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SEIU Members Say Today's Debate Proves Kendrick Meek Is Real Champion for Working Families in U.S. Senate Race

Jun 22, 2010 - Florida members of America's fastest-growing union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), turned out in support of U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Kendrick Meek prior to this morning's debate hosted by the Palm Beach Post. Read more...

VIDEO: Vigil Outside Bank of America in NYC

Jun 18, 2010 - Dozens of clergy, community members and Americans facing foreclosure held a vigil outside the Bank of America Tower in New York to call on the bank to implement effective foreclosure prevention programs and help Americans save their homes. BofA refused to meet with homeowners, instead dispatching security to prevent them from entering the building. Read more...

Arkansas Senate Race: Lesson that Working Families Will Hold All Elected Officials Accountable

Jun 08, 2010 - Tonight, Sen. Lincoln won a narrow victory after a bruising runoff election where each and every day she was reminded that her success is only measured by doing right by working people and their families. Read more...

AR-SEN: Two Choices

Jun 02, 2010 - SEIU's previous ads challenged Blanche Lincoln's record on jobs, trade, health care, and her ties to special interests. Lincoln faces Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in the June 8th election. Read more...

Blanche Lincoln: Standing Firm with Special Interests

Jun 01, 2010 - SEIU's previous ads challenged Lincoln's record on jobs, trade, and health care. Read more...

SEIU Members to President Obama and Congress: Focus on Comprehensive Solutions, Not Costly Enforcement-Only Policies

May 28, 2010 - At a time when state and local governments are facing budget crises, enforcement-only policies like SB 1070 force municipalities to divert money away from key public services. When members of Congress return home next week for the Memorial Day recess, they will be greeted by thousands of SEIU members rallying for comprehensive immigration reform. Read more...

Us or Wall Street: Who Wins This One?

May 27, 2010 - The good news: Congress is finally standing up to the big banks. First they passed a major Wall Street reform bill; now, they're preparing to vote on a jobs bill that closes a tax loophole for some of the richest Wall Street firms. The bad news: many Republicans want to kill this bill and some Democratic senators may help them do it. Read more...

SEIU Members Vote for Real Leadership Across the Country

May 20, 2010 - In a year when hardworking women and men all around this country have spent countless nights worrying about their jobs, the economy and their families' futures, voters in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Oregon made clear that they are looking for solutions. Read more...

Blanche Lincoln Tries to Cast Her Vote

May 20, 2010 - Here is Blanche Lincoln trying to cast her ballot...unfortunately, she forgot she'd already had her absentee ballot sent to her Virginia mansion (oops!). Hilarity ensues...watch. Read more...

Halter Forces Runoff: Proof Arkansas Families Want Real Leadership

May 19, 2010 - By forcing a run-off election against Senator Blanche Lincoln, Lt. Governor Bill Halter gave voice to the tens of thousands of Arkansas voters who are fed up with Senator Lincoln and special interests in Washington. Elected officials should take a lesson from this challenge that we're serious about accountability. Read more...

New Report: Bank Lobbying As Bad As You Thought - And Worse

May 13, 2010 - According to a new report released on Tuesday, big banks and corporations have used close connections and hundreds of millions of dollars to blur the line where our government ends and their lobbying efforts begin. The report cites 243 government insiders turned lobbyists working for the industry. Of those, 202 used to work in Congress, and the rest served in the White House, Treasury Department or government agencies. Read more...

New TV Ad Holds Lincoln Accountable for Vote Against Health Care

May 13, 2010 - When Blanche Lincoln decided to side with big insurance companies with her vote against health insurance reform, she clearly didn't count on working people fighting back by supporting Bill Halter in the Democratic primary. Read more...

New Health Care Law Extends Coverage for Young Adults

May 11, 2010 - On May 10th, the Obama Administration issued regulations that will allow young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance plans until age 26. The Affordable Care Act is a boon for millions of twenty-something adults who are not established in the workforce enough to have access to employer-based health insurance--but in the past were considered "too old" by insurance companies to stay under their parents' plan. Read more...

VIDEO: Cleaning Up K Street

May 11, 2010 - Right now, K Street is the big bank's HQ in the battle to kill Wall Street reform and keep us under their thumb. But next Monday, the 17th, we're going to call them out and demand that they stop lobbying for the bank CEOs and against taxpayers. Read more...

Accountability for Working People in Arkansas

May 07, 2010 - As you may know from previous posts on our blog, we're holding Blanche Lincoln accountable for her votes against working people by supporting Bill Halter in the Senate Democratic primary. Read more...

Debunking the Myth of the Wealthy State Worker

May 03, 2010 - The Grover Norquists of the world have waged a coordinated, decades-long war on public sector employees. Whether you're a teacher, fire fighter, social worker or engineer-- nobody has escaped the right's smear campaign. The misguided conclusion that lavish pay and benefits have become a way of life for public workers couldn't be farther from the truth. Read more...

Why SEIU Arizona is Against the New Immigration Law

Apr 30, 2010 - Overburdened police departments, swamped justice systems, an unfunded re-deployment of resources at the expense of the residents of cities and counties who will continue to pay for services that fewer public service employees struggle to deliver--these are reasons enough for SEIU Arizona to be against SB 1070. Immigration reform is a complicated issue. It's also a federal issue. The state "solution" signed by Governor Brewer isn't a solution at all for working people and Arizona's local communities, and puts public services at risk. Read more...

Why Politics Matter to State Workers

Apr 30, 2010 - Every election season some members question why SEIU Local 1000 gets involved in politics. "It's up to us to be politically active," said Local 1000 member Robyn Herrera. "Some people don't see the direct link - but if you don't stand up and voice your opinion, it's as if you don't have one. One person really can make a difference." Read more...

Online Ads Against Roy Blunt: "One hand washes the other."

Apr 29, 2010 - One hand washes the other. That's about what a top Republican Senator told a meeting of America's leading bankers last month, saying the best way to protect bank's profits and business as usual was to elect more Republican Senators--and then personally asked them for $10,000 apiece to elect Roy Blunt. SEIU today released online ads taking aim at the cozy relationship between Wall Street bankers and Missouri Senate hopeful Roy Blunt. Read more...

How many more workers will die because of lack of workplace safety?

Apr 29, 2010 - If you want to put a human face on the struggle families have with transparency and involvement in OSHA investigations, you should watch Tonya Ford's testimony--it is very powerful stuff. Tonya's uncle Uncle Robert Fitch ("Uncle Bobby") gave 32 years of his life to ADM, the company he was working for when a tragic lack of workplace safety led to his passing at the age of 51 years old. Read more...

Senate Republicans Have a Reality Problem

Apr 29, 2010 - This is more than just an image problem for the GOP, it's a reality problem. The reality is, Republicans in Congress have been carrying the water for Wall Street every step of the way. Now that we finally have a Wall Street reform bill before Senators, we get to see each and every Senator's true colors; are they with us or Wall Street? Read more...

Sting, John Legend and Anna Burger Fight Climate Change

Apr 26, 2010 - On April 25th, SEIU's Anna Burger joined an all-star lineup on the National Mall to commemorate Earth Day and challenge people to step up efforts to save the planet. "The climate crisis is one of the greatest challenges of our time," said Burger to a crowd of over 100,000. "And inaction is unacceptable because we know that the health of our planet and the health of our economy are intertwined." Read more...

10 Days in Rwanda: Training Political Parties to Embrace Technology

Apr 26, 2010 - More and more, political parties in Rwanda are looking to embrace the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to organize, educate and activate voters to build political strength. The hope is that by increasing the sharing of tactics, ideas, and resources among parties, we can ensure that the Rwandan political sphere of the future will never be the breeding ground for ethnic division and genocide that it once was. Read more...

Submit Your Questions for Lloyd Blankfein

Apr 26, 2010 - What questions would you like to see Lloyd Blankfein answer? You can get them to us by texting 'GOLDMAN' and then your question, to 787753. We'll submit them to Senator Levin's office and run them live on our website during tomorrow's hearing. Read more...

RIGHT NOW: The Lincoln/Halter Debate

Apr 23, 2010 - We live-blogged the Lincoln/Halter showdown, as things begin at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Friday night at 8 pm (EST). Read more...

Gov. Brewer Turns Her Back on Movement Against Draconian Arizona Anti-Immigration Law

Apr 23, 2010 - With the signing of SB 1070, draconian legislation that would force police officers to arrest anyone they "suspect" is an illegal immigrant, AZ Gov. Jan Brewer turns her back on the momentum and outrage that has built around the country in opposition to the bill. Send a message to Governor Brewer now. Read more...

Five Things to Watch For in Tonight's Lincoln/Halter Debate

Apr 23, 2010 - Ever since Blanche Lincoln realized she wasn't going to cruise to re-election, she's been caught saying some pretty unusual things -- and taking positions that go against her own record. Tonight, will Lincoln continue attacking the hardworking men and women of Arkansas as "outside" interests or worse? Tune in to SEIU.org tonight (8 pm EST, 7 pm CST) during the debate, where we'll be live-blogging the showdown. Read more...

The Tipping Point: Join Us This Week

Apr 21, 2010 - Next week, we'll be at big bank shareholder meetings and offices across the country. Thousands of taxpayers will be calling on the banks to stop funding their billion dollar bonuses at our expense. RSVP for an event near you. Read more...

Immigration policy a GOP weak spot

Apr 21, 2010 - Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Obama called MA Sen. Scott Brown to give him "a heads-up that immigration was coming down the pike and he should give it some serious thought." Sen. Brown should do this--and so should the Republican party as a whole, as SEIU Exec. Vice President Eliseo Medina explains in this op-ed for Politico.com... Read more...

New Immigration Bill Not Going to Fix What Ails Arizona

Apr 21, 2010 - On Monday, the Arizona State Legislature sent what CNN says is "being called the toughest crackdown on illegal immigration in the country." Unfortunately it won't solve the problem of our broken immigration system in our country. Read more...

Stop "These F@#king Guys."

Apr 20, 2010 - Goldman Sachs charged with fraud. Five billion dollars in NEW bonuses and compensation set aside for their top brass. Senator Mitch McConnell and the GOP caucus trying to block legislation that would rein in the very behavior at the center of the fraud charges. I don't even know where to begin. So, I turn instead to Jon Stewart... Read more...

SEIU's Gerry Hudson Talks Labor and Progressives

Apr 12, 2010 - SEIU Executive VP Gerry Hudson has long dedicated himself to the cause of organized labor, such as nursing home employees like his own mother. Earlier this week, he joined several panelists at Georgetown's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor to discuss how the current labor movement fits within the progressive movement and the importance of refocusing our work in the Obama era. Read more...

Celebrating the Progressive Community with Living Liberally

Apr 09, 2010 - Supporting the netroots and building a more progressive America is something our organization strives to do each and every day, and we're thrilled to be one of Living Liberally's honorees at their annual extravaganza and fundraiser this May Day in NYC. Read more...

What We Did

Apr 06, 2010 - For more than 14 months, SEIU's online activists took action every day for health reform. We wanted to revisit the series of small victories that led up to a big win for America--because there's no doubt that health care reform represents the first major piece of legislation passed through a groundswell of online activism. Read more...

It's Time To Rein In ICE

Apr 05, 2010 - In a speech last year, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said that our country's immigration challenges can't be resolved through mass deportations alone. She's right, but apparently the folks at ICE who enforce our immigration laws didn't get the memo. Instead, a mid-level ICE employee issued his own memo earlier this year, outlining quotas for increasing deportations of non-criminal, tax-paying workers. The ICE bureaucracy has gone wild--and DHS and ICE need to rein in rogue officers so they can get back to the constructive mission of protecting our nation's security and punishing abusive employers. Read more...

Do YOU Count?

Apr 01, 2010 - Happy National Census Day!2010 Census forms began making appearances in mailboxes around the country a few weeks ago, and so far the Census Bureau has reported an approximate 54 percent national participation rate. This year, a full count is more important than ever. Read more...

The largest Medicare fraud ever in the nursing home industry?

Mar 30, 2010 - According to SEIU's research, confirmed by the Washington Post, California-based nursing home company North American Health Care (NAHC) may be falsifying patient records and overcharging Medicare by tens of millions of dollars each year. Putting a stop to this kind of pattern of fraud could begin to fulfill President Obama's promise of cost savings in Medicare through the reduction of waste, fraud, and abuse. Read more...

Monday Labor Links Round-up

Mar 29, 2010 - A Monday morning round-up of news pertaining to labor unions, union campaigns, plus a scattering of news on health care and banks. Read more...

Glenn Beck and Republican Violence

Mar 26, 2010 - Tea Party protesters shouting the n-word at Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Death threats left on the phones of Democrats who voted for health care reform. We've had enough--have you? Please sign our letter to Beck's advertisers asking them to stop supporting his dangerous brand of crazy. Read more...

Mid-week Locals Round-up: In Case You Missed It

Mar 24, 2010 - Recent events, political action and news updates from SEIU Locals around the country in New York, Ohio, Maryland, California, New Hampshire, Washington, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Florida. Read more...

Six Districts, Six Ad Campaigns

Mar 24, 2010 - We just launched a series of television ads in six congressional districts this morning, in support of Representatives in Congress who stood up to insurance companies and other special interests. The ads will start today in the districts of Reps. Periello (VA-05), Titus (NV-03), Markey (CO-XX), Boccieri (OH-16), Dahlkemper (PA-03), and Pomeroy (ND-AL). Read more...

