SEIU PRESIDENT: OMB DIRECTOR SYLVIA BURWELL UNIQUELY QUALIFIED FOR ONGOING SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Apr 11, 2014 - Burwell's Credentials Fit This Moment of Transition WASHINGTON, DC -- Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, offered this statement about President Obama's nomination of Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to serve as... Read more...

SEIU President Henry: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius served with honor and distinction in bringing affordable, quality, healthcare and landmark protections to hard-working Americans

Apr 11, 2014 - On behalf of the millions of working people who are living testimony to the trans-formative power of the Affordable Care Act, we offer Secretary Sebelius our deepest gratitude for the breadth and depth of her historic role in serving our country. Read more...

SCOTUS McCutcheon Decision: Too Much Power for the Wealthy

Apr 02, 2014 - "This ruling is an unwelcome sequel to the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens United which will further erode the ability of 99 percent of our citizens to meaningfully participate in the political process and to have their voices heard in the governance of our country." Read more...

Ryan Budget: Extremism is No Joke

Apr 01, 2014 - "It's too bad that Chairman Ryan's budget isn't an April Fool's Day joke. While his budget proposal is not a joke, it certainly is foolish. It's foolish to think that any of the extremist proposals peppered throughout his budget will help our economy or the millions of Americans who are struggling to get by." Read more...

As Affordable Care Act Enrollment Period Ends, SEIU Members Nationwide Surge Past Their Education and Outreach Goal to Reach 2.4 Million Americans about Quality, Affordable Healthcare Plans

Apr 01, 2014 - SEIU nurses, doctors, child care providers and security officers nationwide today are celebrating their instrumental role in bringing quality, affordable health insurance to millions of people by driving an Affordable Care Act education and outreach campaign that reached more than 2.4 million people. Read more...

Immigration Discharge Petition: Which Side Are House Republicans On?

Mar 26, 2014 - House Republicans have completely failed to act on this issue, and we believe that this discharge petition can be part of the solution. If the House Republican leadership will not bring immigration reform to the floor, House rules allow a majority to go over their heads and force a vote. Read more...

On 4th Annivesary of Affordable Care Act, SEIU Celebrates that More Americans Than Ever Gaining Secure, Affordable Health Care

Mar 23, 2014 - As SEIU members today marked four years since Congress passed and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, we celebrate that more than 5 million Americans have already signed up for healthcare coverage through the state and federal marketplaces alone and millions more have enrolled in the law's expanded Medicaid coverage. Read more...

Expanding Overtime Pay: Another Step Forward for Workers

Mar 13, 2014 - "Today's action by the President is one more step in the right direction for workers who deserve a raise." Read more...

Anti-Immigrant House Bills Must Be Defeated

Mar 12, 2014 - With more than 1,000 people being deported every day, families being ripped apart, seeking to limit the President's authority is a farcical waste of time that Congress could spend considering immigration reform legislation. Read more...

SEIU Documentary Calls on Lawmakers to Fight Retirement Inequality for Women

Mar 10, 2014 - A new web documentary from SEIU's retirement security campaign is calling for solutions to the retirement security crisis that threatens working women across the country. Read more...

Shameful Anti-Immigrant Bill Must Be Defeated

Mar 07, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC - Speaker Boehner will soon have to decide whether to move forward with virulently anti-immigrant legislation sponsored by Representative Diane Black (R-TN) and passed by the House Judiciary Committee earlier this week. Representative Black's bill would defund a... Read more...

With 26 Days Left to #GETCOVERED, SEIU and Partner Organizations Announce Massive Wave of Grassroots Organizing

Mar 06, 2014 - Will encourage people to go to acafinancialhelp.com to learn more about what financial help is available and see a list of events where you can get help in your area (Washington, D.C.) - With 26 days left in open enrollment... Read more...

Dingell Retirement: A True Champion for Working People

Feb 24, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC - After Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) announced he will retire at the end of his current term, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "On behalf of SEIU's 2.1 million... Read more...

SEIU President Henry's Statement in Support of VW Workers

Feb 15, 2014 - We're so proud of the workers at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant for sticking together and trying to make their voices heard. Read more...

President Obama Stands Up for Federally Contracted Workers

Feb 12, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC - In advance of President Obama's signing of an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay employees $10.10 per hour, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Today's action by... Read more...

Ayotte Amendment Punishes Children, Raises Taxes on Immigrant Communities

Feb 11, 2014 - Congress must preserve the Alternative Child Tax Credit to prevent millions of families from slipping further into poverty. This is about our nation's children - the future workforce of our country. Read more...

Inexcusable: Minority of Senators Block Unemployment Benefits AGAIN

Feb 06, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC - After a minority of Senators blocked a bill in that would have extended federal emergency unemployment insurance benefits, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Once again, a minority... Read more...

Saenz to Boehner: "Republicans have a choice: pander or pass immigration reform."

Feb 06, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC - Following Speaker John Boehner's press conference today, the Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) Executive Vice President Rocio Saenz responded to his remarks on the future of immigration reform: "Today, Speaker John Boehner reminded us how his party... Read more...

Stepped-up healthcare enrollment efforts underway among local coalitions of African American, Latino, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender groups in four states

Jan 31, 2014 - National coalition announces push to foster civil rights by ending inequities in health insurance ***Interviews available with individuals newly receiving coverage*** (WASHINGTON) - As millions of Americans are newly tapping low-cost healthcare insurance available under the Affordable Care, a... Read more...

SEIU Responds to House GOP Immigration "Principles"

Jan 31, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC - After House Republicans' draft "principles" for immigration reform were leaked to the media today, Rocio Saenz, International Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Though seriously flawed, the immigration reform... Read more...

Harkin Retirement Bill Sorely Needed for Retirement Security for All Americans

Jan 30, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC - After Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the "USA Retirement Funds Act," Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "As a nation, we've reached a point where we can no... Read more...

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on SOTU:

Jan 28, 2014 - "It should not fall only on the president and Congress to make sure workers earn a decent wage. Our business leaders have a responsibility to help close the growing income gap, especially in an era of record profits." -... Read more...

Fast for Families Announces Next Phase of Campaign

Jan 27, 2014 - "Fast for Families Across America" to Visit More Than 100 Congressional Districts WASHINGTON, DC - Building on momentum created last year, Fast for Families today announced the next phase of its campaign to enact commonsense immigration reform with a pathway... Read more...

Voting Rights Bill Good First Step, Concerns Remain Over Voter ID

Jan 16, 2014 - The bill introduced in the House today is a good first step toward partially restoring the Voting Rights Act, which was undermined by the Shelby Supreme Court decision. Read more...

Cold-Hearted: Minority of Senators Block Unemployment Benefits Extension

Jan 14, 2014 - WASHINGTON, DC - After a minority of Senators blocked a bill in that would have extended federal emergency unemployment insurance benefits, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Cold-hearted is the first... Read more...

Statement of Fast for Families

Dec 12, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After a ceremony and celebration on the National Mall marking the end of their fast, "Fast for Families" issued the following statement: "Today, as we transition from the 'Fast for Families' tents, we celebrate the sacrifice of... Read more...

FAMILY Act Would Help Working Families

Dec 12, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the introduction of the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) issued the following statement: 
"The FAMILY Act is a vital piece of legislation... Read more...

SEIU's Henry on House/Senate Budget Deal

Dec 11, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray reach a budget agreement, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "This agreement allows Congress... Read more...

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry: "Very Encouraged" That More Than 1 Million+ Enrolled in Healthcare

Dec 11, 2013 - SEIU members reach out to 922,000 people in local communities Washington, D.C. -- SEIU President Mary Kay Henry offered this statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' release of updated enrollment numbers for Americans... Read more...

Statement by Mary Kay Henry, President, Service Employees International Union, on today's strike by 4,000 Los Angeles County Children's Social Workers

Dec 06, 2013 - Today social workers across Los Angeles County are striking on behalf of children's safety. They are courageously standing up for children in danger in their communities, and asking the LA County Board of Supervisors and DCFS to put in writing... Read more...

Mary Kay Henry: "Mandela's Life Will Forever Inspire Generations of Activists to Challenge the Status Quo and Demand Racial, Social and Economic Justice"

Dec 05, 2013 - Nelson Mandela, the iconic South African leader who spent 27 years in prison, dedicated his life to fighting for, in his own words, a "free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities." Following is... Read more...

SEIU Members Join in President's Renewed Push to Spread the Word on the Affordable Care Act

Dec 03, 2013 - SEIU Healthcare Workers from California, Connecticut and Maryland Join in White House Event and Pledge to Bring It Home SEIU members stood with President Obama today and accepted his challenge to step up their own strong efforts to spread the... Read more...

SEIU Members Join in President's Renewed Push to Spread the Word on the Affordable Care Act

Dec 03, 2013 - SEIU Healthcare Workers from California, Connecticut and Maryland Join in White House Event and Pledge to Bring It Home SEIU members stood with President Obama today and accepted his challenge to step up their own strong efforts to spread the... Read more...

Momentum Grows as Immigration Reform Fasts Expand

Dec 03, 2013 - At Ceremony on National Mall, New Fasters Pick Up Where Others Left Off WASHINGTON, DC - After 22 days of a water-only fast on the National Mall, four long-term fasters of the "Fast for Families" today announced an expansion of... Read more...

Statement of "Fast for Families"

Dec 03, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After passing their fast to a new group fasters, four immigration reform advocates, who have been fasting on the National Mall since November 12 - Eliseo Medina (SEIU), Dae Joong Yoon (NAKASEC), Cristian Avila (Mi Familia Vota)... Read more...

President and First Lady Visit "Fast for Families" on the National Mall

Nov 29, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - On day 18, "Fast for Families" welcomed the visit of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. SEIU's Eliseo Medina, NAKASEC's Dae Joong Yoon, DREAMer and Mi Familia Vota's Cristian Avila, FIRM's Rudy Lopez and Sojourner's... Read more...

President and First Lady Visit "Fast for Families" on the National Mall

Nov 29, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - On day 18, "Fast for Families" welcomed the visit of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. SEIU's Eliseo Medina, NAKASEC's Dae Joong Yoon, DREAMer and Mi Familia Vota's Cristian Avila, FIRM's Rudy Lopez and Sojourner's Lisa Sharon Harper, along with 22 other advocates fasting in solidarity, met with the President and First Lady in a private session at the "Fast for Families" tent where both listened closely to the fasters' personal stories. Read more...

BLACK FRIDAY FOR RETAILERS, BUT 'BLUE' FRIDAY FOR MILLIONS OF WORKERS Low-Wage Workers Pay High Cost to Pad Already High Corporate Profits

Nov 29, 2013 - Following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry in support of Walmart workers, other working people and their community allies who will join 1,500 protests across the nation in one of the largest mobilizations of working families in... Read more...

SEIU Statement Regarding Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby

Nov 26, 2013 - As a nurse for 25 years, I have seen the challenges and health risks for women and their families when they do not have access to the full range of health services- from contraception and maternity care to preventive check-ups... Read more...

"Fast for Families" React to President Obama's Remarks on Immigration Reform

Nov 25, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - Just minutes ago from San Francisco, President Barack Obama spoke on the crucial need to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship. On their 14th day of fasting, SEIU's Eliseo Medina, NAKASEC's Dae Joong Yoon... Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry: Working People Need Cooperation Instead of Sabotage on Medicaid

Nov 22, 2013 - Millions of hardworking Americans are being left in jeopardy when it comes to healthcare. In 25 states, Republican governors and state legislators have blocked the expansion of Medicaid. SEIU's nurses and doctors know firsthand what it means when their patients... Read more...

New For-Profit College Regulations Will Protect Massachusetts Families from Deceptive Practices

Nov 21, 2013 - WASHINGTON, D.C.-Mary Kay Henry, president of the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union, issued the following statement in response to new draft regulations issued by Attorney General Martha Coakley for occupational and for-profit colleges and universities in Massachusetts:... Read more...

Majority Leader Reid Right to End Era of Obstructionism

Nov 21, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the U.S. Senate voted to end the ability of a minority of Senators to block most Presidential nominees by using the filibuster, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) issued the following... Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry: Navigators Crucial to Affordable Care Act Outreach to Latinos, African Americans

Nov 20, 2013 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry's statement on Republican attacks on local navigators, who SEIU members know are crucial to signing African Americans and Latinos up for health coverage: Read more...

SEIU's Henry Says Political Cooperation on Affordable Care Act Will Give Americans Access to Healthcare Enjoyed in Other Advanced Countries

Nov 18, 2013 - (WASHINGTON): Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry responding to Sunday (Nov. 17) opinion pieces on the Affordable Care Ac:t by the editorial board of The New York Times on "The Shame of American Healthcare" lagging be hind that of... Read more...

SEIU's Henry: President's Announcement Spells the End of Irresponsible Insurance Companies' "Competitive Advantage" in Selling Higher Cost Plans

Nov 14, 2013 - Insurers Now Compelled to Provide Accurate Information to Americans Regarding Protections, Choices under the Affordable Care Act (Washington, D.C.) - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued this statement today regarding the Obama administration's response to action taken by many insurance... Read more...

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry: It's About the People behind the Numbers

Nov 13, 2013 - Washington, D.C. -- SEIU President Mary Kay Henry offered this statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' release of enrollment numbers for the federal marketplace under the Affordable Care Act: "Before the new federal... Read more...

SEIU President Joins Fast4Families

Nov 13, 2013 - Following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry who for the next 24 hours is fasting in solidarity with Eliseo Medina, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Dae Joon Yoon of the National... Read more...

Pro-Immigration Reform Groups Launch National "Fast for Families" Urging Congress to End Moral Crisis

Nov 12, 2013 - Faith, immigrant rights, labor leaders fast day and night on the National Mall to call on Congress to take action on commonsense immigration reform now (SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING EVENTS & VISITORS BELOW) WASHINGTON, DC - As communities across the country... Read more...

SEIU: Philippines Need Our Sympathies and Support

Nov 10, 2013 - Following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry regarding Typhoon Haiyan--some news outlets have reported it is the most devastating typhoon in history--which swept the Philippine Islands this weekend. "Weather-related disasters are always devastating but particularly heartbreaking and... Read more...

Victory for LGBT Workers as ENDA Passes Senate

Nov 07, 2013 - House Must Consider Civil Rights Bill Without Delay WASHINGTON, DC - After the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Today's vote in the... Read more...

SEIU Immigration Ads Up Pressure on Vulnerable House Republicans

Nov 07, 2013 - TV Ad Campaign In Seven Districts, DC Urges House GOP Members to Stop Talking, Start Acting on Commonsense Immigration Reform WASHINGTON, DC - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today launched television ads in seven swing congressional districts and the... Read more...

SEIU Members Reach Nearly 440,000 Americans in the First Six Weeks of Outreach on Affordable Care Act

Nov 07, 2013 - (WASHINGTON) -- With the release of official enrollment figures for the federal marketplaces one week out, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry today shared more details on the work by doctors, nurses, childcare providers and education workers to inform their... Read more...

Where's the Republican Furor on Fixing Racial Disparities in Our Healthcare System?

Nov 06, 2013 - Washington, DC-- Dr. L. Toni Lewis, Chair of SEIU Healthcare, issued this statement today in response to Senate hearings on the Affordable Care Act: "In neighborhoods all over this country, a change is underway that we are going to tell... Read more...

SEIU's Henry On the "Obamacare" Week That Was:

Nov 01, 2013 - WE WON'T LET "REPEAL REPUBLICANS" TURN THE CLOCK BACK ON AMERICANS' HEALTHCARE "As Americans prepare to turn their clocks back one hour Saturday night, House Republicans intent on repealing the Affordable Care Act this week attempted to turn back the... Read more...

SEIU's Henry: Where Are Righteous Republicans When Millions of Hardworking Americans Need Healthcare?

Oct 31, 2013 - "If far-right Republicans care about everyday Americans and the quality of their healthcare, why don't they stand up for millions of Americans who would gain coverage under Medicaid if Governors only accepted federal funds? SEIU's nurses, doctors, librarians and security... Read more...

