Tim Kennedy for Congress Gets Support From 1199SEIU & WNY Area Labor Federation in Final Effort Before Special Election Next Tuesday, 4/30

April 29, 2024

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Press Release: Saturday, April 27, 2024
Contact: April Ezzell, (716) 449-1620, 1199SEIU Communications

Video footage here: Kennedy Press Event 04272024

Healthcare Workers and union members from across Western New York get out the vote in support of former Occupational Therapist, Tim Kennedy in last days before Special Election for NY Congressional District 26

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New York - 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East joined WNY Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO for a get out the vote canvass to support their member endorsed candidate Tim Kennedy for United States Congress (NY-26).

Kennedy, a former
Occupational Therapist won
the endorsement of labor for his unrelenting advocacy as a New York State Senator.

This morning, Kennedy addressed dozens of healthcare workers and labor activists preparing to hit the ground in the rain to get out the vote ahead of the Special Election being held Tuesday, April 30.

“Tim Kennedy is a longtime healthcare advocate, champion, and friend to 1199SEIU,” said Grace Bogdanove, 1199SEIU Vice-President. “His record in support of organized labor and for the issues that impact healthcare workers speaks volumes. We can’t think of a better candidate to fight for working people inWashington. When elected to Congress, we know that Tim will continue to fight for justice for our communities. We are energized and ready to help get out the vote today. Early voting ends Monday and the special election day is Tuesday,” said Bogdanove.

“We need to send a fighter to Washington – someone who understands the issues but who can also build bridges and get things done,” said Peter DeJesus, Jr, President of WNY Area Labor Federation. “We have serious issues in this country that are under attack right now – voting rights, Women’s rights and you need someone like Kennedy who will fight tirelessly for working class people,” said De Jesus, Jr.

“As a former healthcare worker, I think Tim Kennedy is the best choice for Congress and that's why I'm volunteering today,” said Kim Utech, Nurse Practitioner. “I believe he will continue to fight for healthcare equity for hospitals and nursing homes, women’s rights, and to preserve The Affordable Care Act. Tim Kennedy will never stop fighting for us, that’s why it's important to get out the vote today," said Utech.


1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. We represent over 400,000 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.