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Special Reports


Healthcare Equality Project Rally - SEIU members, healthcare advocates and community-based organizations gathered for the "Lighting the Night" rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, to demand that elected leaders pass healthcare reform legislation.

SEIU's Tribute to Senator Kennedy - Senator Ted Kennedy spoke to SEIU Healthcare in 2007 about the work of his family for working people and his dedication to passing real health care reform.

Scrubs Delivery Rally - The Partnership for Quality Care launched the Every Patient Matters campaign that culminated with the scrubs delivery rally in Washington DC, with Sen. Reid, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and hundreds of healthcare workers from across the country.

Employee Free Choice Act Rally on Capitol Hill - Workers' rally to deliver more than one million petitions to Congress supporting the Employee Free Choice Act.

Obama Inauguration: We Were There! - SEIU and the labor movement had a strong presence in Washington, DC, for the Inauguration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Trailer for "Labor Day" - The Documentary - A new feature documentary directed by two-time Oscar nominee, Glenn Silber, tells the inspiring story of SEIU's mobilization efforts around the 2008 Presidential election.

Our Members

Honoring Workers - Their Stories, Their Voices

"SEIU Retiree on roundtable with Speaker Pelosi" SEIU Blog Post, By Maria Tchijov on October 27, 2009

"Evelyn Coke, Home Care Aide Who Fought Pay Rule..." New York Times, By Douglas Martin, August 9, 2009

"Mrs. Johnson Goes to Washington" Bristol Herald Courier (VA), Debra McCown , July 6, 2009

Union Strength, Union Victories


"Doctors' group drops late-night ER visit fees, Union criticized extra charge at 5 Mass. Hospitals" Boston Globe, By Elizabeth Cooney, September 25, 2009. -- "Facing criticism from a health workers union, a physicians group has decided to drop its late-night surcharge for emergency room patients at five Massachusetts hospitals."

"Home Care Attendants Union" KOMU-TV(ABC Missouri), Alyssa Caverley, July 22, 2009. -- "Home care attendants voted today on whether or not they wanted to form a union under the Missouri Home Care Union."

"Mandatory overtime for nurses now banned in Pa." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, By Bill Toland, July 6, 2009. -- "There were no parades or fireworks Wednesday, but July 1 was the independence day that so many nurses and hospital caregivers had hoped and battled for."

"Caritas and SEIU Reach Accord: Deal paves way for union effort" Boston Globe, By Jeffrey Krasner, January 27, 2009. -- "Caritas Christi Health Care said it has reached a wide-ranging agreement with Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, becoming the first of the region's teaching-hospital organizations to embrace the union's organizing strategy."

"SEIU Home Health Workers in Illinois Ratify Four-Year Pacts With Two Employers" BNA Daily Labor Report, December 16, 2008. -- "Members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana employed at two health care agencies in Illinois have ratified multi-year agreements covering wages and benefits, an official with the union told BNA Dec. 15."

"Personal care attendants get new contract" Standard-Times (Massachusetts), By David Kibbe, November 26, 2008. -- "More than 25,000 personal care attendants who help elderly and disabled clients live independently in their homes are getting a raise and health benefits in their first labor contract with the state."

Property Services

"Kaiser security guards OK first SEIU contract" San Francisco Business Times, by Chris Rauber, July 25, 2009. -- "Security guards in California who watch over Kaiser Permanente hospitals voted overwhelmingly Saturday for their first-ever union contract, which slightly boosted pay but more importantly bolstered health benefits..."

"Striking LAX workers return to jobs" Los Angeles Times, By David Zahniser and Tami Abdollah, August 30, 2008. --  "Striking Los Angeles International Airport workers returned to work this morning, less than 24 hours after baggage handlers, security personnel and janitors walked off the job Thursday following months of failed negotiations with their employers."

Public Services

"Los Angeles County, Unions Reach Tentative Contracts for 90,000 Workers," BNA Daily Labor Report, By Tom Gilroy, Oct. 8, 2009. -- "Los Angeles County Oct. 6 reached tentative agreements on new two-year contracts with dozens of unions representing some 90,000 of the county's 101,000-member workforce..."

"Child care providers settle with state: Negotiations yield 3 percent rate increase for home programs" Maryland Gazette Newspapers, by Kevin James Shay, June 15, 2009. -- "After 14 months of negotiations, family child care providers who participate in the state's child care subsidy program have settled their first contract with the Maryland Department of Education and Governor's Office..."