Health Care Bill Signing: A View From the Rope Line

Mar 23, 2010 - SEIU President Andy Stern spoke to President Obama briefly after he signed the health care bill into law at the White House today. He wanted to quickly share what the President said about SEIU members. Watch his video message here. Read more...

SEIU Battleground Poll: What are Democrats' and Independents' Concerns Regarding Congress?

Mar 16, 2010 - On behalf of SEIU, the Benenson Strategy Group conducted 1,218 interviews with registered Democrats and Independents in CO, NH and NV in February. Three big takeaways from the poll and memo: 1. No one party is without blame 2. Voters need and demand change and 3. Dems control their own future. View more polling result insights here. Read more...

New Ads - Watch: It's Happening Everywhere...

Mar 16, 2010 - It's happening everywhere. Across America, we've seen our insurance premium rates go up 3x as fast as wages--crushing small businesses and working families. SEIU has launched a new barrage of TV ads in partnership with Health Care For America Now (HCAN). The ads urge constituents to call their congressman and push for a "yes" vote. They're running in the districts of Reps. Jason Altmire (PA), Jim Costa (CA), Brad Ellsworth (IN), Betsy Markey (CO) and Earl Pomeroy (ND). View them here. Read more...

State Superintendent Candidates "Walk a Day in the Shoes" of Public School Employees

Mar 11, 2010 - Recently, candidates Tom Torlakson, Gloria Romero and Larry Aceves learned firsthand the challenges district employees face given the limited resources schools have due to recent budget cuts. This series of "Walk a Day in My Shoes" events is part of a larger program of SEIU. Read more...

Put Your Name on Glenn Beck's Blackboard

Mar 10, 2010 - It is ridiculous that a man who cries - literally - about how Barack Obama and SEIU are destroying the country, barks into the camera, and made his name by scribbling conspiracy theories onto a chalkboard is considered one of the most important Republicans in America. Fight back against Glenn Beck's fear-mongering and smears by standing in solidarity with other progressives he's attacked. Put your name on "Beck's blackboard" and share this video with your friends. Read more...

L.A. Votes to Move Its Money

Mar 05, 2010 - Just moments ago, the LA City Council voted to adopt the "big banks" bill into law. This is a huge blow to Wall Street banks that refuse to invest in our communities - and it only happened with your support. Thousands of you wrote letters to the Council that were adopted into the official record. And dozens more took our message directly to the banks in L.A., where City Councilmember Richard Alarcon joined us to speak out against their harmful practices. Read more...

Political Memo: Recent SEIU Endorsements and Election Results

Mar 04, 2010 - While the 2010 mid-term elections are nine months away, SEIU members are busy building a foundation for electing pro-worker candidates this November. Key endorsements and elections have happened in CA, CO, IL, FL, LA and OR. Today, Jon Youngdahl, SEIU's Political Director issued the following memo to political reporters covering the 2010 mid term elections that highlight the work that we've done thus far. Read more...

SEIU's Andy Stern 'Honored' to Serve on Obama's National Debt Commission

Feb 26, 2010 - Today, SEIU President Andy Stern was chosen by President Obama as one of his six choices to serve on a bipartisan commission to recommend ways to reduce the national debt. Stern put out a statement today on his appointment to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility. Read more...

VIDEO: Senators, Activists Speak Out On Insurance Industry Abuses following Melanie's March

Feb 25, 2010 - It's unlikely that a Senate office building has ever been packed with such an energetic, passionate crowd. That was the scene yesterday at the Dirksen Office Building with key lawmakers Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who joined Melanie's March walkers, union members and health care activists to discuss the need for health reform and hear several participants' personal insurance industry horror stories. Read more...

U.S. Senator Bennet Earns Support of Colorado Working Families

Feb 24, 2010 - Today, healthcare workers, janitors, security officers, property service workers the other hardworking members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 105, united in endorsing Senator Michael Bennet for the U.S. Senate. Read more...

House Financial Services Committee Hearing: Is Additional Stimulus Needed?

Feb 23, 2010 - "The question being asked here today is should additional stimulus be adopted by the Congress, given the state of the economy," said Barney Frank today at the opening of the House Financial Services Committee hearing. Then he continued, saying, "The relevant question is, what would things have been like in its absence?" Much more to come in today's 2:00 p.m. hearing on the prospects for employment growth and the need for additional economic stimulus, including testimony from SEIU's Andy Stern. Read more...

Is Bipartisanship a Means or an End?

Feb 19, 2010 - On Huffington Post today, SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger discusses what working people really want from our elected lawmakers--and what (or who) is standing in the way. Read more...

Go on Record

Feb 19, 2010 - On Tuesday, Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcon is moving a bill that would set high standards for banks to meet in order to do business with the city of L.A. The message to bankers is clear: if your bank continues to ravage our communities, you don't get a dime of taxpayers' money. Period. Los Angeles is the second biggest city in the country. If this bill passes, it will send a message so loud, they'll hear it all the way on Wall Street. Make sure this bill passes. Read more...

Walking A Day In The Shoes Of An SEIU Child Care Provider

Feb 15, 2010 - On February 11, child care provider Tonia McMillian had an extra hand to assist her with nurturing, teaching and feeding the kids she cares for every day--Luis Marquez<, the Democratic candidate for the California State Assembly in District 50. Marquez spent time with Tonia as part of SEIU's "Walk a Day in My Shoes" campaign to get every elected official to experience firsthand what life is like for working people. Read more...

The difference between a Tea Party convention and a Chamber meeting? Hard to tell...

Feb 09, 2010 - On Monday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce blog highlighted a Friday luncheon featuring U.S. Chamber spokespersons, noting, Read more...

Experts Highlight How Latino Voters Will Influence 2010 Elections

Feb 08, 2010 - The Latino vote has grown exponentially since 2000, changing the political landscape in more than a dozen states across the country, and is poised to be pivotal yet again in the 2010 cycle. Read more...

Fact Check on Rep. John Kline's Opening Statement at Today's House Education and Labor Committee Hearing with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

Feb 03, 2010 - During his opening statement at today's House Education and Labor Committee Hearing with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) underscored how out of touch he is with the needs of working families in his Minnesota district and across the country. "We certainly expected his opening statement to be long on anti-worker rhetoric, but we were shocked on how wrong he was on the facts," said SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger. Read our fact check here. Read more...

GOP operatives pen talking points most likely to scare American public away from reform

Feb 02, 2010 - Should the "Party of No" want to spin the news about happenings on Capitol Hill away from what's good for working people to what's good for the GOP and Wall Street, Frank Luntz is not the only go-to right winger to consider. GOPers took part in a similarly dishonest, distasteful anti-reform brainstorm back in 2005, as word of the Employee Free Choice Act legislation to reform broken labor law emerged from Congress. Read more...

Lloyd Blankfein "Thumbs His Nose" at Us

Feb 01, 2010 - In the wake of last week's report that banks were using loopholes and tricks to skirt the rules on executive compensation, we asked taxpayers to call on the FCIC to investigate the bankers' pay. In less than 24 hours, more than 5,000 people had submitted requests to the Commission. Now, it appears, our call for an investigation couldn't come a moment too soon. Read more...

Eliseo Medina: Can't Fix Economy Without Fixing Immigration System

Jan 29, 2010 - In today's Huffington Post, SEIU Executive VP Eliseo Medina called for bold action to pass comprehensive immigration reform. "Simply put: we can't build a strong economy on top of a broken immigration system. We cannot restore fairness to U.S. workers or build stability in the labor market until we eliminate today's underground economy of undocumented workers..." Read more...

Rule #1 on Wall Street: There Are No Rules

Jan 29, 2010 - As President Obama joins taxpayers in bearing down on the big banks' reckless behavior, the bankers are striking back - already hard at work on ways to sidestep any new rules that might be put in their way. Bloomberg reports that the the leaders of some of the world's biggest banks "met during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to plot how to reassert their influence with regulators and governments." Instead of figuring out ways to reform their banks, they're figuring out ways to prevent reform from happening. Read more...

Tell the Bankers: We Want the Straight Story

Jan 28, 2010 - Apparently $150 billion just isn't enough for Wall Street bankers. Today, WSJ is reporting that big banks are breaking their own rules, easing pay restrictions and offering "forgivable loans" to bankers who need a little extra cash. This news comes just two weeks from when the bank CEOs sat on Capitol Hill and said - under oath - that they had placed new, tough restrictions on executive compensation. Read more...

Supreme Court Ruling Equals Big Win for U.S. Chamber

Jan 25, 2010 - Corks are still popping on H Street, as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce won its Supreme Court case and now has the green light to legally spend unlimited and undisclosed corporate contributions on direct advocacy in federal elections. While experts might disagree whether the Citizens United decision helps Republicans or Democrats more, the consensus is that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the big winner emerging from this major overhaul of the nation's campaign finance rules. Read more...

SCOTUS Citizens United Ruling = The Drowning of American Politics in Corporate Dollars

Jan 22, 2010 - The First Amendment was never intended to protect corporations...until now? Thanks to SCOTUS's Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ruling yesterday, if you are a 'corporate person' (aka a CEO or corporate official), you are now free to hit the corporate ATM and spend whatever amount of your shareholders' money it takes to elect the candidates of your choice. Read more...

The Faces of Health Reform: Fixing Our Broken System Will Help Small Businesses

Jan 20, 2010 - Like many small business owners taking it on the chin with the skyrocketing cost of health insurance, home-based child care provider Melanie Collins' premiums to cover herself and her two kids have more than doubled in the last year. Small businesses are disproportionately hurt by the health care status quo, but health insurance reform would change this by allowing small businesses to negotiate the cost of coverage on a more even playing field, and ensuring that premiums are set fairly and consistently. Read more...

Massachusetts Voters' Message to Washington: It's Time for Action

Jan 19, 2010 - The reason Ted Kennedy's seat is no longer controlled by a Democrat is clear: Washington's inability to deliver the change voters demanded in November 2008. Make no mistake, political paralysis resulted in electoral failure. During the past year, Republicans refused to do anything but stand in the way of change and Democratic Senators took too long to do too little. Read more...

GOTV Tool: Be all that you can be for Martha Coakley

Jan 19, 2010 - I don't need to remind you how important it is to vote for Martha Coakley today. But just voting is not enough. Too much is on the line to "just vote." We need you MA voters to get at least 10 people to join you. Use our tool to Get Out the Vote to help all your friends and family in MA find their polling place. Read more...

CHART: Coakley vs. Brown on Working Family Issues

Jan 19, 2010 - As a union, it's our job to inform and represent our members on issues that affect working people. We've identified Martha Coakley and Scott Brown's positions on four key issues that don't seem to get a lot coverage in the media, but which we believe all SEIU members and working people in Massachusetts should know. Check out our comparison chart here. Read more...

Citigroup FAIL

Jan 19, 2010 - Citigroup, the nation's third largest bank and one of the largest recipients of taxpayer-funded bailout money, announced a $7.6 billion loss during the final quarter of 2009 this morning. And, yet, the Wall Street bank still set aside more than $6 billion in bonuses and compensation for the fourth quarter, bringing their total pay pool for 2009 to more than $25 billion. This morning's report begs the question: how badly does a Wall Street bank have to screw up before they don't shower themselves in billions of dollars of bonus pay? Read more...

Living up to Dr. King's dream?

Jan 18, 2010 - Towards the end of Martin Luther King's life, his civil rights message focused on issues of economic justice. Today, Dr. King's legacy and work to address wealth disparities and economic justice continues at SEIU. Today, we're shining a light on three companies - food service company Sodexo, Andrews International security, and men's clothing manufacturer Hugo Boss--who aren't living up to Dr. King's dream. Read more...

SEIU Statement on Scott Brown's Failure to Provide Health Coverage for Campaign Staff

Jan 16, 2010 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger released the following statement after news reports on Talking Points Memo and the Boston Globe that Republican candidate Scott Brown fails to provide health insurance for his own campaign staff. Read more...

SEIU Commends White House for Granting TPS for Haitians Living in the U.S.

Jan 15, 2010 - Earlier today, SEIU's New Media and Immigration teams launched an online action calling on DHS and the Administration to grant TPS to Haitians living in the U.S. This evening, the Obama administration granted TPS to Haitian nationals who were in the U.S. at the time of Tuesday's earthquake--giving them permission to over-stay their visa for the next 18 months. As the U.S. Haitian community watches with shock and horror at the jarring pictures of their homeland tonight, this critical moral victory offers a much needed sigh of relief. Read more...

The Real Story on the Excise Tax Framework

Jan 15, 2010 - For the past 24 hours, the beltway press has been weaving together scraps of quotes and hearsay for stories about the excise tax. It resulted in a lot of rumors - some true, some not - but most of which was decidedly premature. That was until yesterday afternoon, when labor leaders hosted a call with reporters describing exactly what framework had emerged from their talks with the White House. Because of Labor's commitment to improving this bill, America's middle class will get a fairer shake from insurers, and will no longer be at risk of losing dental or vision coverage due to a tax on benefits. To be clear, this applies to everyone. Not just union members. Read more...

Take Action: TPS for Haitians Now

Jan 15, 2010 - SEIU's Immigration Reform team sent out an email today, urging activists to sign a letter to President Obama to grant temporary protective status (TPS) to Haitians living in the U.S. Check out the email here. Read more...

Around the Union: Noon Round-up

Jan 13, 2010 - In case you missed it....news from around the International and SEIU Locals 521, 1000, 2001, 1199, SEIU Healthcare IL, CIR and District 1199. Read more...

