2:22 PM Eastern - Monday, July 26, 2010

News From Around the Union

In case you missed it....recent news, contract victories and activism from SEIU Local unions in New York, Toronto, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Connecticut, Oregon, San Francisco and Colorado.

CitiField_Mets.jpgSEIU Members to Join Rally at Mets' CitiField on July 30th: Members from 1199SEIU and Local 32BJ will join friends from Latino Sports, the Latino Sports Writers Association and the New York Immigration Coalition on Friday, July 30th for a rally outside of CitiField in Queens. That evening, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be in town to play the Mets. The demonstration will demand that the 2011 All-Star Game be moved out of Arizona to protest racial-profiling law SB1070.

Working for Fair Wages After 90 Day Strike Ends: SEIU members at The Massey Centre For Women in Toronto have ended their 90 day strike and are back at work caring and helping teenage mothers and their babies. Workers voted to approve a new contract that will allow them to move forward on their pay grid after ten years of being locked at the bottom.

SEIU Local 21LA Questions New Orleans Mayor's Furlough Proposal: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has proposed that city workers take 11 unpaid furlough days by the year's end--and the furloughs do not make sense in several cases. For example, the New Orleans Public Library budget had enough money for its employees in 2010 without furloughs. So why are they being told they have to furlough employees anyway?

Walk A Day: A Close-up Look at Emergency Social Work: SEIU Local 721 member and child social worker Sevana Naaman responded to an immediate referral regarding general neglect of a 16-year-old boy in Sun Valley on July 16th, taking a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor and his deputy along to walk a day in her shoes. Watch the Supervisor talk about the experience:

Urging Preston School Board Officials to Put the Brakes on Outsourcing
Last week, CSEA/SEIU Local 2001 members delivered over 300 petitions signed by CT residents to demand a full public hearing on any contracting-out scheme before the school board votes to outsource local student bus services. The Preston Board of Education was persuaded to table further action on outsourcing bus services, effectively delaying any attempts to contract-out -- for now.

'One Nation' Coalition to Refocus Grassroots Fervor: SEIU has joined with several other progressive groups--including AFL-CIO, NAACP and NCLR--to form a new coalition, "One Nation," to better support similar agendas for America's working families and those hardest hit by the national economic crisis. More at WaPo here.

Baby_Local503.jpgOregon Legislature Restores Cuts to Care for Elderly and Disabled: Following an outcry by members of SEIU Local 503 and allies, the Oregon Legislature Thursday restored cuts to community care for more than 10,000 seniors and people with disabilities through February. This reversed an executive order by Governor Ted Kulongoski that would have effectively dismantled Oregon's treasured continuum of long-term care. Thank Oregon legislators for preserving funding for now.

San Francisco Airport Organizing and Bargaining Victory: Earlier this month, 300 new San Francisco airport workers joined with SEIU-USWW and an additional 600 members won employer-paid health insurance for for the first time ever! The agreement with Air Serv. Corp for USWW's San Francisco airport workers also includes elevated wages to the highest standard at SFO for passenger service workers, and a voice at work to fight unfair treatment.

Deals, and Discounts for CO Members: Colorado WINS members are eligible for numerous discounts on products and services ranging from vision, dental, auto, home, and life insurance to retirement planning and more. Watch Colorado WINS members talk about their members-only benefit programs here.

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