"SEIU 925 gives up raises, wants savings spent on parents" The Olympian, Adam Wilson, March 5, 2009. -- "Unionized childcare providers say they will give up $8 million in rate increases awarded to them in arbitration last year, but they want the savings to be used to prevent cost increases for working parents."

"Governor to sign union measure: Order would allow state employees to pick rep, join talks" The Arizona Republic, Matthew Benson, Dec. 16, 2008. -- "Gov. Janet Napolitano is prepared to sign an executive order allowing about 25,500 state employees to select union representatives who would have a seat at the table with state officials during talks regarding employee pay, working conditions, disciplinary actions and other personnel issues."

"I-1029 sets apparent record with 2 million votes" The Olympian, Brad Shannon, November 14, 2008. -- "Initiative 1029 for homecare worker training received more than 2 million votes -- and counting -- in the Nov. 4 election."

Political and Progressive Leadership

The past few years at SEIU have been exciting and historical. Through unprecedented commitments to creating positive change, SEIU has stood up for working families to help bring economic relief to millions across the country, fix the nation's broken healthcare system, and guarantee workers  rights.

Here's a snapshot of what we did and what's to come.

"Campaigns' foot soldiers hit battleground states" USA Today, Martha T. Moore, October 30, 2008.

"The Catalist After Action Report" The Atlantic, by Marc Ambinder, October 5, 2009.

"Andy Stern on the New Moment" The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel, November 25, 2008.

"Take Back Labor Day" The Nation, By Peter Rothberg, August 29, 2008

The Issues


"Dennis Rivera Leads Labor Charge for Health Reform" New York Times, By Steven Greenhouse, August 26, 2009. -- "Mr. Rivera is the point man on health reform for the nation's most politically powerful union, the Service Employees International Union, which is doing more than any other union to push for health legislation. In many ways, the White House is looking to the S.E.I.U. to lead labor in doing the blocking and tackling necessary for Mr. Obama to carry the ball forward."

"The Top 25 Women in Healthcare, 2009" Modern Healthcare, By Jennifer Lubell, April 20, 2009. -- "Mary Kay Henry also has a front-row seat to the recession, since she works for an army of people living hip-deep in the heathcare crisis every day."

"Obama Urged to Overhaul Healthcare, Stat: Groups representing retirees, business and labor call for comprehensive healthcare reform in the new administration's first 100 days" Los Angeles Times, By Noam N. Levey, November 11, 2008.

Employee Free Choice Act, Workers Rights

"It's Time to Create an Economy That Works for Everyone: A National Story Book" SEIU, Spring 2009. Read more about the personal struggles and triumphs of workers across industries trying to unite in the workplace.

"Make the economy work for everyone" Politico, By Paul Begala, July 31, 2009

"Workers deserve a free choice: Unions can boost the U.S. economy" Houston Chronicle, By Eliseo Medina, December 6, 2008.

"Giving Workers the Choice on Union" Washington Hispanic, Op Ed, By Jaime Contreras, December 12, 2008

Immigration - Census Citizenship and Reform

"Groups Seek Better Count of Hispanics" Wall Street Journal, Miriam Jordan, October 1, 2009. 

"Contra el odio y fanatismo" La Opinión, Eliseo Medina, Septiembre 18, 2009

"Anti-immigration group FAIR mars smart reform push by faith groups" New York Daily News, Albor Ruiz, September 17, 2009

"Number of Immigrants Applying for U.S. Citizenship Is Down 62%, Study Finds" Washington Post, By Tara Bahrampour, September 12, 2009

"Immigration activists urge census boycott: Hope effort spurs legislation" Boston Globe, By Maria Sacchetti, September 8, 2009

"Case by case, activists fight deportations: Immigrant students benefiting from blitz" Boston Globe, By Maria Sacchetti, September 7, 2009

Economy, Corporate Responsibility

"Private Equity and the Banks: Their idea? Government risk but private-sector rewards" Wall Street Journal, By Andy Stern, August 3, 2009

"Bank of America fined $33 million" USA Today, By Pallavi Gogoi, August 4, 2009

"Progressive Victory: Bank of America's Ken Lewis Out as Chairman" Huffington Post, By ZP Heller, April 30, 2009

"Bank of America Chief in Battle to Hold His Job" New York Times, By Louise Story, April 27, 2009

"Union Protests Aimed at Curbing Corporate Evils" Congressional Quarterly, By Karoun Demirjian, March 19, 2009

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