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Thanks to GOP Senators, 1 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits tomorrow

Jun 24, 2010 - Republican Senators stood together today to block cloture on the jobs bill which would have advanced legislation to extend unemployment benefits through November. Hundreds of thousands of unemployed Americans will lose their benefits because of the GOP Senate. Once again, Republicans have decided that the hundreds of thousands of families suffering in this economic downturn don't matter. Read more...

What Workers Want

Jun 24, 2010 - Too many families are living under the constant threat of foreclosure as Wall Street banks refuse to help them save their homes. American families can accept no excuse from members of Congress voting against common sense reforms that would protect our families from dangerous and deceptive financial products-- and prevent taxpayers from paying for Wall Street's future mistakes. Read more...

Heart of Baltimore Radio Ad with Danny Glover

Jun 21, 2010 - Actor and labor activist Danny Glover joined with writer and performer Anna Deavere-Smith to record a radio ad in support of the June 24th Heart of Baltimore rally. On this day, healthcare workers from across Baltimore will join together with 1199SEIU members to rally for better care, better jobs and a better Baltimore. Read more...

Orange School Cafeteria Workers Avert Strike, Approve New Contract

Jun 21, 2010 - Over 50 food service workers in New Jersey's Orange Township school cafeterias have ratified a new three-year contract with the private cafeteria contractor Sodexo--and averted a strike that workers authorized last month. Under the life of the agreement, Sodexo workers will see an average wage increase of 14 percent, increased employer contributions to health care and other improvements to other benefits. Read more...

Sodexo Workers And Students Lobby Congress For Fair Worker Rights And Stronger Health And Safety Laws

Jun 18, 2010 - This week, nearly 200 students and Sodexo workers kicked off the Summer of Change program and made their voices heard on Capitol Hill. Students and workers met with members of Congress, discussing legislation that would address criticisms about food contractor giant Sodexo's labor and food safety record. Read more...

The 10-Mile March That Helped Launch A Social Justice Movement

Jun 16, 2010 - 2010 marks the 20-year anniversary of the movement that has helped more than 225,000 janitors in more than 30 cities raise industry standards and transform poverty wages into livable wages. Justice for Janitors Day was established after janitors in Los Angeles were beaten by police during a peaceful demonstration against the cleaning contractor ISS on June 15, 1990. Find out more about how the social and economic justice movement J4J got its start. Read more...

Tired

Jun 16, 2010 - The Senate is tired of spending money on unemployment benefits. Americans are tired of losing their homes. Please, ask your Senators to pass a jobs bill, for everyone's sake.... Read more...

Action: Give the Jobs Bill an Up or Down Vote

Jun 15, 2010 - Tomorrow the Senate will hold a key procedural vote to determine if the jobs bill will get the straight up-or-down vote it deserves. Passing the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act will ensure that jobs will be created and key services won't be cut. Will you call your senators and ask them to support an up-or-down vote? Read more...

Making Work Better

Jun 15, 2010 - When people raise concerns about dead-end jobs, someone will often say that the right thing to do is to get more people in college. College may be a great solution for some. Though it isn't always affordable, it doesn't always... Read more...

Unfinished Business: Fairness for Home Care Workers

Jun 11, 2010 - By the wages they are paid, you wouldn't think it was an important job--but home care workers are the last line of defense in helping people stay in their homes instead of nursing homes. In some cases, these workers are the closest thing to family those they care for have got. Regardless of the demands, most home care workers also receive no health insurance and no sick leave or vacation time--conditions that result in high turnover and make it difficult for home care consumers to find and keep caregivers. Read more...

The possibility of minimum wage in California

Jun 10, 2010 - In the event a state budget is not in place by June 30, the California Superior Court has granted the governor the authority to impose federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. The pay reduction, if ordered by the governor, would be reflected in the Aug. 1 paycheck for most state employees. The appeal of this ruling will be heard on June 21, in the 3rd District Court of Appeal. Read more...

SEIU Healthcare Nurses, Healthcare Workers Stand with Minnesota Nurses

Jun 10, 2010 - Since mid-March, more than 12,000 Minnesota nurses have been locked in contract negotiations with six different Twin Cities hospital systems representing 14 hospitals. After voting just eleven days ago to authorize a strike, these nurses are conducting a one-day strike today to stand up for better working conditions that will also help ensure patient safety. Read more...

Let's Create Jobs

Jun 09, 2010 - American workers are in a crisis. We're grappling with foreclosures, with layoffs and with worrying about what future we'll leave for our children. And now, the state and local services we rely on are being cut as states and cities cope with record budget crises. That's why the Senate must act by passing a strong jobs bill: the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act. Read more...

Wage theft is not legal. Period.

Jun 09, 2010 - While Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the CareGroup, Inc. affiliates deny any wrongdoing or violation of federal or state law, they have nonetheless agreed to settle a class action lawsuit to the tune of $8.5 million. In this case, the settlement will include: payments to cover back wages for workers who claimed they were not paid overtime for working beyond their shift and workers who worked through their lunch without pay. Read more...

St. Barnabas Hospital Resident Physicians Have the Right to Organize

Jun 08, 2010 - The National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling this week affecting physicians and resident physicians at the Bronx's St. Barnabas Hospital. While significant, the NLRB's ruling confirmed what we already knew to be true: that residents physicians are employees who deserve to have a voice in the workplace through full collective bargaining rights. Read more...

Tulane Parent Speaks Up For Sodexo Workers & Student Activism

Jun 08, 2010 - Following Tulane's active infringement of the rights and free speech of students fighting for social change on campus, a parent of a Tulane student recently wrote a letter sharing her thoughts with Tulane's President Scott Cowen. Read more...

Working two jobs...but still going hungry?

Jun 07, 2010 - Paul Williams has been working for Sodexo for more than nine years, at the Ohio State University stadiums preparing food, stocking, and receiving shipments. Paul is good at his job and he enjoys it. Yet despite his hard work and loyalty, Paul has no health insurance and even working two jobs, he barely makes enough to survive. Read more...

House Work is Real Work

Jun 04, 2010 - The New York State Senate passed a bill this week that will provide an estimated 200,000 domestic workers--regardless of immigration status--with basic workplace guarantees that most of us take for granted. Along with providing domestic workers with overtime and paid sick, holiday and vacation days, the NY Domestic Workers Bill of Rights will allow workers to organize. Read more...

American Red Cross Workers Strike for Safety

Jun 03, 2010 - American Red Cross workers went on strike across Southern California -- and the nation -- on June 2. The SEIU Local 721 workers are seeking a fair contract that protects our families and donor safety. U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, a former Red Cross board member, joined medical workers at a rally in front of the Red Cross's Pomona district office. Read more...

Crusade Against Public Employees Masks Wall Street's Abuses

Jun 02, 2010 - As a direct result of Wall Street excesses and corporate abuses, pensions took big hits during the recent market crash that put the American dream of retiring with dignity and security at risk for public sector and private sector workers. For a healthy dose of reality, visit our fact check refuting attacks on public sector workers' pensions here. Read more...

Round-up: Organizing Victories & Recent News From Around the Union

May 28, 2010 - In case you missed it....organizing successes, contract victories and recent news from SEIU Local unions in New York, California, Missouri, Texas, New Hampshire, Oregon, Maine and Minnesota. Read more...

30,000 NYC Apartment Building Workers Secure Four Year Contract

May 25, 2010 - SEIU 32BJ building service workers have come a long way since the threat of a strike loomed large on the horizon just one month ago. On Friday, a four-year agreement was reached between 32BJ and the Realty Advisory Board (RAB) that provides nearly 10% in wage increases, maintains fully employer-paid family health care coverage and keeps pension benefits secure. Read more...

Letter to Tulane President Scott Cowen from a Tulane Parent

May 14, 2010 - Parents--along with students, workers and the greater community--are concerned by Tulane's role in the intimidation of workers who stood up to rebuild their lives, families, and community. Barbara Schulman is one such parent. Read her letter to Tulane President Scott Cowen here. Read more...

Tulane Demonstrates Their Commitment to Social Responsibility by Disciplining Students Fighting for Workers' Rights

May 14, 2010 - Tulane University is actively impeding on the rights and free speech of students working on its own campus who are standing up for Sodexo food service workers. Tell Tulane's president to drop all charges against students who stand with Sodexo workers as they fight for better workplace conditions. Tell Tulane's president to drop all charges against students who are working with Sodexo workers as they fight for worker's rights. Read more...

How Does a Company With Ethical Violations Win an "Ethics Award"?

May 14, 2010 - For the last year, workers and students have been detailing the large number of legal complaints and potential violations that Sodexo has committed. So, we're left with two very important questions: how does Sodexo win an "Ethics Award," and what, exactly, would it take for Sodexo not to be included on Ethisphere's list? Read more...

SEIU at the 2010 Green Jobs, Good Jobs Conference

May 04, 2010 - The Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference kicked off today in Washington, DC, bringing together many clean economy leaders from the world of politics, activism, labor, and business to brainstorm and collaborate on how we can best turn the idea of green jobs into reality. SEIU local and division leaders are presenting on several panels during the May 4th - 6th conference, organized annually by the Blue Green Alliance. Read more...

Monterey County Workers Block Benefit and Wage Takeaways

May 04, 2010 - No takeaways. This is what SEIU Local 521 Monterey County employees won at the negotiating table on Friday after they held press conferences, presented millions in budget solutions, and carried out a series of rolling unity demonstrations and rallies. Read more...

Sodexo Execs Receive Award at Posh Lunch While Working Mothers at Sodexo Receive Food Stamps

May 04, 2010 - While Sodexo executives prepare to be feted by Working Mother magazine and Corporate Voices for Working Families as one of the "Top Companies for Hourly Workers" today in DC, the food service giant pays its workers so little that many employees who work full-time would still qualify for food stamps. According to SEIU's analysis, many Sodexo could qualify for the three largest and most important federal anti-hunger programs. Read more...

Sodexo Workers Expose Claims by Sodexo Executives

May 03, 2010 - Recently, Tom Mackall, Sodexo's Vice President for Employee & Corporate Relations, appeared on the FOX Business channel and newswire AFP to dismiss the voices of Sodexo's workers. But as Tom Mackall repeatedly hammers his talking points during media appearances such as these, he continues to turn a blind eye to the very real experiences his workforce is having while being employed by Sodexo. Read more...

Adjunct Faculty in Maine Community College System Vote Overwhelmingly to Form a Union with MSEA-SEIU

May 03, 2010 - In a landslide vote, part-time adjunct faculty members in the Maine Community College System have formed a union with the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of SEIU. Adjuncts said they formed a union because they want to be involved in the discussion of how to best ensure a quality education for all students and continue to attract and retain quality educators. Read more...

Columbia University Security Officers Win New Contract

May 03, 2010 - With a new contract that will take effect this week, 160 security officers who work at Columbia University will see their wages and health care coverage improve dramatically. Under the new four-year contract between Summit Security and SEIU Local 32BJ, wages will rise by as much as 45 percent for many officers. 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...

VIDEO: Sodexo Still Struggles with Record on Diversity

Apr 29, 2010 - A number of frontline Sodexo workers have raised concerns about their ability to rise through the ranks and even basic issues like respect and dignity on the job when confronted with racially charged comments. Watch workers and students from universities around the Atlanta, GA area share their stories. Read more...

Today is Workers Memorial Day

Apr 28, 2010 - Every day, sixteen workers are killed in the U.S. because of reckless negligence on the part of their employers--a sad fact that is especially present in our thoughts this April 28th. This is because today marks Workers Memorial Day, the national day to honor the hundreds of thousands of workers killed and injured on the job every year. Read more...

President Obama: "I am a pro-union guy."

Apr 28, 2010 - President Obama held a town hall meeting in Iowa yesterday, during which he answered questions from audience members. He also reminded the public of his perspective and support for labor unions, saying "I've said this before publicly and I'll say it again, I make no apologies for it. I am a pro-union guy." Read more...

Massive Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart Moves Forward

Apr 28, 2010 - A federal appeals court ruled Monday that thousands of female Wal-Mart workers can sue the world's biggest retailer as a single class action. The lawsuit charges that Wal-Mart pays women less than men, and has a pattern of gender discrimination in promotions, training and job assignments. Wal-Mart has denied any discriminatory policies. Read more...

Five Years After Landmark Class Action Discrimination Suit, Sodexo Still Struggles with Record on Diversity

Apr 27, 2010 - On the five-year anniversary of the 2005 settlement of the class action discrimination lawsuit against Sodexo, community leaders and Sodexo workers released a new report scrutinizing Sodexo's progress on increasing opportunities for African Americans to advance within the company. Read more...

Behind-The-Scenes Of The Doormen Strike That Almost Was

Apr 27, 2010 - GritTV was on the ground documenting the mobilization that took place behind SEIU Local 32BJ's negotiations with the New York Realty Association Board recently, as the apartment building service workers fought for a new contract that would preserve benefits and allow them to make a livable wage. Read more...

200 Sodexo Cafeteria Workers at the UPitt Walk Off to Protest Intimidation & Unaffordable Health Care

Apr 27, 2010 - Joined by dozens of students and campus and community supporters, nearly 200 Sodexo cafeteria workers walked out on strike yesterday morning at the University of Pittsburgh. Disrupting Finals' Week, workers still saw a lot of support as they passed out over 15,00 leaflets to the campus community. 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...

Dutch cleaners victorious, as longest strike in 77 years ends

Apr 26, 2010 - longest strike in the Netherlands since 1933 has just ended, with a remarkable victory by more than 1,000 janitors who have been on strike for nine weeks. FNV Bondgenoten, one of SEIU's global partner unions, reports that the workers will receive a 3.5 percent wage increase over a two-year contract, and the strikers will receive a significant lump sum payment from their employers. Read more...

Global Media Update: Around the World, Sodexo Workers' Voices Are Being Heard

Apr 25, 2010 - As Sodexo workers in the United States speak up against unlawful intimidation, poverty wages, and a lack of access to affordable health care, their voices are being heard around the world. The series of national actions by Sodexo workers have received coverage in some of the most prominent publications in France, including Le Monde, sometimes referred to as the "French newspaper of record." Read more...

Statement from Workers United Announcing Ratification of Hugo Boss Worker Contract

Apr 23, 2010 - The Hugo Boss workers at the company's factory in Brooklyn, Ohio just overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract. The tremendous efforts of the workers--members of Workers United, SEIU--as well as the efforts of many elected and community allies, have led to this tremendous moment. Read more...

Sodexo Sued By Union-Busters for Distributing Union-Busting Materials

Apr 23, 2010 - Apparently feeling the heat from last week's actions, Sodexo continues to insist that the company "categorically...recognizes and respects [their] workers rights to join a union or not join a union." According to legal documents filed just last week, Sodexo is now being sued by a union-busting firm for unlawfully using their copyrighted anti-union materials and distributing them to managers without permission. Read more...

Rallying Against Cuts to Public Services in California & Illinois

Apr 22, 2010 - Dismal, rainy weather didn't deter thousands of people from gathering to protest against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's drastic proposed cuts to public service programs. ULTCW_Sacramentorally_homecarecuts_Apr2010.jpg Culminating a 365-mile, 48-day "March for California's Future," members of SEIU 721 and ULTCW joined a diverse coalition of labor, business, education and faith groups to rally in front of the Sacramento State Capitol Building. On the same day, Illinois held a "Save Our State" rally of 15,000 in Springfield. Read more...

Strike Averted for 30,000 NYC Apartment Building Workers

Apr 21, 2010 - GREAT news out of New York City for 30,000 of the city's doormen, security guards, bellhops, concierges, supervisors and handymen. It really came down to the wire, but at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday morning--just past the formal expiration of the previous contract--SEIU 32BJ apartment building workers won a tentative four-year agreement with the Realty Advisory Board that includes $547 million in wage and benefit increases. Read more...

The Clock is Ticking...Strike by 30,000 NYC Apartment Building Workers Could Begin At Midnight

Apr 20, 2010 - More than 1 million people throughout New York City could find their apartment buildings absent of the doormen, security guards, bellhops, concierges, supervisors and handymen whose services they rely on--and these aren't the only services they could be missing, come midnight tonight. Read more...

77 Cents On A Man's Dollar: Women Still Earn Less Than Men

Apr 20, 2010 - On Equal Pay Day - a full 110 days into the new year - American women have finally caught up to the same salary that American men earned by the end of 2009. It's a sad state of affairs that a gender pay gap persists almost 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act. Find out what you can do to help put an end to this discrimination. Read more...

Sodexo Rally at University of Denver Includes Mock Funeral

Apr 19, 2010 - Brother David Garner, Prior of the Grey Robed Monks of St. Benedict in Denver, proceeded over a mock funeral for the "Death of Worker Justice at University of DU. A rally on the University of Denver's Driscoll Greens followed, with students, community members, local politicians, and Sodexo workers protesting Sodexo's unfair labor practices. Read more...

Labor Links: Checking in with SEIU Locals

Apr 19, 2010 - Stave off that case of the Monday blahs by checking out what's happening with SEIU members around the country....read news, campaign updates and ways to take action from SEIU Locals in California, DC, New York, Arizona, Washington, Illinois, Missouri, Maryland and Illinois below. Read more...

Creative Union Campaign Spotlight: UNISON

Apr 19, 2010 - This "why join a union?" video from UK public services union and SEIU global partner, UNISON shows the importance of labor unions for people who work, thanks in large part to footage of President Obama. It's pretty powerful for a 60-second video. Read more...

Sodexo Protest Photos - "It's a beautiful day to get arrested"

Apr 16, 2010 - Sodexo pays its workers in the U.S. as little as $7.50 an hour...which is just one of the many reasons we spent the last week protesting their dismal treatment of workers. About 200 people attended Friday's protest outside Sodexo's HQ and 12 people--including Andy Stern and Danny Glover--were arrested. View photos here. Read more...

Live from Today's Action at Sodexo's HQ

Apr 16, 2010 - Check our live tweets and photos from the ground at today's protest of Sodexo, a food service contractor who has been attacking their employees for trying to form a union. (Did we mention they also pay their workers poverty-level wages?) We'll have many more photos and video of the event shortly... Read more...

20 More Arrests as Sodexo Protests Spread to Ohio State University

Apr 15, 2010 - Twenty people were arrested at Ohio State University today as part of a rally protesting the mistreatment of campus Sodexo food service workers seeking to improve their conditions. The Columbus Dispatch reported on the protest, citing the "poverty wages" that Sodexo pays, and the fact that "most employees are part-time and don't receive health-care coverage." Read more...