SEIU Members Expose the Real Scott Brown

Jan 13, 2010 - Scott Brown supported both George Bush and his tax cuts for the rich, he opposes a woman's right to choose, he denies the facts on global warming, and he enjoys the support of extremist Tea Party backers. Today, SEIU took to the airwaves with a new statewide ad to educate Bay State voters about how out of step Scott Brown is with the Commonwealth's values. Read more...

SEIU Members Expose the Real Scott Brown

Jan 13, 2010 - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) took to the airwaves to educate Bay State voters about how out of step Scott Brown is with the Commonwealth's values. Read more...

Origins of a Scab

Jan 12, 2010 - Ever wonder where the labor term "scab" comes from? For those who might not know, a scab is also sometimes called a "strikebreaker:" a person who returns to the job without permission from the union or the striking workers during a strike action. One of the most powerful weapons a labor union has is a strike--and by crossing the picket line, a scab can render a strike useless. Did you know there have been scabs in professional sports too, not just on the picket line? In 1987, National Football League (NFL) players went on strike when owners refused to loosen the free agency rules in their contracts. For three weeks, the owners fielded scab players who earned $4,000 a game. The fans reacted with disgust, re-naming some of the new squads to reflect their use of temporary players: The Washington Scab-Skins, the Chicago Spare Bears, the San Francisco Phony-Niners and the Miami Dol-Finks. Read more...

Top 10 Things You Can See From Your Front Porch: Sarah Palin on Fox News!

Jan 11, 2010 - Given her allegiance to Glenn Beck and penchant for fear-mongering, I guess the announcement Sarah Palin has signed on as a contributor to the Fox News Channel isn't too surprising. Read more...

January 12-15: Reform Immigration FOR America Week of Action in 50 States

Jan 10, 2010 - Next week, from Des Moines, Iowa to Charlotte, North Carolina, thousands of faith, labor and other immigrant rights advocates will launch the largest and most coordinated field operation in the history of the immigration reform movement. Holding nearly 100 rallies at district offices, vigils, watch parties and press events across the country, activists will make clear that this is the year get comprehensive immigration reform passed through Congress and signed into law. Read more...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Increase U.S. GDP by $1.5 Trillion Over 10 Years, According to New CAP Report

Jan 07, 2010 - Adding to a growing list of data, the Center for American Progress put out a report today confirming the huge gains we would see to the U.S. economy and to U.S. workers if comprehensive immigration reform passed in 2010. But there is one trick: the immigration bill has to be comprehensive. Read more...

Top 10 SEIU Blog Stories of 2009

Dec 30, 2009 - A little over a year after its launch, more than 1,400 posts have appeared on the SEIU Blog. As the end of 2009 drew closer in sight, we decided to look through our records to find the most popular stories on the blog this year. The list of 'top 10' may surprise you--find out the top-read SEIU Blog posts of 2009 here. Read more...

Glenn Beck Crowned America's #1 "Fearmonger in Chief"

Dec 28, 2009 - Fox News' Glenn Beck was a no-brainer for Media Matters' 2009 Misinformer of the Year. Beck especially loves scaring the American public with baseless conspiracy theories and outlandish accusations towards our President and other public figures, as well as organizations and policies that attempt to stand up for working people. Read more...

Wake up call for unorganized workers & the labor movement

Dec 28, 2009 - Today in an interview on The Real News Network, journalist Phil Dine had a message for unorganized workers, on why all working Americans should be in a labor union. Interviewer Paul Jay and Dine also discussed unions needing to be able to say to the Democratic party, "you're either with us...or you're with the Chamber of Commerce." Read more...

Senate Passes Health Care Bill, 60-39

Dec 24, 2009 - The Senate just passed their health care bill on a 60-39 party line vote. With just one exception, Republican members of Congress uniformly voted "no" on every single procedural and general vote on health insurance reform since July. This was a coordinated effort by the GOP to kill this legislation for political gain, and guess what? They failed. Read more...

Update: Senate bill moves forward

Dec 19, 2009 - On Saturday morning, Sen. Ben Nelson announced at a press conference that he plans to vote for cloture on the current Senate health care bill. His announcement secured Sen. Harry Reid's long sought after 60th vote to end a Republican filibuster against health insurance reform. Read more...

Gov. Rell's "Edward Scissorhands" approach to the budget

Dec 16, 2009 - At a press conference yesterday organized by District 1199/SEIU on the steps of the Capitol, members of the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) joined business, labor & education leaders and activists to decry Republican Governor Jodi M. Rell's proposed budget cuts. Read more...

Sick Sodexo Workers Forced to Suck it Up at Work

Dec 15, 2009 - When they get sick, there is a significant portion of the American workforce that faces a tough choice about whether to call in sick--or face serious consequences when it comes to retaining their jobs & feeding their families. "I pretty much have to be at death's door before I'll call in sick," says SEIU Local 1 member Veronica Mendoza, a cafeteria worker who's employed with Sodexo in Chicago. Read more...

U.S. Chamber Armed with Hyperbole, Bad Metaphors to Defeat Employee Free Choice Act

Dec 14, 2009 - Fresh off their quixotic campaigns to kill health care reform, climate change legislation, consumer financial protection, and pretty much anything else that their small group of backers dislike, the U.S. Chamber will renew its pledge to defeat labor law reform. Read more...

Your $1 Million Share

Dec 14, 2009 - When you hear a number like $150 billion going into the pockets of the very bankers who crashed our economy, you can't help but think of all the better uses for that money. So, we decided to let taxpayers decide how the cash should be spent. In the next few weeks, taxpayers across the country will be holding actions at the big banks. While they announce their record bonus packages, we'll be there to show them your demands for how that money should be spend to get our economy moving again. Show Wall Street how far $150 billion could go on Main Street by grabbing your $1 million share. Read more...

Parker as Mayor offers HOPE for Keeping Houston Moving Forward

Dec 14, 2009 - Members of the Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE) and SEIU Local 1 are celebrating Annise Parker's historic election as Houston's next mayor. More than 100 members volunteered their time to knock on doors for Parker, and HOPE and SEIU Local 1 also sent seven mail pieces to their members and made two rounds of phone calls. Read more...

Insurers Hire Mafia to Spam Congress

Dec 10, 2009 - It was bad enough when insurers were peddling misinformation and distortions to convince people to support a filibuster, but now they've gone to new lows: paying gamers virtual currency for their emails to Congress. The groups that make up the "Get Health Reform Right" campaign are now paying to have their campaign run on popular Facebook applications Mafia Wars and FarmVille. Read more...

Goldman Sachs Says You and I are Wrong. (We're Not)

Dec 09, 2009 - Goldman Sachs has a response on their website to the calls we made to Lloyd Blankfein about the Stella D'Oro factory closing in the Bronx. Shockingly, they say you and I have it all wrong. They even posted a helpful list of facts to bolster their case. Let's review those facts one-by-one... Read more...

SEIU: Coakley Victory Shows Massachusetts Voters Want Bipartisan Leader to Pass Real Reforms

Dec 09, 2009 - Tonight, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) congratulated Martha Coakley on her win in the special Massachusetts Senate election. Read more...

Ask Goldman Sachs: How Deep Does It Go?

Dec 07, 2009 - Our request for Lloyd Blankfein and the Goldman Sachs Board of Directors is simple: tell us more. Open your books and show us all the ways you're holding back economic growth. We gave Goldman Sachs $63.6 billion in taxpayer-funded bailouts. That's 63.6 billion reasons for them to use their board meeting to answer our straightforward questions about how our money is being spent. Help us shed some light on Goldman's books - send your email to the board. Read more...

The Insurance Industry-Sponsored Filibuster

Dec 03, 2009 - The insurance industry has publicly endorsed the Republican filibuster against health insurance reform. That's right - insurance industry lobbyists want you to filibuster reform. (That's a ringing endorsement if I've ever heard one.) Oh, but it gets better... Read more...

SEIU Ad: As Senator, Coakley Will Deliver Results For Massachusetts Families

Dec 03, 2009 - Today, SEIU launched an independent expenditure radio ad highlighting Attorney General Martha Coakley's record to improve the lives of working families across the Commonwealth. Read more...

Former SEIU Organizing Director elected to Iowa State House

Nov 30, 2009 - Congrats to former SEIU organizer Kirsten Running-Marquardt, who was elected to the Iowa State House last week. Read more...

No sick leave for H1N1?

Nov 30, 2009 - You'd think the threat of H1N1 flu would be reason enough for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to stop its incessant lobbying. Think again. The Chamber is actually lobbying Congress to not give paid sick time for workers sick with H1N1, saying that "the problem is not nearly as great as some people say." The facts say otherwise. Read more...

Quick hits: November 30th

Nov 30, 2009 - Now that we're all back to work this Monday post-Thanksgiving, here are some quick hits on what's cropping up in the news this AM. Some hits: House expenditures go online today, debate on health care reform opens on the Senate floor today, and how Wal-Mart is doing its part to spread the swine flu (and shut down unionizing efforts). Read more...

Latinos to Re-Shape Political Landscape after 2010

Nov 23, 2009 - According to a new report released by America's Voice and NDN, U.S. Latinos are poised to shake up the political landscape. Thanks largely to new Latino constituents, eight states will likely gain Congressional seats after the 2010 Census. Read more...

U.S. Senators, meet Loretta Johnson

Nov 19, 2009 - There was only one speaker at Sen. Harry Reid's press conference today who was NOT a member of the U.S. Senate. Her name? Loretta Johnson, a home health care worker & SEIU member who lost her own coverage when her husband became ill and she was forced to quit her job. Read more...

Apology Not Accepted

Nov 19, 2009 - Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein feels bad about crashing our economy. To make up for it, he's decided to give back $500 million of the money he's made to a handful of small businesses. It's a gesture so empty, it's insulting. Never mind that $500m is one good day of trading for Goldman Sachs. Read more...

81 87 advertisers pull their money from Glenn Beck show

Nov 18, 2009 - Hundreds of thousands of Americans angered and offended by Glenn Beck's hate-mongering rhetoric have stepped up to hold Glenn Beck accountable. More than 285,000 people have called on the Fox News program's sponsors to pull their support from Beck's show. And 87 corporations have discontinued their ads from airing during Beck's show. Read more...

Joe Lieberman will hate this

Nov 18, 2009 - Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) have each been targeted by the opposition to join a Republican filibuster. If that happens, health insurance reform will not move forward--but you can have an impact if you adopt a health care "swing state" as your own. Read more...

Getting By on $16,438 a Day

Nov 17, 2009 -

Bank of America has a new excuse for why they haven't found someone to replace ousted CEO Ken Lewis. Nobody will take the job because it doesn't pay enough! They're claiming that they can't find talented candidates because of the pay restrictions put into place by Kenneth Feinberg. Read more...

Andy Stern: Time to Put Country Over Company

Nov 16, 2009 - Goldman Sachs is starting to figure it out - we're not going away. Today, on the heels of a massive mobilization in Chicago, hundreds of taxpayers rallied outside Goldman's DC office to deliver a letter for their CEO, Lloyd Blankfein. The letter asked that Goldman Sachs forgo paying out its multi-billion dollar bonus pool and instead use that money to help the millions of families facing foreclosure due to Wall Street's risky behavior. Read more...

Dear Mr. Blankfein...
Hundreds of Taxpayers Deliver Letter to Goldman Sachs in DC

Nov 16, 2009 - Hundreds of taxpayers from across the country are gathered outside the Goldman Sachs office in DC right now to speak out against the financial giant's Wall Street greed. We'll be delivering a letter to Goldman CEO Lloyd Blanfein asking him, once again, to stop paying himself and his cronies big bonuses and to start helping the millions of families losing their homes because of Wall Street's risky behavior. Read more...

No More Ken Lewises

Nov 16, 2009 - The papers are reporting that the scene inside BofA right now is chaotic. Lewis' sudden ousting caught them off guard - and the man responsible for finding a new CEO cannot be reached because he's "on vacation on a ship" until the end of the month. Since it's our tax dollars being pumped into BofA, we decided to help with the hiring process. Read more...

What, Exactly, is Going On at 85 Broad Street?

Nov 13, 2009 - Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said in an interview that he and the team at Goldman are "doing God's work." It isn't God's work to kick families out of their homes when they're struggling most. It isn't God's work to use other people's money to pay themselves obscene bonuses. And it isn't God's work to oppose health insurance reform because it's bad for the bottom line. Read more...

"Infamy Day:" November 6 Layoffs go into effect in Puerto Rico

Nov 09, 2009 - Protests and tears marked "Infamy Day" in Puerto Rico, as thousands stood up for the nearly 3,000 public employees laid off as of November 6. Despite delaying layoffs until after the holidays, Puerto Rican government officials continue to state that "there is no way back" and that by January, 2010, there will be nearly 30,000 fewer public employees on the books. Read more...

Martha Coakley Walk A Day

Nov 06, 2009 - On November 2, 2009, Attorney General Martha Coakley walked a day in the shoes of 1199SEIU home care worker Monica. Coakley worked with Monica to care for Maureen, a consumer with MS. Read more...

Whipping votes for health care reform

Nov 05, 2009 - You can bet that insurance companies like UnitedHealth, Humana and CIGNA have a legion of lobbyists talking to Congressional offices right now. We've got to make sure they remember who they were elected to represent - the American people. Help hold politicians accountable by whipping the vote for health care reform today. Read more...

One year anniversary of the day we changed America forever

Nov 04, 2009 - There's an old saying that goes, 'We make the road by walking.' Today, even in the face of historic opposition to change, there's no question that Barack Obama and the pro-worker members of Congress we elected last November have taken every step with working families at their side. Read more...

