Assemblywoman Jenne endorsed by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
The Political Action Committee of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East has endorsed Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, in her race for re-election to the 116th Assembly District seat in the New York State Assembly.
"Assemblywoman Jenne's distinguished record of service demonstrates her commitment to the rights of workers, quality care and numerous other issues of importance to the nursing home, hospital and home care workers represented by 1199SEIU," said Sara Cooper, Central and Northern New York political coordinator for 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East.Assemblywoman Jenne said she was grateful for the support from the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.
"The workers represented by 1199SEIU provide such an important role in our health care system and have a lot of one-on-one contact with patients. Experienced, compassionate care is so important to families, some with elderly members or with special health needs or recovering from a procedure," Jenne said.
"It is difficult work – physically and mentally – and the members of 1199SEIU often do not get recognition for the work they do day in and day out. Their work is critically important to patients when they are most vulnerable," she said.
She said she is working with schools, colleges, health care professionals and unions in an effort to strengthen the pipeline of young people entering the health care field.
"I am hearing on a regular basis about the challenges shortages in areas like CNAs and nurses are having on our health care facilities as well as on current employees in the field working double shifts to make up for the lack of medical professionals on staff. We have to do better," Jenne said.
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East represents employees in St. Lawrence County at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, Gouverneur Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital, and on other facilities in the North Country.
The assemblywoman was also endorsed in recent weeks by the state AFL-CIO, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Public Employees Federation (PEF), CSEA and The Police Benevolent Association of New York State Law Enforcement (PBA of NYS).
"I'm always proud to be supported by organized labor. Our unions built the middle class in this country, and their role remains critically important today as our economy moves toward the rich getting richer and the hard working men and women of the middle class working harder and longer hours and falling further behind. I will continue to fight for fair wages and benefits for all workers," Jenne said.