Students Arrested In Support of Sodexo Workers at Clark University

Apr 15, 2010 - Thursday's event at Clark is one of several across the country this week intended to protest Sodexo's attacks on employees trying to form a union. Student support organized by the group Clark Unite! has been central to the workers' struggle at the university, a fact that the Sodexo worker acknowledged to the crowd. Read more...

California Hospital, University Workers Join Week of National Sodexo Actions to Protest Unfair Labor Practices

Apr 15, 2010 - National actions by Sodexo workers spread to California today as workers at Whittier College and Doctor's Hospital Manteca rallied today to protest rights violations by their employer in response to their efforts to improve working conditions and raise their families out of poverty by forming a union. Read more...

BREAKING NEWS: Sodexo Workers at George Mason University On Strike

Apr 15, 2010 - In response to rampant mistreatment by food service contractor Sodexo, around 75 cafeteria workers at George Mason University went on strike today. The one-day work stoppage is in protest of Sodexo's attack on workers' right to raise their families out of poverty by forming a union with 32BJ SEIU. Read more...

VIDEO: Sodexo Workers Strike in Pittsgrove to Protest Against Intimidation

Apr 15, 2010 - In response to rampant mistreatment by food service contractor Sodexo, school cafeteria workers in Pittsgrove Township went on strike today. Watch new video coverage of the one-day work stoppage happening right now in protest of Sodexo's attack on workers' exercise of their federal rights by forming a union with SEIU 32BJ. Read more...

UPDATED: "We will take this back to France and the U.K."

Apr 15, 2010 - During their short lunch breaks, Sodexo workers at George Mason University talked with an 8-person delegation of French and British Sodexo workers visiting this week. What the visiting workers learned from these conversations about Sodexo's strong opposition to workers shocked them. Read more...

300 Students and State Union Delegates Hold Massive Sit-In at University of Pittsburgh

Apr 15, 2010 - In an unprecedented show of support for campus food service workers, University of Pittsburgh students, labor leaders and elected officials held a massive sit-in at the school's Market Central dining hall on Wednesday to protest contractor Sodexo's unlawful attacks on employees' rights. Read more...

Global Delegation Arrives, Meeting with Sodexo Workers This Week

Apr 14, 2010 - A delegation of Sodexo food service workers from France and the U.K. landed last night in Washington, DC, in preparation for three days of activity in support of the campaign by Sodexo workers in the U.S. Let these workers know you stand by them in protesting Sodexo's unfair labor practices by adding your name to our letter of support. Read more...

How the DOL's Wage and Hour Division Can ↓ its Ineffectiveness to ↑ Fair Pay for Workers

Apr 14, 2010 - The National Employment Law Project (NELP) and the Just Pay Working Group--which SEIU is a member of--released a new report today based on members' recommended reform proposals to help the DOL do a better job of enforcing and strengthen wage laws for workers. One recommendation in the report that's long overdue: ending the exemption of home health care workers from basic minimum wage and overtime protections Read more...

Workers and Students Rally at Emory University

Apr 13, 2010 - Students and Sodexo food service workers from Emory University, Morehouse College, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State University, accompanied by elected officials and community leaders, rallied for workers' right to respect on the job\ and against Sodexo's efforts to interfere with workers' rights to form a union. Read more...

VIDEO: LA City Worker Takes NBC News on a Baywatch Stroll to Show How Cuts Affect Coastline

Apr 13, 2010 - Like other LA City professionals, Stacee Karnya is on a 10% furlough. She spent her furlough day with a TV crew from NBC Nightly News on the beach in Santa Monica, where LA City employees test the water to keep swimmers and surfers safe from toxic runoff. Read more...

It's Time for a "Spring Cleaning"

Apr 13, 2010 - Although Sodexo food service workers around the globe are taking the lead in improving their jobs and transforming the service sector, their employer is standing in the way. Let Sodexo's employees know that you stand by them in protesting Sodexo's unfair labor practices by adding your name to our letter of support. Read more...

What Sodexo Workers Are Fighting For

Apr 12, 2010 - Over the course of the next two weeks, Sodexo cafeteria workers and janitors--joined by students, religious leaders, and elected officials in 10 states--will protest attacks on their efforts to form a union by participating in rallies and leading strikes in some locations, and some individuals may participate in civil disobedience. Events are planned in MA, NJ, PA, VA, MD, OH, CO, LA, GA, and CA. 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...

When Congress returns, Republicans may block unemployment...AGAIN

Apr 09, 2010 - The Senate is set for a cloture vote on a bill to extend unemployment insurance and COBRA health benefits through May 5th--but it's unclear whether Democrats will be able to break through a GOP filibuster to get the legislation passed. This is just the latest in a string of GOP demonstrations of refusal to cooperate on extending needed benefits to out-of-work Americans. Read more...

When Congress Returns, Republicans May Block Unemployment Again

Apr 09, 2010 - As reported this morning in Congress Daily, 'The Senate is set for a Monday cloture vote on a bill to extend unemployment insurance and COBRA health benefits through May 5, but Democrats are not sure they can pick up at least one Republican to cut off debate." Read more...

First day back at the bargaining table for Workers United and Hugo Boss

Apr 08, 2010 - Following a concession by Hugo Boss to back off from their staunch position to close their only U.S. clothing factory, the retailer agreed to resume negotiations with Workers United on behalf of the 350+ Cleveland suit makers whose jobs are at risk. Following their first bargaining session with Hugo Boss since December 2009 today, Workers United issued this statement... Read more...

DOL's New Campaign to Fight Wage Theft

Apr 08, 2010 - Did you know nursing home workers, home care workers, and janitors have some of the highest rates of wage theft in America? Thanks in part to the hard work of SEIU members, there is now a new, more vigorous sheriff on the job. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has kicked off the new We Can Help campaign to better enforce wage and hour rules. Read more...

West Virginia Mine Disaster Calls Attention to Need for Increased Worker Safety on the Job

Apr 07, 2010 - Lack of worker safety was a huge problem in this country long before 25 West Virginia mine workers died in a tragic mine explosion on Monday. American workers should not have to face unacceptable hazards at work, and we must make fight toward increasing protections to keep them safe on the job. To that end, SEIU is joining with the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders in calling for the passage of the Protecting America's Workers Act (PAWA). Read more...

Will 30,000 NYC Apartment Building Workers Go on Strike?

Apr 07, 2010 - Failure to reach a new contract by 12:01 am on April 21st could lead to a strike of apartment building workers at over 3,200 apartment buildings in New York City. The bottom line: Nobody wants a strike, but if the Realty Advisory Board (RAB) and SEIU Local 32BJ cannot not reach a new contract agreement before this time, it's likely going to be the outcome. Read more...

Labor Links Round-up

Apr 06, 2010 - April 6, 2010: A few interesting things happening around the union in DC, New York, Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, Canada, California and New Mexico.... Read more...

Unemployment Benefits Lapse for 212,000 Out-of-Work Americans

Apr 05, 2010 - Sadly, the glow from Friday's good news that the U.S. gained 162,000 jobs in March--the largest job gain in a single month in the past three years--dimmed greatly today with the expiration of unemployment benefits due to Congressional inaction and irresponsibility. Taking a page right out of KY Sen. Bunning's playbook, Senate Republicans led by Oklahoma's Tom Coburn blocked a $9 billion measure containing one-month extensions of unemployment insurance and COBRA health coverage on March 25. Read more...

SEIU's Anna Burger: Unemployment Benefits Lapse "Adds Insult to Injury" For Out-of-Work Americans

Apr 05, 2010 - Today, SEIU released a statement from Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on today's expiration of unemployment insurance benefits. 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...

Furloughs End for 50K+ California State Workers

Mar 25, 2010 - Yesterday morning in superior court, CA Judge Roesch issued a tentative ruling partially lifting the stay that Governor Schwarzenegger's attorneys sought. This means that furloughs will end immediately, which will restore a full work schedule and pay to 50,000+ SEIU Local 1000-represented workers who work for special fund agencies like the DMV and Cal-Trans. 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...

Giumarra Vineyards, Stop the Abuse and Retaliation of Victims of Sexual Harassment

Mar 19, 2010 - Giumarra Vineyards, the world's largest table grape company, harvests approximately 1 out of every 10 bunches of grapes picked in the US. Because the company is so huge, their behavior helps set the industry standard---which makes sense, right? However, recent behavior by the grape company has been anything but right. After a female farm worker who works for the grape company was subjected to sexual harassment, fellow farm workers who witnessed the appalling incident came to the aid of the teenage victim and complained to Giumarra Vineyards. Read more...

LA City Workers Steal the Spotlight at Mayor's Pre-Oscar Party

Mar 15, 2010 - To spotlight the impact that 4,000 proposed layoffs and drastic service cuts will have on the entertainment industry, LA City workers held a mock red carpet event and an awards ceremony to honor the best in City services. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton understands gets how the proposed cuts will make LA a bad place for the film industry to do business--it's too bad Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council can't get on his level. Read more...

Sodexo Manager in Opinion Piece: "A Union is Not the Right Solution."

Mar 12, 2010 - In a huge blunder - worthy of the phrase "astroturfing" (pretending to be grassroots, but in the end, fake) - Sodexo has published an opinion piece in the student newspaper The Emory Wheel, made to look like it was written by Emory dining employees rather than management. 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...

International Women's Day: Women in the Workforce & Unions

Mar 08, 2010 - March is National Women's History Month and today, people around the world are commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. For the first time, women constitute the greatest portion of the labor force working inside and outside of the home. In another couple of years, the same will likely be said of women in unions. Read more...

Memo to Hollywood: Hugo Boss Not Fashionable For This Year's Oscars

Mar 05, 2010 - Some of Hollywood's biggest stars and directors received a letter from Danny Glover this week, asking them to boycott Hugo Boss on the red carpet this Sunday. Hugo Boss says the company needs to shut down its only U.S. suit factory in Cleveland and send those jobs overseas--forcing nearly 400 workers onto the unemployment line. Tell Hollywood we need them to use their celebrity for good by saying no to Hugo Boss on March 7th. Read more...

VIDEO: Los Angeles Rally Kicks Off 48-Day "March for California's Future"

Mar 05, 2010 - In Los Angeles today, five hundred members of SEIU ULTCW joined a coalition of labor, business, education, and faith groups at a massive downtown rally to kick-off "March for California's Future". Along with home care workers, hundreds of nurses, students, police officers and fire fighters will be marching for parts of this 250-mile, 48-day trek to the state capitol in Sacramento. ULTCW also launched a campaign to fight Gov. Schwarzenegger's draconian cuts to the state's home care program today. Read more...

Janitors' Solidarity Across the Pond (Hat Tip YouTube)

Mar 04, 2010 - Last week, SEIU sent a video message of support to janitors in the Netherlands who plan to strike at Amsterdam's busy Schiphol International Airport beginning March 8. The Dutch cleaners reciprocated in kind, making their own solidarity video for the SEIU janitors in Minnesota. Watch it here. Read more...

Tell Hollywood: No Hugo Boss on the Red Carpet

Mar 02, 2010 - You would think that if you're selling high-end fashion like Hugo Boss does, you could afford to pay decent wages to the people who make them. And you'd be right. That's why actor Danny Glover is asking stars not to wear Hugo Boss on the red carpet at Sunday's Academy Awards. Read more...

U.S. Chamber & GOP Don't Want Living Wage for Federal Contract Workers

Mar 02, 2010 - The New York Times reported recently that nearly one in four U.S. workers is employed by companies that have contracts with the federal government. Now the White House wants to make sure those employers obey the law by changing how companies can win lucrative government contracts. Read more...

GOP Filibuster Kings "Taking A Stand" on Backs of Unemployed Americans

Mar 01, 2010 - Two Republican Senators have decided extending benefits programs for more than 1.1 million Americans is less important than getting their pet projects enacted. As a direct result of Sen. Bunning and Sen. Kyl "taking a stand" on the backs of the unemployed, the Senate recessed for the weekend without taking action to reauthorize UI and COBRA health benefits created by the Recovery Act. Read more...

Avast, mateys! 'Pirates' storm cruise ships at Vancouver Olympics

Mar 01, 2010 - The 'Pirates of Justice' flash mob donned girly blouses, eye patches and peg legs to raid Canada Place during the Vancouver Olympics on Saturday, in a protest designed to raise awareness of the poor treatment and working conditions of cruise ship employees. The majority of cruise ship workers don't have a union contract, and the harsh reality of life below the decks is enough to make anyone want to jump ship. Read more...

Stay Strong, The Battle Continues

Mar 01, 2010 - As of the writing of this column, it gives me great pleasure to state that our fellow SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members and the management of the Minnesota Epilepsy Group have reached an agreement on a new contract. This is wonderful news for those members that could have been affected by a potential work stoppage, but more importantly, the citizens and patients that our members serve will continue to receive the quality and dedicated care that they deserve. Read more...

Today is the Deadline for SEIU College Scholarships

Mar 01, 2010 - SEIU awards 52 scholarships through five different scholarship programs that enable members and their children to pursue their educational goals at accredited colleges, universities, and technical schools. The deadline for all applications is before midnight on March 1, 2010 (that's today!), so please check out the opportunities available and apply now so you don't miss out. Read more...

Huge Legislative Victories for Oregon Care Providers

Feb 27, 2010 - SEIU Local 503 members achieved two major victories for home care and child care providers this week, in the final days of the state legislative session. Read more...

Judge Stops Furloughs for 53,000 California State Workers

Feb 26, 2010 - Alameda County, CA Judge Frank Roesch has ordered back pay and an immediate end to furloughs for approximately 53,000 SEIU Local 1000-represented workers. This is a huge victory for state workers who've been fighting against Gov. Schwarzenegger's illegal 14% pay cut (via thrice-monthly furloughs) for close to a year. Read more...

VIDEO: Richard, Meet Rosalina

Feb 26, 2010 - In an incredible breakthrough, executives from U.S. Bank agreed to meet with Rosalina Gavilan Gomez, a janitor who cleans the office of U.S. Bank President and CEO Richard Davis, and whose home is being foreclosed on by the bank. Rosalina isn't alone--several other janitors who clean the big bank buildings in the Twin Cities face foreclosure, and they're standing up to the banks. Read more...

PCAs and Consumers Answer the Call and Save VA Home Care from Elimination

Feb 24, 2010 - Last week, Governor McDonnell proposed the unthinkable. The Governor planned to eliminate consumer-directed home care in the Commonwealth. Forever. Under McDonnell's reckless plan, thousands of Virginians would've lost their current PCA services, and 14,000 Virginia home care providers would've lost their jobs. Thankfully, I've got some good news to share. 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...

SEIU's Anna Burger on Hire Act: Good First Step In Getting America Back To Work

Feb 22, 2010 - Today, SEIU released the statement of Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on Congress's successful cloture vote on the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. Read more...

VIDEO: Sen. Sherrod Brown stands up for Hugo Boss workers on Senate floor

Feb 19, 2010 - The 350+ Hugo Boss factory workers from Cleveland are not taking the corporation's attempts to close their factory permanently and move their jobs overseas lying down. And now they've got Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown on the front lines with them, fighting to keep the Hugo Boss factory open and keep alive a tradition of suit manufacturing in Cleveland that goes back to the 1840's. Read more...

VIDEO: Janitors and community members in St. Paul march on banksters meeting

Feb 17, 2010 - Over the past two days, thousands of you have sent letters to the bailed out banksters of Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank, demanding they commit to good-paying jobs and stop the reckless policies that threw our communities into severe financial disarray. Well, I think it's safe to say they got the message... Read more...

Krystal Johnson: "I want respect at work."

Feb 12, 2010 - I enjoy my job as a food service worker helping feed the students of Emory University every day. The one thing that really gets me down about my job though, is a simple thing every worker deserves but my Sodexo co-workers and I don't get--respect on the job. Read more...

Everyone gets sick, but many workers don't get time to get better

Feb 11, 2010 - The U.S. may pride itself on having family-friendly workplace policies, but we are actually one of the only rich nations in the world that fails to guarantee their workers any form of paid sick leave. And as is the case with many social and economic problems, being forced to work while sick disproportionately affects women. There is, however, a rising recognition that employers need to recognize the changing dynamics of families, and institute guaranteed paid sick days for employees. Read more...

Labor History Snapshot: Taking a Stand by Sitting Down

Feb 10, 2010 - One of the most famous and heroic strikes in the American labor movement took place in Flint, Michigan in 1937. After and after 44 days of striking, the workers had won an enormous victory--by sitting down. Read more...

Update: Coca-Cola workers end strike

Feb 09, 2010 - On Monday, we reported on the strike Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) members in South Africa had been carrying out, protesting Coca-Cola ABI's ongoing practice of eroding workers' conditions and benefits through labor-broking and the use of short-term contracts. Today, the seven week strike comes to an end! The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) recaps what led to the agreement: Read more...

"Gotta Have it" -- NOT if Coca-Cola refuses to treat its workers fairly

Feb 08, 2010 - The "Coke side of life" is not paradise for thousands of workers on their 48th day of strike without pay at Coca-Cola Amalgamated Beverages Industries (ABI) in South Africa. SEIU is lending its support to the striking Food and Allied Workers' Union (Fawu) members. "We stand together with our brothers and sisters of the Fawu in South Africa who, for five weeks, have been on strike protesting Coca-Cola ABI's ongoing practice of eroding workers' conditions..." Read more...

Unemployment numbers' devastating impact on local communities

Feb 06, 2010 - Although the small decrease in the number of unemployed in BLS's job report can only be seen as good news, a worrisome statistic lies underneath: the loss of 41,000 jobs of teachers, social workers, cops and other state and local employees. SEIU's Anna Burger comments on the hidden impact of the millions of jobs lost during this recession. Read more...

SEIU's Burger: Unemployment Numbers Hide Devastating Impact on Local Communities

Feb 05, 2010 - SEIU released the statement of Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on the latest unemployment figures. Read more...

Caught on tape: Home care agency using funding for union-busting meetings

Feb 04, 2010 - A home care agency in Tacoma, WA is forcing workers to attend union-busting meetings. During the mandatory meeting billed by the Korean Women's Association as "workers' compensation trainings" on Monday, this footage was taken by KWA home care workers... 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...

Labor Secretary Solis's first-ever testimony before House Ed & Labor Committee

Feb 03, 2010 - This morning, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is testifying before the House Education and Labor Committee on her first year at the DOL and the Obama administration's priorities in 2010. After eight years of the GOP undermining the Labor Department during the Bush Administration, it is so good to hear our Labor Secretary speak out on how she and the Dept. of Labor plan to actively work to improve the lives of American workers...instead of just looking out for CEOs and corporate interests. Note this excerpt from Solis's testimony, where she endorses good union jobs, and restates her unequivocal endorsement for the Employee Free Choice Act. 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...