And on the Eighth Day, God Created Bonuses

Nov 04, 2009 - Bloomberg reports that, last night, executives from the big banks went to churches across London to spread the word that their billion dollar bonuses are actually inspired by biblical teachings. According to Goldman Sachs bigwig Brian Griffiths, Jesus' teachings were an "endorsement of self-interest." He went on to say, "we have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieving greater prosperity and opportunity for all. I don't pretend to be an expert on biblical teachings; and I wouldn't dare presume to know what Jesus thinks of Wall Street's behavior. I want, instead, to post a few Bible passages that address this subject directly. Read more...

BREAKING: Layoffs for unionized Puerto Rican workers postponed until January 8

Nov 03, 2009 - Members of SPT-SEIU Local 1996 in Puerto Rico scored a victory when Superior Judge Carlos Dávila Vélez granted their petition to stop the Department of Education's (DE) plans to lay-off 6,000 workers on Friday, giving them an additional 30 days on the job. SEIU's petition claimed the DE failed to follow proper notification procedures requiring notice to workers 30 days prior to letters of dismissal. Read more...

Around the union: November 3rd quick hits

Nov 03, 2009 - Why being in a union makes you more likely to have health insurance; H1N1 sick leave bill introduced, and news from SEIU locals in Michigan, California and New York. Read more...

ConservativeTransparency.org to Dispel Shroud of My$tery Surrounding Conservatives' AstroTurf Groups

Nov 03, 2009 - We could be looking at the beginning of the end of astroturfing (aka fake grassroots activism). A new database by Media Matters tracks the financial and political ties of conservative think tanks, nonprofit activist groups, and foundations for the public to see: ConservativeTransparency.org. Read more...

Republican Bill Ignores Women's Health Care Issues

Nov 03, 2009 - A version of the Republican health care bill was leaked today, and it's underwhelming, to say the least. For starters, the draft bill completely ignores women's health care issues. Read more...

Make Yourself Heard in Washington: Tweet Your Senator!

Nov 02, 2009 - In our continued efforts to stop an amendment introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Bob Bennett (UT-R) that would stop the 2010 Census dead in its tracks, this week SEIU launched a new Twitter tool broadening our online capacity to reach our elected officials. Read more...

White House List Demonstrates Desire to Hear From Working People

Oct 31, 2009 - Coming off an eight-year period when the voice of workers fell on deaf ears, the list demonstrates the White House desire to hear from working people. Andy Stern has tweeted about some of his White House visits, and you can follow him here. Read more...

What's Next?

Oct 30, 2009 - What happened outside the bankers' conference on Tuesday was a reminder of the power of our voices together. For three days, thousands of us from every corner of the country and all walks of life came together to demand change from the Wall Street banks. Together we stood up to the big banks that have done so much harm to our communities; Together we marched through the streets of Chicago, 5,000 strong, forcing the bankers to answer for their actions; Together we showed the world through stories and pictures and words that our voices united can make a difference. Read more...

Schwarzenegger administration botches implementation of home care cuts affecting 800,000+ residents

Oct 29, 2009 - ollowing a federal court order by Judge Claudia Wilken halting the implementation of severe cuts to home care for 130,000 Californians, new information presented during a Capitol hearing yesterday demonstrates that the Schwarzenegger Administration is unprepared to meet its own Nov. 1 deadline to implement new restrictions on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program providers. Read more...

Meanwhile, Back in DC...

Oct 29, 2009 - While thousands of Americans were delivering a letter to Goldman Sachs on Sunday demanding they stop using our tax dollars to lobby against financial reform, Goldman Sachs was ...using our tax dollars to lobby against financial reform. Read more...

Understanding the Senate cloture process

Oct 29, 2009 - As we near the time when we expect the Senate to take up a bill and vote on reform, questions about what exactly will be happening from a procedural standpoint arise--foremost among them are cloture and the filibuster. First, filibusters really don't happen the way they did when Mr. Smith went to Washington. Read more...

Tell your Senator "Don't Wreck the Census"

Oct 28, 2009 - Some politicians come up with dumb ideas. Some come up with impractical ideas that would cost taxpayers millions of dollars. And then there are those lawmakers with crazy proposals that would violate the United States Constitution. Rep. Senators Vitter & Bennett hit the trifecta by trying to wreck the US Census. Read more...

More than 5,000 Taxpayers March on the ABA

Oct 27, 2009 - It was an intense and often emotional conclusion to three days of action against the ABA in Chicago; and a powerful beginning to a taxpayer-led campaign to bring an end to Wall Street greed. More than 5,000 taxpayers marched over the Chicago River and to the front door of the American Bankers Association this morning. Read more...

Anna Burger: "Call Them Out"

Oct 27, 2009 - Standing in front of the American Bankers Association conference in Chicago, Anna Burger led more than 5,000 taxpayers in demanding an end to the greedy Wall Street practices that led to economic meltdown. Watch video of Anna's speech as well as taxpayers delivering a past due invoice to the big banks for the money they've taken from us. Read more...

VIDEO: The First Steps Toward Change

Oct 27, 2009 - The marchers just took the first steps towards the ABA conference to protest what Andy Stern just called "the people who put company before country." They're being led by people from across America that have been directly impacted by the greedy actions of the Wall Street bankers gathered at the ABA conference. People who have worked all their lives, but were kicked out of their homes, watched their life savings dry up, and seen their interest rates skyrocket. Read more...

Seeing Purple

Oct 27, 2009 - The crowd is starting to gather along the Chicago River for the largest protest against bank greed since the economic crisis began. We're about 30 minutes out from taking the first steps toward the ABA conference - and the first steps in our campaign to end Wall Street greed. Read more...

VIDEO: The Faces of the Showdown

Oct 26, 2009 - Another amazing day in Chicago. Americans are fired up to put an end to Wall Street greed. Everybody is excited for tomorrow; it's going to be the largest protest against bank greed since the financial crisis began - over 5,000 people. Here's a wrap up of today with a few faces of the Showdown in Chicago. Read more...

VIDEO: Meet Mary from Cincinnati

Oct 26, 2009 - Outside the ABA conference today are more than 1,000 people with more than 1,000 stories of bank greed hurting families and small businesses. I wanted to share one in particular that grabbed me. Meet Mary from Cincinnati. Read more...

VIDEO: Two for Two

Oct 26, 2009 - More than 1,000 taxpayers decided to take a walk down Wacker Drive to see how their money is being used by America's bailed out banks - and to ask for a few changes to prevent another financial meltdown. Having tried to deliver our letter to the ABA last night and being kicked out, we went directly to the banks today - Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo. The demand, as always, is a simple one: stop using our tax dollars for toxic loans, big bonuses, and anti-consumer lobbying campaigns. Read more...

VIDEO: Tom Balanoff at Showdown in Chicago

Oct 26, 2009 - Here's a new video up from Tom Balanoff's speech at the Showdown in Chicago. He kept the crowd on their feet the entire time. Definitely worth checking out. Read more...

VIDEO: "An End to the Too Big to Fail Doctrine"

Oct 26, 2009 - Sheila Bair is an exceptional speaker - I know because she just spoke at the Showdown in Chicago. She talked about the importance of stopping the greedy Wall Street practices like predatory lending, sub-prime mortgages, and lack of regulation that led us into financial crisis. She also took something from us to give to the ABA. It's the letter that we tried to give them ourselves yesterday, but they kicked us out. Will the kick Chairwoman Bair out, too? Read more...

"Shame, Shame, Shame on You"

Oct 25, 2009 - It's Day 2 of the annual meet-up of the American Bankers Association, and nearly a thousand taxpayers decided to facilitate a little meet-and-greet between the people that created the financial crisis (and got rich from it), and the people who paid the price for Wall Street's greed--and footed the bill to bail the banks out. Unfortunately, the banksters letting loose in the Sheraton's lavish ballroom couldn't be convinced to leave their posh party to attend our rally....but 40+ policemen and numerous onlookers did turn out. Read more...

VIDEO: You Weren't on the Guest List

Oct 25, 2009 - Today was an amazing beginning for us. Not just the beginning of the three day protest against the American Bankers Association (ABA) conference, but the beginning of the end for business as usual on Wall Street. The big banks heard loud and clear tonight that taxpayers are fed up with them taking our money and using it to pay themselves outrageous profits and lobby against financial reform. Read more...

I Think They Know We're Here

Oct 25, 2009 - The bankers were just trying to have a nice, roaring 1920s party (paid for with our tax dollars) to celebrate the trillions of dollars they've made in the past year. So, can you imagine how frustrating it is for them... Read more...

Senator Durbin at the Showdown in Chicago

Oct 25, 2009 - Senator Dick Durbin came out to the Showdown in Chicago and talked about one Chicagoan, Netty McGee, and her run-in with big banks. Read more...

Bankers Fix Up One House this Weekend, Foreclose 23,000 Others

Oct 25, 2009 - The Wall Street bankers are in Chicago this weekend for the American Bankers Association conference - and they've decided to do one good deed for the people of Chicago while they're here. They are helping to renovate a house that had been foreclosed... by them. It's a nice gesture on the bankers' part, but a completely empty one. In the time it took them to help fix up that one house, banks were kicking 1,440 families out of homes across the country; that's one foreclosed home every 7.5 seconds. Read more...

Marching Toward Change
More than 5,000 march on the ABA

Oct 25, 2009 - Read more...

New clash between Puerto Rican police & protestors

Oct 25, 2009 - A scuffle erupted between protesters and the police on Thursday, after several hundred union members and activists finished a rally against Governor Luis Fortuño outside El Conquistador hotel, where the Governor held a conference with business companies on public-private partnerships. Read more...

'80s Flashback: Average Workers' Pay > Average Financial Industry Employee Bonus

Oct 23, 2009 - In 1985, the average annual salary for all workers across the country was several thousand dollars higher than the average bonus: $19,000 to $13,970. Over twenty-five years later, the average Wall Street bonus has soared almost 14 times higher. Yesterday the Federal Reserve announced a plan to help lessen this wage disparity between Main Street vs. Wall Street, cutting executive pay by as much as 90 percent for CEOs at the seven biggest TARP recipients. Read more...

Stephen Lerner on CNBC: America Wants Wall Street to Quit Whining

Oct 22, 2009 - Wall Street has a message for Americans who think it's unfair that they take our tax dollars and pay themselves huge bonuses: they need that money for all their hard work. SEIU's Stephen Lerner went on CNBC today to debate a representative of Wall Street over the Obama administration's decision to cap exec pay at seven bailed out firms. Read more...

All of Puerto Rico: Much More than a March

Oct 22, 2009 - In a Huffington Post piece today, SEIU Healthcare Chair Dennis Rivera warns that "what started as a march in protest to the impending firings of public sector workers has turned into a movement to hold Governor Fortuño accountable for solving [Puerto Rico's] financial nightmare." Read more...

Wrong for NJ: New ad calls out Gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie

Oct 22, 2009 - Today SEIU launched a new television ad ("What Do We Know?") calling attention to Republican Gubernatorial candidate and former Bush appointee Chris Christie's dismal record on women and families. The ad will air on local cable across southern New Jersey during the critical closing days of the Gubernatorial campaign. Read more...

SEIU Members Call Out Christie's Record on Women and Families in New TV Ad

Oct 22, 2009 - Today, SEIU launched a new television ad that will call attention to Republican Gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie's record on women and families. The ad, titled "What Do We Know?," will air on local cable across southern New Jersey during the critical closing days of the Gubernatorial campaign. Read more...

Obama Administration Begins Crackdown on Bank CEO Salaries

Oct 22, 2009 - The Obama administration has gone and done something that might put a bit of a damper on the bankers' big party in Chicago this weekend. They're drafting a plan, to be announced in the coming days, that will dramatically cut CEO salaries for the companies that took the most taxpayer money during the financial collapse. Read more...

Will eggs fly at Governor Fortuño's head tomorrow?

Oct 21, 2009 - Workers to picket Fortuño meeting: Tomorrow, coalition Todo Puerto Rico Por Puerto Rico will picket outside the meeting Governor Fortuño is having with business companies to discuss the privatization of public projects and agencies. Read more...

Don't Wreck the Census

Oct 21, 2009 - Last week, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Bob Bennett (R-UT) introduced an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (HR 2847) which would require that the 2010 Census include a question about immigration or citizenship status. Read more...

Crash the Big Banks' Party

Oct 21, 2009 - Did you know you're throwing a party this weekend? Well, you're paying for it but you're not invited. It's the American Bankers Association (ABA) conference in Chicago. The ABA is the lobbying group that gets millions of our tax dollars from America's bailed out banks. Read more...

In case you missed it...Oct. 21 round-up

Oct 21, 2009 - In case you missed it...news round-up on upcoming Chicago banks actions, unemployment benefits, how an SEIU member became a Ugandan king, SEIU's recent online healthcare campaign waves, and a recent meeting of international labor leaders to discuss Mexico's broken labor laws. Read more...

Top Bank Lobbyist Receives High Honor

Oct 20, 2009 - If only they gave out awards for helping bank CEOs get rich and using tax dollars to lobby against financial reform; ABA president and CEO Edward Yingling would win them all. Well, exciting news for fans of Wall Street greed. Now, there is such an honor: the Golden Throne Award. And the first one is going to none other than Edward Yingling. Read more...

Around the Union: Locals Round-up

Oct 19, 2009 - Quick hits around the union from ULTCW, SEIU Massachusetts, SEIU District 1199, CSEA, Local 5-Virginia, SEANC, Local 721 and 32BJ. Read more...