SEIU's Henry on Day Two of Republican Sham Healthcare Hearings: Look to Massachusetts Today Instead of Washington for Real Bipartisan Healthcare Solutions

Oct 30, 2013 - "Extremist Republicans in Congress, including House Speaker John Boehner, yesterday gave up any pretense of caring about fixing or strengthening the rollout of affordable healthcare options under the Affordable Care Act and made it clear that their sole goal is... Read more...

SEIU'S Henry on Today's Hearings: More Extremist GOP Theater or a Conversation about Fixing and Strengthening a Lifesaving Law?

Oct 29, 2013 - "As Congress today begins a round of hearings that should focus on fixing and strengthening the law, Americans deserve to know that members of Congress are hard at work on solutions that will smooth out the healthcare law's implementation, not... Read more...

New Polls Show Public Moved By Immigration Reform Votes

Oct 29, 2013 - New Public Policy Polling (PPP) polls of eight congressional districts show that Republican House members can begin to rebuild the damage to their popularity caused by the government shutdown if they vote for commonsense immigration reform. Read more...

SEIU: Denham Makes Right Choice, But America Needs a Vote on Immigration Reform Now

Oct 27, 2013 - Rep. Jeff Denham has become the first Republican supporter of the House immigration bill. Read more...

President Obama to Congress: Pass Immigration Reform This Year

Oct 24, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After President Obama spoke this morning about the importance of passing commonsense immigration reform, Rocio Sáenz, International Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "We are very encouraged and inspired... Read more...

Immigration Reform Advocates Call on Major Republican Donors to Reveal Where They Stand on Commonsense Immigration Reform

Oct 22, 2013 - Advocates urge Bank of America, Home Depot, Wells Fargo and Domino's Pizza to engage House Republican leadership to move immigration reform forward Visit http://octoberimmigration.org/corporatetargetactions/ for more information about action events. WASHINGTON, DC - As part of the continued escalation to... Read more...

Affordable Care Act Sign Up in Tennessee Gets another Boost: Federal Judge Extends Temporary Restraining Order on Restrictive "Navigator" Rules

Oct 21, 2013 - State, Plaintiffs in Settlement Talks So Individuals Who Help Uninsured Sign Up for Coverage Won't Face Fines (NASHVILLE) -- Today a federal judge extended a temporary restraining order on Tennessee's restrictive emergency rules regulating "navigator" activities under the Affordable Care... Read more...

SEIU on Senate Deal: Manufactured Crisis Averted, Longer-Term Fix Needed

Oct 16, 2013 - Congress Must Now Focus on Commonsense Immigration Reform WASHINGTON, DC - After Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) reached an agreement to end the government shutdown and extend the debt ceiling, Mary Kay Henry, President of... Read more...

SEIU: Fed Chair Nominee Understands Difficulties Working People Face in This Economy

Oct 09, 2013 - President Obama today nominated Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve. An economist, academic and current vice chair of the Federal Reserve, Yellen would be the first woman to serve in the post. Following is a statement by SEIU President... Read more...

SEIU Calls on PIMCO and Blackrock to negotiate with Richmond over underwater mortgages

Oct 08, 2013 - SEIU is calling on investment firms PIMCO and Blackrock to end a campaign of threats and litigation against the City of Richmond's plan to refinance underwater mortgages and instead negotiate with the City over the sale of underwater loans. Read more...

Commonsense Ruling Aids Affordable Care Act in Tennessee: Federal Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order

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Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform

Oct 07, 2013 - ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM on TOMORROW, October 8, 2013 Location: Program begins at National Mall; March to U.S. Capitol Register for Press Credentials: http://octoberimmigration.org/credentials/ Following actions in more than 160 cities, Los Tigres de Norte, Lila Downs,... Read more...

Harrington v. Haslam: 
Nashville Librarian and Home Health Aide Sue Tennessee's Governor 
Over Restrictive "Navigator" Legislation

Oct 07, 2013 - (NASHVILLE) - Two women who have long served the public in their respective roles as a librarian and a homecare aide are the lead plaintiffs in a suit filed today (Oct. 4) in federal court here that challenges Tennessee's restrictive... Read more...

UMiami Cafeteria Workers Win, Ratify First Contract

Oct 04, 2013 - About 350 Workers--Employees Of University Of Miami Food Service Contractor Chartwells Dining Services--Triumph After Two-Year Struggle With Wage Hikes, Benefits, And A Process For Ensuring Dignity And Respect In The Workplace... Read more...

House Democrats Step Forward on Immigration Reform

Oct 02, 2013 - SEIU lauds Democrat leadership in House on introduction of immigration bill and urges Speaker Boehner and his counterparts to get moving Read more...

Right-Wing Engineers Government Shutdown, But Health Law Implementation Moves Forward

Oct 01, 2013 - Extremists in the House continue to grandstand and refuse to pass a Continuing Resolution that doesn't block implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Read more...

House Leadership Continues to Hold Nation's Economic Health Hostage to Irrational Demands to Block the Health Care Law

Sep 29, 2013 - On a near party-line vote, the U.S. House Saturday night once again voted to undermine the Affordable Care Act, this time tying the measure to a routine but critical vote to fund the federal government. The vote, forced by right-wing... Read more...

"Obamacare" Outreach to Latinos Gets Boost as SEIU Latino Doctors, Members Launch Nationwide Campaign

Sep 26, 2013 - A new SEIU video campaign aims to educate Latino communities about the federal and state health insurance marketplaces under Obamacare that open for enrollment on October 1st. Read more...

Spanish-Language PSAs for Pro-Immigration Actions Hit Airwaves

Sep 25, 2013 - PSA on Oct. 5th National Day of Dignity and Respect Calls on Latino Voters and Immigrant Community to Turn Out and Mount Pressure on House Leadership WASHINGTON, DC - As Speaker Boehner and House Republicans continue the Capitol Hill logjam,... Read more...

SEIU IEB Taps New Leader for No. 2 Post and First Latina Executive Officer

Sep 25, 2013 - Mike Fishman Elected International Secretary-Treasurer;
Rocio Sáenz Becomes First Latina International Executive VP WASHINGTON--SEIU's International Executive Board today elected Mike Fishman and Rocio Sáenz, both prolific organizers and outspoken advocates for social and economic justice, to help lead the 2.1 million-member... Read more...

Oct. 5: More than 80 Pro-Immigration Large-Scale, Major Mobilizations Planned to Move DC Logjam on Reform

Sep 24, 2013 - With key Republicans and Democrats pledging to work for reform, Immigrant Rights Groups escalate activities for legalization that leads to citizenship for 11 million and call for the immediate end to deportations Washington, DC--On Saturday, October 5, more than 80... Read more...

House GOP's Failure to Govern Hurts Millions of Americans

Sep 20, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution which included provisions to defund Obamacare, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "In another exercise in futility, House leadership... Read more...

SEIU Joins Center for American Progress and Other National Advocacy Groups to Move Major Initiative for Women

Sep 18, 2013 - SEIU, CAP, American Women and Planned Parenthood today launched a new initiative, Fair Shot: A Plan for Women and Families to Get Ahead. The Fair Shot initiative recognizes the vital role women play as breadwinners and decision-makers and focuses on elevating public policies that address the challenges women face. Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry: New Rule is Step Forward for Quality Care, Good Jobs

Sep 17, 2013 - Washington D.C.- Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement in response to the Obama's Administration's announced extension of the federal overtime and minimum wage protections to home care workers: "Today is an... Read more...

Census Numbers Underscore Why Movement to Boost Wages Must Succeed

Sep 17, 2013 - Census data revealed what we already know. Americans continue to work as hard as ever yet have less and less to show for it. Read more...

SEIU Announces Major Outreach On Healthcare Law as Key Partner with HHS

Sep 13, 2013 - Members will target 30 cities in 14 states, with focus on African American and Latino working people (Pittsburgh) - The president of the nation's largest union of healthcare workers, Mary Kay Henry, today joined with Secretary of Health and Human... Read more...

One Hundred Women Intensify Pressure for Commonsense Immigration Reform

Sep 12, 2013 - As pressure continues to build on the House to vote on an immigration reform solution that includes a path to citizenship, 100 women, including SEIU Executive Vice President Valarie Long, were arrested at a civil disobedience action on Capitol Hill. Read more...

Mary Kay Henry on 9-11 Anniversary: Stories of Courage and Heroism 
Continue to Humble and Inspire Us

Sep 11, 2013 - (WASHINGTON, D.C.)--On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people, including 62 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), were killed when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. To... Read more...

SEIU Announces Major Outreach On Healthcare Law As Key Partner With HHS

Sep 10, 2013 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, today joined with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius in announcing a major national outreach initiative by SEIU members on the Affordable Care Act. Read more...

Statement by Mary Kay Henry in Support of Local Solutions that Take on Banks and Regulators to Help Homeowners and Stabilize Neighborhoods

Sep 06, 2013 - After banks and regulators threatened to redline and boycott communities hardest hit by the housing crisis, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "The housing crisis for working families, and communities of... Read more...

SEIU President Says Extremist Republicans Should Stop Intimidation of Community Groups Over New Healthcare Law; Now Is the Time to "Get Behind It" and "Get the Facts Out"

Sep 05, 2013 - Statement of SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry: "Congress has a legitimate oversight role to play in making sure the Affordable Care Act works, but Republicans on the U.S House Energy and Commerce Committee are instead attempting to intimidate community... Read more...

SEIU's Eliseo Medina to Retire, Focus on Commonsense Immigration Reform

Sep 04, 2013 - "While I am retiring as International Secretary-Treasurer, I am not retiring from the struggle. We still have more workers to organize, more voters to mobilize and more battles to fight - including the fight to win commonsense immigration reform to... Read more...

SEIU: Fast Food Worker Movement Underscores Importance of Obama's Call for Better Jobs

Sep 02, 2013 - Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement in response to President Obama's Labor Day message: "In his Labor Day message today, President Obama said 'nobody who works full-time should have to raise... Read more...

Security Officers Seeking to Tackle Growing Income Divide Allege Discrimination at Security Firm

Aug 23, 2013 - National Labor Relations Board Launches Investigation SANTA CLARA, CA--Security officers seeking to tackle Silicon Valley's growing income divide have accused security firm Universal Protection Service of discriminating against employees engaged in forming a union, triggering an investigation of the Silicon... Read more...

SEIU, CAP Action Fund, Leading Pollster Reveal Positive Survey Results on New Health Law in Advance of Summer Offensive in Support of the Affordable Care Act's New Benefits

Aug 07, 2013 - New Survey Shows: Voters Do Not Want Obamacare Repealed; Are Less Likely to Vote for Republicans Obsessed with Undermining the Law, Especially Those Who Refuse to Help Their Constituents Take Advantage of Law's Benefits *Click Here to Listen to Recording... Read more...

SEIU, CAP Action Fund, Leading Pollster to Discuss New Survey Results on Obamacare in Advance of Summer Offensive in Support of the Health Law's New Benefits, Especially for Women

Aug 06, 2013 - ***PRESS CALL: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7 @ 10:30 a.m. ET*** -CLICK HERE TO RECEIVE DIAL IN INFO FOR PRESS CALL- Washington, DC - With Republicans in Congress in disarray and disagreement on their anti-Obamcare strategy, on Monday, August 7 at 10:30... Read more...

SEIU Mourns Loss of Former Union Organizer, Health Pioneer

Aug 06, 2013 - Following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry regarding the death of Ruth Rothstein, a Chicago health leader who began her career as a union organizer. "Ruth Rothstein was an undeniable force for workers' rights as well as... Read more...

Immigration Reform Supporters Urge Congress to Act Now to Fix Our Broken Immigration System

Aug 01, 2013 - Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU, was arrested today at a civil disobedience event on Capitol Hill. Read more...

SEIU Launches Spanish Web Ads in Response to Rep. King Comments

Jul 27, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - Following offensive remarks about immigrants by Representatives Steve King (R-IA), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today launched a new online campaign in seven Republican-held Congressional districts with significant Latino populations. The six versions of the Spanish-language ad, "Otra Vez," will run... Read more...

President Obama: Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

Jul 24, 2013 - The President today laid out a bold framework for how to grow our economy and address the critical economic issue of our time - income inequality. Read more...

New Poll Warns GOP to Act on Immigration Reform or Lose Ground with Latino Voters

Jul 18, 2013 - Inaction on reform puts House Republicans at risk of damaging party's image and undermining inroads with Latino voters who have historically supported them WASHINGTON, DC - A new poll released today is fueling further pressure on Republicans in the House... Read more...

Finally: Perez Confirmed to Lead Department of Labor

Jul 18, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the Senate confirmed Tom Perez to be the next Secretary of Labor, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "We are delighted that Tom Perez has finally been... Read more...

Workers Meet with House Members on Immigration Reform

Jul 17, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - More than 115 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) visited Capitol Hill today to talk with their Representatives about the importance of passing commonsense immigration reform legislation that includes an earned pathway to citizenship. "I'm... Read more...

SEIU's Henry on Senate NLRB Nominee Compromise:

Jul 16, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After a deal was struck among Senators to withdraw and replace two nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "We are... Read more...

Voices of Reason Carry the Day at GOP Immigration Caucus

Jul 10, 2013 - As hundreds of working families and aspiring Americans rallied for commonsense immigration reform outside of the House GOP caucus meeting, Republican members considered their next steps to respond to America's call for a vote on an immigration solution that includes a pathway to citizenship. Read more...

SEIU Ads Call on Ten House Republicans to Support Commonsense Immigration Reform

Jul 08, 2013 - New Spanish-language radio ads will run in 12 congressional districts, urging House leadership to reject the extremists in their party and pass reform with a roadmap to citizenship Listen to the ads: http://action.seiu.org/page/content/Where_Do_You_Stand/ WASHINGTON, DC - On the heels of... Read more...

The Law is Moving Forward: Let's Keep Focus on Working Families

Jul 03, 2013 - The following is a statement from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) regarding the Obama administration's decision to streamline employer responsibility reporting and delay the implementation of employer responsibility requirements for one year: "The overwhelming majority of large corporations offer... Read more...

SEIU's Henry: It's Time for Gap & Walmart to Put an End to Factory Deathtraps

Jun 29, 2013 - WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Two months after the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh that claimed more than 1,100 factory workers' lives, Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Workers shouldn't have to... Read more...

Senators Make Their Mark on the Pages of American History

Jun 27, 2013 - SEIU's Eliseo Medina: "All throughout the corners of America, we celebrate this monumental step the Senate has taken to finally pass historic immigration reform." Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for June 29th: After Bangladesh Tragedy, Demonstrations at Retailers in over 30 Cities

Jun 26, 2013 - Labor Rights Groups Demand Gap & Walmart Join Fire and Safety Agreement Signed by 50 Apparel Companies Who: United Students Against Sweatshops and labor groups including United Steelworkers, Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, Amalgamated Transit Union, American Federation of Teachers,... Read more...

SEIU's Henry on SCOTUS DOMA & Proposition 8 Decisions: Historic Victories for LGBT Rights, But More Must Be Done

Jun 26, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions relating to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in U.S v. Windsor and California's Proposition 8 in Hollingsworth v. Perry, Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International... Read more...

Senators Should Steer Clear of Unreliable E-Verify Amendment

Jun 25, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - As the U.S. Senate moves past the debate on border security, the chamber is set to vote on a series of amendments, one of which would needlessly and ineffectually duplicate the E-Verify system and set up an... Read more...

SEIU's Henry on SCOTUS Shelby Decision: Court Wrong to Strike Down Part of Voting Rights Act

Jun 25, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Shelby County vs. Holder that Section 4 of The Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional and as a result the protections of Section 5 cannot be enforced, Mary Kay Henry, International... Read more...

Minimum Wage Turns 75: It's Time Workers Got a Raise

Jun 25, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - On the 75th anniversary of the establishment of a federal minimum wage, Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "As we celebrate the anniversary of the federal minimum... Read more...