Twin Cities Janitors Authorize Strike Over Unfair Labor Practices; Fighting for Green Jobs With Good Health Care

Feb 01, 2010 - More than 4,000 janitors who clean the majority of commercial office buildings in the Twin Cities metro area have been working without a new labor agreement since Jan. 8. So, over the weekend, hundreds of janitors voted almost unanimously to authorize a strike if necessary. Read more...

Minimum Wage Threat Looming for State Workers?

Jan 29, 2010 - Governor Schwarzenegger has once again released a state budget that will prove difficult for California state workers. If there is no state budget in place by the June 30, 2010 constitutional deadline, the Governor may try to withhold most state workers' pay to the federal minimum wage--$7.25 an hour. We can't let this happen. Read more...

Celebrate Lilly Ledbetter by keeping up the fight against wage disparity

Jan 29, 2010 - History was made when President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law to strengthen the rights of women and all workers to pursue justice for wage discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability. While this anniversary marks a victory for pay equity, there is still much work to be done. Read more...

This Isn't a Fight We're Alone In

Jan 29, 2010 - Now that the Clean Up Sodexo workers are arriving home from their trip in Paris, they're taking back with them a very important and powerful notion: they're not alone in this fight. Workers from around the world are facing the very same issues with Sodexo. Read more...

In Video: Key Policy Moments from Obama's State of the Union

Jan 28, 2010 - Obama touched on many issues in his SOTU address that matter deeply to the members of our union -- creating new jobs, health reform and holding accountable the parties that crashed our economy (to name a few). Here are some of the best policy moments from his speech last night. Read more...

Victory in Oregon: Voters approve tax measures to hold corporations & rich accountable

Jan 27, 2010 - As eyes are fixed on Washington waiting for the President's first State of the Union address, the pundits should take a look at Oregon. Yesterday, Oregon voters made a clear statement of their priorities: the government's top job must be to preserve vital services and infrastructure and stimulate the economy. Measures 66 & 67 will preserve $733 million in funding for human services, education and community safety. Read more...

Obama's State of the Union Address: How to Watch It Live From Just About Anywhere

Jan 26, 2010 - Don't forget to tune in to President Obama delivering the State of the Union address on Wednesday, January 27th at 9:00 p.m. EST. With the plethora of options now enabling you to watch from basically anywhere (your house, a computer, your phone...), there's really no good reason not to tune in to the President's speech outlining his legislative agenda and national priorities to Congress. Read more...

VIDEO: The Basics of Job Creation

Jan 22, 2010 - The Center for American Progress has proposed a set of three main policy steps they believe Congress and Obama could take to contribute substantially to putting our nation's labor market back on track. To accompany their proposals, CAP has created this informative video explaining why unemployment in the U.S. is still so high--and how a more aggressive jobs plan (like SEIU's) could be enacted to tunnel us out of the recession. Read more...

Montgomery part-time professors no longer paid poverty-level income

Jan 21, 2010 - In a 213-70 vote, SEIU Local 500 part-time professors at Montgomery College approved their first-ever collective bargaining agreement. The vote followed more than a year of negotiations with the college for a pay increase, improved benefits and better job security. Read more...

UK Sodexo workers' 3-year battle results in better wages & benefits

Jan 20, 2010 - On Friday, Sodexo workers employed by UK hospital North Devon NHS Trust finally won their three-year battle for wage raises, sick pay and overtime. The hard-fought victory includes a lump sum of up to $5,880 for each worker, wage increases from the 1st of January 2010 and other benefits including sick pay. It will cover over 200 UK Sodexo hospital cleaners, cook and porters--some of the lowest-paid workers employed by contractors in the public sector. UNISON's victory over Sodexo in North Devon is an important step in bringing privatized workers the benefits negotiated for the core workforce, and fighting Sodexo's efforts to grow profits made at the expense of low-wage workers. 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...

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...

Diversity Experts? More Smoke and Mirrors at Sodexo

Jan 14, 2010 - In a recent NPR interview, Sodexo's senior vice president and global chief diversity officer, Rohini Anand, waxes poetic about the company's deep commitment to improving diversity. Yet behind the smoke and mirrors, the actual number of minorities in management has not changed since Sodexo paid $80 million to settle a race-bias suit filed by thousands of black employees over five years ago. Read more...

Anna Burger: We Need Bold Action on Jobs

Jan 14, 2010 - The hardworking 2.2 million members of SEIU and their families know that the Recovery Act worked, and is working, to create and save jobs across the country. But while the recovery program has succeeded in stabilizing our economy, we are a long way from the kind of sustained recovery we need to replace the 8.1 million jobs we've lost since the recession began. If we are going to come out of this crisis stronger and better prepared for the challenges of a 21st century economy, we need an intensive, 24/7 focus on job creation until we emerge from the deep hole left by the previous Administration. 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...

Recovery Act Grants Help SEIU Grow Green Training Programs

Jan 12, 2010 - Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced $7.4 million in green jobs training grants to SEIU Local 32BJ and H-Cap, a national partnership of SEIU healthcare unions and major employers. These two grants are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide essential green training to help 5,200 Americans get jobs in expanding green industries over the next two years. Read more...

Sodexo workers at UK hospital go on strike

Jan 11, 2010 - A fair wage, overtime and sick pay: These are the fundamental workplace conditions that nearly 200 UK Sodexo hospital cleaners, porters and cooks employed by the North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust went on a 48-hour strike this past week to stand up for. Sodexo workers all over the globe are facing the same struggle to to make ends meet, due to low wages and a lack of access to affordable healthcare. Read more...

Six of the top 10 fastest-growing jobs are low-wage

Jan 07, 2010 - Economists forecast that over the next decade, roughly 15 million more jobs will be added to the economy. The question then that arises is, what will these jobs be? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), this is the list of the top 10 fastest-growing occupations they predict will supply the greatest number of new jobs over the next decade... Read more...

Locals Snapshot: SEIU-UHW 2009 by the numbers

Jan 06, 2010 - For California healthcare local UHW-West, a look back over the past 12 months reveals that in spite of a downturn economy, 2009 proved to be a successful year of re-engaging members, settling contracts, and improving jobs, wages, and healthcare. UHW-West settled contracts at 68 facilities, with an average wage increase of 4.3 percent--far above the 2.3 percent average first-year wage increase, according to an analysis by the Bureau of National Affairs. Read more...

Biting the Bugs on Campuses

Jan 06, 2010 - As students return for their holiday breaks, college campuses nationwide are bracing for the germs that the students will bring back. But as colleges consider and implement new policies and practices designed to stop the spread of such germs, they may be overlooking a very important fact...that the very same people tasked with actually disinfecting the dorms and the dining halls may not have the ability to take paid sick days when they're sick themselves. Read more...

Blowing the Whistle

Jan 06, 2010 - Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center in New York City, Colleen Rowley of the Twin Cities office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation told of evidence that she had uncovered prior to the attacks that had gone unheeded. She was a whistleblower. Read more...

Minnesota: 10,000 Lakes, Countless Good Jobs, One Green Future (Video)

Jan 06, 2010 - Twin Cities janitors and members of SEIU Local 26 are continuing their campaign for good jobs that protect the environment in 2010. Members kicked off the campaign at their 2009 convention and continued it last week, when hundreds of janitors held a rally just before Christmas and marched through downtown Minneapolis skyways demanding a fair settlement with cleaning contractors. Read more...

2009: Remembering the Year That Was...

Jan 05, 2010 - We started the year on a high note: The Inauguration of President Barack Obama, for whom our union worked day and night to elect. As we usher in 2010, we took a closer look back at the legislation, people, stories and campaigns that made an impact on our members and all working people in 2009. Check out our timeline of the year's highlights for working families and SEIU members here. More on the SEIU campaigns that drew a lot of attention this year in our review of the top 10 SEIU Blog stories of 2009. Read more...

Gov. Schwarzenegger's furlough days for thousands of state workers ruled 'illegal'

Jan 04, 2010 - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger acted illegally by placing tens of thousands of state employees on unpaid furloughs, a Superior Court judge ruled on SEIU Local 1000's lawsuit to overturn the furlough scheme. The ruling to halt thrice-monthly furloughs marks a much-improved start to 2010 for the state workers, who had seen their salaries slashed roughly 15 percent as a result of the mandated unpaid days off. Read more...

Wall Street bonuses could cover 2 out of every 3 uninsured American

Dec 30, 2009 - Instead of ramping up risk-taking and lavishing bankers with excessive bonuses and compensation, the banks could be contributing to a real economic recovery. Even a small portion of the bankers' total bonuses and compensation could make a huge impact at the national, state, and local levels. Providing the funds to insure 31 million Americans or stopping every foreclosure in America through 2012, for starters. Read more...

The Faces of Health Reform: Employer-Provided Insurance Falls Short in Senate Bill

Dec 29, 2009 - Illinois food service worker Cathy Gaul knows how quickly workers can go from having insurance to joining the ranks of 47 million Americans who live without it. As an employee of food service conglomerate Sodexo, Cathy is paid just $8.50 an hour and she can't afford the cost of coverage through her employer. Should Cathy's husband lose his job again, would Cathy and he have access to affordable coverage under the healthcare bills being debated in Congress? 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...

Highly profitable companies laying off workers?

Dec 23, 2009 - A review of the corporate layoffs of 2009 shows many were carried out at highly profitable businesses. As millions of families are struggling just to hang onto their homes and get through the next month's bills, shareholders from companies that were not struggling financially in 2009--including Wal-Mart, Aetna, IBM, Verizon and Microsoft--made bigger bank by cutting back their workforce. Read more...

The Faces of Health Reform: How Reform Will Impact SEIU Members

Dec 23, 2009 - At both bargaining tables and kitchen tables across the nation, SEIU members have faced increasingly tough decisions about their health care--often sacrificing wage increases for benefits, or going without health insurance entirely. In recent months, members have shared their personal stories with us about their struggles with accessing affordable, stable, quality health insurance. Read more...

1199SEIU's anniversary: 50 years of organizing hospital workers

Dec 22, 2009 - Healthcare union powerhouse 1199SEIU is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. Founded as a drugstore union in 1932, the Local union had just 5,000 members when it launched its crusade to organize the then-forgotten hospital workers half a century ago. Today, over fifty years spent on the frontlines for justice and peace has resulted in 1199SEIU being one of the country's strongest and most effective political forces--not to mention the largest Local union in the world. Read more...

2009 Scrooge of the Year goes to....U.S. Chamber of Commerce!

Dec 21, 2009 - In his acclaimed novella "A Christmas Carol," English author Charles Dickens wrote that Ebenezer Scrooge was "a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!" Over the past couple of weeks, thousands of people voted in agreement that this Scrooge description fits the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to a t and today, Jobs with Justice announced the corporate front group as the winner of the 2009 Scrooge of the Year. Read more...

Spread The Word, Not The Flu

Dec 18, 2009 - School cafeteria workers in some of Sodexo's districts are being disciplined for staying home while they're sick, even though they prepare & serve food to children for a living. For a huge multi-national corporation like Sodexo not to afford their workers sick days to care for themselves and their families is simply unacceptable. Every worker should have paid sick days - it's a matter of right vs. wrong, of values and principles. Read more...

Delaware Janitors Clean Up: 800 Win Higher Wages, Health Benefits

Dec 18, 2009 - After more than 9 months of fighting, 800 janitors who keep Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase offices' clean in Delaware have won wage increases, health insurance, paid vacation and other benefits. The historic area-wide contract was negotiated with at least seven cleaning companies and applies to three-quarters of the commercial office buildings in Wilmington and New Castle County. Read more...

Victory for Workers United/SEIU Laundry Workers: Cintas Settles Class Action Suit Alleging Violations of LA Living Wage Law for Record-breaking $6.5M

Dec 17, 2009 - Workers United/SEIU announced today that industrial launderer Cintas has agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that it violated the City of Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance. Read more...

New report: Working caregivers as a protected class?

Dec 17, 2009 - Family Responsibilities Discrimination for working caregivers can occur in any number of unfortunate--but very real--workplace circumstances. A new report from the Center for WorkLife Law finds that while no federal law (and only a few state laws) expressly prohibit discrimination against working caregivers, at least 63 local governments in 22 states do. Read more...

Highlights Reel: SEIU 2009 Organizing Successes

Dec 16, 2009 - Watch highlights from some of SEIU's successful organizing campaigns of 2009. Campaigns highlighted include Missouri in-home caregivers, 1199SEIU Boston healthcare workers, Local 721 LA city engineers and professionals, child care workers in Illinois and Cleveland, OH 1199WV/KY/OH nursing home workers. 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...

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...

SEIU: Goldman Sachs Compensation Still Obscene

Dec 10, 2009 - If Goldman Sachs thinks their latest compensation announcement will make taxpayers and shareholders happy, they're in for a big surprise. We're not going to fall for their latest PR stunt. Read more...

VIDEO: Anna Burger discusses jobs creation on C-SPAN

Dec 09, 2009 - On C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning, Anna Burger discusses SEIU's jobs plan and reacts to the President's speech on job creation yesterday. Read more...

Janitors making green cleaning a reality in the Twin Cities

Dec 09, 2009 - SEIU Local 26 janitors held a great convention on Saturday to kick off their campaign to make green cleaning a reality by reducing waste, saving energy, and reducing the use of toxic chemicals. "We're happy to have an opportunity to make our jobs green, but we also want to make sure they are stable, 8-hour full-time jobs that can support our families," said Marie Flores, a janitor at Travelers in Saint Paul. Read more...

Coakley wins Democratic nomination for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat

Dec 09, 2009 - Last night, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley took one giant step closer to becoming the state's first woman senator. She won the Democratic nomination in the campaign to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy by a large margin. Read more...

Workers' productivity rises...their wages don't

Dec 07, 2009 - Workers' productivity has increased at a negative costs to employers. Companies are keeping a bigger share of profits, and their labor costs are falling--all while workers' wages remain relatively stagnant. So even as people that work for a living work work harder and become even more productive, they are not sharing in the wealth they create. Read more...

SEIU: American People Demand Leaders Find Political Will to Pass Bold Jobs Plan

Dec 03, 2009 - SEIU released the following statement of Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger following her participation at President Obama's Jobs Forum. Read more...

SEIU Jobs Plan

Dec 03, 2009 - At today's White House jobs summit, the President stressed the willingness of his administration to hear fresh perspectives and new ideas to directly confront the continuing jobs crisis. Yesterday, Burger called for an ambitious and multi-faceted jobs plan for the 21st century to immediately start putting paychecks back into the hands of America's workers. Read more...

It's Time for Jobs Creation

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Watch White House Jobs Summit Live

Dec 03, 2009 - President Barack Obama is bringing together labor, business, and economic leaders today, including SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, to brainstorm and discuss how we can get our economy to start creating jobs for working people again. The White House is streaming today's jobs forum live. Watch it here. Read more...

Putting people back to work and Obama's jobs summit

Dec 02, 2009 - On the eve of President Obama's Jobs Summit at the White House, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer and Change to Win Chair Anna Burger has a piece on Huffington Post outlining a bold jobs plan to meet the demands of a 21st century economy. Read more...

Ridgefield "lunch ladies" win a fair deal

Dec 02, 2009 - After five months of negotiations with new employer Chartwells, the hardworking "lunch ladies" of Ridgefield, CT public schools finally have a deal!. The food service workers reached a three-year contract agreement with the food service company that allows them five... Read more...

VIDEO: BofA's Ken Lewis wins "Turkey of the Year" award

Dec 02, 2009 - On November 23rd, security officers McKallen and Gittens were joined by local clergy leaders and fellow 32BJ SEIU members to deliver the "Turkey of the Year" award to ousted BofA chairman Ken Lewis for his role in allowing the banks' workers to be treated so horribly. Watch video of the magnificent turkey hand-off here. Read more...

Big business's skewed view on paid sick leave

Nov 25, 2009 - As Congress deliberates over a bill to expand paid sick leave as Americans suffer through a pandemic of the H1N1 virus, big business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce appear to be completely in denial over the importance of the issue. Tell THAT to the 57 million working Americans who currently have no paid sick days at all. Read more...

PHOTOS: Ken Lewis's "Turkey of the Year" award

Nov 25, 2009 - To recognize Ken Lewis for his role in allowing the bank's security contractor to treat workers so terribly right before the Thanksgiving holiday, the laid-off BofA guards presented him with a "Turkey of the Year" award yesterday. On a silver platter, no less. Check out a few photos here. Read more...

Laid-off Security Officers Crown Ken Lewis: 'Turkey of the Year"

Nov 24, 2009 - Seeing as how the end of Lewis's profit-driven rein as CEO of BofA is finally in sight, SEIU 32BJ members have decided it's high time to recognize Mr. Lewis...with a "Turkey of the Year" Award. Bank of America security officers will deliver a frozen turkey to the ousted CEO for his role in allowing the bank's security contractor to fire some 40 security officers working at BofA buildings in NYC right before the holidays. Read more...

Back on the job: National Archives cleaners rehired

Nov 24, 2009 - Seven SEIU Local 32BJ members finally got their jobs back with the National Archives in Washington, DC, this week, after a federal agency cleaning contractor, LB&B Associates Inc., fired them without cause last summer. The workers who clean around some of the most important national records in the world, such as the Declaration of Independence, maintained that they lost their jobs for doing exactly what their supervisor ordered them to do: clock out early. Read more...

The U.S. Chamber wants you to take a flu vacation

Nov 23, 2009 - Approximately one-third of all workers don't get any sick leave. The U.S. Chamber's reaction to this? Quit complaining -- because according to them, 83 percent of private sector workers can simply use vacation time if they get H1N1. After all, who needs a sunny trip to the Carribean this winter when you've got body aches, a hacking cough and a high fever to keep you warm? Read more...

Solis and DOL ramp up efforts to cut down wage theft

Nov 20, 2009 - On the the National Day of Action to Stop Wage Theft (yesterday), Solis announced she's increasing staff by one-third, hiring an additional 250 new wage and hour investigators to look into unpaid wage claims and undertake more targeted enforcement. There will also be a new public awareness campaign launched in 2010 called "We Can Help" to inform workers about their rights. Read more...

Confirmed: Immigration does not cause U.S. unemployment

Nov 20, 2009 - This week IPC released a new report that squarely refutes misleading claims by anti-immigrant (and anti-labor) groups who believe that spending over $200 billion to deport unauthorized immigrants will solve our nation's serious economic challenges. Confirming earlier data, the Economic Blame Game: U.S. Unemployment is Not Caused by Immigration shows that swapping out the 8.3 million unauthorized immigrants working in the U.S. today WILL NOT improve job prospects for the 15.7 million Americans currently unemployed. Read more...

