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Kamala Harris to speak at SEIU convention set to elect the union's first Black president

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris is set to deliver the keynote address at the Service Employees International Union convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, one day after the group is expected to elect its first Black president.


April Verrett, who is secretary-treasurer of the 103-year-old union, is running unopposed but has received the support of leaders who represent 89% of SEIU’s membership, according to a letter they wrote earlier this year.


The massive union, which represents nearly 2 million workers in health care, property service and the government, has pledged to spend $200 million to help President Joe Biden and Democrats in key battlegrounds this year, an effort that will begin in earnest next week.


The significant expenditure by organized labor comes as Biden is facing an erosion of support from Black voters, compared to 2020. While 87% of Black voters backed him four years ago, according to exit polls, the latest national NBC News poll indicates that level of support has dipped to 71%.