Pivotal Vote Limits Debate on Border Security Compromise

Jun 25, 2013 - Countdown to final Senate immigration vote, moving closer to making history WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to limit debate on the Corker-Hoeven compromise, otherwise known as the Leahy Amendment 1183. The critical vote moves the bipartisan... Read more...

SEIU's Henry on SCOTUS Decisions

Jun 24, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in the cases of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Vance v. Ball State University and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, Mary Kay Henry, International... Read more...

Senate Reaches Border Security Compromise at a High Cost

Jun 21, 2013 - Tough bipartisan agreement will test opponents' readiness to pass immigration reform WASHINGTON, DC - After much late night deliberation, Senate Democrats and Republicans announced today their compromise over an amendment that would heighten border security measures in the immigration bill... Read more...

SEIU: CBO Score Adds Momentum for Immigration Reform

Jun 19, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - Upon careful review of the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) score on the bipartisan immigration bill currently being debated in the Senate, Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "The CBO... Read more...

SEIU to Run Radio Ads in Illinois Criticizing Senator Kirk on Immigration Vote

Jun 19, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today launched a radio advertising campaign criticizing Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) for voting against allowing the Senate to move ahead on commonsense immigration reform. The ad, called "Unacceptable," will run on... Read more...

House Committee to Consider Draconian Immigration Bill

Jun 18, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - As the House Judiciary Committee meets to mark-up the so-called "Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act" (H.R. 2278), also known as the SAFE Act, Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement:... Read more...

Victory for Voting Rights: Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Law

Jun 17, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the Supreme Court ruled that Arizona violated the U.S. Constitution when its election officials failed to accept and use a mail voter registration form, containing a signed citizenship oath but not requiring the attachment of citizenship... Read more...

SEIU Announces New Spanish-Language Radio Ad for Immigration Reform

Jun 13, 2013 - Ads to run in key Latino vote states Listen to the ad: http://seiu.me/cirradio. WASHINGTON, DC - As part of a targeted, multi-pronged media, legislative and field campaign to pass commonsense immigration reform, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced... Read more...

SEIU Commends Entravision's Bold Support for Commonsense Immigration Reform

Jun 12, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After Entravision Communications Corporation announced its support for commonsense immigration reform, Eliseo Medina, a long-time Latino advocate and Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "In an unprecedented and historic move, a... Read more...

Day 3: Closer to Historic Immigration Reform

Jun 11, 2013 - Majority of senators move bipartisan bill while Sen. Kirk snubs the Illinois majority's call for commonsense reform WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Senate voted to limit debate and proceed with the bipartisan immigration bill, bringing America one step closer... Read more...

SEIU Stands With President Obama on Commonsense Immigration Reform

Jun 11, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After attending a speech on commonsense immigration reform with President Obama this morning, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer, Eliseo Medina issued the following statements: Mary Kay Henry,... Read more...

SEIU Launches Seven-Figure Ad Buy in Support of Immigration Reform

Jun 11, 2013 - SEIU today launched a seven-figure national advertising campaign that will run five different commercials in rotation on national cable networks. Read more...

SEIU: Don't Skew the Truth, the American Public is Ready for Commonsense Reform

Jun 10, 2013 - Day 2 of immigration debate continues with the usual suspects WASHINGTON, DC - Senators today continued the immigration debate on the floor with a series of speeches that highlighted both the crucial need to pass the bipartisan immigration bill and... Read more...

Day 1 of Senate Debate Marks Distinction between the Majority, Standing with the American Public, and the Naysayers

Jun 07, 2013 - What to expect from Senators as the American public watches and mobilizes WASHINGTON, DC - Today, after the U.S. Senate began debate on the bipartisan immigration bill, Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following... Read more...

Sen. Cornyn Repeats History, Rep. King Ignores Lessons of the Past

Jun 06, 2013 - Cornyn and King poison pill amendments defy America's call for commonsense immigration reform WASHINGTON, DC - While the American public continues to embrace efforts to reform our dysfunctional immigration system with smart legislation that creates a roadmap to citizenship, recent... Read more...

SEIU: Appeals Court Nominations to Should Be Given Swift, Fair Vote in Senate

Jun 04, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After President Obama made three nominations to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "SEIU applauds President Obama's announcement... Read more...

Senator Frank Lautenberg: A Champion for Workers

Jun 03, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the announcement of the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "American workers lost a true champion in the Senate today with the... Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for May 23: National Leaders and Families Keep Up Momentum for Immigration Reform

May 22, 2013 - Faith, labor and community leaders join families to announce next steps and deliver book of testimonies from aspiring citizens and Americans from across the country WASHINGTON, DC - As the bipartisan immigration bill heads to the Senate floor, the momentum... Read more...

NLRB Nominations Pass HELP Committee: Workers Deserve Fair Vote, Not Obstructionism

May 22, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the Senate HELP Committee voted to move five nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a vote in the full Senate, Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued... Read more...

Roadmap to Citizenship Crosses Threshold in Last Day of Markup

May 22, 2013 - Committee guards pathway to citizenship without burdensome barriers and delivers strong bipartisan bill WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee reached the finish line with a bipartisan immigration bill that maintains roadmap to citizenship at the center of reform... Read more...

SEIU's Henry: Historic Step Forward for Immigration Reform, One Step Backwards for Equal Rights for Binational Same-Sex Couples

May 22, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the Senate Judiciary Committee members passed a bipartisan immigration bill, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), responded to the withdrawal of Sen. Patrick Leahy's amendment in support of equal immigration rights... Read more...

Commonsense Amendments Prevail in Day 4 of Immigration Markup

May 20, 2013 - Senators keep roadmap to citizenship unscathed and strengthen protections for vulnerable immigrants and workers WASHINGTON, DC - After day four of the Senate Judiciary Committee's markup of the bipartisan immigration bill, Eliseo Medina, Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union... Read more...

Positive Signs from House on Commonsense Immigration Reform

May 17, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - Amid reports that the bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives has reached a tentative deal to move forward on immigration reform, Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the... Read more...

SEIU: DHS Should Halt Enforcement of San Diego I-9 Audit Until Congress Passes Immigration Reform

May 17, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - As hundreds of protesters gather in San Diego today to protest the firing of 550 janitors as a result of a Department of Homeland Security I-9 audit, Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union... Read more...

Nation's Largest Union of Immigrants Strengthens Voice of AAPI Workers in Highest Governing Body

May 17, 2013 - AAPI Officers Luisa Blue and Courtni Pugh Sworn in as SEIU International Executive Board Members Washington, DC - Today at the May meeting of the International Executive Board (IEB) of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), SEIU President Mary Kay... Read more...

Workers' Rights Stronger After Day 3 of Immigration Markup

May 16, 2013 - Eliseo Medina's statement after day three of the Senate Judiciary Committee's markup of the bipartisan immigration bill. Read more...

House ACA Repeal Vote: What Are We Paying Them For?

May 16, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - As the House of Representatives prepares to hold a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "According to Speaker Boehner,... Read more...

SEIU: Progress On Perez, NLRB Nominations Should Follow

May 16, 2013 - The nomination of Tom Perez as the new Secretary of Labor should not face more obstructionism and the full Senate should take up his nomination as soon as possible for a fair up or down vote. Read more...

House Committee Ignores Senate Progress on Border Security

May 16, 2013 - Committee on Homeland Security passes border security Band-Aid bill despite the public's call for commonsense immigration reform WASHINGTON, DC - After the House Committee on Homeland Security held a markup and passed the Border Security Results Act of 2013, Eliseo... Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry on the Bangladesh Safety Accord

May 15, 2013 - (Washington, D.C.) In 1911, the grisly image of 146 garment workers who died after being locked in a burning factory moved tens of thousands of everyday people to speak out against the garment industry and demand a new era of... Read more...

Day 2 of Mark-Up Keeps Immigration Bill Strong for Working Families

May 14, 2013 - On the second day of mark-up in the Senate Judiciary Committee, new amendments were added to the bipartisan immigration bill, serving to strengthen protections for current and future working families and cultivate immigration from underrepresented countries. Read more...

Immigration Mark-up: Momentum Grows as Committee Keeps Bill Intact

May 09, 2013 - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee debated and voted on a number of amendments addressing border enforcement, making improvements and leaving intact core elements of the S.744 immigration bill that strengthens civil and human rights and creates a clear and direct roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans. Read more...

St. Louis Service Workers Join Growing Movement for Better Wages

May 09, 2013 - St. Louis fast food and retail workers joined a growing movement of workers across the country who are taking a stand and demanding fair, living wages. Read more...

SEIU: "America demands a roadmap--not roadblocks--to citizenship"

May 08, 2013 - The day before formal mark-up of the Senate immigration bill begins, the multitude of amendments submitted last night revealed promising improvements to the bill and poison pill attempts to delay the roadmap to citizenship for aspiring citizens in America. Read more...

WGU to Partner with Service Employees International Union to Offer Affordable Degree Programs for Nurses

May 08, 2013 - Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP) and SEIU to work with online university to provide BSN and MSN opportunities to members SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Western Governors University (WGU), www.wgu.edu, Healthcare Career Advancement Program (H-CAP), and the Service Employees International... Read more...

New Poll: Majority of Americans Favor Senate Bipartisan Immigration Bill with Roadmap to Citizenship

May 07, 2013 - A new poll finds a solid majority of Americans, from both sides of the aisle, favor the bipartisan immigration approach recently introduced in the Senate. "Members of Congress who still wish to ride against the current for commonsense immigration reform should think twice," stated Eliseo Medina, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer. Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry on Kaiser Workers' Vote to Reaffirm Membership in SEIU-UHW

May 02, 2013 - Washington, DC--After Kaiser Permanente workers in California voted to remain in SEIU-UHW, Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "We are heartened that 45,000 Kaiser healthcare workers have reaffirmed their membership... Read more...

May Day Nationwide Actions Push for Commonsense Immigration Reform

May 01, 2013 - Mounting consensus continues to call on Congress to support a roadmap to citizenship WASHINGTON, DC - While Capitol Hill prepares for the debate on the new Senate immigration bill next week, at more than 50 events nationwide, thousands of working... Read more...

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Bob Edgar's Death:

Apr 23, 2013 - "Progressive Movement Lost a Stalwart Fighter for Social and Economic Justice" (Washington, D.C.) Following is a statement by Mary Kay Henry, President of SEIU, on the death Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause and a former U.S. representative from Pennsylvania.... Read more...

Debate over Immigration Bill Stresses Need for Roadmap to Citizenship

Apr 23, 2013 - Former and current Attorneys General echo bipartisan call for commonsense immigration reform WASHINGTON, DC - After the second of many Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that have been scheduled to debate immigration reform, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo... Read more...

SEIU's Henry and Medina on Immigration Reform Bill

Apr 17, 2013 - We thank the group of bipartisan Senators who introduced this bill for their leadership that has made commonsense immigration reform a national priority. Their hard work has paid off with a bill that sets the stage for a debate over how we can produce a bipartisan solution that honors our American values and strengthens our economy. Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry on President Obama's Budget:

Apr 11, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After President Obama released his FY14 budget, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "The President's budget includes important new proposals to help working families and we stand with him... Read more...

SEIU's Henry and Medina on Rallies for Commonsense Immigration Reform

Apr 10, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After a rally on Capitol Hill and more than 50 events around the country in support of commonsense immigration reform, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and SEIU Secretary-Treasurer, Eliseo Medina issued... Read more...

On this Equal Pay Day, Policymakers Have the Power to Reduce the Pay Gap Between Men and Women

Apr 09, 2013 - (Washington, D.C.)Following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry regarding Equal Pay Day, the day of the year in which the average annual wage for women catches up to what the average man earned the previous year. "It's... Read more...

No Marylander Should Have to Retire in Poverty

Apr 03, 2013 - "It's time to renew the American Dream by ensuring all working people have the promise of economic security in their golden years. Policymakers, employers and workers must come together to find comprehensive solutions to our looming retirement crisis. Working until you die or retiring in poverty should not be the only options in our state. Read more...

Federal Appeals Court Upholds $1.57 Million Judgment Against NUHW, Sal Rosselli and Other Union Officials

Mar 28, 2013 - Scathing Decision Finds that Rosselli and Others Diverted Union Resources to Their Own Use, Stole Documents and Equipment, Lied to Workers and the Court, and Deliberately Harmed Union Members SAN FRANCISCO - The United States Court of Appeals for the... Read more...

SEIU Makes Major Cable Ad Buy as Part of National Multimillion Dollar Commonsense Immigration Reform Campaign

Mar 26, 2013 - Message to Congress: "In America, we fix what's broken." WASHINGTON, DC - As part of a multifaceted national campaign, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is launching a new national cable television ad on Wednesday to continue the urgent call... Read more...

Anti-Immigrant Amendments Threaten Progress

Mar 22, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - In advance of potential votes on a series of anti-immigrant amendments to the Senate budget resolution, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Members of Congress have already begun... Read more...

CR Prevents Government Shutdown, But Fails to Stop Sequester Cuts

Mar 21, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC -- The following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry regarding the Continuing Resolution passed by the House and Senate: "While Congress did the right thing in reaching an agreement to avoid a federal government shutdown,... Read more...

SEIU Welcomes Senator Rand Paul's Support for Commonsense Immigration Reform

Mar 19, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - As more bipartisan support continues to grow in America for commonsense immigration reform, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R- KY) today added his voice to the national discussion, urging his party to relent its long-standing opposition to a... Read more...

President Obama Makes Right Choice for DoL Secretary

Mar 18, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After President Obama nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez to be the next U.S. Secretary of Labor, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "President Obama has made... Read more...

Hardworking People Need More Than Poverty Wages

Mar 15, 2013 - (Washington, D.C.) Following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry regarding an amendment that would raise the nation's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015. The amendment, similar to a bill introduced in both the House and... Read more...

Commonsense Immigration Reforms Must Value Family Reunification

Mar 14, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC -- The congressional debate over how families are separated under current immigration law, and how the law should be fixed to lessen the impact on families was held today in a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. SEIU's... Read more...

Senate's Proposed Budget Puts Working Families First

Mar 14, 2013 - (Washington, D.C.) Following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry regarding the Senate FY 2014 budget proposal released by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray. The Senate budget blueprint came one day after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul... Read more...

Ryan Budget: We've Seen This (Bad) Movie Before

Mar 12, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his FY 2014 budget resolution, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Apparently, Chairman Ryan learned nothing from the 2012... Read more...

Healthcare Workers Strike to Protest "Catastrophic" Health Plans

Mar 11, 2013 - Workers at Washington State's Largest Healthcare System Protest Employer's Plan 
to Exponentially Increase Healthcare Deductibles, Shift Cost of Care to Patients WASHINGTON, DC - More than 500 healthcare workers at Providence health facilities in Olympia, Washington, today went on strike... Read more...

Halligan Nomination: Misuse of Filibuster Hurts Judicial System

Mar 08, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After a minority of U.S. Senators blocked the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "We are... Read more...

Retirement Experts, Advocates Urge Maryland Delegates to Support Secure Retirement Bill

Mar 07, 2013 - Retirement policy experts and advocates urged members of the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee to move forward with a bill that would help prevent the poverty that threatens millions of Maryland workers as they retire. Read more...

Latinos Voters: Immigration Policy Top Priority and Impacts Electoral Decision

Mar 05, 2013 - A solid majority of Latino voters want Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, and if Congress does not do so, it could impact Latino voters' decision at the polls. Read more...

Minimum Wage: Working People Need a Raise

Mar 05, 2013 - Senator Harkin and Congressman Miller have taken a stand for millions of struggling families by introducing bills to raise the federal minimum wage. Read more...

Twin Cities Security Officers Reach Tentative Agreement to Strengthen Middle Class

Mar 01, 2013 - With their first union contract, suburban security officers grow Local 26 by 1,000 members Minneapolis, MN - Twin Cities security officers are celebrating today after reaching a tentative agreement with all of their employers that strengthens the middle class through... Read more...

The Sequester: A Manufactured Crisis That Hurts Working People

Mar 01, 2013 - The failure to avert the sequester will devastate vital services that millions of working families rely on and cost our economy jobs when we can least afford it. Read more...