Levi's jeans better for workers; fall into The GAP

Nov 18, 2009 - Distribution workers at Levi Strauss & Co. facilities in the U.S. and Canada voted overwhelmingly in favor of a three-year, North America-wide contract providing wage increases, defined benefit pensions and health insurance. Other union-made jeans include The GAP's 1969 "Real Straight" jeans sporting the "Made in Canada" label--they're made by Workers United/SEIU members. Read more...

Of Course SEIU Supports the Boy Scouts

Nov 18, 2009 - A little fact vs. fiction is needed in the latest right-wing smear against SEIU. Blogs and right-wing outlets are reporting that an SEIU local is filing a grievance against the city of Allentown, PA because a Boy Scout cleaned a local hiking trail. There is no fact to this claim being pushed by the disreputable Fox News and other right-wing outlets like Michelle Malkin's accuracy challenged blog. Read more...

Ocean's 14: SEIU members take over Mayor Newsom's Office in undercover operation

Nov 16, 2009 - "What does it take to get the mayor's attention in this town?" was the question on their purple lips Thursday night (it was cold) after several dozen SEIU 1021 members and staff occupied Mayor Gavin Newsom's office, while hundreds more cheered them on inside and outside City Hall. It was a two-pronged tactic of escalating the San Francisco campaign through civil disobedience on top of public rallies. Read more...

Thanks, Terminator: CA workers lost pay for no economic benefit

Nov 13, 2009 - Gov. Schwarzenegger's private lawyers admitted yesterday in court papers that more than 1,000 workers at five state agencies were furloughed, despite achieving no economic gains for the state - a clear abuse of power. Read more...

Workers demand Resident Commissioner Pierluisi reject anti-worker policies of Fortuño administration

Nov 13, 2009 - RIght now, SPT-SEIU members and leaders are holding a sit-in in Pedro Pierluisi's office, the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico. Members of SPT-SEIU took charge of the Resident Commissioner's office in San Juan earlier this morning, demanding that Pierluisi, as a Democrat, reject the Republican policies of Governor Luis Fortuño. Read more...

Statement of Anna Burger on Announcement of White House Jobs Forum

Nov 12, 2009 - Today, SEIU released the following statement of Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on President Obama's call for a jobs forum in December. Read more...

The Changing Face of Labor: More Women, More Diversity

Nov 12, 2009 - A new study from CEPR analyzes the demographic trends of the union workforce and finds it to be more diverse than just 25 years ago. The report shows that women now make up 45 percent of union workers and that union workers are more educated now, among other findings. Read more...

Tuesday morning round-up

Nov 10, 2009 - In case you missed it...news highlights from yesterday and this morning on banks, union heroes, health insurance reform, voter turnout and fighting budget cuts [and the swine flu]. 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...

King of Beers Cutting Costs on the Backs of Workers

Nov 06, 2009 - Cleaners at Anheuser-Busch breweries in Newark and Rochester recently found themselves without jobs, despite years of loyal service to the "King of Beers." The brewing behemoth has brought in cleaning contractors who seem bent on cutting costs for the $23 billion dollar multinational on the backs of the working people who keep their plants running and profitable. Read more...

Dallas Members Celebrate 2% Raise, No Layoffs of SEIU Members

Nov 05, 2009 - Eight months of members advocating for a base pay increase has paid off in a big way for SEIU Texas members in Dallas. In the worst economy since the Great Depression and one of the City's worst budget years ever, employees within the following SEIU job classifications received a 2% base pay increase on October 1st: Crew Leaders, Equipment Operators, Laborers, and Truck Drivers. Read more...

Lowe's employee breakroom signs (and other Employee Free Choice goodies)

Nov 05, 2009 - After Lowe's Home Improvement settled a class action suit last month for requiring workers to work "off the clock," workers were greeted with this sign in their workplace breakroom--a not-so-subtle reminder of the company's position on giving workers a voice on the job. 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...

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...

The Path to Sustainable Economic Recovery

Nov 02, 2009 - Last week, we learned that the swift action by the President and Congress to pass an economic recovery package earlier this year helped stave off a global economic recession, put our economy back on the path of growth, and helped save hundreds of thousands of jobs. Read more...

Bank Workers in Brazil Celebrate Victory

Oct 30, 2009 - Following a ten-day strike, Brazilian bank workers have won an increase in wage and improvements in their working conditions, as a result of a wage accord between union leaders and banks October 9. The workers are members of Confederaçao Nacional dos Trabalhadores no Ramo Financeiro (CONTRAF). 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...

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...

Crash the Bankers' Party in Chicago

Oct 23, 2009 - If you could get all the architects of the banks/bailout scam together in one place, what would you say to them? Hurry up and decide, because they're all getting together in Chicago this weekend-- and we're headed there to meet them. The big bank execs are gathering in the Windy City for the American Bankers Association conference, for a 4 day celebration of wealth and opulence paid for by our tax dollars. 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...

Big Banks & U.S. Chamber, There's a New Cop in Town

Oct 23, 2009 - Yesterday the House voted 39 to 29 to move forward with the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, to help put a stop to the dangerous and deceptive products and practices that got us into this mess. It was a sad day for corporations in the financial, insurance, and real estate sector--like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce & the Financial Services Roundtable--who spent a combined total of $321 million lobbying against federal reforms such as limits on bonuses and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA). 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...

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...

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...

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...

Must See TV: Workers United in HBO Documentary Schmatta

Oct 19, 2009 - Did you know that in 1965, 95 percent of American clothing was made in USA? Times have changed since then. Just a few decades later, only 5 percent of the clothing worn by Americans is manufactured here in this country. Don't miss tonight's HBO premier of Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags -- a documentary that tells the unexpected history behind New York's Garment District and a "must see" for anyone who cares about our union and the workers who built it. 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...

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...

Watch live: Puerto Rican workers' strike

Oct 15, 2009 - Watch today's general strike unfolding live in Puerto Rico right now, being streamed by Claridad. Also check out a summary of recent events in Puerto Rico. 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...

Turning the Big Apple into the Big Green Apple

Oct 11, 2009 - The energy consumption of our nation's large buildings is inextricably linked to the talent, training, and hard work of building operators. Teaching our building operators to maintain our large structures is the highest-impact way to address the climate crisis, at the lowest cost. The Urban Green Council (United States Green Building Council of New York) and SEIU Local 32BJ have released a report detailing the essential role that building workers play in improving energy efficiency and discuss how 32BJ's training initiative will help New York City's building superintendents go green. 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...

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...

Appreciation for the workers who help your children make healthy food choices

Oct 06, 2009 - Two new "trends" are helping to make over school lunches in many schools across the nation--nutritional awareness and the local foods movement. As a kid, you don't make meal choices yourself and unfortunately, not all adults care to prepare healthy snacks and lunches for their children, or have the means necessary to do so. Thankfully, there are men and women out there who are encouraging your children to make healthy foods choices at lunch time: food service workers. 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...

Victory: Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis to Resign after SEIU Campaign

Oct 01, 2009 - Yesterday, Americans were given one more reason to look forward to ringing in the New Year: Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis announced he will be be stepping down from the bank, effective Jan. 1, 2010. As a part of the Take Back the Economy coalition, SEIU and partners have been calling (loudly and persistently) for Lewis' ouster for several months. Read more...

Labor Leaders Pronounce Puerto Rican Labor Secretary's Position "Vacant"

Oct 01, 2009 - The second civil act of disobedience in three days protesting the Fortuno administration's massive lay-offs ended a little over an hour ago, when Puerto Rican labor leaders pronounced the Labor Secretary's position "vacant" after Secretary Miguel Romero failed to show up at his office for a meeting. The leaders from the labor coalition All of Puerto Rico For Puerto Rico and union members from SEIU-affiliated locals SPT and UGT who carried out the action narrowly missed the police anti-riot unit that entered the building, positioning itself in the 20th floor to reach the 21st floor where the labor leaders had carried out their sit-in to demand to have their voices heard by Secretary Romero. 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...

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...

Watch Anna Burger's testimony at hearing on Consumer Financial Protection Agency

Sep 30, 2009 - SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger is testifying before the House Financial Services Committee this morning at a hearing on the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. You can watch online starting now here http://www.house.gov/apps/list/hearing/financialsvcs_dem/hr_092309.shtml. Anna should be speaking shortly before 11:00 a.m. Read more...

County Employees Rally for Better LA as Contract Clock Runs Out

Sep 30, 2009 - With contracts between LA County and its largest employee union set to expire at midnight on September 30, more than 2,000 LA County employees called on the Board of Supervisors to support an agreement that protects services in the economic downturn. 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...

Update: Filling Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat, Banks, Protests for Corporate Reform, Employee Free Choice

Sep 28, 2009 - This past week, while much of D.C. has been focused on the healthcare mark-up (us included), we've also been tracking a few other stories that we wanted to bring to your attention. First--the encouraging news that Massachusetts will return to full representation and the Democrats in Congress to a cloture-proof majority. Also, don't miss two stories on SEIU's calls for financial reform and a questionable award choice from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Read more...

On Eve of G-20 Summit...
SEIU Releases New Report: Wall Street Bilked Taxpayers for $18 Trillion Since Financial Collapse

Sep 23, 2009 - On the eve of the G-20 summit and just one year after the financial world collapsed, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released a report today detailing the severe impact the economic crisis has had on working families. According to the report, once all crisis-related programs are factored in, taxpayers could be on the hook for up to $17.8 trillion to rescue the big banks. Read more...

Wall Street Reform Must Not Be Stalled or Stopped

Sep 15, 2009 - "When Lehman Brothers fell, they took not just the rest of Wall Street, but all of Main Street, down with them. Yet, one year later, the greedy CEOs who caused the collapse are unremorseful, unrepentant, and virtually unchanged," said SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, following President Obama's speech yesterday on the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. While the economy continues to recover, President Obama warned, "normalcy cannot lead to complacency." Read more...

Anniversary Reminder: No Coercion in Majority Sign-up

Sep 15, 2009 - September 15th marks the second anniversary of New Hampshire's majority sign-up law, which allows public sector workers to form collective bargaining units by signing petitions rather than through an election process. Read more...

Thanking John Sweeney for his years of service to workers

Sep 14, 2009 - Today, SEIU President Andy Stern thanked outgoing AFL-CIO president John Sweeney for his 50+ years of service to working families, and congratulated his successor, Richard Trumka. Read more...

Budget cuts coincide with "Back to School"

Sep 14, 2009 - Public school staff employees in LA and many other districts across California and across the U.S. are dealing with searing budget cuts, furlough days, crowded classrooms and worst of all, layoffs. In an LA Sentinel op-ed, SEIU Local 99's Executive Director Bill Lloyd considers the predicament of Bell High School night custodian Theresa Aguilar, who is facing a situation all too familiar to the thousand custodial, cafeteria, playground, and other essential classified positions were cut over the summer. Read more...

Watch LIVE: President Obama's speech on the financial crisis

Sep 14, 2009 - A year after the collapse at Lehman Brothers and the worldwide financial collapse, the President will speak from Wall Street's Federal Hall in New York about the government's role in moving the economy forward after the financial crisis that peaked one year ago, focusing on how to protect consumer's money by preventing another financial collapse. He is expected to speak on stricter regulations of the financial and banking industry. The livestream from the speech at Federal Hall begins at 12:10 p.m. ET and 9:10 a.m. PT. Read more...

Senate study blasts furloughs 'penny saved, a dollar lost'

Sep 10, 2009 - A new study by the California state Senate says that furloughs are "costing the state money and further hurting the economy" and Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg called for immediate passage of the SEIU Local 1000 contract contract bill, AB 88. Read more...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Reinvigorates Ad Campaign to Stomp out Consumer Protections

Sep 08, 2009 - As Congress returns from recess and gets back to work to pass legislation to bring access to quality, affordable healthcare to everyone, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is wasting no time working hard to hang onto the same reckless business practices that got us in this hot financial mess in the first place. The Chamber is launching a new $2 million ad campaign attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Read more...

Forward this Message

Sep 08, 2009 - This week we're stepping up the fight for the Employee Free Choice Act. Hundreds of people will meet with their Members of Congress, and we'll make thousands of calls to their offices to show the broad public support for the Employee Free Choice Act. But we need to bring in more people to help support out efforts. Read more...

Recent union contract victories benefit more than 12,500 workers

Sep 08, 2009 - Over the last week and a half, SEIU Locals in California, New York and Oregon have reached new or tentative contract agreements that will benefit nearly 13,000 workers. Locals and their bargaining teams worked hard to reach agreements that serve as victories for members by lessening the impact of budget cuts on their jobs and pocketbooks or increasing wages. Read more...

Progress towards protecting American workers

Sep 08, 2009 - Labor Day is a time to reflect on the achievements of the American worker and our nation's commitment to helping all families pursue the American Dream--especially now that many are facing difficult times, as the result of the recession and the anti-worker agenda carried out by the previous administration. In a short period of time, President Obama and the 111th Congress have been working hard to undo many of the policies that have harmed our nation's workers; showing time and time again that they stand on the side of working families. Read more...

President Obama's Labor Day Message

Sep 07, 2009 - As working Americans take the day off from work, attend healthcare send-off rallies or parades, and spend time with family and friends this Labor Day weekend, many of us will be thinking about the state of working America. In his prepared 2009 Labor Day message, President Obama explains his proposal to help ensure a lifetime of hard work leads to a comfortable retirement. Read more...

Honoring the Worker: What are you doing this Labor Day?

Sep 04, 2009 - On Labor Day, it's important not to forget the sacrifices of our brothers and sisters whose brave acts earned us the working rights we now possess. As Congressional recess comes to close, let's remind members of Congress just how many working families are still struggling to make ends meet under the strain of skyrocketing health care costs. Join events being held by SEIU and HCAN across the country on Monday, September 7th. Read more...

Happy Labor Day! Employee Free Choice Recess Round-up

Sep 03, 2009 - With Labor Day right around the corner, we wanted to catch you up on what SEIU and our allies have been up to over the last few weeks. From opposition groups confusing their Congressmen to new studies and reports from the states, keep reading for a full recess round-up on Employee Free Choice Read more...

New report shows executive compensation at bailed-out banks is 40% higher than peers

Sep 02, 2009 - A new study out today from the Institute of Policy Studies shows the extent to which Wall Street's continued practice of paying out big figure bonuses to the architects of our economic collapse continues. The study found that the CEOs of the 20 financial firms that have received the largest bailouts were paid nearly 40 percent more last year than other CEOs--and the average CEO pay was 430 times larger than for the pay received by the average workers. Read more...

Judge tentatively rules that state fund furloughs for 6,000 California workers are illegal

Sep 02, 2009 - Yesterday, a Superior Court judge issued a tentative ruling that State Compensation Insurance Fund employees are exempt from Governor Schwarzenegger's furloughs. The lawsuit affects over 6,000 clerical and professional SEIU Local 1000 workers who work for the fund, which provides worker's compensation insurance to employers. Read more...

Miami Beach Security Officer Loses His Job for Speaking Out About Forming a Union

Sep 01, 2009 - Security guards employed by Security Alliance in the Miami Beach area have been experiencing intimidation, scare tactics and harassment at the hands of their employer for exercising their rights to organize. And when one officer went on the record to express frustration over he and his coworkers' unsuccessful efforts to form a union in their workplace, his reward for having the courage to speak up was...losing his job. 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...

Labor Day 2009 Challenge: Wal-Mart Must Reflect America's Values

Sep 01, 2009 - With 1.4 million Americans working in its stores, Wal-Mart bears a unique responsibility to its workers and our communities--which is why as Labor Day approaches, SEIU is part of a coalition of labor, environmental, consumer protection, and community groups led by UFCW that are challenging Wal-Mart to start practicing common-sense core American values like workers' rights, corporate responsibility, equal opportunity, quality jobs and environmental stewardship. Read more...

Local 1199SEIU and 615 Members Remember Senator Kennedy

Aug 31, 2009 - Throughout his storied career, Sen. Kennedy stood with members of SEIU to fight for dignity and respect for working people everywhere. The Senator could always be counted on to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 1199SEIU members in Massachusetts. As a testament to this, stories continue to pour in on the work the Senator championed alongside our members. Read more...

Remembering Senator Kennedy

Aug 26, 2009 - Today we lost, to borrow the words of President Obama, "one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy." The weeks ahead will still require our hard work and determination to see through his vision for health insurance reform. Today, though, I hope you'll take a moment to reflect on Senator Kennedy's legacy and share your thoughts on his remarkable career. Read more...

Making Kennedy's Vision for America a Reality

Aug 26, 2009 - For five decades, Senator Kennedy stood with working families to fight for our shared vision of America where every family has access to affordable healthcare, every worker has a paycheck that supports a family, and every child is guaranteed a brighter future. Let's continue to make Kennedy's vision for America a reality by taking action this year to pass healthcare reform. Read more...

Video: Danny Glover supports workers as Bemis strike continues

Aug 25, 2009 - Workers United members of Local 1426 in Terre Haute, Indiana recently rejected a contract offer by their employer and voted to continue to strike. Earlier this month, actor and activist Danny Glover traveled to Terre Haute to show his support for the workers who make the flexible food packaging you see on your grocery store's shelves. Read more...

Massachusetts Mental Health Workers Vote to Join SEIU Local 509

Aug 19, 2009 - Mental health care workers at the Brien Center in western Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly on August 18 to unite together in SEIU Local 509. The local will now represent 350 workers throughout Berkshire County who provide outpatient services to 9,000 people with mental health challenges, including substance abuse and sexual abuse. Read more...

As big banks' bonuses continue to flourish, consumer protections reform hangs in the balance

Aug 13, 2009 - USA Today dishes out a scathing critique of Wall Street's continued practice of paying out big figure bonuses to the architects of our economic collapse. Read more...

Why is the Chamber outsourcing American jobs?

Aug 11, 2009 - Last week, SEIU President Andy Stern called on U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue to explain why his organization supports outsourcing of American jobs. "It's unconscionable that, at a time when most Americans are consumed with fear of losing their jobs, their healthcare and their homes, the nation's top advocate for corporate lobbyists is actively working to make those fears become reality," said Stern. Read more...

