Join child care workers in the streets to Fight for $15 on April 15th!On April 15, child care teachers, parents, and thousands of struggling workers will be standing up and joining the Fight for $15 for higher pay and affordable child care. I'm a child care teacher and I'll be there. Will you?

I teach 14 children in an after-school program in Tampa. I teach them their times tables, play with them, and nurture them in every way so they can become productive members of our society. I became a child care provider because I love seeing the results of my efforts right in front of me in those kids' eyes, in their laughter, and in their smile. But for my hard work, I am paid less than $700 a month.

When I have $5 left, I have to decide whether to eat or get to work. I shouldn't have to make that decision. Nowadays people have just enough to get to work and nothing else.

There's no way in this country that you should have a job and not eat. There's no way you should have a job and no place to sleep.

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12:07 PM Eastern - Friday, April 3, 2015

Why McDonald's big announcement about its wages is a "weak move" #default

Three quick things...
  1. First, a reminder. Don’t forget that thousands of SEIU members and other Americans are standing up together on April 15 for higher wages that boost the economy and help communities thrive. Join us.
     
  2. Major news: an important step forward for people who work at McDonald’s. But it’s just a start. McDonald’s made a big media splash yesterday when it announced that it was raising average pay to less than $10 an hour.

    But there’s a big catch. The move actually helps very few McDonald’s workers. About 90 percent of the cooks and cashiers who serve McDonald’s food are left out and won’t get any raise at all.

    That’s why Kwanza Brooks, a woman who works at a McDonald’s in Charlotte and is a member of the Fight for $15, said the company’s announcement is “a weak move for a company that made $5.6 billion in profits last year” and a “PR stunt.”

    Yes, I'm in for $15 on 4/14!

     
  3. This is proof that we are being heard. By standing up together in the Fight for $15, ordinary people are putting some real heat on powerful corporations that want to keep wages as low as they can. It’s not an accident that McDonald’s made its announcement just one day after McDonald’s workers said they are going to go on strike on April 15.

    (More good news: the movement is growing. Earlier this week, child care workers -- who are also paid so little that many they have to live paycheck to paycheck -- broke the news that they are joining the Fight for $15 movement. And airplane cleaners, baggage handlers, and other airport workers in Philadelphia are going on strike today to call for an end to wages so low that they can’t pay their families’ bills.)
Join us all on April 15 to tell powerful corporations like McDonald’s that PR stunts aren’t enough. Let’s make sure they know that its time to raise wages so we can create prosperity and opportunity for us all.
 
See you on the 15th!

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8:50 PM Eastern - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

An Inspiring Evening with Boston-area Students and Workers Coming Together to Fight for $15 #default

Change happens when students and workers unite and take action. That was the spirit that carried the evening last night at Northeastern University.

I was privileged to join over 200 students from 12 schools together with fast food workers, adjunct faculty, airport workers, home care providers, and many others who are helping to explode the movement to Fight for $15.

I want to share some of the words from leaders who inspired me last night.

We heard from courageous workers like Dunkin Donuts worker, Erica Concepcion, who set the room on fire when she said, "I'm fighting for $15 now but after we win, I'll be fighting for $20."

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8:51 AM Eastern - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Infographic: How unions succeeded in making your workplace safer in the 100+ years since the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire #default

When a fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in lower Manhattan on March 25, 1911, overcrowded worktables, inadequate and locked fire exits and narrow escape passageways created a fatal inferno for the 146 people–mostly women and girls–who died.

In the aftermath of the deadly fire that could have been prevented, outraged New Yorkers, lead by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (now Workers United) fought for crucial health and safety workplace regulations that continue to protect us on the job to this day.

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Working women and men; registered nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers who provide their care; and advocates of all stripes are celebrating the fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Its impact is impossible to overstate: 16.4 million people with health insurance who didn't have it before, for starters. And while the law is facing its latest challenge from right-wing extremists bent on politicizing the Supreme Court of the United States, we know most Americans oppose this misguided effort.

Just days before the nine justices heard arguments in King v. Burwell, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Hart Research Associates released a poll that showed Americans not only want to keep their insurance but also want the tax credits that are questioned in this case available in all 50 states.

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2:53 PM Eastern - Monday, March 23, 2015

SEIU Janitor Inspired to Help Others, Starts Company to Benefit Immigrant Families #default

Juan MaldonadoLike many hardworking immigrants, Juan Maldonado's family came to the Bronx borough of New York City from Colombia in search of a better opportunity. His mother was a single parent of two, and accepted welfare assistance to be able to provide food and shelter for her children.

This early exposure to poverty, and all the harsh realities surrounding it, left a profound impact on Maldonado.

He recalls being a child in a supermarket with his mother, and noticing one of his friends. Maldonado begged his mom not to pay with food stamps because he feared being made fun of the following day at school.

When they finally got to the cash register, his mom gave him a hard look, almost giving rise to a tear and smiled. She paid with cash. Maldonado remembers the pain he felt inside knowing the sacrifice his mother had made. He would never forget it.

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1:22 PM Eastern - Monday, March 23, 2015

Our fight for affordable healthcare #default

It's hard to believe it has been five years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. For some of us, we were fighting for healthcare reform long before that.

Watch our video to take a look back at all we've accomplished and why we're fighting to preserve the law.

I remember in 2008 wearing my purple "I'm a Health Care Voter" T-shirt with pride when we demanded every presidential candidate have a plan to ensure access to quality affordable care for every man, woman and child.

Since the ACA became the law, I have fought for Medicaid expansion and shared with others--at community centers, farmers markets, even grocery stores--how the law works. I remember one woman from a family of seven describe how she was just "making do"--meaning they only went to the doctor when they were in crisis and rationing medication. The affordable coverage and preventive care they accessed has been life changing and it's helping them live healthier lives.

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12:08 PM Eastern - Friday, March 20, 2015

Nearly two-thirds of Americans are paid less now than in 2002. Let's DO SOMETHING about it on April 15. #default

If you listen to some experts, the economy is doing just fine. That may be true for many corporations that are enjoying record profits. But for too many ordinary families, falling wages are a huge problem.
 
 
On April 15, people from all walks of life will stand up to fight for jobs and wages that boost our economy and strengthen communities. Join us.
 
 
 
I'm so inspired by the regular people -- some who belong to a union, and many who don't yet -- who are building the Fight for $15 movement.
 

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8:45 AM Eastern - Friday, March 20, 2015

Nurses take a stand at Supreme Court for healthcare law #default

Nurses-20150304dS_KingVsBurwellAction_26.jpgMarch has certainly come in like a lion, but SEIU nurses have been up to the challenge. We are taking a stand for our patients and fighting for our colleagues at the state and federal level and at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nurses from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., on March 4 to explain what is at stake in the King v. Burwell case for their patients, colleagues and communities, while the Supreme Court heard the case. We have a lot of work to do to make sure our fellow nurses, colleagues and community members raise their voices and again defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


In this round-up, we have some great information to underscore including:

  • Highlights from the nurses who advocated at the SCOTUS;
  • A new poll that shows the majority of Americans want the court to save healthcare law tax credits; and
  • An alarming new study that shows more American women are dying prematurely.

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11:44 AM Eastern - Thursday, March 19, 2015

INFOGRAPHIC: How the GOP is Unfriending Latino Voters #default

In Congress and in the courts, check out our newest infographic on all the ways the GOP is unfriending the Latino community.

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