SEIU: Congress Must Act to Stop Cuts and Protect Jobs

Feb 28, 2013 - Today the Senate blocked the American Family Economic Protection Act, which represented an important step toward rectifying the harmful impact of the sequester. Read more...

SEIU, Change to Win, AFL-CIO and NEA File Amicus Briefs in Historic Marriage Equality Cases

Feb 28, 2013 - SEIU, as part of the Change to Win coalition, joined the AFL-CIO to file an amicus brief supporting the respondents in the challenge to the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a case to be argued in front of the Supreme Court later next month. Read more...

The Voting Rights Act: Still Essential to Our Democracy

Feb 27, 2013 - The most sacred right in our democracy is the right to vote. Along with hundreds of allies, we rallied today because that right is threatened in Alabama and in far too many states. Read more...

Twin Cities Janitors Reach Tentative Agreement that Includes Major Gains for Workers on Full-Time Positions, Wages and Healthcare

Feb 25, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN - In a breakthrough that will improve the lives of more than 4,000 Twin Cities janitors, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Contract Cleaners Association reached a tentative agreement for a three-year contract... Read more...

Spanish Language Media Campaign Launched for Commonsense Immigration Reform

Feb 19, 2013 - Message to Congress: "The power to make a difference is ours." Listen to the ad: WASHINGTON, DC - A new national Spanish language radio ad is sending a message to Congress that the critical voices of Latinos who delivered a... Read more...

Simpson-Bowles II: A Non-Starter

Feb 19, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles released a new budget deficit proposal, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "The new Simpson-Bowles proposal is the wrong approach to... Read more...

SEIU Illinois State Council Releases Radio Ads Opposing Debbie Halvorson in Second District Congressional Race

Feb 14, 2013 - (CHICAGO, IL) - The Service Employees International Union and SEIU Illinois State Council jumped into the special election for Illinois' second Congressional district with a radio ad outlining how Debbie Halvorson is anti-worker and urging voters to oppose her. The... Read more...

SEIU aplaude al presidente Obama por continuar su apoyo por un camino hacia la ciudadanía para los residentes indocumentados en el país una vía a la ciudadanía debe ser razonable y justa

Feb 12, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - El Sindicato Internacional de Empleados de Servicio (SEIU, por sus siglas en inglés) felicita al Presidente Obama por continuar luchando por todos los trabajadores e instar al Congreso a trabajar este año en una reforma migratoria con... Read more...

Statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address

Feb 12, 2013 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry: "With clarity and vision, President Obama made clear that destructive cuts to vital services like healthcare and Head Start will costs jobs and set our economy back at a time when we can least afford it. We must find ways to generate revenue and close tax loopholes for corporations, so they can sufficiently invest in the country from which they reap their wealth." Read more...

Senator Sanders, Rep. Schakowsky Target Corporate Tax Loopholes

Feb 07, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Jan Schakowsky introduced the "Corporate Tax Fairness Act" in the Senate and House respectively, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "In the... Read more...

Senate Debt Ceiling Vote: The Right Move for Our Politics, Our Country

Jan 31, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the Senate passed legislation to suspend the nation's debt ceiling until May, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Today's vote in the Senate is the right short-term... Read more...

SEIU Lauds President's Call for Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship in 2013

Jan 29, 2013 - LAS VEGAS, NV - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today congratulated President Obama for urging Congress and our nation to work together on an immigration plan that includes a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants now in... Read more...

President and Bipartisan Senate Group Agree That Time Is Now for Commonsense Immigration Reform With Pathway to Citizenship

Jan 29, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC -- The Service Employees International Union applauds the growing momentum on Capitol Hill for commonsense immigration reform. On the eve of President Obama's scheduled announcement of immigration principles that are expected to include a pathway to citizenship for... Read more...

SEIU: Court Wrong to Rule NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional

Jan 25, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) unconstitutional, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the... Read more...

Inauguration Day: SEIU Congratulates President Obama

Jan 21, 2013 - On behalf of SEIU's 2.1 million members, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry offers her congratulations to President Obama as he embarks on his second term. Read more...

On Immigration, President Obama Poised to Make History Again

Jan 21, 2013 - History will remember President Obama as the realization of the American Dream that was based on our nation's founding principles, "that all men are created equal" and that among our rights are "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Read more...

New Poll: Strong Bipartisan Support for Immigration Reform That Includes Earned Citizenship

Jan 18, 2013 - Common Sense Solution Favored over "Enforcement First" Option WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A solid majority of U.S. voters favor common sense immigration reform that includes a path to earned citizenship for current undocumented immigrants, and strong accountability measures, according to a... Read more...

SEIU's Henry on President Obama's Plan to Reduce Gun Violence

Jan 16, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After President Obama released his plan to reduce gun violence, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "We are thankful for the President's leadership in addressing the twin crises... Read more...

Hilda Solis: A Champion for Working Families

Jan 10, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the resignation of U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Secretary Solis served as a true champion for working people during... Read more...

U.S. Citizens With Undocumented Spouses to Get Relief Starting in March

Jan 03, 2013 - SEIU applauds effort to keep spouses together WASHINGTON, D.C. - Under a rules change set to take effect on March 4, the Obama Administration will for the first time allow certain spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens to remain... Read more...

Budget Deal: The Right Move to Protect Middle Class Families

Jan 01, 2013 - "This deal is the right move to protect America's middle class families," said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, after a deal was reached to avert the fiscal cliff late in the evening on January 1, 2013. Read more...

SEIU's Henry on "Plan B" Failure

Dec 21, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the House of Representatives failed to pass Speaker Boenher's "Plan B," budget proposal, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Tonight, House Republicans showed their true colors. First... Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry on Connecticut School Shooting Tragedy

Dec 14, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the shooting today at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "On behalf of the 2.1 million members of SEIU, I extend our... Read more...

Latino Leaders Announce Civic Engagement Campaign to Win Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2013

Dec 12, 2012 - Groups Pledge to Hold Congress Accountable WASHINGTON, DC - A new campaign to win congressional enactment of comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 was announced Wednesday by leaders of national Latino civil rights and labor organizations. The groups issued a joint... Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for Tues., December 11: Leading Democrats, Health Care Advocates Call for Protection of Medicaid Funding in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Dec 10, 2012 - The nation's leading labor unions and health care advocates will join with Democratic leaders on Tuesday, December 11th to urge their Republican counterparts to preserve Medicaid funding. Read more...

BREAKING: Working Michigan Coalition Respond to Gov. Synder's Pledge to Support Right-to-Work Legislation

Dec 06, 2012 - Earlier today, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Senator Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Speaker Jase Bolger announced that the Legislature would move forward with so-called right-to-work legislation, which will flatten wages, crush workers' rights and unravel the middle class. Following their... Read more...

SEIU Applauds Calls by Former President Bush and Conservative Leaders to Congress to Reform the Immigration System

Dec 04, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC -- In his first major speech on immigration since leaving office in 2009, former President George W. Bush called on Congress to debate immigration "with a benevolent spirit and keep in mind the contributions of immigrants." His comments,... Read more...

House GOP Must Stop Holding Middle Class Tax Cuts Hostage

Dec 04, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - As Minority Leader Pelosi circulates a discharge petition to bring the Senate-passed bill to extend middle class tax cuts to the House floor for a vote, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU),... Read more...

Working Families Deserve a Better Offer:

Dec 04, 2012 - House Republican Budget Proposal is a Non-Starter WASHINGTON, DC - After House Republicans put forward a $2.2 trillion budget proposal, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "This Republican proposal is a... Read more...

SEIU: All Working People Stand to Gain When Fast Food Workers Can Afford to Help Drive the Economy Forward

Nov 30, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Following is a statement by Mary Kay Henry, President of SEIU, in support of fast food workers in New York City who went on strike today. "People who work for large, profitable corporations like those in the... Read more...

SEIU HQ Receives Platinum Certification

Nov 29, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) headquarters building in Washington, DC recently received the "LEED EB:O&M v2009 Platinum" certificate from the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. SEIU is... Read more...

STEM Jobs Act Unfairly Benefits Some at the Expense of Others

Nov 27, 2012 - House GOP Immigration Bill Undermines Talk of Fixing Immigration System WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) prepares to step down as House Judiciary Committee Chairman with a parting shot at immigrant communities by resurrecting a partisan special interest bill,... Read more...

Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Historic Walmart Protests Nationwide

Nov 23, 2012 - Mary Kay Henry: "From this day on, 'Black Friday' should be remembered as a pivotal day for working people at Walmart and everywhere." Richmond, Calif. - The following statement was issued today by Mary Kay Henry, president of the 2.1... Read more...

Speaker Boehner Should Listen to Protesters, Extend Middle Class Tax Cuts Immediately

Nov 15, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - As residents of the District of Columbia protest outside of Speaker Boehner's office today, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "The President's call to extend the tax cuts... Read more...

SEIU's Eliseo Medina: "The voices of the voters have reached Washington."

Nov 14, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Following President Barack Obama's remarks today on immigration reform, SEIU's International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina issued this statement: "The voices of the voters have reached Washington. "We share President Obama's confidence that comprehensive immigration reform will soon be... Read more...

Evangelical Leaders Call for Bipartisan Work on Immigration

Nov 13, 2012 - SEIU's Eliseo Medina Applauds Growing Chorus of Support for Immigration Reform WASHINGTON, DC - More than 150 Evangelical leaders today called on President Obama and Congress to begin working on broad immigration reform legislation that reflects American values, including... Read more...

In Recognition of Veteran's Day

Nov 10, 2012 - (Washington, D.C.) Following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry in recognition of Veteran's Day. "Every day, we wake up in a free nation thanks to the brave men and women who put everything on the line to... Read more...

President Obama Right to Focus on Jobs, Growth and Middle Class Tax Cuts

Nov 09, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - After President Obama laid out his plan to avoid the impending "fiscal cliff," Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "In the wake of President's re-election, his call for... Read more...

Gerry Hudson: African Americans Showed up for Obama Because His Vision Represents Better Days for Us All

Nov 07, 2012 - (Washington, D.C.) Most of ballots are tallied, and it's clear that the black community voted this year at the same or greater levels than they did four years ago. African Americans showed up at the polls in spite of dire... Read more...

Tonight is a Victory for Working People Everywhere

Nov 07, 2012 - SEIU's Henry: "By re-electing President Barack Obama tonight, working people voted for a country with a vibrant middle class fueled by good jobs and where everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream. Voters rejected the notion that the... Read more...

Evidence Suggests PA GOP Poll Watchers Systematically Targeting African American Precincts

Nov 05, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - After receiving information indicating that the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Pittsburgh Tea Party may be systematically sending poll watchers to predominantly African American precincts in Pittsburgh, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Common Cause, The Advancement... Read more...

SEIU Volunteers to Hit the Streets in Battleground States  to Knock on 100,000 Doors a Day in Final Days of Campaign

Nov 03, 2012 - Note to Reporters: To schedule an interview with SEIU President Mary Kay Henry or Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina, please contact Jenice Robinson at 202.730.7759 or Tyler Prell at 202.701.5796. WASHINGTON, DC -- As the ground campaign for the election heads into... Read more...

SEIU Makes Aggressive Ad Buy To GOTV In Communities Of Color

Oct 23, 2012 - Major Ad Buys Target Latino and African American Communities And Key Congressional and Senate Races Washington, DC - In its final two-week sprint to get out the vote, SEIU is making major ad buys in key presidential battleground states as... Read more...

President Obama Makes it Crystal Clear: He's the Leader Our Country Needs at Home and Abroad

Oct 22, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - After tonight's Presidential debate, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "While the President laid out a clear vision for nation building here at home and showing leadership across... Read more...

President Obama Exposes Romney on Jobs, Tax Plans

Oct 16, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - After tonight's Presidential debate, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "During tonight's debate, President Obama explained exactly what is at stake in this election for the working families.... Read more...

Romney Delivers Unbelievable Debate Remarks on Immigration

Oct 16, 2012 - DENVER, CO - During the second presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, voters saw the first face-to-face encounter over immigration, with Romney proving again why public opinion polls show him badly trailing among Latino voters. Rather than explain... Read more...

New Radio Ad: Joe Garcia Will Keep Medicare Strong

Oct 16, 2012 - SEIU Member Narrates New Radio Ad Miami, FL - The 55,000 Florida members and retirees of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) this week launched a new $160,000 radio ad in the race for the 26th Congressional District that will... Read more...

New TV Ad: Tommy Thompson Fighting for Special Interests, Not Wisconsin

Oct 16, 2012 - SEIU Members Launch New TV in Key Senate Campaign Milwaukee, WI - The 10,000 Wisconsin members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) this week launched a new television ad in the state's too-close-to-call U.S. Senate race. The $600,000 ad... Read more...

New Hampshire Voters Say Lamontagne Is Too Radical In New TV Ad

Oct 16, 2012 - AFSCME and SEIU Partner in New Broadcast TV Ad Campaign Concord, NH - The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today launched a large new television ad campaign in the... Read more...

Exposed: Rep. Brian Bilbray's Record of Shredding the Medicare Safety Net

Oct 16, 2012 - AFSCME and SEIU Partner in New TV Ad Sacramento, CA - California members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today launched a new television ad in the state's... Read more...

Vice President Biden Stands Up for Middle Class

Oct 11, 2012 - Vice President Biden summed up the dangerous policies that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are trying to sell the American people in one word - Malarkey! Read more...

New TV Ad: Allen West Just Like the Rest of Them

Oct 11, 2012 - SEIU Launches New TV in Key Florida 18th Congressional District Campaign Miami, FL - The 55,000 Florida members and retirees this week launched a new television ad in Florida's competitive 18th congressional district. The ad highlights how extremist Tea Party... Read more...

George Allen's Radical Health Care Agenda Showcased in New TV Ad

Oct 10, 2012 - AFSCME, NEA and SEIU Partner to Detail Sen. Allen's Abysmal Record Washington, DC - Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the National Education Association and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today launched a... Read more...

New Radio Ad: Linda McMahon's Education Plans are Wrong for Latino Families

Oct 09, 2012 - SEIU Launches First Independent Expenditure Spanish Language Ad In Support of Chris Murphy's Campaign for U.S. Senate Hartford, CT - Today the 65,000 Connecticut members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced they will begin airing a new Spanish... Read more...

SEIU Launches First Independent Expenditure Spanish Language Radio Ads In Support of Jose Hernandez for U.S. House

Oct 09, 2012 - New Ad in Competitive California 10 Congressional Race SACRAMENTO, CA - Today members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced they will begin airing two 60-second Spanish language radio ads in the hotly contested Congressional race in California's 10th... Read more...

SEIU, House Majority PAC to Begin Airing Spot Calling Strickland Wrong for Country

Oct 09, 2012 - Ad Part Of Six-Figure Buy That Will Continue Through Election Day Sacramento, CA - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and House Majority PAC announced that the groups would begin today running a TV ad that criticizes Tony Strickland for trying... Read more...

New TV Ad: Three Different Districts but One Misguided Voting Record

Oct 09, 2012 - SEIU Unveils Major Spending Initiative in Chicagoland House Races Chicago, IL - Today the Illinois members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced a large and aggressive new ad on in the Chicago broadcast television market. SEIU will partner... Read more...

New TV Ad: Jim Renacci Should Focus on Jobs, Not Special Interest Getaways

Oct 09, 2012 - SEIU Releases New Ad in Competitive Ohio 16 Congressional Race Cleveland, OH - Today the 25,000 Ohio members and retirees of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced new TV ad in the close race in Ohio's 16th Congressional District.... Read more...

New TV Ad: Chris Gibson - In Step with the Tea Party But Out of Step with Us

Oct 05, 2012 - SEIU Releases New Ad in Key Congressional Race New York, NY - Today the 275,000 New York members and retirees of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced they will begin airing a new television ad in the closely contested... Read more...