The Vanguard of an American Clean Energy Revolution

Aug 10, 2009 - The benefits of green buildings cannot be overstated--and one of the most cost-effective ways to "green" a building is to ensure that it has a knowledgeable and well-trained workforce. SEIU 32BJ's Training Fund has developed the first-ever Green Buildings Initiative to train building superintendents in the latest, state-of-the-art, best practices in energy efficiency. Read more...

SEIU: We Can't Afford More of the Chamber's Policies

Aug 06, 2009 - With Friday's new unemployment numbers projected to show a jobless rate in double digits, SEIU President Andy Stern today called on U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue to explain why his organization supports outsourcing of American jobs. 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...

Wall Street: Contracts for Me, Not for Thee

Aug 05, 2009 - Citigroup - recipient of $45 billion in bailout funds - apparently isn't feeling the economic crunch. In fact, it's considering paying a $100 million bonus to one of its employees, protesting that it can't tear up a contract. Tell that to California state employees. SEIU's Stephen Lerner compares the two vastly different situations in a segment on CNBC. Read more...

95,000 CA state workers vote to strike if necessary

Aug 04, 2009 - By a 74 percent margin, SEIU Local 1000 state workers in California voted to step up pressure on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to ensure that the contract signed with the governor's representatives this past February is ratified. Read more...

Women Stand Up for the Employee Free Choice Act

Aug 03, 2009 - Following the announcement last month from over a dozen national women's organizations in support of the Employee Free Choice Act, women across the country are standing up for the legislation. Women want to see our labor laws updated so that workers can freely and fairly form their own organization and their rights are protected. Read more...

The Penthouse View vs. Main Street Reality

Jul 31, 2009 - Congress took a step towards cracking down on corporate and big bank CEO pay today, as the House passed the Corporate and Financial Institution Compensation Fairness Act of 2009 by a 237-to-185 vote. The House passage of the bill is an important step to correct the enormous disparity between those at the top and regular working Americans, but much more needs to be done to help Main Street recover. Read more...

Wal-Mart wants to stop others from using anything that's round

Jul 31, 2009 - Wal-Mart has a longtime record of harassing and intimidating workers who have called for union representation; the giant corporation has even gone so far as to shut down stores where workers voted for a voice on the job. It's bad enough Wal-Mart fights workers' efforts to organize...now they're trying to stifle freedom of speech too? Read more...

Educating on the Employee Free Choice Act

Jul 31, 2009 - Paul Begala has an incredibly powerful and persuasive op-ed in Politicotoday making the case for the Employee Free Choice Act. After introducing nightmare hypothetical scenarios of workers getting fired for trying to organize, Begala pulls back the curtain and reveals the stories are about real workers who were fighting for better jobs. Read more...

Bank of America to Close 10% of its Branches?

Jul 31, 2009 - If reports that BofA intends to close 10% of the bank's branches are true, that means the jobs of up to 5,000 bank employees at hundreds of BofA branches are at risk. If you are a BofA employee, we need you to add your initials to our letter to Ken Lewis. Read more...

Lifestyles of the Rich and Bailed Out

Jul 30, 2009 - It appears that big bonuses are back on Wall Street....er rather, maybe they never really left. The WSJ reported last week that "Executives and other highly compensated employees now receive more than one-third of all pay in the US." Which begs the question: Are wealthy Americans truly turning back to pre-crisis habits, even as most of the country remains in deep economic stress? Read more...

CA budget outcome declares its winners: Corporations. The losers: Everyone Else.

Jul 27, 2009 - Even though the new California state budget approved by legislators on Friday puts an end to the endless "debate" that's been causing debilitating migraines even in those who don't suffer them, the pain is far from over. Governor Schwarzenegger and lawmakers proved they're no 'girlie-men' with California's budget cuts by taking healthcare from the sick and frail and every kind of care from the elderly; by closing schools so kids have nowhere to learn, and after-school programs so they have nowhere else to go. Read more...

First-ever national union contract for security officers

Jul 27, 2009 - On Saturday, 2,000 security officers who guard Kaiser Permanente facilities in five states ratified a three-year contract with security contractor Securitas that includes family healthcare and a 40-cent per hour wage increase each year of the contract. The victory by officers at Kaiser holds historic national significance--it is the first-ever national contract for private security officers. Read more...

SEIU Security Officers Who Protect Kaiser Permanente Hospitals Nationwide Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify First-ever Union Contract

Jul 25, 2009 - Security officers with SEIU who protect Kaiser Permanente hospitals nationwide voted overwhelmingly today to ratify their first-ever union contract. The three year contract with private security company Securitas includes family healthcare and higher wages. Read more...

'Slowing' the decline in living standards for low-wage workers is not enough

Jul 24, 2009 - Today's increase means a full-time minimum wage earner will receive $28 more a week. This raise is badly needed. It is also categorically insufficient. While our nation's plunge into recession has forced many working families to tighten their belts, low-wage workers have fared even worse. Read more...

July 24th: Minimum wage inches up to $7.25/hour

Jul 23, 2009 - Starting tomorrow, the Federal minimum wage is increasing from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour, the last part of the 2007 minimum wage legislation passed by Congress. Read more...

Tomorrow's Minimum Wage Increase Will Strengthen America's Economy

Jul 23, 2009 - Starting tomorrow, the Federal minimum wage is increasing to $7.25 per hour, the last part of the 2007 minimum wage legislation passed by Congress. Read more...

13,000 Missouri home care attendants vote union YES!

Jul 22, 2009 - It's not often we get to bring you news of workers organizing to have a voice at work on such a large scale -- but today is one of those days! 13,00 home care attendants in Missouri's consumer directed home care program have voted to join the Missouri Home Care Union. Read more...

13,000 Home Care Attendants Vote to Form Union to Improve Services for Seniors, People with Disabilities

Jul 22, 2009 - Placing Missouri on a path toward improved healthcare for thousands of its seniors and people with disabilities, 13,00 home care attendants in Missouri's consumer directed home care program have voted to join the Missouri Home Care Union, a statewide union of home care attendants. Read more...

California budget deal missing actual solution

Jul 21, 2009 - In spite of the fact that months of debate between CA lawmakers on how to resolve the state's $26 billion budget deficit may be finally coming to an end, there can be no cause for celebration when the 'solution' does not reflect the priorities of a vast majority of California voters. Read more...

Big banks and the Chamber do their best to stop economic recovery--AGAIN

Jul 21, 2009 - Today, reports hit saying Congress is delaying action on the Consumer Financial Protection Agency after a series of lobbying efforts and a letter from the U.S. Chamber and big banks. When it comes to fixing our economy, Congress must not buckle under the pressure of the U.S. Chamber and big banks. Read more...

Al Franken raises the SEIU roof

Jul 21, 2009 - Al Franken, like many ex-performers, knows when to arrive at stage right at the critical moment of a new play. Six months into the new Obama administration as we now get ready to pass for the first time in 223 years, a healthcare bill and in the coming months, the Employee Free Choice Act, Sen. Al Franken's presence and strong leadership in the Senate couldn't have come at a better time. Read more...

California state workers will vote to strike; protest Governor Schwarzenegger

Jul 20, 2009 - As the governor and legislators continue to battle over the budget in California, leaders of SEIU Local 1000 have issued a strike authorization vote to the union's 95,000 members beginning today, July 20. SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker sent a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week , declaring the union "will fight" his latest proposal to pile on a fourth furloughed work day for more than 230,000 state workers. Read more...

Questioning millionaire compensation: Doctors put the Bronx's St. Barnabas Hospital under the microscope

Jul 20, 2009 - "With so much of our economy in flux, now more than ever, the people of New York need to be reassured that the institutions we rely on are worthy of the trust that we put into them," said Dr. L. Toni Lewis, president of the Committee of Interns and Residents. Visit www.examinebarnabas.org. Read more...

Video: Janitors protesting Cisco Systems end hunger strike

Jul 17, 2009 - On June 9, dozens of janitors laid off from Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA ended a 7-day hunger fast protesting the company's corporate greed, unfair treatment and laying-off of 40 percent of its total janitorial workforce. Check out this new video SEIU United Service Workers West created documenting the breaking of the fast. Read more...

Unions make for a much more family-friendly workplace

Jul 16, 2009 - A new report authored by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the Labor Project for Working Families found that companies with more unionized workers are more likely to pay for family health insurance premiums, embrace paid leave, and allow the use of personal leave to care for a sick child. In case you needed more evidence as to why we need to restore workers' freedom to form unions and bargain through the Employee Free Choice Act. Read more...

Statement by SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on New Report Showing Unions Make More Family-Friendly Workplaces

Jul 16, 2009 - SEIU Anna Burger's statement on a new report that finds that companies with more unionized workers are more likely to pay for family health insurance premiums, embrace paid leave, and allow the use of personal leave to care for a sick child. Read more...

School Food Workers to Members of Congress: We're Hungry for Change

Jul 15, 2009 - For the first time in the 63-year history of our nation's School Lunch Program, front-line food service workers are on Capitol Hill today to petition their government to strengthen the program that serves food to more than 30 million children every day. Read more...

Ahem, Governor Schwarzenegger - You can't ignore the law, no matter who you are

Jul 14, 2009 - The Governor and CA state officials have refused to abide by the U.S. District Court's preliminary injunction preventing the slashing of salaries for California home care workers. In light of this outrageous defiance, the ruling Judge has amended her original injunction: rescind approval of all IHSS wage reductions by July 14 that were scheduled to take place on July 1 by COB today. Read more...

Letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger: Trail of broken campaign promises must end

Jul 14, 2009 - "Governor, we've sacrificed. And we've now reached our limit. We cannot, and will not, allow you to use us as pawns in your political power game," writes SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker in a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger concerning the California union's contract deal and latest budget proposal. The Governor's proposal seeks to pile on an additional 5 percent pay reduction or fourth furloughed work day for more than 230,000 state workers. Read more...

Unacceptable: Governor Schwarzenegger ignores court order to stop home care cuts

Jul 13, 2009 - strong>Last week, SEIU was forced to file a motion with U.S. District Court to hold the state of California in contempt for illegally cutting the wages of (IHSS) workers by $2 per hour in defiance of an earlier court order. Read more...

Free Summer Lunch Program A Rousing Success in NJ

Jul 13, 2009 - During the school year in New Jersey, school lunch is provided at a reduced cost or for free to thousands of poor students to help eliminate at least one significant and widely recognized barrier to an education: hunger. Read more...

Maryland Child Care Providers Settle Historic First Contract

Jul 12, 2009 - Five thousand family child care providers who participate in the state's child care subsidy program have settled a historic first contract with the Governor's Office and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The historic contract includes a nearly three-percent increase in the state subsidy, access to decision-making committees, and the creation of a new Training Committee of state officials and child care providers to recommend future improvements. Read more...

AIG bonus requests: Is this some kind of joke?

Jul 10, 2009 - Upon hearing the news that bailed-out insurer AIG plans to reward top executives $2.4 million in bonuses next week, SEIU's first reaction was...sheer and utter disbelief. As in, YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING US. How is it possible that the same company that received the largest of all taxpayer bailouts, at a total cost of $173 billion to the American people, would decide it's a good idea to reward themselves for doing such a fantastic job of losing more money? Read more...

SEIU on AIG Bonus Requests: You've Got to be Kidding Us

Jul 10, 2009 - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who staged nationwide protests over AIG bonuses in March, demanded that AIG halt the millions in bonuses they are seeking to give top executives. Additionally, SEIU took aim at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who has consistently defended the bonus pay-outs. Read more...

NY Times: "Change is too slow coming for the nation's one million home care aides"

Jul 09, 2009 - Citing the hard work and critical role they play with an aging boomer population, the NY Times editorial declares that "Home care aides should not have to wait any longer for the fair pay they have been denied for so long." Read more...

If the U.S. Chamber had their way, Louisianans 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. For decades, they have fought legislation that would have a real impact on working families right here in Louisiana. With over 136,000 Louisianans out of work, now is the time to do everything we can to stand up to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - and stand up for working families. Read more...

Living wages are in Con Ed's Power

Jul 06, 2009 - Con Ed employee Fernando Cruz is one of more than 28 million people--about a quarter of the working-age workforce--who work full time yet still earn less than the income that marks the federal poverty line for a family of four: $9.04 per hour, a full-time salary of $18,800 a year. Read more...

Breaking: DHS defers deportation of Walter Lara for one year

Jul 02, 2009 - Today, Walter Lara was granted a one year stay of his deportation. "Today, words cannot express my gratitude to Secretary Janet Napolitano, Senator Bill Nelson, Representatives Corrine Brown, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and the thousands of grassroots activists whose unified efforts have given me a second chance to live out my American Dream," said Walter. Read more...

End the war on home care

Jul 02, 2009 - A U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction last week ordering the state of California to halt pay cuts for the state's 400,000 home care workers. Now that a court has ruled against the Governor and his cuts, we need to ask him to reverse course on these short-sighted cuts. Read more...

Governor Rell's veto stamps out dreams of working people

Jul 02, 2009 - The unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC), District 1199 launched their latest TV ad this week taking aim at Governor Jodi Rell for protecting the wealthy in a time of crisis. Read more...

For shame, Citigroup!

Jul 02, 2009 - The Financial Times reported yesterday that Citigroup is raising credit card interest rates on 15 million customers. Read more...

Mandatory overtime a thing of the past for PA direct care workers

Jul 01, 2009 - Beginning today -- July 1st, 2009 -- mandatory overtime is a thing of the past for any healthcare worker in Pennsylvania providing direct patient care. This victory is the culmination of a 7-year struggle by nurses and other healthcare workers who repeatedly marched, called, emailed and lobbied their legislators to support this important patient safety legislation. Read more...

Time's up: SEIU members and Californians crank up the heat on Schwarzenegger

Jul 01, 2009 - Governor Schwarzenegger has indicated that his idea of "shared sacrifice" is to force the entire budget burden on working families and those who can least afford it. He has refused to support a budget that contains his own previous proposals for modest oil extraction fees and insurance fees that would fund critical public safety services. SEIU Local 1000 is liveblogging from their rally at the Capitol in Sacramento. Read more...

Hartmarx Workers Win with Court-Approved Sale

Jun 30, 2009 - Nearly 4,000 jobs were saved with court approval of the sale of Chicago-based Hartmarx Corporation to the British firm Emerisque Brands late last week. Emerisque announced plans before the deal to keep many of Hartmarx's Workers United-represented workers. Read more...

Sharing Responsibility, Ditching the Chamber

Jun 30, 2009 - The Chamber of Commerce's veneer of unity on health care is beginning to fade. In the latest blow to the Chamber's "Just Say No!" strategy on health care reform, Wal-Mart joined with SEIU and the Center for American Progress today in announcing support for an employer mandate on health coverage. Read more...

Working families need Al Franken in the U.S. Senate

Jun 30, 2009 - The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that Al Franken won the state's U.S. Senate election last November against incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.). Read more...

Wisconsin state budget gives home care workers breakthroughs to improve care

Jun 30, 2009 - Home care aides in Wisconsin are celebrating a new state budget signed yesterday by Gov. Jim Doyle that includes breakthrough improvements for home care workers and their clients. The improvements give approximately 5,000 home care workers in Wisconsin the freedom to unite with SEIU. Read more...

Rep. Keith Ellison, Consumer groups to join bank workers speaking out against predatory sales practices, failed banking model

Jun 30, 2009 - Today, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) will join Bank of America workers to speak out against predatory sales practices and a failed banking model and call for reforms that protect frontline bank workers and consumers. Read more...

House takes historic Leap toward clean energy economy; Obama touts new (sexier) light bulb standards

Jun 29, 2009 - On Friday, Congress took an extraordinary step forward on efforts to curb global warming. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the first-ever bill designed to advance a clean energy economy that creates green jobs, boosts national security and protects our planet. Read more...

Canadian court rescinds Weyburn Wal-Mart workers' union certification

Jun 29, 2009 - Workers at Weyburn first voted for union representation over four years ago, and Wal-Mart stalled and threw up every road block they could to keep the workers from getting a fair deal. And now, a Saskatchewan judge has essentially ruled that because labor laws have changed since the Weyburn Wal-Mart workers legally won union representation, these workers are no longer represented by a union. Read more...

Top Five Worst U.S. Chamber Policies for Small Businesses

Jun 29, 2009 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce claims to defend the interests of small businesses, but even a quick examination of their legislative record shows them opposing bill after bill that may help small businesses--and consistently siding with big corporations. 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...

SEIU Member Killed in DC Metro Tragedy

Jun 25, 2009 - 32BJ member Ana Fernandez was one of the nine confirmed dead after the tragic Metro crash in Washington this week. To help make ends meet for her family of six children, Ana was on her way to her second job as a cleaner at a building downtown when the crash happened. 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...

350 New Bedford Factory Workers Fight to Save Their Jobs

Jun 24, 2009 - Remember the infamous Bianco Factory raid in New Bedford, MA where hundreds of hard-working immigrants were rounded up, detained and separated from their families? Today, a horrible experience of déjà vu as workers at the same factory who make backpacks for the U.S. army face yet another tragedy, as new owner Alliant threatens to shut the factory down. Read more...

Workers Denied Contracts by Their Employers: Arbitration Needed in Labor Law Reform

Jun 23, 2009 - Workers join together and unionize to improve their wages, benefits, and working conditions. Yet a full year after voting to form a union, 52 percent of new unions still haven't been able to secure any improvements because their employers have used delay tactics to avoid signing a first contract. Read more...

Groups Launch Ads in Support of House Clean Energy Bill

Jun 23, 2009 - As Congress marshals us closer to a clean energy economy that creates green jobs, boosts national security and protects our planet, SEIU and coalition groups including the Blue Green Alliance and Sierra Club launched a major advertising campaign last week, urging Congress to pass and strengthen the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). Read more...

Jobs of today AND tomorrow are green jobs

Jun 23, 2009 - Between 1998 and 2007, the number of jobs in our country's emerging clean energy economy grew nearly two and a half times faster than overall jobs, according to a study by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Study results show that the renewable energy industry is creating a diverse range of well-paying jobs in every single state, across all skill levels and educational backgrounds. Read more...

Study Depicts Tough Times for Food Service Workers, Offers Recommendations

Jun 22, 2009 - Thousands of school food service workers in New Jersey are living at or near poverty, according to a new study from Rutgers University's Center for Women and Work. The study, authored by Dr. Mary McCain, addresses the scope of the problem in general, and then offers recommendations to fix these problems. Read more...

Victory in Fresno! Home Care Workers Vote to Stay with SEIU UHW

Jun 22, 2009 - Fresno County home care workers voted to keep SEIU-UHW as their union by a vote of rejecting an attempt by a group of ousted union leaders to split the workers off into a new organization. Read more...

