Dear MSEA-SEIU Member,
The pandemic is worsening: Over 4 million cases of COVID-19 and 145,000 deaths in America alone. Over 20 million Americans are losing extended unemployment benefits this week. The State of Maine faces a $625 million budget shortfall. Many cities and towns are struggling to fund services.
Workers can’t wait any longer: Call Senator Collins at 844-311-7810; tell her to Pass the HEROES Act.
It’s been over two months since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act extending unemployment benefits through Jan. 31, 2021, and funding state and local services to prevent further job losses. The U.S. Senate should’ve passed the Heroes Act weeks ago. Sadly, the Senate instead went on vacation! Their foot-dragging must stop:
Call Senator Collins. 844-311-7810. Tell her: Pass the HEROES Act!
Here’s what the Kennebec Journal, Central Maine Morning Sentinel and Portland Press Herald editorial boards said the Senate must do: “It will take something more along the lines of the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion bill passed by House Democrats in May. Among other measures, it would extend enhanced unemployment, and provide assistance and protection to renters and housing providers. It would support small businesses and give local and state governments the money they need to save public jobs and keep schools safe as they attempt to reopen this fall.”
Tell Senator Collins: Pass the HEROES Act immediately. 844-311-7810. Workers can’t wait any longer.
Dean Staffieri, President, MSEA-SEU Local 1989