The 99% React to Romney's Empty Retorts and Applaud President Obama

Oct 03, 2012 - Watch party delivers live translation for Spanish-speaking Latino viewers DENVER-- In both English and Spanish, members of the 99% lauded President Barack Obama's debate performance and his continued support of working families and the middle class, while rejecting Republican candidate... Read more...

SEIU: Americans Can't Afford Romney Economics

Oct 03, 2012 - Mitt Romney doesn't have a single idea to create new jobs other than going back to the failed trickle-down policies of the past. Those policies didn't work and got us into the financial mess that President Obama inherited. Read more...

SEIU's Eliseo Medina: "César Chávez created a movement that gave a voice to farm workers' fight for social justice and set the foundation for Latino activism in America."

Oct 03, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC--Next week, President Obama will announce the establishment of César E. Chávez National Monument in Keene, California in honor of the Latino civil rights leader's legacy in the farm workers movement. Inspired by his words, SEIU's International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo... Read more...

New TV Ad: Dean Heller Has Blocked Nevada from Moving Forward

Oct 03, 2012 - SEIU Launches First Independent Expenditure Spanish Language Ad In Support of Shelley Berkley's Campaign for U.S. Senate Las Vegas, NV - Today the 18,000 Nevada healthcare and public service members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced they will... Read more...

New TV Ad: Dan Webster Has a Message for Seniors

Oct 02, 2012 - SEIU Partners with House Majority PAC in New Ad Detailing Dan Webster's Misguided Priorities on Medicare Miami, FL - Today the 55,000 Florida members and retirees of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced they will begin airing a new... Read more...

New TV Ad: Nan Hayworth's Tea Party Agenda Leaves Seniors Behind

Oct 02, 2012 - AFSCME and SEIU Partner in New Ad Detailing Impact of Hayworth's Plan on Medicare New York, NY - Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today launched a... Read more...

Victory for Democracy in PA: No ID Needed to Vote

Oct 02, 2012 - Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued an injunction against Pennsylvania's controversial voter ID law. Read more...

New TV Ad: Chip Cravaack Has Brought Home Some Strange Ideas from Washington

Oct 02, 2012 - SEIU Partners with House Majority PAC in New Ad Detailing Chip Cravaack's Misguided Priorities Saint Paul, MN - Today the 30,000 Minnesota members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced they will begin airing a new television ad... Read more...

New England Janitors Reach Tentative Agreement that Includes Major Gains for Workers on Full Time, Wages and Healthcare

Oct 01, 2012 - In a breakthrough that will improve the lives of 14,000 New England janitors, Service Employees International Union Local 615 and the Maintenance Contractors of New England reached a tentative agreement for a four-year contract that will provide significant gains for workers around hours, wages, healthcare, workload and job security. Janitors still need to ratify the contract. Read more...

Gov. Brown Signs Retirement Savings Bill

Sep 28, 2012 - Gov. Jerry Brown helped California today take a bold step in the fight against elder poverty by signing a bill to provide private sector workers an opportunity to enroll in the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, a voluntary retirement plan with guaranteed benefits. Read more...

SEIU and EMILY's List WOMEN VOTE! to Educate Voters: Todd Akin is Wrong for Missouri

Sep 27, 2012 - Todd Akin is possibly the most out-of-touch sounding Republican in the country. Read more...

Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law: Voters' Stories Illustrate Law's Undue Burden

Sep 26, 2012 - Several very clear trends emerged among people who want to vote but do not have ID. Many are elderly, disabled, veterans or of limited means, and faced significant burdens in just getting to PennDOT, much less tracking down the required supporting documentation needed to obtain an ID to vote. Read more...

Mayors Declare September "Latino Voter Registration Month"

Sep 25, 2012 - With Latinos poised to make election history in November, mayors in key Latino vote states are issuing proclamations declaring September as Latino Voter Registration Month. Read more...

Garcia Leads Scandal-Plagued Rivera in FL-26 House Majority PAC/SEIU Poll

Sep 24, 2012 - Garcia Up Nine; Corruption Scandals Increase Serious Doubts About Rivera Washington, D.C. - House Majority PAC and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today released a poll that shows Democrat Joe Garcia leading scandal-plagued Republican David Rivera by nine points,... Read more...

SEIU Focuses on Medicare and Medicaid in New Battleground Campaign Ads

Sep 20, 2012 - New Presidential Ads in Florida and Congressional Ads in Michigan 1 and Virginia 2 Washington - With recent polling showing voters trusting President Obama and congressional Democrats to protect and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)... Read more...

Mexico Accepts NAFTA-Related Complaint Against Alabama Racial Profiling Law

Sep 20, 2012 - Complaint Filed by SEIU and Mexican Lawyers Group WASHINGTON, DC -- The Alabama anti-immigrant law and a complaint that it breaches the supplemental labor agreement of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are under review by the Mexican government,... Read more...

Romney Swings and Misses on Univision

Sep 19, 2012 - SEIU: Talking Points at a Town Hall Don't Erase Mitt Romney's Record on Issues Latino Families Care About Washington, D.C. - Following is a statement by SEIU International Secretary Treasurer Eliseo Medina regarding Mitt Romney's appearance today at a Univision-sponsored... Read more...

Nation's Most Diverse Labor Union Backing Major CBC Events, including the National Voting Rights Town Hall and Forum on Black Women in Politics

Sep 18, 2012 - Scheduled Events for Participation Include "The Evolutions of Politics & Empowerment," Town Hall Where SEIU Will Detail Its Political Program for Voter Education and Mobilization Washington, D.C.-- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will participate in Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's... Read more...

Romney Reveals Disdain for Working Families

Sep 18, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - After media reports of Mitt Romney's remarks in which he derided 47 percent of Americans, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Mitt Romney's clear disdain for 47 percent... Read more...

SEIU Makes Substantial Ad Time Reservation in Nevada on Spanish Language Media

Sep 18, 2012 - Ads Will Support Democratic Senate Candidate Shelley Berkley Washington - With less than 50 days to go until the election, SEIU members are continuing their recent series of new ads in key battleground states and key races across the country... Read more...

New TV Ad: Joe Coors' Agenda Is Wakeup Call for Colorado Voters

Sep 18, 2012 - AFSCME and SEIU Partner in New Ad Detailing Impact of Coors' Plan on Middle and Working Class Families Denver - Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today... Read more...

New SEIU and Priorities USA Action Ads En Español: "VOTEMOS" Vote Against Romney

Sep 14, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Priorities USA Action today launched a series of new Spanish-language ads to highlight Mitt Romney's extreme positions on issues important to Hispanic families. The new television and radio ads are... Read more...

Majority PAC, SEIU Launch New Ad Targeting Tommy Thompson's Lucrative Career Working for Special Interests

Sep 13, 2012 - Thompson Isn't Looking Out For Wisconsin Voters WASHINGTON D.C. [9/13/12] - Majority PAC and the 2.1 million members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced the launch of a new advertising campaign in Wisconsin targeting D.C. insider Tommy... Read more...

House Majority PAC, SEIU to Run Ad Hitting Dan Lungren for Being in the Pocket of Wall Street

Sep 12, 2012 - Six-Figure Buy Begins Today in Sacramento Washington, D.C. - House Majority PAC and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced that the groups will begin airing a television ad today in Sacramento that shows how Dan Lungren is in the... Read more...

SEIU: Chicago's Public School Students Deserve a System That Works

Sep 12, 2012 - Following is a statement by Mary Kay Henry, President of SEIU, in support of the Chicago Teachers Union's tough decision to strike. The working men and women of SEIU and all working families want stable schools, smaller class sizes, additional... Read more...

Statement on September 11, 2001 Anniversary from Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Sep 11, 2012 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Sept. 11, 2001, 62 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) perished when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. Window cleaners, elevator operators, porters,... Read more...

Spotlight on Latino Community at National Political Conventions Shows Growing Political Strength

Sep 07, 2012 - ¡Todos A Votar! (Let's Vote!) Latino Voter Mobilization Tour Stops in CO PUEBLO, CO -- Following an unprecedented focus on Latino voters at the recent national political conventions, Latino vote advocates on Friday urged Colorado's Hispanics to mobilize for the... Read more...

For Working People, The Choice Is Clear: President Obama Stands With Us

Sep 07, 2012 - The following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry in advance of President Barack Obama's acceptance of the Democratic Party's nomination for re-election. Read more...

New SEIU Ad Exposes "Millionaire" Keith Rothfus' Support of Policies that Would Hurt Western Pennsylvania Families

Sep 05, 2012 - Pittsburgh -- In a television ad released today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) exposes extremist policies of Keith Rothfus, the millionaire attorney running for Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District seat. The ad features district voters, some SEIU members, responding to... Read more...

¡Todos A Votar! (Let's Vote!) Campaign Comes to Pueblo and Denver, Colorado Friday, September 7

Sep 05, 2012 - With post-convention attention focused on the potential voting strength of Latinos, the national Latino voter education campaign ¡Todos A Votar! (Let's Vote!) swings through Colorado on Friday, September 7. Sponsored by 10 national groups and local affiliates,* ¡Todos A Votar!... Read more...

Excerpts of SEIU President Mary Kay Henry's Convention Remarks

Sep 04, 2012 - Ms. Henry will focus on what's at stake for working people this election and the stark difference between President Obama's inclusive vision for America and Mitt Romney's plan to continue failed policies of the past. Charlotte, NC - On behalf... Read more...

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry to Address Convention This Evening

Sep 04, 2012 - SEIU Agenda Below Note to editors and reporters: Interviews can be arranged with SEIU leaders and members at the DNC Convention as delegates or with members on the ground in Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.... Read more...

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry to Address Democratic National Convention

Sep 03, 2012 - Ms. Henry Available for Interviews During Convention to Discuss What's at Stake for Working People This Election CHARLOTTE, NC - On behalf of SEIU's 2.1 million members and other working men and women across the country, SEIU President Mary... Read more...

SEIU Members Discuss the Role Unions Serve a Pathway to the Middle Class at CarolinaFest

Sep 03, 2012 - Note to editors and reporters: Interviews can be arranged with SEIU leaders and members at the DNC Convention as delegates or with members on the ground in Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.   Charlotte, NC... Read more...

Health Care Visionaries to Spotlight Gains, Political Threats to President's Health Care Law at DNC Forum

Sep 03, 2012 - Americans and Front Line Caregivers to speak to lives saved by landmark health reforms U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Governor Deval Patrick and Victoria Kennedy to address delegates Charlotte, N.C. forum set for Sept. 5 at NASCAR Hall of... Read more...

SEIU Members to Raise Workers' Voices and Agenda at 2012 Democratic National Convention

Sep 02, 2012 - Complete SEIU Agenda Below Note to editors and reporters: Interviews can be arranged with SEIU leaders and members at the DNC Convention as delegates or with members on the ground in Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and... Read more...

SEIU's Henry: Romney speech 'driven by a platform that is completely detached from the reality of working people's lives and driven by divisiveness'

Aug 31, 2012 - (Washington, D.C.) Following is a statement by Mary Kay Henry, president of SEIU, regarding Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's acceptance speech tonight. "Mitt Romney's acceptance speech capped off an RNC driven by a platform that is completely detached from the... Read more...

Federal Courts Find Conservatives Worked to Diminish Latinos' Votes

Aug 30, 2012 - SEIU's Eliseo Medina: Actions Speak Louder Than Words and Conservatives' Show Hypocrisy of their Latino Outreach WASHINGTON -- Today, the discriminatory Texas voter ID law was blocked by a three-judge federal panel which cites the law would impose "strict, unforgiving... Read more...

Republican National Convention's First Day: By the 1% for the 1%

Aug 29, 2012 - Washington - Following is a statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry regarding the first day of the Republican National Convention, including the party's platform which convention delegates voted on late Tuesday. "Mitt Romney and the RNC's platform is a... Read more...

SEIU: GOP Anti-Immigrant Platform Is Divisive

Aug 28, 2012 - The GOP's anti-immigrant agenda is divisive...and falls woefully short of America's values of inclusiveness and fairness. Read more...

Latino Voters Whipping Up the Political Winds in Florida

Aug 24, 2012 - ¡Todos A Votar! (Let's Vote!) Tour Drives Up Voter Enthusiasm in Miami,
 Orlando and Tampa TAMPA -- As Republicans and a hurricane begin gathering in Florida before the GOP national convention here, 10 national Latino voter advocates and local allies are... Read more...

¡Todos a Votar! Continues National Tour in Florida

Aug 20, 2012 - National and local groups unite in Miami, Orlando, and Tampa to engage Latino voters ORLANDO, FL - The ¡Todos a Votar! nationwide Latino voter education tour makes its next stop in Florida, a battleground state with the third largest... Read more...

SEIU: Pennsylvania Voter ID Decision an Affront to Progress

Aug 16, 2012 - Following is a statement from Gerry Hudson, SEIU Executive Vice President, regarding Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr.'s decision today to uphold Pennsylvania's voter identification law. The decision comes days after a comprehensive, nonpartisan examination found that there is no evidence... Read more...

AG Issues Citation to Airline Contractor for Paying Less than Minimum Wage at Logan Airport

Aug 15, 2012 - 30 Wheelchair Attendants to Receive $11,000 in Back Pay BOSTON, MA--The Massachusetts Attorney General has cited Huntleigh USA, a contractor that provides passenger services for airlines at Logan International Airport, for "failure to pay state minimum wage" to its... Read more...

DREAMer Relief Gives Hope to Immigrant Youth

Aug 15, 2012 - Washington, DC - President Obama's decision to grant "deferred action" to upwards of 800,000 DREAMERS goes into effect today and will give young immigrants the opportunity to access higher education and employment without fear of deportation. Following is a statement... Read more...

Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Mitt Romney's Vice President Running Mate Choice of Rep. Paul Ryan

Aug 11, 2012 - SEIU's Henry: "Romney has shown  the American people that he believes Rep. Ryan's extremist, irresponsible and anti-worker agenda is what's right for our country." (Washington, D.C.) "If there were ever any doubt that Mitt Romney is not on the... Read more...

House Majority PAC, AFSCME, SEIU to Air New Ad Hitting Steve King for Being Out for Himself, Not Iowa

Aug 09, 2012 - Spot to Run for Two Weeks as Part of Six-Figure Buy in Des Moines and Sioux City Markets Washington, D.C. - House Majority PAC, SEIU and AFSCME today announced that the three groups are joining forces to air a new... Read more...

¡Todos a Votar! Latino Vote Campaign to Stop in Arizona

Aug 08, 2012 - Voter engagement tour in Phoenix and Tucson on Saturday, August 11 PHOENIX, AZ - Arizona, the state that became ground zero in the national debate over state-sponsored anti-immigrant laws, is the next stop on the national ¡Todos a Votar! ("Let's... Read more...

SEIU Members Launch TV Ad Highlighting Joe Garcia's Work to Protect and Strengthen Medicare

Aug 06, 2012 - Miami, FL - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members, across Florida's new 26th Congressional District, this weekend launched a television advertising campaign highlighting Joe Garcia's platform of putting the state's hardworking middle class first. The ad, which will run across... Read more...

Houston Janitors Launch Ad Campaign Uncovering Corporate Estate's Efforts to Shift Property Taxes to Local Homeowners

Aug 02, 2012 - SEIU today launched an online ad campaign in Houston drawing attention to office building owners' routine practice of protesting property tax appraisals, costing local governments and school systems millions in lost revenue each year. Read more...

Romney's Plan: Tax Hikes for the Middle Class Families, Cuts for Millionaires

Aug 01, 2012 - Mitt Romney's tax plan is a slap in the face to working families. Read more...

Union Members Nationwide Pledge More than $500,000 to Houston Janitors Fight

Aug 01, 2012 - Dozens More Arrested in Second Act of Civil Disobedience Today HOUSTON, TX--SEIU Local Unions from around the country, along with the Service Employees International Union, today pledged more than half a million dollars to the janitors strike in Houston. "All eyes... Read more...

Janitors and Supporters in 17 Cities Rally to End Poverty Wage Jobs in Houston

Aug 01, 2012 - Support for Houston janitors is spreading across the country following the Tuesday arrests of seven people, including 5 janitors, who participated in an act of peaceful, nonviolent civil disobedience at a protest in support of a living wage for Houston janitors. Read more...