Justice for Janitors Day: 19 Years of Fighting for Justice

Jun 17, 2009 - June 15th has been observed for 19 years in the U.S. as Justice for Janitors Day, a day when janitors and other workers who secure, clean, and maintain office buildings demonstrate for justice. Read more...

UAW Calls for an End to the Fight

Jun 17, 2009 - Read the letter from UAW President Ron Gettlefinger urging UNITE HERE's President to settle his dispute with Workers United/SEIU for the good of all workers. Read more...

Big Business' Two-Faced Approach to Arbitration

Jun 16, 2009 - Many corporations--like the Chamber-- praise arbitration when it favors them, but oppose it in settling first contracts--and will use any tactic they can to avoid paying their employees better wages and benefits. Supporters of the freedom to form unions are fed up with delays that favor employees, and American Rights at Work has launched a campaign to point out the hypocrisy of Big Business on arbitration. Read more...

Workers March in Portland: "What Do We Want? Fairness!"

Jun 16, 2009 - After numerous songs, slogans, speeches and a march across Portland's Hawthorne Bridge, the message came down to a simple chant rising from Terry D. Schrunk Plaza and echoing off the Portland skyscrapers around it: "What do we want? Fairness! When do we want it? Now!" With that, about 2,500 SEIU Local 503 members and allies concluded the United for Oregon rally against state budget cuts and layoffs last Sunday. Read more...

Stop Squeezing the Middle Class: Former Labor Secretaries Reich and Marshall on Employee Free Choice

Jun 15, 2009 - In the past 50+ years that have passed since America's middle class was expanding and the economy was soaring, former labor secretaries Robert Reich and Ray Marshall have seen an economy weakened by a combination of personal greed, individual irresponsibility and unsustainable financial conditions. In Sunday's Chicago Tribune, Reich and Marshall explain why the Employee Free Choice Act is necessary if our economy is to succeed. 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...

Illinois home care worker on budget cuts: "When you take jobs away from poor people, it's only going to create more poor people."

Jun 15, 2009 - As a home care worker in Chicago, Rebia currently receives a $9.85 an hour, her only source of income. Billions in budget cuts to critical human services programs are set to take effect on July 1st - leaving 80,000 working parents without child care, over 40,000 seniors and people with disabilities without home care and countless other families devastated by drastic cuts to the programs they depend on. Read more...

Senators push for wage and hour protections for home care workers

Jun 13, 2009 - A group of 15 Senators led by Senator Harkins (D-IA) have sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, urging the Department of Labor to expand federal wage and hour laws to an estimated 1.5 million home care workers in the U.S., one of the fastest-growing professions in the country today. Read more...

Maryland Family Child Care Contract Victory!

Jun 12, 2009 - 5,000 family care providers in Maryland won their first contract with the Department of Education and the Governor's Office yesterday. The historic contract includes a nearly three-percent increase in the state subsidy, access to decision-making committees, and the creation of a new Training Committee of state officials and child care providers to recommend future improvements. Read more...

500 Workers at Boston's Caritas Carney Hospital Vote to Join 1199SEIU

Jun 12, 2009 - Workers at Boston's Caritas Carney Hospital, part of Caritas Christi Health Care and the largest community-based hospital system in Massachusetts, voted overwhelmingly to join 1199SEIU. In April, more than 800 workers at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston also voted to join 1199SEIU. Read more...

Public Employees Notch Two Victories in Keystone State

Jun 11, 2009 - Workers in two counties on opposite sides of Pennsylvania-- Montgomery County and Westmoreland County--voted late last month to unite for a voice with SEIU Local 668--Pennsylvania's Social Services Union. Read more...

Colorado Small Businesses Endorse Employee Free Choice Act

Jun 11, 2009 - Today, 225 Colorado businesses released a "directory" featuring businesses that support the Employee Free Choice Act. In this economic crisis, we have a duty to support entrepreneurs and start-up companies in building sustainable, long-term successful businesses, rather than being forced to compete against irresponsible companies in an unwinnable, low-wage race to the bottom. Read more...

What would you ask BofA CEO Ken Lewis?

Jun 10, 2009 - This Thursday, Ken Lewis will be in front of Congress to answer questions about Bank of America's business practices. If you're an employee of Bank of America, here's an opportunity for you: What do you want to ask Ken Lewis? Submit your questions at http://letstalkbanks.com/ask/ Read more...

SEIU Study Reveals $34.7 billion in "The Hidden Branch of Government": Unfulfilled California Vendor Contracts Canceled

Jun 10, 2009 - Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order calling for all unfulfilled state department vendor contracts to be canceled. Schwarzenegger's recognition of the vendor waste is just the tip of the iceberg--SEIU Local 1000 believes the California government is hiding $34.7 billion in some 13,600 vendor contracts. Read more...

When did layoffs become 'acceptable'? Put working families above Cisco profits

Jun 08, 2009 - As janitors and community supporters continue their hunger strike outside of Cisco Systems corporate headquarters in San Jose, Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy has written a thought-provoking column about the corporate strategy of treating layoffs as 'par-for-the-course' events that are the cost of doing business in this downtrodden economy. Read more...

Quickening the Pace of Progress: Obama's Roadmap to Recovery

Jun 08, 2009 - At a Cabinet meeting on Monday, President Barack Obama promised to speed federal money into hundreds of public works projects this summer, vowing that 600,000 jobs would be created or saved in the second hundred days--four times the number created or saved in the first 100 days. Read more...

"Lethal Weapon" Danny Glover Headlines Union Rally in Niagara Falls

Jun 05, 2009 - Workers United members turned up the spotlight as Hollywood actor Danny Glover chanted union slogans on the picket line with employees of Courtyard by Marriott. Courtyard Marriott has refused to negotiate a collective agreement with recently organized workers. Read more...

SEIU Endorses Feingold Bill To Help Displaced Workers Find Health Care Jobs

Jun 05, 2009 - SEIU has endorsed Community-Based Health Care Retraining Act legislation reintroduced by Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.). The new version of the bill, formerly introduced in 2004, 2005 and 2007, would establish a program to distribute grants to colleges and other institution to retrain workers in areas of high unemployment to take jobs in healthcare. Read more...

LGBT Community Comes Out to Support SEIU UHW Home Care Members

Jun 05, 2009 - Friends and allies of SEIU are celebrating Pride month in a special way this year: Joining with home care workers in Fresno to protect their union and to keep their union voice strong in SEIU UHW. Read more...

Anna Burger Speaks Out on Excessive Corporate Pay

Jun 03, 2009 - Yesterday, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger addressed a conference sponsored by the Institutional Investor Education Foundation on retrieving the excessive pay and bonuses corporate CEOs received as they helped drive the nation's economy down. Read more...

Industrial and Labor Relations Expert: The System Is Failing

Jun 03, 2009 - In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post this morning, industrial and labor relations scholar Kate Bronfenbrenner writes about the obstacles facing workers today. The system itself, she states, is failing "to defend workers' rights in a timely manner" and creates "delays that favor employers." That, in itself, is a large reason to support the Employee Free Choice's "first contract arbitration" section. Read more...

Video: Canvassing for Fresno Home Care

Jun 03, 2009 - In this new YouTube video, SEIU UHW member and upcoming leader Frank Valdez canvasses for the first time with mentor May Santiago in Fresno. "It's very important to take care of these folks at home, and that's why I'm here," says Frank, on why he's fighting alongside his fellow union members in support of Fresno home care workers. Read more...

Morning Joe Team Wakes Up on Wrong Side of Bed, Goes on Anti-Union Tirade

Jun 03, 2009 - This morning, the Morning Joe crew of MSNBC decided to go on an anti-union tirade. Clearly, they didn't drink the coffee handed to them by their unionized colleagues that help to get their show in the air. After a rant from "smart" money man Jim Cramer (who, in recent months, has admitted that he's "gotten a lot of things wrong" and that he "should do a better job") on the terribleness of unions, the entire on-air team decided to weigh in. Read more...

SEIU Vows to Block Governor Schwarzenegger's Assault on Home Care

Jun 02, 2009 - Governor Schwarzenegger gave a speech to the joint session of California legislatures this morning on the state's budget, pressing lawmakers to resolve the state's financial crisis, advocating a federal solution to do so that will devastate seniors, people with disabilities and the in-home care providers they depend on to survive. SEIU intends to fight the Governor's callous and immoral budget proposals and advance real solutions that enhance state and federal revenue, instead reducing funds for home care and other vital services Californians need. Read more...

"I'm too old to get rehired and too young for Social Security."

Jun 02, 2009 - This weekend, about 100 union service employees, police and firefighters in Orlando, FL, met to discuss budget cuts which would force them from their jobs. "It's not the unions causing the crisis. Read more...

Survey Results: The American Dream and the New Progressive Majority

Jun 02, 2009 - Change to Win released the results of the seventh in its ongoing series of American Dream surveys today, measuring views on how strong majorities of working Americans view the economy, the role of government, the American Dream, and the action agenda that is at the heart of the new progressive majority. Read more...

Fighting to Protect Fresno Home Care

Jun 01, 2009 - They came from across Fresno County, California, the U.S. and Canada with one mission: to protect Fresno County home care. Between now and July 1st--the date the home care cuts are supposed to take effect--California home care workers, their families and supporters have much to fight for. Read more...

Wells Fargo Officially Opposes Bid to Save Hartmarx from Liquidation

May 29, 2009 - The fight to keep creditor Wells Fargo from liquidating Hartmarx menswear factory appears to ramping up, as the bailed-out bank said today that it is opposing the $119 million bid by the British private equity firm Emerisque to save the bankrupt Chicago-based men's clothier...for the "good" of its workers. Read more...

Blinding Greed

May 28, 2009 - An editorial in today's Wall Street Journal paints the current contract negotiation process as something that "works." Ask anyone who's been through the process, and they'll tell you that it works - but only for corporations. The employees, instead, tend to get the shaft. Nearly two-thirds (62%) of workers who form a union still don't have a contract after one year, and companies refuse to negotiate in good faith in over 28 percent of cases. Read more...

California Needs the Employee Free Choice Act

May 28, 2009 - Union members in California and across the country earn significantly more than non- union workers. Over the four-year period between 2004 and 2007, unionized workers' wages in California were on average 12.7 percent higher than non-union workers with similar characteristics. Read more...

President Bartlett Pledges to Pass The Employee Free Choice Act

May 27, 2009 - You may have heard of President Obama's support for the Employee Free Choice Act, but today, Catholics for Working Families is launching an ad with another president's endorsement: President Bartlett (or, as he's known in the real world, Martin Sheen). Read more...

Stop Schwarzenegger's Cruel Cuts

May 27, 2009 - Two years ago, President Barack Obama walked a day in the shoes of SEIU home care worker Pauline Beck. Today, Pauline and home care workers across California face pay cuts of up to 33% -- from $12.10 an hour down to $8. Please send a message to the Governor telling him you strongly disagree with his misguided priorities--we're not going to let this happen without a fight. Read more...

Sierra Club President Allison Chin: "An economy that treats workers fairly is fundamentally better for our planet"

May 27, 2009 - To mark the occasion of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Sierra Club President Allison Chin addressed a group of SEIU employees during a lunch lecture on the topics of grassroots activism, the Employee Free Choice Act and working together with labor in the Blue Green Alliance. Read more...

Tonight in California: Thousands Begin 48-Hour Vigils to Protest Massive Cuts

May 26, 2009 - SEIU members, seniors home care givers and community supporters from across the state will hold vigils tonight on the grounds of the State Capitol to protest Schwarzenegger's proposed cutbacks that would reduce vital services to seniors and people with disabilities. 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...

SEIU California Members Help Defeat Ballot Measures with Dangerous Cuts to Public Services

May 22, 2009 - By overwhelming margins, California voters rejected the false solutions on five ballot measures in the May 19th statewide special election, sending Gov. Schwarzenegger and the Legislature back to the drawing board. SEIU members helped defeat several propositions that would have hobbled the state's public services with devastating cuts to community-based mental health services, health care, education and child welfare. Read more...

43 Members of Congress Write in Support of Hartmarx Workers

May 22, 2009 - Yesterday, 43 Members of Congress issued a letter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, asking him to weigh in on Wells Fargo's attempt to liquidate nearly 4,000 jobs at Hartmarx, a unionized suit manufacturer whose customers include President Obama. Read more...

Big Interest Groups Throw a Hail Mary on Employee Free Choice

May 22, 2009 - A newly-formed coalition of religious leaders and people of faith--Faith Leaders for Workplace Fairness--publicly announced their support for the labor reform bill on a conference call with press last week, calling the legislation a "moral imperative" and a civil and human right. Over the last few days, several conservative websites and corporate interests have decided that such a coalition is unacceptable, because they apparently own all the stock on religion. Read more...

Sign Up and Tell Mark Fahelson: Walk A Day In Our Shoes

May 21, 2009 - On May 18th, Mark Fahelson, the Nebraska Republican Party Chairman, wrote an op-ed in Midland Voices entitled "Opposition to Employee Free Choice Act Only Sensible." We keep hearing parroted talking points and rhetoric from corporate-backed Republicans, when what we need to hear are the facts behind a bill that will help working families who are struggling to have a voice in their workplace. Read more...

Tell Governor Schwarzenegger: No more cuts to home care!

May 21, 2009 - Caring for others. It's probably the most important thing your mother ever taught you. But it's a lesson Gov. Schwarzenegger seems to have forgotten, because on May 14th the governor released a preview of his revised budget, which seeks to implement deeper cuts to the in-home care program by slicing the state's contribution toward home care worker wages by a staggering 20 to 30 percent. Read more...

Green jobs and energy are focus of President's first Economic Recovery Advisory Board meeting

May 20, 2009 - During the first quarterly meeting of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and fifteen other board members discussed green jobs and energy with the President, sharing their expertise on the creation of a comprehensive energy plan that will generate millions of clean energy jobs. Read more...

New Research Shows Rise of Corporate Intimidation and Threats Towards Workers for Supporting a Union

May 20, 2009 - The current system to form a union in the workplace is grossly slanted in favor of employers who too often use harassment and intimidation to stop unions and keep workers from getting a fair deal--and it's only gotten worse in recent years. A new EPI report reveals that employer tactics against workers' efforts to form unions have increased and become more punitive than in the past. Read more...

Boardroom Shakeup at BofA?

May 20, 2009 - The Wall Street Journal reported last week that the feds are pressuring Bank of America to bring in directors that have more banking experience. What a novel idea! The folks in charge of overseeing the nation's largest bank should actually have some experience working with...banks. Read more...

Don't balance the budget on the backs of the mentally ill: Vote NO on Prop. 1E

May 18, 2009 - In 2004, the citizens of California voted to pass legislation intended to take a new pro-active approach to improving community-based health services for the state's most historically marginalized and vulnerable population: people struggling with mental illness. Now Gov. Schwarzenegger and state legislators want to pass a ballot measure, Prop. 1E, which raids $230 million a year from funds voters intended to direct to mental health services. 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...

Obama Administration Blocks Harmful Cuts to Homecare Workers

May 15, 2009 - In a victory for struggling homecare workers, the Obama Administration ruled last week that California's proposed cuts to the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program violates the terms of the federal stimulus aid going to the state under the terms of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Read more...

President Obama Reaffirms Support for the Employee Free Choice Act

May 14, 2009 - In a town hall meeting today in New Mexico, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to passing the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would allow workers to bargain with their employers for better job security, wages and benefits. Watch Read more...

New Video: The Epic Battle for Employee Free Choice

May 14, 2009 - Corporate lobbyists and executives are gearing up for their next round of attacks on the Employee Free Choice Act. But the next battle is bound to show them for who they are: greedy people who will do anything to hold onto their power. Watch our tongue-in-cheek video here. Read more...

TPM Café hosting online forum on "the crime wave no one talks about"

May 14, 2009 - This week, the TPM Café Book Club is addressing the hosting a running discussion of Kim Bobo's book, Wage Theft in America: Why Millions of Working Americans Are Not Getting Paid --And What We Can Do About It. Read more...

Video: The Fight to Save Hartmarx Workers' Jobs

May 13, 2009 - On May 11, Workers United members at the Illinois Hartmarx facility voted unanimously to occupy their workplace if chief lender Wells Fargo moves to shut the factory down. Watch the short documentary released today on the events at the Hart Schaffner & Marx factory in Des Plaines, IL over the last week. 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...

Tell Wells Fargo: Save Jobs at Hartmarx

May 12, 2009 - The public gave Wells Fargo $25 billion in bailout funds, but rather than investing that money in American jobs by keeping credit flowing, Wells Fargo is considering cutting the cord. oment to sign a letter to Wells Fargo Executive Vice President John Stumpf asking him to choose a bidder who will save these jobs. Read more...

Hartmarx Workers Hold Rally with State Politicians & Labor Leaders After Sit-in Vote

May 11, 2009 - Hartmarx workers were joined by Rep. Phil Hare, Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and SEIU Illinois State Council president Tom Balanoff at a rally today at the Des Plaines, IL plant, following a unanimous vote by workers to stage a sit-in if Wells Fargo does not approve the sale of Hartmarx to a buyer that would keep it alive instead of liquidating it. Read more...

Hartmarx Workers Vote to "Sit In" to Save Their Jobs as TARP Recipient Wells Fargo Threatens to Close Factory

May 11, 2009 - Mirroring the six-day protest that helped save more than 250 Republic Windows and Doors workers from losing their jobs last December, Chicago-based Hartmarx factory workers voted unanimously this morning in favor of a "sit in" style action if chief lender Wells Fargo Bank or a new owner tries to begin liquidation or close the factory. Read more...

As part of President Obama's Job Creation Plan, SEIU Calls for Passage of Employee Free Choice Act

May 11, 2009 - As President Obama laid out his latest plans to help the nation's unemployed millions, SEIU President Andy Stern called on Congress to implement the Employee Free Choice Act as a priority part of the President's job creation plan. Read more...

Report shows NJ food service workers get low pay, few benefits

May 08, 2009 - Thousands of school food service workers in New Jersey are living at or near poverty, according to a new report commissioned by SEIU Local 32BJ, which found that the average hourly wage for food preparation workers in educational services was only $8.15, and that most had no health benefits. Read more...

US Chamber: We Hate Arbitration. Except For When We Love It.

May 08, 2009 - In a post on the US Chamber of Commerce's blog, Brad Peck attempts to argue against our point that corporate lobby groups - such as the Chamber itself - were long for arbitration before they started assailing the process as a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad thing. Read more...