Krugman: 'We Desperately Need to Pass Effective Financial Reform'

Oct 19, 2009 - Paul Krugman gives a sobering report on the state of banks in today's New York Times. We already know that while giant financial institutions are paying out record bonuses and salaries, they aren't lending to small businesses or helping families that are struggling with their mortgages. But, now, it seems the risky deals Wall Street has been making with our tax dollars are catching up to them - and they're starting to generate losses instead of profits. All of this combined, says Krugman, is having serious negative effects on the economy. Read more...

The greatest public demonstration in Puerto Rican history

Oct 18, 2009 - The one day General Strike that mobilized around 150,000 workers and citizens to protest Governor Fortuño's massive layoffs took place in Puerto Rico on October 15. Chair of SEIU Healthcare Dennis Rivera, Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina and Local 1966 President Roberto Pagan joined the historic protest along with hundreds of thousands of Puerto Rican workers, SEIU members, faith leaders, students and citizens in what's being called 'the greatest public demonstration in Puerto Rico's history.' Read more...

Pay Czar: Ken Lewis to Receive No Salary, Bonus for 2009

Oct 15, 2009 - More than 11,000 of you signed a letter to Obama administration's pay czar, demanding a halt to CEO bonuses until banks stopped using our tax dollars to lobby against financial reform. On Thursday, the pay czar announced that he is taking action on Ken Lewis' outrageous compensation, asking for a stop to any salary or bonuses for 2009. Read more...

It's not just Ken Lewis...

Oct 15, 2009 - Last week, we sent a letter to the Obama pay czar, signed by over 11,000 taxpayers. We told him to stop payment on Ken Lewis' $53.3 million bailout. But it's not just Ken Lewis getting rich with our money. The papers are all leading today with headlines about America's banks on track to earn record profits and pay out record amounts of bonuses to their top brass. America is still reeling from the financial crisis, but it's business as usual on Wall Street. Next weekend, thousands of taxpayers are going to confront big banks and hold them accountable to us - will you demand they meet with us? Read more...

Photos from today's massive demonstration in Puerto Rico

Oct 15, 2009 - Enjoy the slideshow from today's strike by workers to protest Gov. Fortuño's layoffs--the largest demonstration in Puerto Rico's history. We'll keep the site and photostream updated as we get more from the ground in Puerto Rico. Updates on all things Puerto Rico on SEIU's Blog here. You can also follow SEIU on Twitter for updates. Read more...

Defeat of fear well underway in Puerto Rican general strike

Oct 15, 2009 - Two successful events that have already taken place today in the strike include the closing of Plaza Las Americas and more significantly, the defeat of fear. Hundreds of thousands of workers are now marching for justice, overcoming the campaign of media terror launched by the Puerto Rican Government during the last days. Protesters are marching from seven different locations of the Banks Zone in San Juan today, heading towards the southern side of Plaza Las Americas--which is expected to largest public gathering in Puerto Rican history. Read more...

On the Eve of the General Strike in Puerto Rico

Oct 14, 2009 - It's a very tense evening in Puerto Rico tonight--you can feel it in the streets and towns around the Island. Tomorrow the workers' movement and its allies will face a showdown with the Government police and paramilitary forces, as the general strike called to protest massive layoffs in the public service will begin in the early hours of the day. Read more...

Stop Puerto Rico's George Bush

Oct 14, 2009 - Tomorrow, over 200,000 people are preparing to take to the streets in a general strike, and Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño is threatening to charge the protesters with terrorism. Not even Karl Rove and George Bush tried that. Violating the civil rights of your own citizens is unacceptable--ask Congress to hold hearings on Fortuño's anti-American behavior. Read more...

October 13th: National Day of Immigrant Rights Action

Oct 11, 2009 - Next week, 10 buses originating from ten cities from across the U.S., will make their way to Washington, D.C. for an historic rally October 13 at the U.S. Capitol to demand urgent Congressional action on immigration reform. In one of the buses, over 30 members of SEIU Local 26--cleaning service workers who have experienced first-hand the fallout from aggressive enforcement of broken immigration laws--will travel from Minneapolis for the event. Read more...

Celebs use their star status to support laid-off Puerto Rican workers

Oct 10, 2009 - Puerto Rican Grammy award winning group Calle 13 announced they will speak out against Governor Fortuño's massive layoffs of nearly 17K public service workers live at the Latin MTV Awards on October 15th. The award show is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, CA on the same day the national workers' strike will be taking place in Puerto Rico. Read more...

In the Pursuit of Truth: Protecting the U.S. Census

Oct 09, 2009 - Yesterday, in yet another attempt to marginalize U.S. immigrants and inject hate into politics, Senator David Vitter (LA-R) introduced an amendment to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill that would require questions in the 2010 census on immigration status. If passed, Vitter's amendment would throw a monkey wrench into the U.S. Census, making it completely unreliable as the one document that is supposed to paint an accurate picture of who we are as a nation. Read more...

Members, Staff of Nation's Fastest Growing Union Gear Up for 2010 Elections

Oct 09, 2009 - As the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) gears up for the 2010 Federal, Gubernatorial and state legislative elections, the organization today announced additional staff to help elect politicians accountable to working families. Read more...

More Than 10,000 Taxpayers Sign Letter to Stop the Ken Lewis Bailout

Oct 09, 2009 - It's been a little over a day since we invited people to sign on to Anna Burger's letter to the Obama pay czar, asking him to stop payment on Ken Lewis' bailout until Bank of America agrees to clean up its act. Already, more than 10,000 taxpayers have signed the letter, demanding accountability from America's bailed out banks. Read more...

The Onion reviews the Ken Lewis record

Oct 08, 2009 - The Onion, America's Finest News Source, has nicely summed up the various mistakes that caused Ken Lewis to step down as CEO of Bank of America. Chiefly, that whole "worldwide economic collapse" thing. Read more...

You can choose only one: your health or your job

Oct 06, 2009 - We already knew that nearly 50 percent of workers who get sick are forced to choose between their health and their paycheck. For millions of workers, losing a day's wages if they stay home sick is not even the worst-case scenario--many workers are actually forced to choose between their health and their job. Read more...

Speaker Pelosi speaks out against "domestic violence as a pre-existing condition"

Oct 06, 2009 - Earlier today, Speaker Pelosi spoke forcefully against the fact that in some states, insurance companies can actually deny coverage to victims of domestic violence on the grounds that they have a pre-existing condition. Will you join Speaker Pelosi in calling for an end of all "pre-existing conditions," including domestic violence, once and for all? Read more...

Snapshot of recent worker actions protesting Puerto Rican Governor's mass layoffs

Oct 03, 2009 - he temperature is rising fast in the labor climate in Puerto Rico as a result of the 16,970 public employees laid off by Governor Fortuño on one stroke last Friday. Several scenarios accounted for the increased tension yesterday between government and workers, both organized and unorganized, and leaders from SEIU-affiliated locals SPT (Local 1996) and UGT continued their peaceful protests across Puerto Rico. to demand a roll back of the layoffs. Read more...

Bet Gov. Fortuño isn't eating scrambled eggs for breakfast this week

Oct 02, 2009 - According to reports, Governor Fortuño's personal security detail has been significantly beefed up since an incident on Tuesday when a protester threw an egg at him. The governor was holding a press conference in Fajardo to tout his new project for the improvement of the boats that carry passengers to the islands of Vieques and Culebrain. As the governor announced that the boats would be repaired in Fajardo, praising it as initiative to create jobs, one of the workers affected by the Gov.'s mass layoffs hurled an egg at the Governor's head, shouting "Hypocrite, how dare you talk about jobs when you're getting rid of them!" Read more...

Humana executive slams door on concerns of West Palm Beach Medicare recipients

Sep 30, 2009 - On Tuesday, members of SEIU Healthcare Florida joined senior citizens from the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans to try to speak to a local Humana executive at the West Palm Beach office of the insurance company. As the area seniors rallied to deliver a letter addressed to the local Humana executive and Humana CEO, they were instead greeted by the scampering of little feet, as the fearful insurance company executive hightailed it to his office in the wake of their arrival--practically slamming his office door in their faces. Read more...

Puerto Rican Governor sicks SWAT team and police brutality on laid-off workers holding peaceful protest

Sep 30, 2009 - On Tuesday in San Juan, peaceful demonstrators outside of the official estate of Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño were violently removed by SWAT team agents and arrested, despite assurances that they would leave peacefully and not resist arrest. Labor leaders and other demonstrators protesting the massive 16K+ firing of Puerto Rican state employees are shoved and billyclubbed by SWAT team ordered by Governor Fortuño. Read more...

Four Senators stand up for women's health care rights

Sep 30, 2009 - A few weeks ago, we wrote about research from the National Women's Law Center that uncovered the existence of domestic violence as a pre-existing condition in eight states and DC. We were horrified, as well many other bloggers and reporters. Apparently, so were at least four female Senators. Read more...

Rachel Maddow Takes on the Extremists

Sep 30, 2009 - Last night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow took on the radical right-wingers seeking to silence working families by attacking progressive community organizations. As part of that segment, she discussed with Peter Dreier, professor of politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, why they're trying to target the SEIU next. Watch the segment here. Read more...

What yesterday's vote really means

Sep 30, 2009 - On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee voted down the public option amendments introduced by Senators Rockefeller and Schumer. Sen. Schumer's public option amendment picked up moderate Democratic votes by Sen. Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Nelson (D-FL)--both of whom received hundreds of phone calls from people across the country in support of a public option. Read more...

Puerto Rican Workers Chain Themselves to Gates of Governor's Mansion

Sep 29, 2009 - Puerto Rican union leaders instituted Camp of Dignity and Shame today in front of La Fortalez, the San Juan home of the Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño. ""This is Camp Dignity and we will not move from here," said Robert Pagán, president of SEIU Local 1996SPT , who is one of four union leaders who chained themselves to the gates of the Governor's home in an act of civil disobedience to stand up against the announcement from the government dismissing thousands of public sector employees. Read more...

Republicans defend seniors insurance company profits

Sep 25, 2009 - On Thursday, as the Republicans continued to wage war on reform by attempting to defend the status quo, they decided to turn their attention to Americans over 65. In an attempt to scare seniors (and pander to their buddies in the insurance industry), the Republicans rose to the "defense" of Medicare, claiming that 10 million senior citizens who have Medicare Advantage would see a loss in their extra benefits under the new bill. The other side's solution? The option of 'doing nothing'...which will lead to a projected bankruptcy of Medicare by 2019. Read more...

SEIU: Paul Kirk Jr. Will Stand With Massachusetts' Working Families

Sep 24, 2009 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern released the following statement after Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick appointed Paul G. Kirk Jr. to fill Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat until a special election on January 19, 2010. Read more...

Massachusetts Legislature Ensures Bay State Families Will Have Full Voice in U.S. Senate

Sep 23, 2009 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern released the following statement after the Massachusetts State Legislature voted to allow Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint a successor fill Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat until a special election on January 19, 2010. Read more...

Watch: Andy Stern on the Ed Show

Sep 21, 2009 - [Update: Watch Andy's appearance last night here] Tonight, on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" at 6:45 PM ET, watch SEIU President Andy Stern give the latest on healthcare reform and some of the outrageous political rhetoric from the other side. Read more...

Immigration advocates working to silence FAIR, a known anti-immigrant hate group

Sep 20, 2009 - This week anti-immigrant extremists from FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform)--a known hate group--were silenced by vigils and pro-immigrant rallies demanding an end to the hate. To counter FAIR's "Hold Your Feet to the Fire" week of lobby activities in Washington, hundreds of activists held vigils at the Capitol to condemn the hateful rhetoric. In the beginning of the week, SEIU joined America's Voice, Center for New Community, and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) to launch a Roll Call print ad denouncing FAIR for poisoning the immigration debate with bigoted, xenophobic hate speech. Read more...

Michelle Obama joins Echo Chamber on Domestic Violence as a "Pre-Existing Condition"

Sep 18, 2009 - Thanks to all of you who took action this week to raise the issue of domestic violence as a "pre-existing condition" in eight states and Washington, DC. You emailed and called, and people are taking notice--including Michelle Obama. The First Lady mentioned the issue of domestic violence as a "pre-existing condition" in her speech on women and health care today. Watch it here. Read more...

Citizenship push gears up as National Citizenship Day approaches

Sep 11, 2009 - With less than a week before National Citizenship Day on September 17--ya es hora ¡Ciudadania! (Citizenship: It's Time!), national community partners and the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) announced that more than 25 citizenship events are being held across the country this month to help thousands of eligible immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship. Read more...

Obama: This moment calls us to do great things

Sep 09, 2009 - With the President's speech just now, and the movement in Congress over the past 48 hours, it's clear we now have all the pieces in place to move on real health insurance reform. Let's go. We've talked about this for years, we've been debating it for months - now let's get it done. Read more...

Obama and DOL look out for workers' health and safety

Sep 01, 2009 - Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor formally made good on a promise to kill a proposal introduced by President Bush in his final days of administration that would have made it more difficult for the government to write new worker protection rules. OMB Watchreports that the controversial proposal was, essentially, "an attempt to regulate regulations" by creating an "additional mandatory step to an already complicated rulemaking process." Read more...

SEIU Members in New Jersey Endorse Governor Corzine

Aug 28, 2009 - SEIU members in New Jersey today announced their strong support for Governor Jon Corzine as the clear choice for working families this fall. Members from SEIU New Jersey State Council, 1199SEIU, 32BJ, Local 518, Local 617 and the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) cited Governor Corzine's strong record of expanding healthcare for New Jersey families and his continued leadership to help families recover from the greatest crisis since the Great Depression as reasons for their support. Read more...