Affordable Care Act Expands Access to Contraceptive Coverage

Aug 01, 2012 - August 1, 2012 is a great day for women and step forward for women's health. Read more...

SEIU Launches National Ad Campaign Calling on JPMorgan Chase CEO to Meet Striking Houston Janitor

Aug 01, 2012 - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) launched a national online advertising campaign calling on JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to meet with striking Houston janitor Adriana Vasquez, with the tagline "Call Me, Maybe". Read more...

SEIU: It's Time to Restore Retirement Security to American Workers

Jul 27, 2012 - Mary Kay Henry, President of the 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union commended Senator Tom Harkin (D_IA) on the release of his new report that addresses the retirement security crises in America. Read more...

LAX Workers, Community Members and Elected Officials Protest in Front of the Los Angeles World Airport Office and at Aviation Safeguards Terminals

Jul 27, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA | Today, hundreds of LAX workers, community members, religious and elected officials marched and rallied against LAX's CEO Gina Marie Lindsey for failing to protect workers against companies like Aviation Safeguards who refuses to pay money owed... Read more...

Minimum Wage Bills: Harkin, Miller Stand Up for Struggling Families

Jul 27, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement after the introduction of bills in the House and Senate to raise the federal minimum wage: "Senator Harkin and Congressman Miller... Read more...

Tax Vote: Majority of Senators Stand with the 99%

Jul 25, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after the Senate passed the "The Middle Class Tax Cut Act": "Senate passage of the 'Middle Class Tax Cut Act' is a welcome... Read more...

SEIU's Henry: Hard Day's Work Should be Valued by Politicians, Not Overshadowed by Rabid Drive to Protect Tax Breaks for Elite

Jul 24, 2012 - Today, thousands of hardworking Americans are rallying in cities across the United States to call on Congress and low-wage employers to increase the federal minimum wage. Read more...

National Latino Advocacy and Civil Rights Groups to Embark on ¡Todos a Votar! Tour; Groups travel to key states to engage Latino voters to register and vote

Jul 23, 2012 - Stops in Stockton, LA, Riverside & San Diego STOCKTON, CA -- California will be the starting point this week of a Latino voter public education campaign, ¡Todos a Votar! ("Let's Vote"), sponsored by national Latino advocacy groups to register and... Read more...

Obstructionist Senators Defeat "Bring Jobs Home Act" Preserve Tax Giveaways for Outsourcers

Jul 19, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after Senators blocked S. 2884, the "Bring Jobs Home Act:" "Senators who blocked the "Bring Home Jobs Act" sent a message to the... Read more...

BREAKING: Janitors Strike Prompts Act of Civil Disobedience as Supporters Block Intersection; More than a Dozen Arrested

Jul 18, 2012 - HOUSTON- In an act of civil disobedience that harkens back to the civil rights movement, 15 activists risked arrest today to protest their employers' misconduct, adding to the growing divide between the 1% and the rest of us. According to... Read more...

Breaking: Houston Strike to Spread to Eight Cities as City-Wide Janitors Strike Enters Second Week

Jul 16, 2012 - HOUSTON, TX - Tomorrow, the Houston janitors' unfair labor practices strike will spread to eight cities across the United States. Janitors, who are members of SEIU Local 1, will fan out across the country to establish picket lines against their... Read more...

New SEIU and Priorities USA Action Ads Focus on Medicare and Home Foreclosures

Jul 11, 2012 - The third round of Spanish-language ads from SEIU/COPE and Priorities Action USA continue the groups' aggressive campaign to use Mitt Romney's own words to convey his stated positions on issues important to Hispanic families. Read more...

House ACA Repeal Vote: Looking Backward Will Not Move Us Forward

Jul 11, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement today in response to the passage of House legislation aimed at a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): "For the 33rd... Read more...

BREAKING: Hundreds of Houston Janitors Go On Strike

Jul 11, 2012 - Workers Report Potential Stripping of Healthcare Benefits and Other Misconduct as Harassment From Employers After Standing Up For Living Wage IMPORTANT UPDATES: • Hundreds of Houston janitors, the majority of whom make less than $9,000 annually - walked off the... Read more...

SEIU Launches New Campaign to Counter GOP Effort to Thwart Health Care Law

Jul 10, 2012 - Radio Ads and Mailings Specifically Target Latino Voters WASHINGTON, DC -- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today launched a campaign to inform Latino voters about what they stand to lose if Republican lawmakers have their way and repeal... Read more...

President Obama Leads the Way on Tax Cuts for the 99%

Jul 09, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - After President Obama delivered a speech on the importance of extending tax cuts for middle class families, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "Today, President Obama showed the... Read more...

SEIU's Henry: President Obama Continues to Fight for the American Auto Industry that Mitt Romney Wanted to "Go Bankrupt"

Jul 09, 2012 - Washington, DC - Mary Kay Henry, President of the 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued this statement in response to the Obama administration's filing of a trade case with the World Trade Organization today challenging China's unfair... Read more...

HOUSE MAJORITY PAC AND SEIU PARTNER TO MAKE SUBSTANTIAL FALL TV AD RESERVATIONS

Jul 02, 2012 - HMP and SEIU Partner Reserve Almost $20 Million Covering 38 Television Markets Washington, D.C. - Today, House Majority PAC and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced that they are reserving nearly $20 million of television ad time in 38 markets. The ad... Read more...

Republican Leaders Must Respect Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Affordable Care Act

Jun 28, 2012 - Earlier today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as fully constitutional, including expansion of care to 32 million Americans, a range of consumer protections from insurance company abuses, the creation of competitive marketplaces in states for individuals to purchase lower cost insurance and quality of care improvements. Read more...

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

Jun 28, 2012 - The decision by the US Supreme Court today to uphold the Affordable Care Act as fully constitutional, including expansion of care to 32 million Americans, is a big win for the health of our nation. Read more...

SEIU's Eliseo Medina: "The Court has decided, but on Nov. 6 we will have the final say."

Jun 25, 2012 - Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's SB 1070 Racial Profiling Provision WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the key portion of the anti-immigrant Arizona law SB 1070 - the discriminatory provision that forces law enforcement to request... Read more...

SEIU Congratulates Lee Saunders on Election as AFSCME President

Jun 22, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement after Lee Saunders was elected President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): "On behalf of the members,... Read more...

President Connects with Latino Public Officials After Romney Shows Detachment from Concerns of Hispanic Voters

Jun 22, 2012 - SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina Attends Speeches at NALEO Conference in Florida Lake Buena Vista, FL - Today, President Obama addressed the bipartisan National Association of Latino Local and Elected Officials, and proposed a credible policy agenda that supports the... Read more...

Mitt Romney's Vision for America - Profits First

Jun 22, 2012 - Bain Capital Companies Repeatedly Sent American Jobs Overseas WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement on today's Washington Post story detailing Mitt Romney's role in pioneering the practice of... Read more...

"RAISE Act" Yet Another Assault on Collective Bargaining Rights

Jun 21, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate rejected the "RAISE Act" amendment: "Let's be clear, the 'RAISE Act' amendment aimed to do one thing only -... Read more...

Pension Reform Must Preserve Retirement Security for Hardworking People

Jun 20, 2012 - SEIU VP Eileen Kirlin issued the following statement in response to a new report released this week by the Pew Center on the States that uses data from two years ago to paint an inaccurate picture of the condition of public pension funds. Read more...

At House Hearing, JP Morgan Chief Jamie Dimon Evades Simple Question: Janitor to Dimon: Why Do You Deny the People Cleaning Your Buildings a Living Wage?

Jun 19, 2012 - Rep. Green (D-TX) Raises Plight of Janitors, Says "Too Small to Life Off" WASHINGTON, DC - Earlier today, following JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon's testimony in front of the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Committee regarding his company's... Read more...

SEIU Launches Largest Field Campaign in Union's History for 2012 Election

Jun 19, 2012 - SEIU Members and Volunteers Will Target Communities of Color, Working Families and Union Households to Win Presidential and Down-Ballot Races Washington, DC - The Service Employee's International Union (SEIU), the nation's fastest growing union with 2.1 million members, today is... Read more...

As Congress Questions JP Morgan Chief Jamie Dimon... Janitors Who Clean JP Morgan Chase Offices Challenge's Dimon's Leadership

Jun 18, 2012 - Janitor Will Ask CEO to "Walk a Day in My Shoes" WASHINGTON, DC - Tomorrow, as JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon testifies in front of the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Committee regarding his company's recent massive banking loss,... Read more...

Romney's Extreme Immigration Policies: Out-of-Touch with Hispanic Families

Jun 18, 2012 - In Spanish-Language Ad Campaign, SEIU and Priorities USA Action Blast Mitt Romney's Extreme Immigration Policies WASHINGTON, DC -- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Priorities USA Action today released the second round of television and radio ads in their... Read more...

SEIU Applauds President Obama's Decision For DREAMers

Jun 15, 2012 - Following is a statement from SEIU Secretary Treasurer Eliseo Medina regarding President Obama's announcement today that the administration will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who came to the Unites States as children and have since led law-abiding lives. "Today, President... Read more...

Police Horses Trample Janitors, One Arrested at Peaceful Protest Downtown

Jun 14, 2012 - Hundreds of janitors were joined by allies on Thursday for a peaceful demonstration calling for the end of poverty-wage jobs in Houston. As protestors crossed the street to rally in front of JP Morgan, several of them were trampled by police horses. Read more...

President Obama's Ohio Speech Reinforces His Commitment to Middle Class

Jun 14, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after President Obama's comments at a campaign event today in Ohio: "President Obama's speech today reinforces his belief that the economy grows not... Read more...

In New Spanish-Language Ad Campaign, SEIU and Priorities USA Action Blast Mitt Romney's Devastating Policies for Hispanic Families

Jun 11, 2012 -  Groups Launch One of the Largest-Ever Independent Spanish-language Campaign Efforts   View and Listen to Ads: http://action.seiu.org/page/content/06092012/   WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Priorities USA Action today announced a joint campaign using Mitt Romney's own words to... Read more...

Josh Mandel is Wrong for Ohio's Working Families

Jun 07, 2012 - Josh Mandel is running for U.S. Senate - with plans to make deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare. That will hurt Ohio seniors and people with disabilities. Read more...

SHAME: Senate Republicans Block "Paycheck Fairness Act"

Jun 05, 2012 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following after Senate Republicans blocked the "Paycheck Fairness Act" this afternoon. Read more...

SEIU Members Unanimously Vote to Bargain for Trans-Inclusive Healthcare

May 31, 2012 - Earlier this week, member-delegates at the Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) 25th Convention in Denver passed a resolution calling upon local unions to bargain for trans-inclusive healthcare. Read more...

SEIU Delegates Unanimously Commit to Unprecedented Investment and Coordination with Progressive Allies, Member Mobilization

May 30, 2012 - Earlier today, member delegates at the 25th Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Convention voted to adopt a new strategic vision to confront the growing gap between the rich and everyone else in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, to re-elect President Barack Obama and champions of the 99% everywhere, and to create the conditions to spark a historic organizing surge. Read more...

SEIU Delegates Unanimously Reelect Mary Kay Henry International President

May 29, 2012 - Member-delegates at the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union's 25th Convention today unanimously re-elected Mary Kay Henry International President. Read more...

More Than 2,000 March in Downtown Denver, Demand Wells Fargo Pay Its Fair Share

May 29, 2012 - Thousands of people took to the streets of downtown Denver today to protest Wells Fargo's reckless behavior as America's biggest tax-dodging corporation. Read more...

National Civil Rights and Labor Groups Declare Fight is Not Over in Alabama

May 25, 2012 - As Extremist Legislators and Weak Governor Make HB 56 Even Worse, National Organizations Vow to Keep Fighting Hateful Law **National Civil Rights and Labor Leaders Will Host a Conference Call with Reporters on Wednesday, May 30th, at 9:30 am Central**... Read more...

House Targets Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence

May 17, 2012 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a move that impacts police criminal investigations and endangers immigrant victims of crime and domestic violence, the House of Representatives has removed important protections in the current Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The GOP-controlled House rolled... Read more...

SEIU Members Endorse Candidates Who Support the 99% Agenda for Texas Working Families

May 16, 2012 - Endorsements announced in federal, state and local races across the state Houston - Citing the need to elect leaders who will pursue an agenda of fair taxes, defending vital services and creating good jobs, the working men of women of... Read more...

SEIU on President Obama's Support of Marriage Equality

May 09, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after President Obama announced his support for marriage equality: "Earlier today, President Obama joined a host of faith, civil rights, business and political... Read more...

SEIU: Next Stop, Recall Walker

May 09, 2012 - Milwaukee - Dian Palmer, a nurse for more than 25 years and now President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Wisconsin released the following statement on Tom Barrett's primary victory tonight: "In Scott Walker's drive to destroy the rights... Read more...

Jobs Numbers Underscore Why Pending Budget Vote Is Wrong Priority

May 04, 2012 - It's promising that more workers were able to get back to work in April, support their families and help strengthen our communities. Read more...

SEIU Marching Forward for Justice and Good Jobs on International Labor Day

May 01, 2012 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Thousands of hardworking, taxpaying immigrant workers are participating in marches and rallies in cities across the U.S. today, standing up for the rights of the 99% by calling for good jobs and justice for workers and immigrants.... Read more...

Janitors call for a Renewed Prosperity

May 01, 2012 - Boston, MA- On Tuesday May 1st, property service workers will come together with community allies to march for the 99% across Boston. This May Day is the International Day of Workers, and is particularly special because we honor the hundredth... Read more...

Hitting "Abusive" Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law, SEIU and Allies Lodge Unprecedented NAFTA Complaint

Apr 30, 2012 - MEXICO CITY -- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and a Mexican labor lawyers group today filed a path breaking complaint with Mexico's Department of Labor challenging Alabama's anti-immigrant law HB 56 under the supplemental labor agreement of the North... Read more...

A Victory for Working Families in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District

Apr 25, 2012 - Washington, D.C. - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry joined SEIU Pennsylvania State Council President Gabe Morgan, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania President Neal Bisno and SEIU Local 668 President Kathy Jellison in issuing the following statement... Read more...

SEIU's Eliseo Medina: "States Do Not Have the Right to Legalize Hate" As U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Arizona Law, Voters Will Have the Final Word

Apr 25, 2012 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court must strike down Arizona's racial profiling law, SB 1070, based on Constitutional principles that deny states the right to legalize hate and discrimination, SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina said on Wednesday, as the... Read more...

SEIU's Henry: "TIME's 100 Most Influential People Honors Two Fearless Warriors in the Fight for Social, Economic Justice"

Apr 24, 2012 - SEIU congratulates Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America for the tremendous and deserved honor bestowed upon them by TIME Magazine. Read more...

Senators Beat Back Attack on Workers' Rights

Apr 24, 2012 - Senate Republicans fail to move their anti-union resolution forward; workers will now be better able to exercise their fundamental right to vote in union elections. Read more...

Tax Day 2012: Workers Rally to Call on Rich, Corporations to Pay Their Fair Share

Apr 17, 2012 - Thousands of SEIU members and their allies will rally today, Tax Day, in cities across the country to raise awareness of the gross disparities in the nation's tax code and to demand that policymakers ensure the economy works for everyone, not just for corporations and the richest 1 percent Read more...

Senators Block Buffett Rule, Side With the 1%

Apr 16, 2012 - In voting down the Buffet Rule, 45 Senators chose to allow millionaires to dodge paying their fair share in taxes and 51 chose to side with the rest of us - the 99 percent. Read more...

Mitt Romney Continues His Two-Faced Approach to Voters

Apr 16, 2012 - Overheard from behind closed doors at a closed-door fundraiser, Mitt Romney's comments show who he is truly fighting for. Read more...