SEIU to Congress: Pass Employee Free Choice Act As Part of Obama's Job Creation Plan

May 08, 2009 - As President Obama laid out his latest plans to help the nation's unemployed millions, SEIU International President Andy Stern today called on Congress to implement the Employee Free Choice Act as a priority part of the President's job creation plan. Read more...

First-time jobless claims drop

May 07, 2009 - The number of workers who filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week fell unexpectedly---a possible sign that job losses in the U.S. could be moderating. Read more...

Corporate Lobbyists: We Were for Arbitration Before We Were Against It

May 07, 2009 - In a new round of attacks against the Employee Free Choice Act, corporate lobbyists and executives are showing their true, greedy selves. In recent weeks, corporate lobbyist groups such as the Center for Union Facts, the Chamber of Commerce, and conservatives like Newt Gingrich, have waged war to prevent workers from enjoying what CEOs take for granted: a contract. Read more...

Bank of America Fails "Stress Tests," Needs $34 Billion and Accountability

May 07, 2009 - Yesterday's federal government stress test results confirmed what concerned shareholders, taxpayers and bank employees have been saying all along--that Bank of America is failing taxpayers and our economy. Read more...

Our Letter to Bank of America's New Chairman

May 05, 2009 - Last week, Bank of America's CEO, Ken Lewis, was ousted by the company's shareholders from his position as chairman of the board. At the same time, nearly 100,000 of you signed "taxpayer proxy cards" calling for Lewis' removal as CEO. Read more...

Illinois Workers United Suit Makers' Jobs On the Cutting Table

May 05, 2009 - Workers United members at the Hart Schaffner & Marx (known as Hartmarx) menswear factory in Des Plaines, IL, make suits for President Obama, but their jobs may not make the cut. Read more...

"Kids Can't Wait" Campaign Launch: Free Healthcare on Wheels

May 04, 2009 - Last weekend, SEIU Healthcare Michigan members and their families attended the Detroit launch of a national initiative called "Kids Can't Wait," a campaign which seeks to draw attention to the impact of the economic crisis on children's healthcare and expand health care services to disadvantaged children. Read more...

Your Voices: What Sen. Specter's Announcement Means for Us

May 04, 2009 - If you thought that Sen. Specter's party-affiliation change from a Republican to a Democrat meant an automatic endorsement from labor unions for his 2010 election...think again. In the memo Andy Stern sent to PA members late last week, he affirmed that we will maintain our ramped-up efforts to reach out to the Senator and let our concerns be known on the need for reform to our nation's labor laws. Read more...

New video shows anti-worker tactics Wal-Mart uses against employees

May 01, 2009 - A new documentary by UFCW that tells the story of Wal-Mart's war on their own workers. In the video, ten workers from coast-to-coast detail the company's response to their organizing efforts (hint: it's not exactly warm and fuzzy). Read more...

May 1st marches across the country signal "new day" for immigration reform

Apr 30, 2009 - This May 1st, thousands of workers, labor leaders and community activists are taking it to the streets to demand justice for all workers and pressure Congress to pass humane reform that puts an end to the Bush administration's immigration policies. Read more...

Home Care Workers Unite With SEIU in Ontario and Nevada

Apr 30, 2009 - Home care workers from Ontario and Nevada are the latest workers to join SEIU in their growing campaign to raise standards and improve the quality of home care across North America and and set higher standards for thousands of home care aides. Read more...

Video: 90,000 "Taxpayer Proxy Cards" Delivered to Bank of America

Apr 29, 2009 - Earlier, we delivered your 90,000 "Taxpayer Proxy Cards" to Bank of America, directly before the annual shareholder meeting. Read more...

Pictures from Today's Rally in Charlotte

Apr 29, 2009 - Fresh in from North Carolina, here are some picture's from today's event outside of the Bank of America annual shareholder's meeting, where we presented Bank of America with over 90,000 "Taxpayer's Proxy Cards." Read more...

Bank of America: In The Doghouse?

Apr 29, 2009 - For a while, we've been saying that people are a little ticked at Bank of America's practices. We apologize to our canine friends, who, it appears, are also joining the movement for real reform at Bank of America. Read more...

Grand Total: Over 90,000 "Taxpayer Proxy Cards" Signed and Delivered

Apr 29, 2009 - Just moments ago, we delivered over 90,000 "Taxpayers Proxy Cards" to Bank of America. Who are these 90,000 people? They're an eclectic mix of those who signed on the Internet and those who joined one of 100 actions yesterday, out there in your community. Read more...

The Billboard That Haunts Ken Lewis' Dreams

Apr 29, 2009 - If you're in Charlotte, NC today, be on the lookout for this giant, moving billboard. Read more...

Bank of America Blog Roundup, April 29th 2009

Apr 29, 2009 - Our Take Back The Economy campaign is picking up some steam on the web, with a good number of blogs covering our events from yesterday and today. Read more...

Video: SEIU President Andy Stern Speaks at Rally in NYC

Apr 29, 2009 - We've just received video from the New York City's Take Back The Economy event, where SEIU President Andy Stern and event attendees delivered a "Taxpayer's Proxy" card to the Bank of America headquarters. Watch the video here. Read more...

Video: Take Back The Economy Rally in Washington, DC

Apr 28, 2009 - Today, SEIU's Executive Vice President, Eliseo Medina, led a rally in front of a Bank of America branch near the White House. Watch it here. Read more...

BofA Stressed Out?

Apr 28, 2009 - The official stress test results don't come out until next week, but if BofA fails, the government may have to pour tens of billions more into the bank. Ken Lewis' mismanagement of the bank already has taxpayers on the hook for up to $199.2 billion. Read more...

Today is Equal Pay Day for Women

Apr 28, 2009 - Today, April 28, is Equal Pay Day, marking the point in 2009 when the average woman's wages finally catch up with what the average man earned in 2008. Read more...

US bailout for offshored jobs?

Apr 27, 2009 - More than 20,000 people have already signed "taxpayer proxy cards" asking for CEO Ken Lewis to be fired and to reform Bank of America. Can you help us reach 30,000 in the next 48 hours? Read more...

Bank of America: So, About that "America" Part of Our Name

Apr 27, 2009 - While the US taxpayer has been more than generous towards Bank of America, giving the bank up to $199.2 billion in federal assistance, CEO Ken Lewis hasn't exactly returned the favor. Read more...

Arkansas Worker Shown the Door for Talking About Workplace Safety

Apr 27, 2009 - Rhonda Woods lives in Paris, Arkansas and until recently worked on a factory floor. When she brought up potentially unsafe working conditions to her boss, she was told: "If you don't like it, there's the door." Read more...

New Documentary Chronicles Union Workers Building "Green"

Apr 24, 2009 - To promote green-collar jobs and clean energy manufacturing, a new film has been touring union halls as part of nationwide Earth Day celebrations taking place this week. "The Greening of Southie" tells the story of Boston's first residential green building from the perspective of blue collar union workers who are becoming our green collar workforce. Read more...

TV Ad: America Wants Green Jobs

Apr 24, 2009 - SEIU and coalition partners MoveOn Political Action, Blue Green Alliance, AFL-CIO, Environmental Defense Fund and the League of Conservation Voters launched an ad this week called "America Wants Green Jobs," to highlight good, green jobs in the clean energy economy. Read more...

Is Your Union Going Green?

Apr 23, 2009 - In the greening of the economy, workers and low-income people are not a liability or a line item--they are a part of the solution. SEIU members and their local unions across the country are leading the way in new green initiatives to promote energy efficiency and quality green jobs. Read more...

Earth Day Means Clean Green Jobs for Working People

Apr 22, 2009 - This Earth Day marks a turning point in the environmental movement, with union members speaking out more than ever before for "good jobs, green jobs" and a clean energy economy. Read more...

Anna Burger joins Earth Day roundtable on role of women in the green economy

Apr 22, 2009 - SEIU's Anna Burger joined women from labor, business, academic and advocacy organizations to shine a light on the important role that women will play in our green economy at an Earth Day roundtable today at the Department of Labor headquarters. Read more...

Alameda Hospital Workers Win 18% Raises

Apr 22, 2009 - On April 17, SEIU UHW members at Alameda Hospital in Oakland ratified a new three-year contract, which is retroactive to April 2008 and covers nearly 130 workers. Read more...

SEIU Master Trust Demands Investigation of Billions in Payouts for Executives in 29 of its Portfolio Companies

Apr 21, 2009 - In letters addressed to the Boards of Directors of 29 major companies in its investment portfolio, the SEIU Master Trust--a consortium of pension funds with approximately $1.3 billion in assets--demand that the companies' boards overhaul their executive compensation structure so top executives do not reap bonuses and other incentivized pay rewards regardless of the companies' performance. Read more...

Public Workers Pay Taxes Too!
New Hampshire Public Employees Protest Job Cuts

Apr 17, 2009 - On Wednesday, over a hundred members of SEIU Local 1984 in New Hampshire joined state employees at the Concord State House for a Tax Day protest against possible public employee layoffs and cuts in pay and benefits. The state budget recently passed by the House would impose a mandatory 2 percent "tax" on 51,000 public workers, pulling $100 million out of the New Hampshire economy, even as local retailers are really struggling. Read more...

In Case You Missed It: Rallies, Events Continue Across the Country in Support of Employee Free Choice Act

Apr 17, 2009 - In Washington, they may have questioned whether the Employee Free Choice Act battle was drawing to a close. Good thing no one told the rest of the country, where rallies and activities in favor of the bill are going strong. From Maine to North Dakota, activists gathered to tell their Senators, the time for the Employee Free Choice Act is now. Read more...

Labor Groups United to Unveil Unified Immigration Reform Framework

Apr 14, 2009 - Today, the Change to Win federation and AFL-CIO unveiled a unified framework for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The proposal endorses legalizing the status of tundocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. and opposes the adoption of employers' incentive to hire undocumented workers rather than U.S. workers. Read more...

1199SEIU Wins Largest Union Victory in Boston-Area Hospital in Two Decades

Apr 14, 2009 - More than 800 healthcare workers at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, the largest medical center in the Caritas Christi Health Care chain, voted last Thursday to unite together with thousands of healthcare workers in 1199SEIU. Read more...

Service-Sector Workers Increase Wages and Benefits with Unions

Apr 14, 2009 - A new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) shows that nationally, unionization raises service workers' pay 10.1 percent (about $2.00 per hour), compared to non-union service workers, and increases the likelihood that the worker will have health insurance and a pension. Read more...

Video: Why Working Families Need the Employee Free Choice Act

Apr 13, 2009 - In their own words, workers speak out about how the current system to form unions is broken--and why working families need the Employee Free Choice Act. Read more...

Employee Free Choice Act: Paving the Road to Economic Recovery

Apr 09, 2009 - The Center for American Progress Report (CAP) is out, and the results are definitive: labor unions are a crucial part of fixing our economy. Read more...

"Remembering King, Realizing the Dream" March and Rally in LA April 4th

Apr 02, 2009 - The 5,000 member SEIU-SOULA (Security Officers United in Los Angeles) Local 2006 will join community organizations in a three-mile march to commemorate the 41st anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's death on April 4th in LA. Read more...

What happened when I talked about a union

Apr 01, 2009 - In 2007 alone, more than 29,000 workers were fired or disciplined for union activity. Trisha Miechur, a Certified Nurse Assistant at a ManorCare nursing home in Easton, PA, is one of those workers. Read more...

The Union Advantage for Women

Mar 31, 2009 - In 2007, women made up 45 percent of union members--and by 2020, women will be the majority of the unionized workforce. Women have a great deal to gain from unionization, as union victories work to pave the way for workers to bargain for affordable family health care, fair wages, improved working conditions, and a better life for their families. 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...

Making Work Pay with the Employee Free Choice Act

Mar 30, 2009 - Almost as soon as she begin her new job as a housekeeper at Jorgensen's motel, Amy Swanson knew that the workplace conditions she and her coworkers were subjected to were untenable. There was no access to affordable healthcare and her wages were pitifully low. She and the other employees of the Helena, Montana motel had no job security, and little to no say in what their schedules would be from week-to-week. Read more...

SEIU, Blue Green Alliance Urge Climate Change Legislation in 2009

Mar 30, 2009 - On Friday, four labor unions and two environmental organizations representing six million people announced their support for comprehensive cap-and-trade climate change legislation in 2009. The Blue Green Alliance's goal is nothing less than to transform the U.S. economy through global warming solutions and create millions of family-sustaining green jobs in the clean energy economy. Read more...

Landmark Nurse Wage Class Action Suit Moves Forward

Mar 26, 2009 - The landmark lawsuit filed by Detroit nurses over efforts by hospitals in their area to collude to hold down wages for RNs is moving forward. Federal Judge Gerald Rosen rejected arguments from Mount Clemens General Hospital in Michigan that the landmark suit has no merit and ordered the case to proceed. Read more...

Arlen Specter: Don't Cave to Big Business

Mar 25, 2009 - We need Congress to act as swiftly on real economic recovery for working people in America as they did to bail out Wall Street. Senator Specter can bring this change - but he needs to hear from you now. Read more...

Don't Play Games with Atlantic City Casino Dealers

Mar 24, 2009 - The new Gaming Workers Council brings together four of the nation's largest labor unions to put the combined force of 15 million union members behind casino unionization drives across the country. The Transport Workers Union (TWU) Gaming Division, SEIU, UAW and AFL-CIO are standing together on behalf of workers in the casino industry, concentrating on jump-starting stalled contract talks in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Detroit and Connecticut. Read more...

Half of California's state workforce covered by new contract agreement

Mar 23, 2009 - SEIU Local 1000 members voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract providing the strongest layoff protections and furlough limits state workers have ever had. The agreement affects 95,000 California workers and limits some of the emergency measures imposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to bridge the state's $42 billion budget gap. Read more...

President Obama Reiterates Support for Making it Easier for Workers to Organize

Mar 20, 2009 - At the Costa Mesa town hall meeting this week, Obama reiterated his support for making it easier for workers to form unions to restore balance and improve millions of Americans' economic standing. 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...

A Reality Check for AIG

Mar 19, 2009 - We've just returned from our local AIG headquarters here in D.C., where around 130 people stood in the rain to take part in our Take Back the Economy day of action. Demonstrators held signs, sang songs, and presented AIG with a "reality check" worth billions of dollars from the American people. Read more...

Putting Our Money Where Their Mouths Are

Mar 19, 2009 - Rather than focusing on paying the American people back, America's biggest banks have, instead, used their resources to lobby against measures that would improve the lives of their new investors - us. Here's a quick look at a few of these groups. Read more...

Surprise! Rush Gets It Wrong on Free Choice

Mar 18, 2009 - The always-entertaining leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, had these words to say about Employee Free Choice today: "One day, Tony Soprano will walk in with a lead pipe and he will start beating people upside the head to vote to unionize." Read more...

From Reno to Capitol Hill

Mar 18, 2009 - This week has been quite the whirlwind. I left my home in Reno to join coworkers from my hospital (and hundreds of other SEIU members from across the country) to talk to our elected officials in Washington, DC about the need for the Employee Free Choice Act, and why giving workers a voice will help get our country back on track. Read more...

SEIU Workers on Why They Want a Union

Mar 17, 2009 - With corporate interest groups going on the attack around the Employee Free Choice Act, workers are now speaking out about why they want to join a union and the employer resistance and intimidation they've encountered when trying to organize their workplace. Watch SEIU workers share their stories about why the Employee Free Choice Act matters to them. 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...

New Sheriff in Town: Labor Secretary Solis Takes Oath of Office

Mar 16, 2009 - On Friday morning, former California Rep. Hilda Solis was officially sworn in as Secretary of Labor by Vice President Joe Biden at the U.S. Dept. of Labor headquarters. The confirmation of Hilda Solis as labor secretary is a momentous occasion that SEIU and organized labor had been anticipating--and fighting for--since Barack Obama first nominated her in mid-December for the position. Read more...

America's Recession-Resistant Jobs

Mar 16, 2009 - For the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs or feared for their job security in the past couple of months, one might think there are simply no jobs to be had in this current economic down spiral. Although no job is 100 percent secure, it's encouraging to know that there are job sectors that are still in need of educated employees right now. Read more...

Recession reaching all the way to Sesame Street

Mar 12, 2009 - It looks like even beloved Muppet characters Big Bert and Ernie aren't safe in this economic chaos, as Sesame Workshop, the non-profit producer of Sesame Street, announced Wednesday it is laying off one-fifth of its 355-member workforce. Read more...

Five Things to Know about the Employee Free Choice Act

Mar 10, 2009 - The Employee Free Choice Act was introduced in Congress. Want some great reasons to support this bill that you've been hearing so much about? Here's five. (And if you already support it, please contact your Members of Congress and ask them to do the same.) Read more...

Employee Free Choice Act Introduced Tomorrow in House, Senate

Mar 09, 2009 - The Politico reports that tomorrow both houses of Congress will introduce the Employee Free Choice Act, which allows workers to decide for themselves how they'd like to form a union rather than management making that decision for them. Read more...

Can My Boss Do That?

Mar 06, 2009 - When workers face job loss, they often don't know where to turn for answers. They may be improperly denied their last paycheck, not given the proper amount of notice, or told by their employer that they cannot collect unemployment benefits. New website "Can My Boss Do That" will act as an online clearinghouse to help people understand their rights and protections on a state-by-state basis. Read more...

New Report on Illegal Workplace Firings Shows Clear Need For Employee Free Choice

Mar 04, 2009 - Today, a report issued by the Center for Economic and Policy Research points to a fairly disturbing (not to mention illegal) trend during the 2000s: if you looked at all of the campaigns to earn unions, you'd find that more than one-fourth of them have been "marred by an illegal firing" of at least one worker as he or she fought for representation in the workplace. Read more...

SEIU Homecare Member Testifies for Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

Mar 03, 2009 - For over a generation now, millions of working Americans have struggled to find a balance between work and family. "I know this hearing is about good family policies but everything comes back to money, something nobody seems to have enough of these days," said Rebia Mixon Clay, SEIU member and homecare worker from Chicago, in her testimony this morning before the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. Read more...

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Backs Employee Free Choice Act

Mar 02, 2009 - Make that three Nobel laureates in economics. Joseph Stiglitz, an American economist, professor at Columbia University and Nobel laureate in economics, has added his name to the growing list of now-40 economists who endorsed the Employee Free Choice Act via a full-page ad in the Washington Post last week. Read more...

Green Jobs: "Clear Path to a Stronger Middle Class and a Stronger American Economy"

Feb 27, 2009 - The world is facing a historic opportunity to rebuild our global economy through investments in sustainable projects that will create new jobs, reduce our dependence on oil and protect our planet after decades of mismanagement. Read more...