RNC: If you can't convince them, confuse them

Aug 27, 2009 - This week, some registered Republican voters in Colorado received a survey from the RNC entitled "2009 Future of American Health Care." The authors of this survey, however, seem completely unconcerned with what Republican voters actually think about healthcare. Read more...

Across America: Rally for Health Insurance Reform

Aug 27, 2009 - The teabag protesters make a lot of noise - but they don't speak for the majority of Americans. And they certainly don't speak for the 47 million Americans who can't afford health care; or the millions more who are one paycheck away from losing it. Fixing health care is too important to let those Americans get lost in all this back-and-forth. Help us send congress back to Washington with a clear directive on health care reform. Join us at send-off rallies across the country. Read more...

Rep. Moran Brings Dr. Dean to Dispel Health Reform Myths

Aug 27, 2009 - Earlier this week, Congressman Jim Moran hosted a town hall at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA with special guest, Dr. Howard Dean. The contentious town hall was a big target but Change that Works Virginia and pro-health care activists outnumbered the opposition by 2,000 persons! Volunteers and Change that Works team members filled the pro-health care question box that Rep. Moran had designated but unfortunately 85% of the questions were from the anti-reform box. Read more...

The Hidden Healthcare Tax

Aug 25, 2009 - Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office has put up an online ticker showing the amount paid by America's businesses and workers to subsidize the uncompensated healthcare costs of the uninsured--a hidden healthcare tax paid directly to the insurance companies. Read more...

Update on Herta - and some good news

Aug 19, 2009 - Today, after days of activism by Senator Carl Levin, Representative Carolyn Kilpatrick and thousands of grassroots activists, Herta was granted and extension on her deportation to Albania until November 9, 2009. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, Herta will still have to report back to ICE on November 9th--and that's not good enough. Read more...

TODAY: Join the Call with President Obama

Aug 19, 2009 - I'm getting on a call with President Obama on Thursday, August 20 and I want you to join me. The President is holding a live health care reform strategy meeting at 2:30 pm EST. He'll lay out our strategy and message going forward, and he'll answer questions from SEIU members and supporters like you. Read more...

Ending Support for Glenn Beck's Hate Speech on the Airwaves

Aug 18, 2009 - Yesterday, Wal-Mart and 7 other advertisers confirmed they were pulling their support from Glenn Beck's show. But while Wal-Mart may have pulled its ad dollars from the Glenn Beck Program, the retail giant still advertises on his parent station. We need to keep the pressure on Wal-Mart to commit to keeping the airwaves free from offensive hate-mongering. Read more...

Herta's Bags Are Packed

Aug 18, 2009 - Tomorrow, 19 year-old Herta Llushlo will be removed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from the only place she knows as home and deported to Albania - her bags are already packed. You can make sure that doesn't happen. Can you write Secretary Napolitano in support of Herta Llushlo? Help renew the promise of the American Dream for Herta, so that together we can work renew the promise of the American Dream for everyone. Read more...

Anna Burger addresses Netroots Nation

Aug 15, 2009 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger took the main stage at Netroots Nation to talk about what it's going to take to build a 21st century economy that works for all Americans. Joined by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and economist Dean Baker, the panel discussed the problems and opportunities we face as we find our place in a global, service-oriented economy. Read more...

The Daily Show Takes on Teabaggers (Video)

Aug 11, 2009 - Leave it to John Stewart to bring a little clarity on the opponents of health care reform. Read more...

Stop the violence at health care town halls

Aug 07, 2009 - Last night in St. Louis, Missouri, a reverend and staff member of SEIU was assaulted at a town hall. The incident, along with a town hall in Tampa, Florida, has been all over the radio and cable news shows. GOP operatives are rushing to paint it as SEIU "thug" violence. That couldn't be further from the truth. Read more...

Your Guide to Corporate Astroturfing: Lobbyist-Run Groups Orchestrating...

Aug 07, 2009 - For several days now, radical-fringe right-wing opponents bent on blocking any reform legislation have disrupted town hall meetings conducted by members of Congress. Conservative lobbyist-run groups FreedomWorks, Conservatives for Patients' Rights, Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform are leading the way orchestrating these town hall mobs. Read more...

CA State Budget: Kindergarten Cop turns on kids

Aug 05, 2009 - Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the state budget into law last week, but not before chopping another half billion dollars from services for women, children, the sick and the elderly - services that just days before he'd agreed not to cut any further. Read more...

Do you think they're getting the message?

Jul 29, 2009 - Attacking Reform with Insurance Company-Owned Research? So far hundreds of you have watched this video and used Twitter to call out the people trying to pass off the Lewin Group as "independent." I just took a screen shot of all the @replies to Senator Grassley's Twitter feed - take a look... Read more...

Rep. Pomeroy, You Can Do Better

Jul 17, 2009 - Well, you can't say that Earl Pomeroy won't make good on a threat. Late last night, Rep. Pomeroy voted to keep denying coverage to 11% of North Dakota's residents. Late last night, Rep. Pomeroy effectively voted to keep levying a hidden health tax of roughly $1,000 on premiums on North Dakota's businesses and families as a direct result of subsidizing the uninsured. Read more...

SEIU Member-Endorsed Judy Chu Candidate Wins in California

Jul 15, 2009 - Yesterday, California Democrat Judy Chu won a special election in District 32 with almost 62% of the vote to become the newest member of Congress. "She's a dynamic leader and a woman of action, who stands up and fights for her beliefs, whether outside on a picket line with workers or inside the corridors of power," said Courtni Pugh, Executive Director of SEIU California State Council. Read more...

SEIU Members in California Congratulate Congresswoman-Elect Judy Chu

Jul 15, 2009 - Representing 700,000 California members, the Service Employees International Union today congratulated Dr. Judy Chu on her election to United States Congress representing California's 32nd District. Read more...

32BJ Endorses Mayor Bloomberg for Re-election

Jul 15, 2009 - Yesterday, SEIU Local 32BJ endorsed Michael Bloomberg for re-election. Why? Because Bloomberg has proven his commitment to working families, raising security industry standards and taking action to make sure out-of-work New Yorkers have the resources necessary to find employment. Read more...

House Releases Health Care Reform Bill

Jul 14, 2009 - Leaders in the House of Representatives have released their comprehensive plan for reforming health care today. It's a complete, thorough bill that will take some time to comb through and examine all the details. But, the preliminary analyses conclude that it's a huge step toward fixing health care and a major victory for all of us who have been working for quality, affordable health care. Read more...

Sotomayor confirmation hearings reminder America is still the land of opportunity

Jul 13, 2009 - The life story of Judge Sonia Sotomayor is, quite literally, a remarkable retelling of the American Dream. Her personal story of achievement has given her a rare insight into the lives of people who get up and go to work each day to make a better life for their families. Watch the Sotomayor confirmation hearings live here. Read more...

Mark Udall Asks for Your Health Care Stories

Jul 10, 2009 - For the last few weeks, I've been asking you what you're doing for health care reform. Read more...

What Would North Dakota Look Like if the Chamber Got Its Way?

Jul 10, 2009 - It's hard to imagine how things could be worse these days: between unemployment, the financial crisis, and the state of healthcare, it's no secret that North Dakota is hurting. Read more...

What Would Pennsylvania Look Like if the Chamber Got Its Way?

Jul 10, 2009 - It could be worse. It's hard to imagine how things could be worse these days: between unemployment, the financial crisis, and the state of healthcare, it's no secret that Pennsylvania is hurting. Read more...

What Would Nebraska Look Like If the Chamber Got Its Way?

Jul 10, 2009 - It could be worse. It's hard to imagine how things could be worse these days: between unemployment, the financial crisis, and the state of healthcare, it's no secret that Nebraska is hurting. Read more...

If the U.S. Chamber Had Their Way, Montanans Would Suffer

Jul 09, 2009 - When CEOs in Washington decide the agenda of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, they seem to forget all about real workers and business owners throughout America. Read more...

If The U.S. Chamber Had Their Way, Pennsylvanians Would Suffer

Jul 08, 2009 - When CEOs in Washington decide the agenda of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, they seem to forget all about real workers and business owners throughout America. Read more...

If the U.S. Chamber Had Their Way, North Dakotans Would Suffer

Jul 08, 2009 - When CEOs in Washington decide the agenda of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, they seem to forget all about real workers and business owners throughout America. Read more...

If The U.S. Chamber Had Their Way, Nebraskans Would Suffer

Jul 08, 2009 - When CEOs in Washington decide the agenda of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, they seem to forget all about real workers and business owners throughout America. Read more...

Sarah Jones: A Right to Care

Jul 08, 2009 - The Associated Press calls her "astounding." People Magazine calls her "amazing." We call her one of the most important and engaging messengers ever to tackle the issue of health care disparities in America. And she's performing in Washington, DC on Thursday, July 9th and St. Paul, MN on July 11th. Read more...

Colorado Springs Rallies in Support of a Healthy America

Jul 06, 2009 - On July 2nd, activists in Colorado Springs rallied in support of quality, affordable health care for all Coloradans. Watch the video above to see their stories. Read more...

July 2nd: Denver Rallies for a Healthy America

Jul 05, 2009 - On July 2nd, people in Denver rallied to demand quality, affordable health care for all. Read more...

North Dakotans Argue For Health Care Reform Now

Jul 05, 2009 - Watch the video above as two North Dakotans make the case for quality, affordable health care reform for all. Read more...

Senate HELP Committee Releases Complete Health Care Bill

Jul 02, 2009 - For months, we've been standing firm on our call for Congress to deliver a health care bill that does a few, simple things. It has to lower health care costs for patients, businesses, and governments. It has to improve the quality of care for patients. And it has to make sure that every American, regardless of who they are or how much money that make, has access to affordable care. Today, we have that bill. Read more...

HAARM: Takin' It To The Streets

Jul 01, 2009 - This weekend, the same groups that organized anti-Obama "tea parties" around the country are putting together another round of July 4th tea parties. This time, killing health care reform is at the top of their agenda. Naturally, HAARM wanted to get in on the fun. Check out the video of HAARM's anti-health care reform protest: www.haarm.org Read more...

Anna Burger: It is Time to Seat Al Franken in the U.S. Senate

Jun 30, 2009 - Change to Win chair and SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger issued the following statement on today's decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court that Al Franken is entitled to a certificate of election as Minnesota's next U.S. Senator: Read more...

SEIU Endorses Creigh Deeds For Governor

Jun 30, 2009 - Today, Loretta Johnson and the more than 5,000 hardworking Virginia members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) endorsed State Senator Creigh Deeds for Governor as the best candidate to create good jobs that can support a family and seek real solutions to the big issues that face all Virginians like healthcare reform and reliable public services. Read more...

Judge Orders State to Halt Wage Cut For California Home Care Workers

Jun 25, 2009 - HUGE news for home care workers and those they care for: A U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction Thursday afternoon ordering the state of California to halt a proposed $2 cut in wages for the state's 400,000 home care workers. The injunction has the effect of stopping pay cuts in all California counties that were planning on passing the state cut through to their home care workers. Read more...

Healthcare Equality 2009: Lighting up the Future

Jun 25, 2009 - Last night, an impressive group of speakers and passionate activists gathered in Washington DC, in the appropriately named Freedom Plaza, to declare their commitment to advocacy and demand that Congressional reform efforts address systemic inequality in the American health care system. Punctuated throughout the evening by the rhythmic sounds of Rudy Gonzalez Y Su Lokura's Latin jazz band, the evening was a tribute to both the passion and diversity involved in the health care reform movement. Read more...

Liveblogging: Health Care Events on Capitol Hill

Jun 24, 2009 - We live blogged the health care events taking place today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. People of all religious, ethnic, and racial backgrounds came together to rally for health care equality across America! Read more...

Round-Up of this Week's Health Care Events

Jun 24, 2009 - You may have noticed there is a lot going on with healthcare over the next roughly 24 hours. Below is a Below is a snapshot of what's going on. Read more...

Meet HAARM: Healthy Americans Against Reforming Medicine

Jun 23, 2009 - Is it just me, or do our opponents sound crazier every day? Take opponents of health care reform; they're spending millions of dollars on TV ads that call the President's plan "socialism," "rationing," and "a government takeover." It sort of makes you wonder - where do these people come up with this stuff? Meet HAARM: Health Americans Against Reforming Medicine - www.haarm.org Read more...

NBC/WSJ Poll: 76% of Americans Support Public Health Insurance Option

Jun 18, 2009 - Congress can't seem to reach a consensus, but the American people have overwhelmingly made up their minds: we need a public health insurance option. A new poll conducted by NBC and the Wall Street Journal is the latest in a series of polls to show convincing support for a choice between a private or public health insurance plan among the American people. Read more...

White House Plan to Cleanup Wall Street, Stabilize Economy & Protect Consumers is Strong First Step

Jun 17, 2009 - Today, Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer of the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) and a member of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, issued the following statement in response to the White House's fiscal reform plan: "The White House plan is a significant first step towards reforming and holding accountable a financial system whose irresponsible, risky practices have destabilized our economy and devastated millions of hard working families..." Read more...

Top 10 Historical Chamber of Commerce Quotes Against Healthcare

Jun 17, 2009 - When the US Chamber of Commerce opposed early versions of the healthcare bill Tuesday, we weren't surprised. This is, after all, the same group that colorfully told the Associated Press it was "time to unload the powder and fill the musket" in their fight against health care reform. Read more...