California Janitors to March in Silicon Valley to Demand Corporations Sitting on $520 Billion in Cash Stop Holding Back the 99 Percent

Apr 04, 2012 - PALO ALTO & LOS ANGELES, CA - Thousands of janitors are expected to march through Silicon Valley and Century City Thursday afternoon, calling on the wealthiest 1 percent to stop holding back the 99 percent in this country, by sitting... Read more...

Romney Pitches His Tent with Walker, Affirms His Support for the 1%

Apr 04, 2012 - To win the Wisconsin primary, Mitt Romney pitched his tent with Gov. Scott Walker who authored the most anti-worker, anti-middle class legislation in Wisconsin's history. Read more...

NLRB Member Implicated in Ethics Scandal Should Resign, Congress Investigate

Apr 03, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement following reports of unethical conduct by National Labor Relations Board member Terence Flynn: "Findings by the NLRB Inspector General that Board member Terence... Read more...

Labor and Civil Rights Leaders to Hold Press Call from Berlin on Alabama HB56 Following Daimler Shareholder Meeting

Apr 03, 2012 - AFL-CIO, National Council of La Raza and America's Voice Education Fund Washington, DC -On April 4th, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s tragic assassination, labor and civil rights groups will be in Germany at the Daimler shareholder meeting... Read more...

Daimler and its shareholders urged to seek repeal of Alabama's racial profiling law

Apr 02, 2012 - U.S. labor files complaint with United Nations' ILO WASHINGTON, D.C/BERLIN - A delegation representing civil rights and labor leaders will be in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday 4th April, to urge Daimler AG and its shareholders to seek repeal of Alabama's... Read more...

Senate's Refusal to Repeal Oil Subsidies: Oil Barons Win; 99% Lose

Mar 31, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted down the "The Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act:" "Led by Senator Menendez, the Senate had a chance... Read more...

Senator Harkin Offers Plan to Rebuild, Strengthen Middle Class

Mar 30, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after Senator Tom Harkin introduced the "Rebuild America Act" this morning: "On behalf of SEIU's 2.1 million members, I would like to thank... Read more...

Mitt Walker: Failed Walker Ideas + National Romney Platform

Mar 29, 2012 - It is not surprising that Mitt Romney, the presidential candidate for the 1 percent, praised Gov. Scott Walker's attack on our rights and freedom. Read more...

CPC Budget: A Budget for the 99%

Mar 27, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) released "A Budget for All," its FY13 budget proposal, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "This budget proposal shows that members of... Read more...

Day 2: Women to Speak About Obamacare at Tuesday News Conference at U.S. Supreme Court

Mar 26, 2012 - MEDIA ADVISORY for Tuesday, March 27th: Protect My Health Care - Protect the Law Second of Three Daily 8:30 a.m. News Conferences Will Focus on Life-Changing Benefits Being Provided to Millions of Americans Women Will Share Stories About Positive Effects... Read more...

The Affordable Care Act: An Appeal to the Repealers

Mar 23, 2012 - Today, millions of working families across America are saying 'thank you' for the Affordable Care Act. Read more...

A Champion of Change: Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare Congratulates Carmen Morales-Board

Mar 21, 2012 - Dian Palmer, RN, Chair of the Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare, applauds Carmen Morales-Board for being recognized as a Champion of Change by the Obama administration. Read more...

Better Care, Better Lives: Stories of the Affordable Care Act at Work

Mar 21, 2012 - While the House Republican Budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) would privatize Medicare and shift greater healthcare costs to working families and seniors, the Affordable Care Act is achieving its vision of delivering better healthcare to millions of Americans. As the two-year anniversary of the law approaches, the nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers of SEIU share their stories from the front lines of how the law is helping their patients and their families. Read them here. Read more...

House GOP Budget: By the 1%, For the 1%

Mar 20, 2012 - This budget proposal is a giveaway to corporations and the wealthy that will do nothing to aid our economic recovery, but only serve the bottom line of the top 1%. Read more...

SEIU and Civil Rights Leaders Tell Hyundai Shareholders in Korea: Put the Brakes on Hate

Mar 16, 2012 - SEIU, The Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights and National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) urged Hyundai Motor Company shareholders on Friday to live up to their moral and corporate responsibilities and call for repeal of Alabama's racist law, HB 56. Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry on February Jobs Report:

Mar 09, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after the release of the monthly jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicating the economy added 227,000 jobs in February 2012:... Read more...

WPIC Union Offers Prayers for Shooting Victims and Families, Calls for Comprehensive Review of Workplace Violence Hazards

Mar 09, 2012 - Our prayers and thoughts are with all of the victims, their families, and the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic community. Read more...

The Damage is Done: Romney Nose-Dives with Latino Voters

Mar 07, 2012 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina today issued the following statement regarding the Univision News/ABC/Latino Decisions and Fox News Latino polls: "If Mitt Romney is reveling in Super Tuesday results, he should stop. A new Fox News Latino poll... Read more...

Loss of a Champion: SEIU Mourns Rep. Donald Payne

Mar 06, 2012 - After learning of the death of longtime New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released the following statement: Read more...

GOP Presidential Candidates Pose Super Threat to Working People

Mar 06, 2012 - Washington, D.C. - Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement today in reference to Super Tuesday primaries: "While the country watches to see who will emerge the winner tonight, the only thing... Read more...

SEIU's Henry: MD Marriage Victory Sign of Growing Momentum for Equality in this Country

Mar 01, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC - Later today, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley will sign the state's marriage equality legislation, making Maryland the eighth state to grant gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. Ahead of the historic victory, Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) issued the following statement: Read more...

SEIU Healthcare: Americans Will Remember Who Stood Up for Women's Health Care Today

Mar 01, 2012 - Extremists in Congress thought they could silence the voice of working women and men this week. Instead, they ignited a firestorm of voices in support of women’s health and in support of the healthcare law. Read more...

SEIU: We Stand in Solidarity with Hunger Strikers at the University of Virginia University of Virginia Administration Must Take Action Without Delay

Feb 29, 2012 - Valarie Long, Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) issued the following statement in support of students engaged in a hunger strike at the University of Virginia: Read more...

SEIU: Retirement Security Crisis Must Be Addressed For Minority Workers

Feb 22, 2012 - Dr. L. Toni Lewis, geriatrician and Healthcare Chair of the 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement today in response to the University of California Berkeley Labor Center's new report "Black and Latino Retirement (In)Security" revealing minority workers are more likely to live in poverty as retirees: Read more...

Right Wing Republicans Launch Another Attack On Workers' Rights

Feb 16, 2012 - Several Members of Congress have announced their intention to file Resolutions of Disapproval aimed at stopping implementation of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule change impacting union elections. Read more...

SEIU Healthcare: Senator Blunt, Republicans Would Put Businesses, Insurance Companies in Control of Your Healthcare

Feb 14, 2012 - If passed, the Blunt amendment will put businesses and insurance companies in the driver's seat when it comes to the healthcare decisions of Americans. Read more...

President's Budget: Focus on Jobs, Tax Fairness for the 99%

Feb 13, 2012 - The President has proposed a budget that focuses on helping the 99% and creating an economy that Americans both need and deserve. Read more...

SEIU's Henry: Contraception Announcement Right Decision for Women's Health

Feb 10, 2012 - Every American has the right to make personal healthcare decisions with his or her doctor and loved ones. Employers have no place in the doctor's office. Read more...

Massachusetts Working Families Endorse Elizabeth Warren for the People's Seat

Feb 09, 2012 - SEIU members, like hardworking voters all across the state of Massachusetts, want a senator who will put the 99 percent first. Elizabeth Warren will be that senator. Read more...

SEIU's Henry: Obama's Leadership Key Part of Job Growth

Feb 03, 2012 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement about the monthly jobs report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicating the economy added 243,000 jobs in January 2012. Read more...

SEIU: Traditional Pensions, Not Cuts, Help States Save Money

Feb 01, 2012 - A new report makes it clear that despite what extremist, right-wing ideologues might say, modest reforms to traditional pension plans can help save states money--while 401(k) style plans may actually deepen budget deficits. Read more...

SEIU and Priorities USA Action Expand Ad Campaign in Florida and Nevada to Continue to Expose the Two Faces of Mitt Romney

Feb 01, 2012 - Priorities USA Action and SEIU today doubled their efforts to educate voters about the "two-faces" of Mitt Romney and his unbelievably low 13.9 percent tax rate with new Spanish language radio ads in Florida and Nevada. Read more...

SEIU To Congress: Don't Balance The Budget On The Backs Of The 99%, Save The Child Tax Credit For Working Families

Feb 01, 2012 - As right-wing members of Congress propose restricting critical tax credits for children in working low-income families to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut, SEIU is urging Congress to save the Child Tax Credit to prevent millions of families from slipping further into poverty. Read more...

Oregon's Working Families Celebrate Bonamici Victory

Jan 31, 2012 - Members of the two Oregon-based SEIU Locals 503 and 49 are celebrating Democrat Suzanne Bonamici's victory as a decisive indication of public support for worker-friendly candidates and a repudiation of Republican policies that have hurt all but the wealthiest Americans. Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry: "We Will Only Meet the True Promise of America When We Have Each Others' Backs"

Jan 24, 2012 - In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama met the moment by outlining commonsense proposals for an America in the midst of a brutal jobs crisis and the worst income inequality in a generation. Read more...

In New Florida Ad Campaign, SEIU and Priorities USA Action Blast Mitt Romney for Disingenuous, 'Two Faced' Outreach to the Hispanic Community

Jan 24, 2012 - SEIU is launching a joint ad campaign with Priorities USA Action to highlight the two faces of Mitt Romney--including his insincere and disingenuous outreach strategy to Hispanic voters. Read more...

What Florida Voters Should Know About the GOP Frontrunners

Jan 23, 2012 - Washington, D.C. - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following five key points of the Republican presidential candidates that Florida voters should know casting their vote: Campaigning in a state with an unemployment rate of almost 10 percent,... Read more...

The Two Faces of Mitt

Jan 16, 2012 - "I must say that I am absolutely amazed that, when it comes to Latinos, how culturally tone deaf, divisive and strategically challenged the Romney campaign is." Read more...

SEIU Applauds Appointment of Cecilia Munoz to Domestic Policy Advisor

Jan 10, 2012 - SEIU applauds the appointment of Cecilia Munoz as President Obama's Domestic Policy advisor. Munoz will direct the Domestic Policy Council, which coordinates the administration's policy-making process on issues that are critical to workers, families and communities of color. Read more...

SEIU Applauds Administration's Efforts to Cut Red-Tape and Keep Families Together

Jan 06, 2012 - SEIU applauds today's announcement by the Obama Administration to knock down bureaucratic obstacles for U.S. citizens who currently face hardship because their spouses cannot remain in the country legally. Read more...

SEIU: Jobs Report: Good News, But We Can and Must Do Better

Jan 06, 2012 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement in response to the jobs report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the economy added 200,000 jobs in December 2011 Read more...

In New South Carolina Ad, Mitt Romney Continues Familiar Attack on Agency That Protects Working People

Jan 05, 2012 - Mitt Romney went on a familiar attack against the 99 percent, unleashing a new ad attacking the NLRB - the nation's only agency designed to protect working people. Read more...

President Obama Stands Up for Working People with NLRB Appointments

Jan 04, 2012 - President Obama made the right decision for working people today by appointing new members to the NLRB. Read more...

Despite Eking Out a Victory in Iowa, Presidential Wannabe Romney Oblivious to Challenges of Middle Class Families

Jan 04, 2012 - The Iowa caucuses are a reminder that Romney and candidates for the Republican presidential nomination are oblivious to the challenges facing working and middle-class families. Read more...

NLRB Fair Elections Rule Will Help Protect Workers' Right to Vote

Dec 21, 2011 - The new NLRB election procedures will help ensure that workers are able to exercise a fundamental right we hold dear in our country - the right to vote. Read more...

Cold Hearted Extremism: Unemployed Americans Left Out in the Cold

Dec 20, 2011 - Right-wing House Republicans' refusal to compromise on a bill that would extend federal unemployment insurance benefits is a cold hearted political maneuver that illustrates just how little they care about Americans looking for work. Read more...

House GOP Extremists: No Compassion for Unemployed Americans

Dec 19, 2011 - Republican extremists in the House are leaving unemployed Americans in a situation of desperate uncertainty... Read more...

SEIU's Henry: Today, Homecare Workers Truly Are Invisible No More.

Dec 15, 2011 - President Obama and Secretary of Labor Solis today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor will move forward to amend regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to include the nearly 2 million homecare workers who are currently excluded... Read more...

Statement by L. Toni Lewis, MD: Repealing Healthcare Would Endanger the Lives of 2.5 Million Young Adults

Dec 15, 2011 - Washington, DC – L. Toni Lewis, MD, Chair of SEIU Healthcare issued the following statement today in response to a new data from the Department of Health and Human Services that shows that the Affordable Healthcare Act extended insurance to... Read more...

GOP Iowa Debate: Candidates Prefer Postville-style Immigration Enforcement

Dec 12, 2011 - When asked about immigration, the answer -- or lack of them -- given by three of the six Republican Presidential candidates espoused deportation-style enforcement for most of the 11 million undocumented residents now in the U.S. Read more...

SEIU Still Proudly Endorses President Obama In 2012

Dec 07, 2011 - Washington, D.C. - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released the following statement about a fake press release purporting that SEIU had pulled the endorsement of President Obama made by SEIU members on November 16: "We stand by our endorsement... Read more...

SEIU: Jobs Report Good Step Forward, Republicans Must Stop Blocking Efforts to Put Millions Back to Work

Dec 02, 2011 - The November 2011 jobs report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the first significant drop in the unemployment rate since March 2009. Read more...

Inexplicable: House Passes Yet Another Anti-Worker Bill

Dec 01, 2011 - The House of Representatives passed the anti-worker "Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act" today, an absurd piece of legislation that illustrates just how tone deaf some Members of Congress are to the jobs emergency in our country. Read more...

Super-Committee: Democrats Stand Up for Working People, Republicans Side with Corporations and Millionaires

Nov 21, 2011 - Democrats on the Super-Committee stood their ground and prevented devastating cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and other programs that millions of Americans rely on. Republicans stood their ground on insisting that tax giveaways be given to the top 1% instead of offering serious proposals that would require true shared sacrifice. Read more...

Local 615 Janitors Overwhelmingly Vote To Support Ratification Of Contract Agreement With Harvard University

Nov 21, 2011 - Harvard University Contracted and Direct janitors overwhelmingly ratified a five-year contract with Harvard University that raises wages, keeps health care affordable, increases opportunity for full-time work, and provides ALL contracted workers at Harvard with same benefits as direct employees. Read more...

2.1 Million SEIU Members Endorse President Obama In 2012

Nov 16, 2011 - The 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) voted to endorse President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. Read more...

2.1 Millones de Afiliados de SEIU Respaldan al Presidente Obama para el 2012

Nov 16, 2011 - Trabajadores están dispuestos a luchar por una visión de Estados Unidos que incluya una clase media fuerte y un futuro mejor para todos WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mientras un pálido crecimiento del empleo asola a las familias trabajadoras por todo el... Read more...

SEIU Members Continue to Stand With Occupy Protesters

Nov 15, 2011 - SEIU continues to stand with the Occupy protesters and we agree that try as some might, you can't evict an idea whose time has come. Read more...

SEIU's Henry: Honor Veterans By Creating Good Jobs

Nov 11, 2011 - There is no better way to thank our veterans than to ensure that they have access to good jobs that support their families when they return home. Read more...

SEIU's Medina: Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce's Defeat is a Victory Against Extremism

Nov 09, 2011 - On Tuesday, November 8th, voters also told AZ state Senator Russell Pearce, 'Stop. Enough.' Arizona's chief anti-immigrant messenger was defeated and Latino voters helped turn the tide. Read more...

In a decisive defeat of Issue 2, Ohio's Working People Stand For a Strong Middle Class and Against Destructive Partisan Politics -- and Win

Nov 08, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC -- The 2.1 million members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) stand in solidarity with the citizens of Ohio, including SEIU members in the state and the more than 300,000 nurses, firefighters, police officers and other public... Read more...

