. As part of their endorsement, the local unions are committed to a voter outreach campaign in support of Elorza’s election.

“As an attorney and housing court judge, Jorge Elorza has fought tirelessly for working families,” said Roxana Rivera, 32BJ SEIU District Director. “Jorge brings new ideas to ensure that Providence has a flourishing economy to benefit all its residents. Our members are proud to support leaders who will make sure the voices of working people are heard.  We are proud to stand with him.”

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Health Care and Property Service Unions, and proud to stand with the men and women who make up their membership,” Elorza said. “As the son of Guatemalan immigrants who worked in factories, and a former SEIU member, I understand the challenges working families face. Together, we will work to create a city of opportunity for every resident in every neighborhood.”

“Judge Elorza is the candidate is this race who best understands that rebuilding the economy of Rhode Island starts in Providence and that it needs to be from the bottom up,” said Patrick J. Quinn, Executive Vice President of SEIU 1199 New England.   “He demonstrated courage when he held big banks like Bank of America accountable for blighting neighborhoods throughout Providence.  Jorge has the values and commitment to transparency necessary to attract good jobs and build Providence’s tax base.”

With 145,000 in 11 states and Washington D.C., Rhode Island, 32BJ SEIU is known for its strength in mobilizing members and voters to support endorsed candidates.

District 1199 SEIU NE represents over 4,000 health care and service workers throughout Rhode Island, along with almost 20,000 in Connecticut.

Both unions are affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in the United States with over 2 million members.

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