State Legislators to the Hill: We Need Health Care Reform

Jun 17, 2009 - 700 state legislators from every state have signed on to a letter to the President, HHS Secretary Sebelius, and leaders in Congress, asking them to support the key ingredients for real health care reform. And, today, a delegation of legislators from around the country will be on Capitol Hill to meet with the White House and deliver the letter. Read more...

In Mexico, SEIU's Eliseo Medina Calls for Cross-Border Solutions to Fix Broken Immigration System

Jun 17, 2009 - This week, SEIU Executive VP Eliseo Medina is in Mexico City meeting with key legislators and labor leaders on the importance of working together to improve labor rights and economic opportunities for workers on both sides of the border. And in other immigration reform news... Read more...

BofA & Merrill: "Who was holding the shotgun?"

Jun 15, 2009 - There are two storylines that Bank of America has been pushing about its decision to go through with the Merrill Lynch acquisition, even after it became clear that Merrill was facing billions in losses. Did the Fed force BofA into a shotgun wedding, or is it possible that BofA put a shotgun to the head of the broader economy in order to get political and economic cover for a bailout that it needed anyway? Read more...

SEIU Workers in Puerto Rico Lead March Against 30,000+ Layoffs

Jun 15, 2009 - Led in part by SEIU Local 1996 in Puerto Rico, close to 100,000 union members, students, and other activists marched in front of the capitol building in San Juan last week to protest Governor Luis Fortuño's plan to lay off more than 30,000 government employees and suspend public sector collective bargaining rights. Read more...

It's On Your Kitchen Table

Jun 12, 2009 - President Obama last week indicated that we must provide Americans with the option of a public health insurance plan. Now it's time to convince Congress; and the strongest proof that our current health care system is broken is probably sitting on your kitchen table - your medical bills. Read more...

"Campaign for America's Future" Prepares the Way for Healthcare Reform

Jun 03, 2009 - More than 1,000 progressive leaders and activists have been in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for the yearly America's Future Now! Conference, organized by Campaign for America's Future (CAF). The main 'event' of CAF's 2009 conference has been the launching of an $82 million campaign for healthcare reform, a collective effort involving more than 1,000 organizations that are part of Health Care for America Now behind President Obama's health care plan. Read more...

Governor Schwarzenegger: Home Healthcare Is Not A Throw-Away!

May 28, 2009 - Today, SEIU home healthcare members closed their 48-hour vigil with a press conference on the steps of the California statehouse to protest drastic budget cuts which would drive home care workers into poverty and force seniors and people with disabilities into more restrictive and costly institutional settings Read more...

Judge Sotomayor's Nomination to the Supreme Court an Extraordinary Choice for Today and Tomorrow

May 26, 2009 - President Obama said he would appoint people to our courts who not only had brilliant legal minds, but who also understand how the law impacts the everyday lives of working families. Today he has fulfilled that promise by nominating U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more...

No holiday for Health Care and Employee Free Choice campaigns

May 21, 2009 - Harley riders. Pancake breakfasts. Governor Howard Dean. What do they all have in common? They're just a few of the unique ways that SEIU's keeping our campaigns for health care reform and Employee Free Choice moving during the Memorial Day recess. Read more...

The GOP Health Care Proposal: More of the Same

May 20, 2009 - Republicans in Congress dusted off John McCain's health care proposal from the 2008 campaign and reintroduced it at a press conference in Washington today. The proposal, which serves as their counter to President Obama's plan for health care reform, replaces the coverage people have with an insufficient tax subsidy that doesn't even cover half of the average family's health care premiums. Read more...

The Party of No...Health Care? We Hope Not.

May 19, 2009 - Last Sunday, RNC Chair Michael Steele revealed his party's intentions when it comes to fixing our broken health care system. Watch Chairman Steele demonstrate why his party is now referred to as the "Party of No". Read more...

Big Banks Liquidating Your Company? Let Us Know

May 15, 2009 - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) launched a toll-free hotline and website--Keep America Working--to support small business owners and workers facing job loss because of frozen credit and liquidation at the hands of bailed-out banks. Visit www.keepworkinghotline.org if your company is facing liquidation threats from big banks. Read more...

Newt takes page out of Kanye playbook; enraged over Twitterjacking

May 14, 2009 - Lately a twitterer in the name of EFCANow has taken to trying to convert followers of Republicans Newt Gingrich and Saul Anuzis to sign a pro-Employee Free Choice petition--and Newt and Saul are so mad about it they're threatening to sue. Read more...

Video: Anna Burger on Labor's Role in Democracy

May 13, 2009 - "When workers had a voice on the job, when unionization was high and one in three workers had a union, not only was it good for those workers, it lifted up everybody," said SEIU's Anna Burger in an interview with the Brennan Center for Justice. "It raised the standards across America in terms of wages, healthcare, retirement security and the ability to give our kids a better life." Read more...

The Latest Victims of the Broken Health Care System: Medicare Recipients

May 13, 2009 - The big news out of Washington is that the Social Security and Medicare Trust funds are in worse shape than we thought. According to the Medicare Trustees' report released yesterday, we're going to exhaust Medicare by 2017 unless we take immediate action. Read more...

Is Bank of America Clueless?

May 12, 2009 - The bank was "shocked" at the Treasury's initial figure and "negotiated" to have the number lowered by about $20 billion. Of course this begs a question as to just how healthy BofA actually is. I mean, I've heard of accounting tricks, but I didn't know you can knock off 30% of your capital shortfall through "negotiations". That's one hell of an accounting trick! Read more...

Calling It What It Is: Frank Luntz's Hit Job on Health Care

May 08, 2009 - Opponents of health care reform have been wringing their hands these last few months. Ever since America elected a president dedicated to fixing our broken system last November, it seems that no amount of spin can distract people from the fact that we're paying billions of dollars for a health care system that doesn't work. This week, as a last ditch effort, Republican spin-doctor Frank Luntz floated a confidential memo on how to scare Americans into believing health care reform is bad. The only problem: the memo was leaked. And, now, the media and members of Congress are calling his bluff. Read more...

New HHS Report: Decline in Patient Safety "Disturbing"

May 07, 2009 - The Department of Health and Human Services has released their National Healthcare Quality Report, which evaluates the quality of American health care based on data collected throughout 2008. This headline from the report sums it up: Health Care Quality Is Suboptimal and Continues To Improve at a Slow Pace Read more...

Fixing Health Care: Put Your Hand In

May 06, 2009 - Sitting among the insurance executives, business leaders, and Washington lobbyists in the audience of yesterday's roundtable on health care reform were a handful of frontline caregivers from SEIU. They came from across the country to be on Capitol Hill yesterday, and they served as a powerful reminder of the people the debate over health care reform is really about - patients and their caregivers. Read more...

Andy Stern's Testimony to Congress: The Face of the Health Care Crisis

May 06, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern visited Capitol Hill Tuesday in one of the last official opportunities to provide input on health care reform before a final piece of legislation is drafted next month. Learn about the standards SEIU uses to measure the success of the healthcare system that works for America's working families. Read more...

Obama's First 100 Days: What he's done for workers

Apr 29, 2009 - Today marks the 100th day Obama has been in the Oval Office. "President Obama has made it clear from day one that we will not be able to rebuild our economy stronger than it was without a greater voice, and greater prosperity, for American workers," said SEIU's Anna Burger, highlighting workers' engagement during the Administration's first 100 days. Read more...

Sebelius Confirmation Brings America One Step Closer To Fixing Our Broken Healthcare System

Apr 28, 2009 - "The 6 million hardworking Change to Win affiliate members hoped the current economic crisis and overwhelming burden healthcare costs place on working families would be enough for a speedy confirmation. We are encouraged that obstructionists in the Senate have finally realized that dragging their feet on reforming our healthcare system only harms working families, small businesses and our economy. A potential pandemic with severe economic consequences only reaffirmed the immediate and critical need for leadership at HHS. Read more...

Baucus Gets Things Moving on Health Care

Apr 23, 2009 - The crowd spilled into the overflow room Monday, as the Senate Finance Committee, Chaired by Montana Senator Max Baucus, began the process of, at last, making health care reform a reality in this country. Monday's hearing was an encouraging sign that we're on the right track. Read more...

Senator Grassley Says Progress on Healthcare Depends Upon Bipartisanship

Apr 15, 2009 - "The true test of this bipartisanship process will be how we handle the details," said Senator Charles E. Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, last week in a Mason City, Iowa, health forum including panelists from AARP and SEIU. Speaking about competition between insurance companies, Local 199 member and RN Mary Burke commented, "I think competition would actually be meaningful if we have a public health care system. If you don't have everybody insured, we're still going to have the problem." Read more...

Dennis Rivera and Michael Bloomberg: Health Care Reform is a Must

Apr 14, 2009 - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and SEIU Healthcare Chair Dennis Rivera have published a joint op-ed on the Huffington Post with a simple message: health care reform must happen this year, period. Read more...

President Obama Creates Office of Health Reform

Apr 08, 2009 - By executive order, President Obama established the White House Office of Health Reform today. According to the order, it "will provide leadership to the executive branch in establishing policies, priorities, and objectives for the Federal Government's comprehensive effort to improve access to health care, the quality of such care, and the sustainability of the health care system." Read more...

NYT: We Should Have a Public Health Insurance Option

Apr 08, 2009 - The New York Times is out in front with an early endorsement of a public health insurance option as part of any plan to fix health care: A new public plan - to offer consumers greater choice, keep the private... Read more...

Ezra Klein: Fixing Health Care Shouldn't Mean Choosing Between Two Extremes

Apr 07, 2009 - Rather than deciding as a society how much will be spent in the coming year and then figuring out how best to spend it, we abdicate collective responsibility and let individuals fend for themselves. So although Britain and Canada have decided that no one will go without, even if some must occasionally wait, the U.S. has decided that most of those who can't afford care simply won't get it. Read more...

Senator Schumer: Competition Works for Health Care

Apr 06, 2009 - That's where Senator Schumer comes in. During the coming months, as the plans for health care reform unfold, his job is to make sure Congress is looking out for patients and not profits by including a public health insurance option into the mix. Backing him up will be President Obama and the soon-to-be-Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. And, of course, all of us. Read more...

Free Sebelius!

Apr 03, 2009 - It's with great disappointment that we received news this morning that an "unnamed Republican Senator" put a hold on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' confirmation as Health and Human Services Secretary. At a time when the U.S. economy is collapsing under the elephantine costs of our broken health care system, how is it that one anonymous Senator can obstruct filling the leadership post of our nation's top health agency? Read more...

Moving Forward: Congress Passes President Obama's Budget

Apr 03, 2009 - Today, we moved a little bit closer to fixing health care. Nothing about it was easy, but Congress has passed a budget that includes a historic commitment to health care reform. It follows the president's directive to establish a health reform reserve fund to cover the cost of health care without raising the deficit. Consider this a promise to the American people that real change is coming this year. Read more...

Budget Coming As Soon As Today

Apr 02, 2009 - The AP is reporting that Congress is expected to take a final vote on a budget resolution as early as today. Both the House and Senate Budget Committees released their own proposals last week that protect the key investments President Obama had requested for fixing health care and restoring the economy. Read more...

Empowering Workers through Employee Free Choice

Mar 31, 2009 - Today, the Politico debuted a special section online and in print about the Employee Free Choice Act. Read more...

White House Report: The Costs of Inaction

Mar 30, 2009 - The White House issued a report on health care this morning that serves as a sobering reminder of the urgent need for reform. Released online at HealthReform.gov, the report documents the widespread effects of the health care crisis across the United States. Read more...

SEIU COPE TV ad for Scott Murphy - NY-20

Mar 27, 2009 - SEIU COPE (Committee on Public Education) released an ad today in support of Scott Murphy in New York's 20th Congressional District. Read more...

We Want Justice, Not Blood

Mar 19, 2009 - Yesterday, I sat for several hours in a House subcommittee meeting, waiting for a satisfying moment that never came. Scores of cameras, dozens of spectators, and the "Ladies in Pink" (who nearly got thrown out of the hearing for waving signs that said "Jail AIG") joined me as we waited for hours to hear from the CEO of AIG, Edward Liddy. Read more...

Congress Needs to Hear From Us

Mar 18, 2009 - There are lots of lessons to be learned from previous attempts to fix health care - and a few critical mistakes that we cannot repeat. One of those mistakes is assuming that, just because a piece of legislation doesn't say "health care reform" in the title, it isn't critical to solving the crisis. Read more...

Gallup Poll: Majority of Americans Support the Employee Free Choice Act

Mar 17, 2009 - In the first independent poll conducted this year on the issue, Americans are firmly and overwhelmingly in support of not only the Employee Free Choice Act, but of workers' rights and of labor in general. Read more...

SEIU Supports New Bill to Ease Debt for Nursing Students

Mar 13, 2009 - Iowa Congressman Tom Latham and Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin introduced a bill on Thursday aimed at easing the debt burden on nursing students and combating America's nursing shortage. Read more...

Ten Things You Should Know About the President's Budget

Mar 11, 2009 - President Obama recently unveiled his budget for getting America back on track - and it includes a significant downpayment toward fixing health care. As usual, opponents of reform are on the attack, attempting to turn our national discussion on health care into an uninformed, schoolyard brawl. Just check out Rep. Zach Wamp's recent appearance on MSNBC: Read more...

SEIU in the White House

Mar 06, 2009 - Yesterday, Andy Stern, Anna Burger, and Dennis Rivera were back at the White House for the president's forum on health care. They were there to represent the two million SEIU members that have been fighting so hard for so long to see real changes in the health care system. Check out their video from the north gate. Read more...

