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SEIU to DNC candidates: ‘Working families fed up’

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is wading into the race for control of the Democratic Party.

The next chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) must fix a system where “too many good middle-class jobs have become low-wage jobs,” SEIU President Mary Kay Henry said Monday in letters to four candidates who are running for the position.

“Last month’s election results made clear that, regardless of who they voted for, working families are fed up with the economic status quo,” Henry wrote.

The letters were sent to Labor Secretary Tom Perez (D), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley.

{mosads}The SEIU has not yet endorsed a candidate in the DNC race — but the AFL-CIO is backing Ellison, while the United Food and Commercial Workers is rallying around Perez.

The SEIU head complained about “shrinking opportunities to work hard and get ahead,” suggesting that union members are “frustrated with an economy and democracy that are not working for so many of us.”

She demanded that whoever takes charge of the DNC fight for working people, strengthen voting rights and limit corporate influence in elections.

“Our families, like all working families in America, have been under attack for decades,” Henry said. “Corporate greed, which has kept wages low despite record profits, and structural racism have blocked opportunities for working people, our families and our communities to get ahead.”

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