Change to Win and AFL-CIO File Complaint Against Marcus Foundation, Center for Union Facts

Feb 26, 2009 - Huffington Post's Sam Stein and AFL-CIO's Seth Michaels are both reporting on the latest news concerning the now-infamous Bank of America-sponsored conference call against the Employee Free Choice Act. In a joint complaint to the IRS, Change to Win and the AFL-CIO are alleging that the actions that took place on that call were illegal - under the tax code governing the tax-exempt status of the organizations that participated in the call. Read more...

Andy Stern Interviews on USA Today and Huffington Post

Feb 25, 2009 - Today, interviews with SEIU President Andy Stern have been published in both USA Today and the Huffington Post. In both, Stern talks about the Employee Free Choice Act, discussing timeline and strategy for the piece of legislation. Read more...

Many, Many Economists: We Like What the Employee Free Choice Act Does

Feb 25, 2009 - Today, in a full page ad in the Washington Post, thirty-eight prominent American economists released a statement, entitled "Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act is critical to rebuilding our economy and strengthening our democracy." The economists - a group that includes two Nobel laureates in economics - argue that one of the main reasons for our economic slump is the "erosion of workers' ability to form unions and bargain collectively," that shifted the wealth of our country from "broadly-shared prosperity" to "growing inequality." Read more...

Anna Burger to Tim Geithner: No More TARP Funds for Businesses that Use Bailout to Lobby

Feb 24, 2009 - As reported by Elana Schor at TPMDC, the labor federation Change to Win (of which SEIU is a part of) is "taking a major step today in the effort to restrict bailed-out bank lobbying." Of note is a letter to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner from SEIU Secretary-Treasurer and CtW Chair Anna Burger, which calls for Principal Financial Group's $2 billion TARP application to be denied due to their lobbying against the Employee Free Choice Act. Read more...

New Report: Employee Free Choice Act Could Create A $49 Billion Stimulus Package for the American Worker

Feb 18, 2009 - In a new report for the Center for American Progress Action Fund, researchers David Madland and Karla Walter argue that a more-unionized workforce would lead towards a stronger economy for the United States. According to the report, the key to a sustainable economy is to increase the purchasing power of hard-working Americans - and one way to do that is by passing the Employee Free Choice Act. Read more...

Employee Free Choice Act Gives Workers a Fair and Democratic Chance to Form Unions

Feb 18, 2009 - The Employee Free Choice Act, the legislation supported by President Obama and large majorities of both houses of congress will not eliminate secret ballots in union representation (period). Read more...

Hard-fought wins in new contract for for 95,000 California state workers

Feb 17, 2009 - After more than nine months of hard-fought negotiations during dismal economic times, California's largest employee union SEIU Local 1000 has reached a tentative agreement with the state early on a new contract covering 95,000 state workers. This tentative agreement would increase job security for members, provides savings for the state and improve conditions for every state employee represented by Local 1000. Read more...

Video and Pics: Bank Bailout Hearing Action

Feb 12, 2009 - Yesterday, as bailout bank CEOs entered the Rayburn House building to testify before Congress on how they used bailout funds, they were greeted by the playful chants and clever signs of SEIU members. Check out video and photo slideshow of the demonstration here. Read more...

Ken Lewis, What's Really In Your Company's Best Interest?

Feb 12, 2009 - Yesterday, in a congressional hearing about major banking institutions' use of TARP funds (a.k.a. the "bailout" funds approved by Congress last fall), something that can only be described as "enraging" occurred. When pressed by Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), Bank of... Read more...

New Hampshire SEIU Member Stands with Senators to Urge Passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Feb 05, 2009 - SEIU Member and New Hampshire state employee Jessica Paul today stood with Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Frank Lautenberg, Jeff Merkley and Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association at a press conference on Capitol Hill to discuss the urgent need to pass an economic recovery package. Read more...

Thousands Rally on Capitol Hill to Turn Up the Heat on Employee Free Choice Act

Feb 04, 2009 - Thousands of union members and allies gathered on Capitol Hill today for a rally to kick off the delivery of 1.5 million signatures in support of the Employee Free Choice Act to members of Congress, where union members gave first-hand testimony about their efforts to form a union. Read more...

Thousands of Workers to Deliver 1.5 Million Petitions to Congress Supporting Employee Free Choice

Feb 04, 2009 - SEIU members, workers from other unions, Rep. George Miller, and Sen. Tom Harkin will join workers today in delivering 1.5 million post cards supporting the Employee Free Choice Act to Senators and other lawmakers. Read more...

Video: Tellers Make Change at Bank of America

Feb 03, 2009 - Last week, as reported on our blog, , concerned citizens across the country participated in events where they talked directly to employees and Bank of America customers on what's happening with their company and why their CEO needs to be fired. We've put together a video from some of these events. Read more...

Vice President Biden on Employee Free Choice: "This Year"

Feb 02, 2009 - Last week, in a CNBC interview with John Harwood, Vice President Joe Biden talked about the timeline for passing the Employee Free Choice Act. Read more...

Obama and Biden Launch Middle Class Working Families Task Force

Jan 30, 2009 - Today President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden announced the creation of the Middle Class Task Force, which the White House blog says is "targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America." Read more...

MSNBC Reports on Bank of America's Anti-Worker Conference Call

Jan 30, 2009 - Reaction to Sam Stein's recent Huffington Post article on Bank of America's anti-Employee Free Choice conference call has been sweeping. Wednesday night, on MSNBC show 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., host David Shuster reported on the call during his "Hypocrisy Watch" segment. Airing some of the tape from the call, Shuster makes a special comment. 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...

SEIU's Andy Stern: "Less social dialogue and more social change"

Jan 28, 2009 - "Financial manipulation, greed and deregulation have led to economic havoc," writes SEIU President Andy Stern in a op-ed today on Reuters. Stern will join over 40 Heads of State and 1,600 of the world's most powerful CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Read more...

Union Women, Labor Leaders & Online Activists Advocate for Solis Confirmation

Jan 28, 2009 - Stop delaying confirmation of Rep. Solis as secretary of labor: As Obama said in his inaugural address, "let's put away childish things" and get on with the workings of government. Read more...

Shortening the work week to stimulate the U.S. economy

Jan 27, 2009 - On the commentary section of Guardian.co.uk, Dean Baker discusses why Congress needs to approve a version of President Barack Obama's stimulus package as quickly as possible to further that all important first step toward stopping the downward slide of the economy. "However, the package is only a first step," says Baker. Read more...

For Aliquippa Caregivers, Relief is On the Way

Jan 27, 2009 - Earlier today, we reported on a group of caregivers in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania who were fighting for weeks worth of unpaid wages from their former employer, Commonwealth Medical Center. State media outlets covered the story throughout the week, including this report... Read more...

Audio Leak: Bank of America Hosts Anti-Employee Free Choice Conference Call

Jan 27, 2009 - Sam Stein, the political reporter for the Huffington Post, just published a vital article on corporate America's fight against the Employee Free Choice Act. Entitled "Bailout Recipients Hosted Call to Defeat Key Labor Bill," Stein writes about a conference call - hosted by Bank of America - and audio of the event that he's managed to obtain. Read more...

Time to Go: Bank of America must fire CEO Ken Lewis (Banner)

Jan 27, 2009 - Read more...

Stronger Economic Future for America Requires Long-range Vision

Jan 26, 2009 - "The millions of working people reeling from the severe economic recession need a recovery package that not only addresses the crisis and relieves the pain, but also lays the groundwork for a stronger and fairer future," writes SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on Politico's The Arena, commenting on what kind of stimulus plan this country needs to get our economy back on track. Read more...

Former US Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich on the Employee Free Choice Act

Jan 26, 2009 - In an editorial for the Los Angeles Times today, former US Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich gives his advice on how we can reverse this deepening recession and give middle class Americans the greatest opportunity for a better life. Read more...

Economist Paul Krugman's Open Letter to President Obama

Jan 24, 2009 - Paul Krugman, a Nobel-prize laureate in Economics, professor at Princeton University, and a columnist for the New York Times has published an extraordinary piece in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine. In it, he writes an open letter to President Obama, giving his advice on some steps that he'd advise the new president to take in order to get our economy back on track. Read more...

CA Security Officers win historic victory as Kaiser Permanente replaces irresponsible contractor

Jan 23, 2009 - Security officers who work for Kaiser Permanente medical facilities won a big victory over irresponsible security contractor Inter-Con. -- a company that used threats, intimidation and termination tactics for three years against struggling officers supporting efforts to join a union. Read more...

New TV Ads Renew Call to Action to Make Our Economy Work for Everyone

Jan 15, 2009 - A new national TV campaign launched today by American Rights at Work in support of the Employee Free Choice Act continues the call to action that it's time our economy worked for everyone. The ads feature workers making their case for the legislation and focus on the fact that Employee Free Choice will grant working people the power to bargain for better wages, benefits and increased job security. Read more...

Unemployment Skyrockets, Making 2008 Worst Jobs Year since WWII Era

Jan 09, 2009 - Economists were already braced for bad news in this morning's December 2008 employment report from the Department of Labor, but the numbers released were even worse than expected. Read more...

SEIU's Unwavering Support of Workers' Rights Advocate Rep. Hilda Solis as U.S. Secretary of Labor

Jan 09, 2009 - The success of the American worker is key to the success of the American economy - and few understand that better than President-elect Barack Obama's choice for Secretary of Labor, champion of working families Rep. Hilda Solis. Read more...

Change That Works: Video Chat with Andy Stern

Jan 08, 2009 - This week, SEIU is launching our Change That Works campaign. This campaign will be a massive, grassroots movement to turn America's unprecedented hope into unparalleled progress. Read more...

Obama To Give Economic Address Today at 11 a.m.

Jan 08, 2009 - President-elect Barack Obama's office announced the details of his major speech on the economy Wednesday afternoon, advocating "urgent action" on his economic stimulus plan. Read more...

Family Child Care Providers Ask Court to Compel Funding for Quality Day Care

Jan 06, 2009 - Family child care providers today filed suit in Washington State Supreme Court to compel funding of their arbitration decision and collective bargaining agreement in the Governor's 2009-2011 budget, SEIU Local 925 President Kim Cook announced. Read more...

SEIU to Congress: Act Now To Relieve Pressure on Working People

Jan 06, 2009 - Thousands of members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) this week will make calls, send emails, and set up lobby visits to urge Congress to act as swiftly on real economic recovery for working people in America as they did to bail out Wall Street. Read more...

Anna Burger: 2009 Will Be the "Year of the Middle Class"

Jan 05, 2009 - "By rebuilding the American Dream for millions of families and rewarding work instead of one's wealth, greed or market manipulation, we can strengthen our economy for generations to come," says SEIU's Anna Burger, giving us her boldest political predictions for 2009 on Politico's The Arena. Read more...

The Employee Free Choice Act: What's At Stake

Jan 05, 2009 - In 1980, the United Labor Unions set out to organize employees at Detroit fast food chains in the hopes of sparking a nationwide movement to unionize the workforce in this fast-growing industry. As a rookie organizer working on the campaign, I learned firsthand what is at stake when workers stand up for better wages, healthcare, and a voice on the job. 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...

Arizona Gov. Signs Order to Give Over 25,000 State Employees a Voice

Dec 18, 2008 - Breaking News for State Employees: Gov. Napolitano just issued an executive order that will give state employees in Arizona the same freedom to vote to form an employee organization that most Arizonans already possess. Read more...

SEIU Janitors and Business Leaders Unveil New Model for Making Health Care More Accessible And Affordable for Thousands of Low-wage Workers

Dec 17, 2008 - In a city where one in three residents live without health care, the unveiling today of a new clinic in Houston that will offer low-cost, quality care to over 5,300 of the area's commercial office janitors is an innovative step in the right direction. Read more...

"Freezin' for a Reason" in West Hartford, CT

Dec 17, 2008 - Public schools bus drivers in CT working without a contract since May protest employer's delays; demand higher wages and affordable health insurance Read more...

More than 400 March to Support Workers Struggling for a Voice on the Job

Dec 12, 2008 - As a part of a nationwide campaign to restore the American middle class, more than 400 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) gathered yesterday at the University of Colorado-Aurora campus for a march to highlight the need for health care reform and legislation that will protect workers' rights to have a voice on the job. Read more...

SEIU Members to Hold March, Rally Supporting the Freedom to Join Unions and Emphasizing the Need to Fix the Broken Health Care System

Dec 10, 2008 - This Thursday, more than 500 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will hold a rally at the Denver Convention Center to highlight the urgent need for health care reform and legislation that will protect workers' rights to have a voice on the job. Read more...

Stand with Chicago Workers of Republic Windows & Doors to Hold Bank of America Accountable

Dec 09, 2008 - Scores of workers were laid-off with little notice from a Chicago factory last week when the factory closed down abruptly after Bank of America canceled the company's financing. The workers staged a "peaceful occupation" of the Republic Windows and Doors plant and in day five of an around-the-clock sit-in of the plant. Read more...

Employee Free Choice Act Fast Facts Update: All About Majority Sign-up

Dec 08, 2008 - The corporate misinformation campaign is already running strong--spreading lies and distortions about the Employee Free Choice Act. One blatant mischaracterization suggests that this common sense proposal is somehow a "radical" change to federal labor law. Read more...

"Let's 'Share the Wealth'" - Wall Street Journal weekend interview with Andy Stern

Dec 08, 2008 - America's most powerful union boss says Europe offers a good economic model...Read the Wall Street Journal's December 6 weekend interview with SEIU President Andy Stern. Read more...

West Hartford School Bus Drivers to Protest Employer's Failure to "Drive Up" Standards

Dec 06, 2008 - For the bus drivers working for West Hartford Public Schools' student transportation contractor, their top priority has been the safety and security of the children in their care. Read more...

The Employment Situation? Not Good

Dec 05, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Labor announced at 8:30 a.m. today that another 533,000 jobs were lost in November; catapulting the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent--and bringing the grand total number of jobs lost this year to a whopping 1.7 million. Read more...

For Women, Joining a Union is like Going to College

Dec 02, 2008 - Some great news for working women came out today. A new study shows that joining a union raises a woman's wages and benefits on par with having a college education. Read more...

'Workers of the World, Unite': Case Study Recognizes SEIU's International Campaign Efforts

Nov 21, 2008 - Today, the Journal of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights (ICTUR) called SEIU's global effort to organize private security officers in several African countries, the United Kingdom, and other locations "One of the most developed campaigns aimed at building a global union and raising standards for low wage service..." Read more...

1199SEIU Lawrence Hospital Workers Win 2nd Contract

Nov 20, 2008 - After more than a year of on and off negotiations, the 1199SEIU members at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY finally have a second contract. Read more...

Leading Massachusetts Physicians Voice Support for Free and Fair Union

Nov 17, 2008 - Free & Fair Elections = Quality Jobs, Quality Care Hospital workers across Boston are calling for free and fair union elections so they can have a voice in protecting patient care and improving jobs for working families. In an open... 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...

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...

"How do you see the outcome of the presidential election changing the health care reform debate?"

Nov 12, 2008 - "This election showed that American workers are struggling with the rising cost of everything -- from food to fuel to housing to health care. They know that skyrocketing health costs are shrinking their paychecks, and if they lose their jobs they lose their health care." Read more...

SEIU Members Launch New Ohio Ad on John McCain's Votes to Send Jobs Overseas

Oct 30, 2008 - Today, SEIU began airing a new $425,000 television ad, titled "Meghan," that will run on cable and broadcast TV across Ohio through the end of the election. Read more...

SEIU Members Available to Talk About the Issues at Stake this Election

Oct 08, 2008 - At last night's town hall debate we heard directly from the American people--families are struggling and they want solutions to fix the economy and bring down healthcare costs. Read more...

SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina to Attend Tonight's Presidential Debate in Tennessee

Oct 07, 2008 - Tonight, Eliseo Medina, Executive Vice President of the 2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), will represent the voices of working men and women across the country while attending the Presidential Town Hall Debate in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more...

SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana Home Care Workers Set National Standards for Help at Home Workers

Oct 06, 2008 - Help At Home agreed to remain neutral in any organizing campaigns at their offices across the country--giving home care workers the freedom to join the union without interference. Uniting with thousands of Help At Home workers across the country will mean an even stronger voice to continue to improve working conditions, as well as the quality of care for homecare consumers. 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...

SEIU Members Say Voters Fearful About An Economy That Keeps Getting Worse

Oct 03, 2008 - As today's latest jobs report showing nine straight months of job loss hits the headlines, SEIU members knocking on doors and making calls across the country report growing frustration and fear from voters about an economy that shows no signs of improving. 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...

Stand Up for Main Street, SEIU Tells Senators

Sep 29, 2008 - With Congress continuing to debate a bailout of Wall Street banks, Senators will hear from voters this week calling for action on the economic priorities of Main Street. The two million-member SEIU (Service Employees International Union) announced today it will make 150,000 calls this week to Senators running for reelection, criticizing them for failing to take action on a broader stimulus package to ease the economic pain of working families. Read more...

SEIU Proposes Multibillion Cash Investment to Revive Economy, Launch New Era of Hope for Working Families

Sep 25, 2008 - With Washington moving toward a bailout of Wall Street banks, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) called for action on legislation that will launch a new era of prosperity and address the real economic concerns of America's working families. Read more...

SEIU Not Surprised That McCain Thinks Economy Is Strong

Sep 15, 2008 - Today's events on Wall Street will have an impact on this year's presidential election. Unfortunately for John McCain, the research shows that he has not only shown poor judgment on important economic issues, but that he sides with corporate interests over working families on every issue from health care to tax cuts to America's energy crisis to protecting workers' retirement. Read more...

SEIU MEMBERS CALL ON CONGRESS TO EXTEND JOBLESS BENEFITS

Jun 12, 2008 - As record gas and food prices, skyrocketing health care costs and the mortgage crisis continue to hammer the economy, SEIU's two million members today called on Congress to pass legislation extending jobless benefits. Read more...

SEIU: McCain Still Does Not Get It

Apr 10, 2008 - SEIU released the following statement from SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on Senator McCain's economic proposals made today in New York City: Read more...

Janitors Win More than $1 Million in Lost Pay from UPS and Cleaning Contractors

Sep 17, 2007 - Almost 500 mostly Latino janitors who cleaned UPS facilities, hotels, and other properties in Illinois and Texas have won a $1.2 million settlement in the latest in a growing number of lawsuits involving the failure of janitorial contractors to pay their employees according to federal overtime and minimum wage laws. Read more...

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