Pres. Gresham Commends Congress’ Passage of the Heroes Act

May 17, 2020

1199SEIU President George Gresham has released the following statement commending Congress’ passage of the Heroes Act:

“We commend Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives for standing up for working people through the passage of the Heroes Act. COVID-19 has ravaged our nation, and no group has been more affected than our dedicated healthcare workers who continue to put their lives on the line to care for those who are unable to care for themselves.

“Through this legislation, more healthcare workers would have access to the crisis pay, stimulus relief, and student loan forgiveness that would allow them to focus on protecting their patients, their families, and themselves without the fear of financial hardship. We are calling on the Senate to do the same, and to ensure that this relief is extended to all healthcare workers – whether they work in hospitals, nursing homes, or private homes.

“Our recovery is dependent on these dedicated caregivers and their work to flatten the curve of this pandemic. Let’s ensure they have what they need to continue to provide this critical care.”


1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. We represent over 450,000 nurses and caregivers throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. Our mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all. For more information: Please check out