DETROIT– Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 members in Detroit celebrate Joe Biden’s selection of California Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate, believing that a Biden administration would fight for racial and economic justice, and a more inclusive future for America’s working families. As a senator, Harris has been a champion for care workers, fought to hold corporations like McDonald’s accountable and advocated for a path to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans.
Last year, Harris spent the day with Delores McDaniel, a Detroit security officer who has been fighting to form a union with her coworkers who secure Bedrock buildings. She visited McDaniel in her home on the outskirts of Detroit before riding the bus downtown to One Woodward with her and seeing how service and care workers have been left out of the city’s resurgence.
“Senator Harris was the first elected official to hear my story and realize what we as security officers truly go through each and every day,” said McDaniel. “We talked about how unions built this country. We talked about what it’s like to be at the mercy of a corporation that refuses to give me and my coworkers the basic dignity of recognizing our union. She really listened to be and valued what I had to say. And I know she’ll do that with every American as vice president.”
Harris also joined Local 1 janitors in Detroit for a rally to demand fair treatment and respect on the job for hard working people. She has long valued service and care work, introducing the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and fighting to make these good, union jobs that will build the most inclusive middle class in America’s history.