White House Health Summit

Mar 05, 2009 - Today, President Obama hosted a one-day health forum at the White House to officially launch a discussion on how we can bring about meaningful change in health care. The 120 participants - Republicans, Democrats, insurance companies, labor, doctors and patient advocates, including SEIU's President Andy Stern, Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and SEIU Healthcare chair Dennis Rivera - will be working together to offer up ideas for the best way to make reform happen. Read more...

Standing Up for Homecare Workers in Washington (Video)

Mar 04, 2009 - I attended a hearing at the Rayburn building about "Family Friendly Policies". A very brave woman named Rebia Mixon Clay told a very compelling and powerful story about the vicissitudes of she faces every day as a home health care Worker. Ms. Mixon Clay, was succinct, on point and eloquent. In a very personal and uplifting way she brought home the plight of many people in this country. Read more...

Speaker Pelosi: We Will Fix Health Care This Year

Feb 26, 2009 - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was on the Rachel Maddow Show last night to discuss, among other things, the timeline for health care reform. Read more...

White House Budget Suggests "Health Care is a Go"

Feb 25, 2009 - Today, news reports suggest that the president intends to make a serious investment in fixing, once and for all, our broken health care system. According to the Associated Press, the White House budget includes $634 billion for health care over the course of 10 years. Read more...

Obama's Speech: A Health Care Milestone (Video)

Feb 24, 2009 - I just finished watching Obama's address to Congress with a group of SEIU nurses. I won't name names, but some of us have tears in our eyes right now. For us, this is a moment more than a decade in the making. When our movement started, having a president who would speak so honestly and passionately about the need to fix health care was something we dreamt about, but it was hard to imagine. Read more...

VIDEO: Health Care Dominates White House Fiscal Responsibility Summit

Feb 23, 2009 - The first-ever Fiscal Responsibility Summit took place on Monday at the White House. Advisors at the highest levels of the Obama administration hosted members of Congress as well as leaders from a wide range of organizations to discuss solutions to long-term fiscal challenges facing the nation. SEIU President Andy Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger were among the attendees at the event. Read more...

VIDEO: My First Week in Washington DC with SEIU

Feb 20, 2009 - I've always been impressed with our nation's capitol. The huge buildings, sweeping landscapes, and grand stone staircases - it's all so big, it makes me a little disoriented and, gulp, small. But all those buildings are filled with people. And if there's anything I've learned as a nurse - people are people. We all eat and sleep and want to make the world a better place. Read more...

Sebelius Rumors Spur Buzz, Reactions

Feb 19, 2009 - Last night, the New York Times broke news that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is President Obama's top pick for heading up the Health and Human Services agency. Gov. Sebelius brings significant experience to the role - serving for eight... Read more...

VIDEO: MSNBC Exposes Source of Health IT Smears

Feb 13, 2009 - Your efforts to uncover the misinformation campaign against health IT are gaining major traction in the mainstream media. MSNBC dug further into the smear tactics being used against health IT on last night's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." Read more...

Caregivers Defend Health IT

Feb 11, 2009 - Yesterday, we told you about Rush Limbaugh's rant against the measures to improve health IT in the Economic Recovery Act. Normally, Rush goes largely unnoticed by most of the general public. But his irresponsible comments about health IT have hit... Read more...

Limbaugh Doesn't Get IT

Feb 10, 2009 - Health care professionals nationwide are writing to their newspapers today to refute claims by Rush Limbaugh on two provisions in the stimulus package: comparative effectiveness research and health IT. Both are designed to provide health care professionals with objective, up-to-date information on treatments, tests and procedures available to them. Read more...

What We Won for Kids' Health

Feb 05, 2009 - Yesterday, health care advocates nationwide celebrated a major victory for our movement. President Obama signed the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) into law. President Obama characterized the bill as a "down payment" on winning quality, affordable health care for all Americans, not just our children. Read more...

Union Leaders Around the Globe Call for Immediate Private Equity Reforms to Avoid Further Economic Crises

Feb 04, 2009 - "For our global economy to thrive and grow again, corporations, governments, and non-state actors -- like labor unions -- must work together towards a system where competition is based on the quality and sustainability of goods and services provided, not... Read more...

Senator Daschle's Resignation

Feb 03, 2009 - Sen. Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination today for Secretary of Health and Human Services. In a statement released by the White House, Sen. Daschle stated: "If 30 years of exposure to the challenges inherent in our system has taught me anything, it has taught me that this work will require a leader who can operate with the full faith of Congress and the American people, and without distraction. Right now, I am not that leader." Read more...

HCAN Poll: Americans are Ready for Reform

Feb 02, 2009 - Health Care for America Now, one of SEIU's partner coalitions released the results of a poll that shows broad public support for comprehensive health care reform. According to the poll, there is "intense and widespread voter support for the choice of a public health insurance plan as part of comprehensive, national health care reform." Read more...

Our Early Victory: By The Numbers

Feb 02, 2009 - Last week's reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program was touted by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers as an important first step to fix health care. It was our first glimpse of what happens when both parties come together around improving access to quality care. Read more...

SEIU Launches Nevada TV Ad In Support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Strong Leadership for Working Families

Jan 30, 2009 - SEIU announced today that it has begun a new, aggressive television ad campaign in support of Senator Harry Reid's work on behalf of Nevada's working families. Read more...

Our Job Is Just Beginning

Jan 29, 2009 - "Four Million Down, 40 Million to Go:" After three days of debate on a series of amendments to the bill, the Senate passed the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program on Jan. 29. This program will ensure that millions of children, many of whose parents have lost their employer-provided health care coverage through layoffs and cutbacks, will be able to receive doctor check-ups, dentist visits, and preventive care. Read more...

New TV Ad Campaign Targets House Republicans Completely Out of Touch with Working People in America

Jan 29, 2009 - SEIU and coalition groups Americans United for Change, MoveOn.org Political Action and AFSCME unveiled a new television ad campaign that aims to to pressure key and potentially deciding votes in Congress and build momentum behind President Obama's "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act". Read more...

Online Activist Report: Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization

Jan 15, 2009 - Yesterday, the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 passed by an overwhelming margin. If you want to see how your representative voted, click here to see the vote report by state, as well as a breakdown of your online efforts through SEIU.org to get connected to your representative. Read more...

New Poll Shows Widespread Support for SCHIP Expansion to Cover Legal Immigrant Children

Dec 23, 2008 - Encouraging news from a poll released yesterday, which shows that more than two-thirds of the public (82 percent) supports SCHIP renewal and for extending children's health benefits to legal immigrant children. Read more...

Sen. Ben Nelson: Anti-Free Choice Ads are "Smear tactics that insult me and my fellow Nebraskans"

Dec 22, 2008 - SEIU calls on "Americans for Job Security" to engage in an honest conversation with Nebraskans about their positions rather than trying to mislead Nebraskans. Read more...

Statement by SEIU Healthcare Chair Dennis Rivera Pledging Support for Former Senator Daschle, Obama Transition Team Efforts to Fix Health Care

Dec 05, 2008 - We look forward to doing our part to promote this vital effort across the country. Read the entire statement from SEIU's Dennis Rivera now. Read more...

A New Beginning for America's Working Families

Dec 01, 2008 - Time and time again, President-elect Obama inspired Americans with the phrase, "You are the people you have been waiting for." SEIU members took that message to heart and worked tirelessly this past election for our families, for our communities and for our future. Read more...

Join the Conversation: Live Video Conference with SEIU President Andy Stern

Nov 19, 2008 - SEIU President Andy Stern is talking with bloggers, members, and health care activists in a live video conference today at 2:30 p.m today. He'll be reporting back on the congressional testimony he gave this morning on the combined impact of the health care and economic crises on the lives of working families nationwide. Click here to join the conversation. Read more...

Home Depot Founder to CEOs: You "Should Be Shot"

Nov 19, 2008 - In the fight for the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill in Congress that would give workers the free choice to form unions, we've seen some crazy hyperbole from greedy CEOs and their front groups who oppose free choice for workers. Home Depot founder and ex-CEO Bernie Marcus, for example... Read more...

SEIU Funding & Leadership Out-Ranks Dozens of Groups During Presidential, Senate Races

Nov 18, 2008 - SEIU Financial Support & Leadership Out-Ranks Dozens of Groups During Presidential and Senate Races Read more...

TONIGHT: Watch Andy Stern's Interview on NBC Nightly News

Nov 18, 2008 - SEIU President Andy Stern will be featured in tonight's NBC Nightly News broadcast to talk about critical issues the Obama Administration must address for all working families. Tune in to NBC Nightly News tonight, November 17, beginning at 6:30 pm EST to watch. Read more...

"Now is the time to roll up our sleeves..." Letter to the Editor from SEIU Healthcare Member

Nov 18, 2008 - "No matter if you voted for President-elect Barack Obama or Sen. John McCain, if you are a union member, small-business owner or retiree, we share one community. We need to play our part to help our elected leaders fulfill their campaign promises," writes SEIU Healthcare member Charlotte Anibas from Local 1199NW in a Seattle Times LTE. Read more...

Why Employees Need Free Choice to Join Unions: Let's Cut to the Chase

Nov 14, 2008 - The Saturday, Nov. 8th edition of The New York Times had a lengthy piece by Steven Greenhouse about the growing chorus for the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would restore free choice for people who want to join a union. Towards the end of the article is a simple sentence that bears further examination, because it gets to the heart of why we need Employee Free Choice... Read more...

PSA Campaign Aims to Address the Mental Health Consequences of Combat

Nov 13, 2008 - PSA Campaign Aims to Address the Mental Health Consequences of Combat Read more...

SEIU, Coalition Partners Urge Health Care Overhaul

Nov 13, 2008 - SEIU and its Divided We Fail partners AARP, the Business Roundtable and the National Federation of Independent Businesses published an open letter to President-elect Barack Obama in USA Today this week, calling for comprehensive healthcare reform in the new administration's... Read more...

SEIU Supports New Blueprint to Solve Health Care Crisis by Senator Max Baucus

Nov 12, 2008 - SEIU issued a statement in support of the diagnosis of and prescription for mending our broken health care system released today by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), the chairman of the Finance Committee. Read more...

Passage of Proposition B for Quality Home Care Ensures Choice to Live at Home for Seniors, Disabled

Nov 12, 2008 - Seniors, people with disabilities, attendants, and home care advocates celebrated the passage of Proposition B, the Quality Home Care Act, as a major victory in the effort to ensure quality home care services for Missouri's growing senior population and its citizens with disabilities. Read more...

Workers Recount Their GOTV Efforts for a New Economic Agenda

Nov 11, 2008 - Union members from SEIU and the Change to Win federation gathered at a press conference Friday to tell their stories of hope and optimism to promote a new era for positive government and a progressive agenda for worker-driven economic growth. Read more...

Fast Fact: In Just Five Months...

Nov 04, 2008 - Through last night, SEIU members knocked on 2,435,645 doors in battleground states and key races across the country. Read more...

Fast Fact: Millions Contacted Over the Phone

Nov 04, 2008 - Through last night, SEIU members and staff made 16,137,541 phone calls in battleground states and key races across the country. Read more...

Pennsylvania RNs win mandatory overtime ban

Oct 10, 2008 - It's been seven years in the making, but on Wednesday, Pennsylvania state legislation against mandatory overtime for nurses and healthcare workers passed its last hurdle on its way to the Governor's desk. Read more...

Pennsylvania Nurses and Patients One Step Closer

Oct 08, 2008 - It's been seven years in the making, but on Wednesday, state legislation against mandatory overtime for nurses and healthcare workers passed its last hurdle on its way to the Governor's desk. Read more...

SEIU Stands with Hoosiers to Ensure Voting Rights, Prevent Disenfranchisement in Indiana

Oct 06, 2008 - Voters in Indiana earned a victory in their efforts to enjoy equal access to early voting sites today as Judge Lorenzo Arredando of the Lake County Circuit Court blocked Republicans' attempt to bar Gary, East Chicago and Hammond from hosting their own early voting sites--while early voting has already begun in Crown Point. Read more...

So... Now What?

Oct 03, 2008 - Written by SEIU International President Andy Stern Let's face it: the Bailout Bill doesn't get to the heart of what's wrong with our economy. Neither you, nor I, nor many of those who voted for it believe that this bill... Read more...

Confused Sarah Palin Contradicts John McCain on Unions

Oct 02, 2008 - Sarah Palin spoke with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt earlier this week and - surprise, surprise - completely contradicted John McCain's virulent opposition to unions and the Employeee Free Choice Act. Palin also credited "good union jobs" for why her family had health insurance in otherwise tough times. It's too bad Palin has done nothing to actually represent union interests. Read more...

Video: Mark Warner Walks a Day

Sep 30, 2008 - Here's video from the Walk a Day in My Shoes 2008 with Former Governor Mark Warner and PCA Shareen Miller: Read more...

Virginia Senate Candidate Mark Warner "Walks A Day in the Shoes" of SEIU Personal Care Assistant

Sep 26, 2008 - As part of SEIU's program to ensure that candidates running for political office know what life is like for working people, today Virginia Senate candidate and former Governor Mark Warner walked a day in the shoes of SEIU personal care assistant (PCA) Shareen Miller. Read more...

National Coalition Unveils Unprecedented Campaign to Increase the Latino Vote in 2008 Presidential Election

Nov 14, 2007 - In a briefing at the National Press Club today, a coalition of the nation's largest and most established Latino organizations and the country's largest Spanish-language media companies launched Ya es Hora, Ve y Vota! (It's Time, Go Vote!), a non-partisan national voter mobilization effort targeting U.S. Hispanics. Read more...

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