WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–September 15, 2011. Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the “Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act”:
“The bill passed by the House today would make it easier for companies to ship jobs overseas and would kill jobs in America. This is exactly the wrong approach if we want to get America back to work. Our elected leaders should be focused on creating jobs, not finding ways for corporations to outsource them.
“If Republicans think companies aren’t sending American jobs overseas, they should talk to Scott Page from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Scott worked as a Tool Room Technician until his job was outsourced to China two years ago. He has been looking for a permanent, full-time job ever since. While in the process of being laid off, Scott even had to train the worker in China who was replacing him. He now depends on social programs just to keep his head above water. More than anything, Scott wants to work – he just wants a job.
“Scott’s story reminds us that even without this bill, corporations have the ability to relocate their facilities wherever they choose. All this bill would do is make is easier for them to eliminate American jobs like Scott’s.”
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.