Caregivers deserve a governor who will be a champion for seniors and all people with disabilities, Congressman Jay Inslee told about 500 SEIU Healthcare 775NW caregivers Saturday morning.
“I feel hopeful when I see what happens when people join together as you’re doing here today,” Inslee said.
Inslee, a Democrat, has been endorsed by caregivers in his race for Washington’s highest elected position.
The candidate addressed the union’s 10th Anniversary Convention and Leadership Conference in SeaTac, WA.
“As we slowly emerge from this recession, there are still too many people looking for work and too many being left behind,” Inslee said.
Earlier this year, Inslee spent a day working alongside caregiver Sherry Hunter in Renton.
“I was so honored and blessed,” Hunter said as she introduced Inslee. “It was good to see a politician who is down to earth.”
Inslee returned the compliment praising SEIU caregivers for the compassion they show to their clients.
“The care (Sherry) provides helping take care of those who aren’t able to care for themselves requires incredible stamina and dedication,” Inslee said. “It’s hard work physically, mentally and emotionally.”
Unlike his Republican opponent, the congressman pledged to support collective bargaining and be a partner with the union in solving the state’s problems.
“I feel hopeful when I think about the potential we have in the coming years to restore Washington as one of our nation’s most innovative and forward-thinking states, reinvesting in the infrastructure that helps good people and good ideas flourish,” Inslee said.
He honored caregivers for being dedicated to people and not just paychecks.
“I will always be there for you and the working people of the state of Washington,” he said.