Boston, MA— Over 100 members of Boston’s healthcare community and national union CIR SEIU endorsed Michelle Wu for Mayor today. This broad base of healthcare workers includes nurses, doctors, social workers, administrators, translators, public health educators, and researchers.
Citing her proven track record of advocacy for racial, economic and social justice, these diverse healthcare workers say Wu is the best candidate to champion issues of importance to members of the healthcare community and to advance health justice for patients.
“We are excited to endorse Michelle Wu for mayor of Boston. As resident physicians, we see every day how our patients and communities are impacted by racial, environmental and health injustices. As a union we are deeply committed to fighting for health equity and we are proud to endorse a candidate who not only shares our vision and values but has a proven track record of fighting for the most marginalized in our communities. Michelle is a true champion for all workers and we know she will support us and all resident physicians organize for fair pay, safe workplaces, and the tools we need to deliver the best care possible for our patients. We look forward to working with Michelle Wu to put first those who have been excluded and to bring a public health lens to city hall,” said Dr Andrew Hyatt, Massachusetts Regional Vice President
In a public letter, members of Boston’s healthcare community state, “It is crucial that the next mayor of Boston is prepared to take bold, urgent steps to advance public health, community resiliency, and racial justice and look to the expertise and wisdom of people in our industry to craft policy and take collective action.”
“We are proud to support Michelle Wu for Mayor of Boston. As members of the Boston healthcare community, we have seen firsthand the urgency with which we must work to address health disparities in our city. Michelle is committed to fighting for the issues that deeply impact the lives of our patients and all Bostonians – racial justice, economic justice, climate justice, and transportation justice among them,” said Raymond Liu, MD and Jarone Lee, MD MPH of this coalition.
“I am honored to be endorsed by CIR SEIU and members of our Boston healthcare community who work hard each day to care for all of our communities and advance health equity. I look forward to partnering with them to fight for the empowerment of all healthcare workers and a Boston where all our residents can thrive,” said Michelle Wu.
CIR is the largest housestaff union in the United States representing over 20,000 housestaff. They unite and empower resident physicians to have a stronger voice within their hospitals. With a growing, nationwide union of residents and fellows, CIR garners more negotiating power and support for patients and communities. CIR uses their collective voice to advocate for cost-effective, high quality health care for all.
CIR SEIU and Healthcare for Wu’s endorsements add to an enthusiastic multigenerational, multicultural coalition of grassroots supporters, including leaders Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Mayor Kim Janey, Governor Deval Patrick, Angela Menino, Sheriff Steve Tompkins, Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix Arroyo Sr., Boston City Councilors Ricardo Arroyo, Liz Breadon and Lydia Edwards; State Senators Assistant Majority Leader Sal DiDomenico, Sonia Chang Diaz and Julian Cyr; State Representatives Assistant Majority Leader Mike Moran, Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz, Jay Livingstone, Adrian Madaro, Vanna Howard, Natalie Higgins, Liz Miranda, Tram Nguyen, Maria Robinson, Andy Vargas, and Tommy Vitolo; former State Representative and Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing; former State Transportation Secretaries Fred Salvucci and Jim Aloisi; former MBTA FMCB Chairman Joseph Aiello; former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson; former State Representative Charlotte Golar Richie; labor unions 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, Teamsters Local 25, New England Joint Board of UNITE HERE!, UAW Region 9A, Laborers Local 22, Alliance of Unions at the MBTA, MBTA Inspectors Union Local 600, OPEIU Local 453; climate organizations Sunrise Boston, Sierra Club, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, 350 Mass Action; Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale; Boston’s Ward 1, Ward 4 and Ward 5 Democratic Committees; The Boston Guardian; and fellow municipal elected officials from across Greater Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For all of Michelle for Boston’s endorsements, visit michelleforboston.com/endorsements.
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