SEIU's Medina: What Would President Reagan Think Today?

Nov 08, 2011 - Washington, D.C. - This week marks the 25th anniversary of President Reagan's Immigration Reform and Control Act, which allowed almost 2.7 million undocumented immigrants to legalize their status. Reagan's policy was based on his appreciation that ours is a land... Read more...

SEIU Statement on October Jobs Report

Nov 04, 2011 - ‘American people were forced to suffer through another month of dismal job growth because right-wing Republicans and the top 1% continue to block every effort to put America back to work,’ says SEIU’s Henry WASHINGTON, DC- Service Employees International Union... Read more...

Senate Infrastructure Jobs Vote: Millionaires Win Again

Nov 03, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC - Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate failed to break a filibuster which prevented the "Rebuild America Jobs Act" from coming up for an up... Read more...

SEIU: U.S. Department of Justice Rightly Challenges South Carolina Immigration Law

Oct 31, 2011 - The federal government must step in and attempt to block South Carolina's erroneous immigration control law that violates the U.S. Constitution. States may not create their own immigration policy. Read more...

Responding to Governor Jerry Brown's Pension Proposals, State Employee Organizations Say It's Time to Talk about Retirement Security for All Californians

Oct 27, 2011 - Yvonne Walker, President of Service Employees International Union Local 1000, and Jon Hamm, Executive Officer of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen have long advocated for reforms that ensure sustainable public pension plans. Public employee unions have negotiated reforms that have saved the taxpayers nearly $600 million in the past two years alone. We believe it's time for a new conversation about retirement security for all Californians, especially as California and the nation struggle to untangle the mess caused by Wall Street's financial malpractice. Read more...

House Committee Continues Attacks on Workers' Rights

Oct 26, 2011 - Representative Kline's so-called "Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act" does absolutely nothing to create jobs for the 14 million Americans looking for work. Instead, it attacks workers who seek to exercise their legally protected right to join together on the job. Read more...

GOP Presidential Candidates Miss Another Opportunity to Detail Plans to Fix Economy Through Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Oct 19, 2011 - Washington, D.C. - - Eliseo Medina, Secretary Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released the following statement on behalf of the union’s 2.1 million nurses, janitors, home health care workers and other members: “Last night, during the Republican... Read more...

Remarks of SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry: March and Rally for Jobs & Justice

Oct 17, 2011 - October 15, 2011As Prepared for Delivery It is an honor to be here today as we celebrate the legacy of a man whose words moved people, whose vision inspired a generation and whose leadership transformed America. I am proud to... Read more...

Additional Cuts to Medicaid Would Further Endanger African Americans and Latinos Battling Chronic Disease

Oct 13, 2011 - A new report signals how additional cuts to Medicaid would further endanger African Americans and Latinos battling chronic disease. Read more...

Comunicado de SEIU: Recortes adicionales a Medicaid podrían poner en mayor peligro a afroamericanos y latinos con enfermedades crónicas

Oct 13, 2011 - Washington, DC— La Dra. L. Toni Lewis, presidente de salud de Service Employees International Union (SEIU) emitió el siguiente comunicado, tras el lanzamiento de un nuevo informe que detalla cómo los servicios de salud financiados por Medicaid son esenciales para... Read more...

SHAME: Senators Have No Excuse for Blocking Jobs Bill

Oct 11, 2011 - Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after the American Jobs Act failed to receive the 60 votes necessary to proceed with an up or down vote in the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU And The Foreign Ministry Of Guatemala Sign First-Of-Its-Kind Civil Rights Agreement

Oct 11, 2011 - SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry signed a historic memorandum of understanding Monday with Guatemalan Foreign Minister Haroldo Rodas Melgar. Read more...

SEIU: Additional Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid Threaten Job Growth

Oct 07, 2011 - Today's job numbers should call into serious question the Republican obsession with cutting Medicare and Medicaid. Read more...

SEIU on Latest Jobs Numbers:
Pass American Jobs Act Now

Oct 07, 2011 - Washington, D.C.—Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement in response to the latest jobs report: “Today’s jobs numbers are yet another painful reminder to the 25 million Americans looking for full-time work that... Read more...

SEIU's Statement to Americans Occupying Wall Street

Oct 05, 2011 - 'We've Got Your Back, We Will Join You in the Streets, and We Will Not Let Up Until We Bring Good Jobs Back to Our Communities' Washington, D.C.--Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry released the following... Read more...

President Obama Leads on Jobs, Republican Leaders Must Not Stop Progress

Oct 04, 2011 - The American Jobs Act will put people back to work immediately, and should be strengthened down the road by putting more revenue on the table, requiring corporations pay their fair share and letting Bush-era tax giveaways expire. Read more...

SEIU Members Endorse Three Congressional Challengers in Colorado

Sep 30, 2011 - Endorsements for Sal Pace in District 3, Brandon Shaffer in District 4 and Joe Miklosi in District 6 Denver – Citing their backwards priorities and votes for Rep. Paul Ryan’s extremist budget proposal, which are hurting the middle class the... Read more...

Justice Temporarily Denied in Alabama

Sep 28, 2011 - SEIU will continue to challenge the Alabama law because it is illegal and it is a gross attack against basic civil rights and our core values as a nation. Read more...

Spanish-Language Media Campaign Highlights Hypocrisy of GOP Jobs and Immigration Bill

Sep 27, 2011 - As House Republican leaders weigh the timing for a floor vote on a flawed mandatory E-Verify bill, SEIU and the America's Voice Education Fund launched a five-figure Spanish-language media campaign to educate constituents about the pending legislation. Read more...

E-Verify Passes House Judiciary Committee, But Exposes GOP's Flawed Logic

Sep 22, 2011 - After the House Judiciary Committee passed the H.R. 2885, the Legal Workforce Act, SEIU’s International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina issued the following statement: “Lamar Smith (R-TX) and anti-immigrant Republicans should not be quick to claim victory with yesterday’s passage of their... Read more...

It's Time for Corporations and the Rich to Pay Their Fair Share to Revive America

Sep 19, 2011 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after President Obama released his deficit reduction proposal. Read more...

Heinrich Earns Support of New Mexico Resident Physicians

Sep 19, 2011 - CIR/SEIU Members Endorse Rep. Martin Heinrich for Senate Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico members of the Service Employees International Union’s Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) announce their unanimous endorsement of Representative Martin Heinrich for the U.S. Senate. “We are... Read more...

"Outsourcers' Bill of Rights" Would Kill American Jobs

Sep 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the “Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act”: “The bill passed by the House today would make... Read more...

SEIU and Sodexo Reach Amicable Settlement

Sep 15, 2011 - The 2.1 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Sodexo, the world's 21st largest employer, have reached an amicable settlement of their differences. Under this settlement, SEIU and Sodexo have affirmed their mutual commitment to the rights of Sodexo employees to make free and informed choices about unionization. Read more...

Instead of Growing Jobs, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith Advances Jobs Killing Plan

Sep 14, 2011 - On the eve of the House Judiciary Committee's consideration of mandatory E-Verify and "guest worker" bills, SEIU's Eliseo Medina issued the following statement. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Workers, Community Leaders and Business Owners Say 'No' to Mandatory E-Verify

Sep 13, 2011 - Just ahead of the House Judiciary Committee's markup of a mandatory E-Verify bill, small business owners, community leaders, and workers will unite on Wednesday, September 14 to speak out against Congressional proposals... Read more...

Mitt Romney Continues His Attack on Working People

Sep 12, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) issued the following statement in response to Mitt Romney’s speech curtailing the basic rights of workers: “As millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans search for work or try to hold on to... Read more...

Statement on September 11, 2001 Anniversary from Mary Kay Henry, International President of the SEIU

Sep 09, 2011 - On September11, 2001, 62 members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) perished when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. Ahead of the 10th anniversary of this national tragedy, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement. Read more...

President Obama Leads on Jobs: Now It's Up To Republicans To Stop Blocking Recovery

Sep 08, 2011 - Tonight, President Obama displayed the leadership America needs by laying out a strong agenda to get America back to work. Now, it's in Congress's hands. Read more...

SEIU: Congressional Hearings on Prejudiced Voter ID Laws Long Overdue

Sep 07, 2011 - Restrictive voting laws to keep women and people of color, especially African Americans and Latinos, from the ballot box are unacceptable in any form. Read more...

SEIU: Alabama Law Threatens Justice Everywhere

Sep 01, 2011 - We call on Gov. Bentley and the Alabama state Legislature to repeal HB56. Not only is this law illegal, it is a gross attack against basic civil rights and our core values as a nation, and it must be stopped. Read more...

SEIU's Henry: Women's Equality Day a Reminder that Equality is Never Optional, Always Necessary

Aug 26, 2011 - “Ninety-one years ago today, American women won the right to vote in a victory that brought our country one step closer to equality. Universal suffrage opened the door to equality that reshaped America. These courageous women set the precedent for female scientists to explore the next frontiers of medicine and female astronauts to explore the last frontiers of our universe. The success of women in business, politics, healthcare and education today has its roots in the willingness of a few bold and brave women to stand up for what they believed in more than nine decades ago. Read more...

SEIU Lauds New DHS Focus On Serious Criminals

Aug 18, 2011 - Finally, the administration is responding to our concerns about the Secure Communities program. Read more...

"Supercommittee" Selections Not As Important as the Work They Must Do

Aug 11, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC – Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement after both parties announced their selections to serve on the “supercommittee” that is charged with finding $1.5 trillion in budget cuts: “Which... Read more...

Nurses, Janitors, Child Care Providers and other SEIU Members Launch Paid Media Calling on Republican Leaders to Focus on Job Creation

Aug 11, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to refocus Republican lawmakers on the need for job creation, the 2.1 million nurses, janitors, security officers, child care providers and other members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today unveiled a 7-figure... Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry on Jobs Report: We Can and Must Do Better

Aug 05, 2011 - Washington, D.C.—SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement in response to the latest jobs report showing the economy added only 117,000 jobs in July: “As another month of dismal job growth passes and worldwide market panic intensifies,... Read more...

SEIU Statement on the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against Alabama's immigration law, H.B. 56

Aug 02, 2011 - SEIU commends the U.S. Department of Justice's strong stand against Alabama's radical immigration law by filing a lawsuit challenging its validity. Read more...

No More Raw Deals: Working People Need Leaders to Lead Now

Aug 01, 2011 - Mary Kay Henry, President of SEIU, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Budget Control Act of 2011: "The expected debt ceiling agreement is a raw deal for working people and the 30 million Americans who are still looking for work. This morally wrong legislation does nothing to help working families and does not end the threat to the millions of children and seniors who rely on Medicaid and Medicare for their healthcare or the workers who care for them... Read more...

Speaker Boehner Wasting Valuable Time, Ignoring American People

Jul 29, 2011 - Speaker Boehner's bill would have led to massive cutbacks to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, shredding the social safety net that millions of Americans rely on. Read more...

TV Ads Launched in 8 States: "If the Social Security Checks, Veterans' Benefits, Military Pay Americans Are Counting On Don't Arrive After August 2, Thank Republicans in Congress"

Jul 29, 2011 - Sen. Dean Heller, 7 GOP U.S. Reps. Implored: Stop Threatening Default and Holding the Interests of Ordinary Americans Hostage to Protect Tax Breaks for Millionaires, Oil Companies and Corporate Jet Owners Ads providing air support for the thousands of Americans... Read more...

In a New Low, House Republicans Try to Strip Humanitarian Relief

Jul 28, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In a new display of twisted logic by Republicans on Capitol Hill, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Tx., and Sen. David Vitter, R-La., are pushing legislation that would strip some administrative powers away from President Obama,... Read more...

Compromise or Default - Time for Scott Brown to Pick What Road He Is Driving Down

Jul 28, 2011 - Senator Brown has failed to show any leadership or decisiveness in the debt ceiling crisis. Read more...

SEIU: Close Wealth Gaps with Good Jobs.

Jul 26, 2011 - Mary Kay Henry's statement on a newly released Pew Research Center report about the growing wealth gap for minorities. Read more...

SEIU Urges President Obama to Stay Focused on the Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

Jul 25, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- During remarks at the National Council of La Raza’s annual conference, President Obama outlined his continuing outreach to Hispanics, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing minority, and renewed his commitment to push for comprehensive immigration reform. Following the... Read more...

New TV ad Hits Airwaves in 4 U.S. House Districts: Republicans in Congress are Recklessly Risking Defaulting on Our Nation's Debt and Driving The Economy Off The Cliff

Jul 21, 2011 - Ad: U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy (WI-7), Dave Camp (MI-4), Chip Cravaack (MN-8), Richard Hanna (NY-24) Are Willing to Risk American Jobs to Protect Tax Breaks for Millionaires, Big Oil Companies and Corporate Jets Click Below to View Each Version of... Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry: We Cannot Ignore Reality that Wal-Mart is America's Chief Corporate Poverty Creator

Jul 20, 2011 - (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Statement of SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry on the White House event recognizing retailers expanding their business in underserved areas. Wal-Mart is among the attendees. "As the nation's largest union of healthcare workers and as educators,... Read more...

"Gang of Six" Proposal Falls Short, Cuts Would Hurt Our Most Vulnerable

Jul 20, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement regarding the “Gang of Six” deficit reduction proposal released yesterday: “We have serious concerns about the potential impact of the ‘Gang of... Read more...

SEIU: Congress Votes To Subcontract Their Own Jobs

Jul 19, 2011 - Tonight's job-killing balanced budget amendment allows Republicans to further dodge their responsibilities while putting the American Dream farther out of reach for future generations. Read more...

Statement by L. Toni Lewis, MD: Medicaid: A Lifeline for Latino Children and Seniors That Must Be Protected

Jul 19, 2011 - Washington, DC – L. Toni Lewis, MD, Chair of SEIU Healthcare, issued this statement today in response to a comprehensive report by the National Council of La Raza and Families USA examining Medicaid as an essential and effective source of... Read more...

NLRB Hearing Exposes Corporate Attacks on Workers' Rights

Jul 18, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held its first day of hearings about a proposed rule that would potentially remove frivolous litigation and delays in union elections, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: Read more...

SEIU: Prioritize the Middle Class in Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Jul 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement on the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations between Congress and the White House: “Another week has passed and America is no closer... Read more...

SEIU to Right Wing Politicians: Enough with the Distractions. We Need Jobs.

Jul 08, 2011 - In response to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the need to address the growing job crisis for African American workers... Read more...

SEIU Statement on Debt Ceiling Negotiations

Jul 08, 2011 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement on the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations between Congress and the White House: “Today’s disappointing jobs report is proof that Congressional Republicans' plan... Read more...

SEIU's Medina to Congress: Enough with the Distractions. Americans Need Jobs Now.

Jul 08, 2011 - En españolMedina de SEIU a Congreso: Suficiente con las Distracciones. Los Americanos Necesitan Trabajos Ahora.Washington, DC – In response to the alarming unemployment rates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina issued the... Read more...

Medina de SEIU a Congreso: Suficiente con las Distracciones. Los Americanos Necesitan Trabajos Ahora.

Jul 08, 2011 - In englishSEIU's Medina to Congress: Enough with the Distractions. Americans Need Jobs NowWashington, DC – En respuesta a los alarmantes números de desempleo emitido hoy por la Oficina de Estadística Laboral, el Secretario Tesorero Internacional de SEIU Eliseo Medina emitió... Read more...

SEIU: "Workforce" Committee Should Focus On Creating Good Jobs

Jul 07, 2011 - After Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, held a hearing on a National Labor Relations Board proposed rule that would modernize the process by which workers can vote to form a union, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) issued the following statement Read more...

Sixth Circuit Ruling a Tremendous Victory for the Health of Seniors, Working Families and Future Generations

Jun 29, 2011 - Statement from SEIU Healthcare Chair L. Toni Lewis, MD, in response to today's ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court upholding the individual responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Read more...

It Is Time To Turn DREAM Into Reality

Jun 28, 2011 - Today is a historic day, as the Senate Immigration Subcommittee held its first-ever hearing on the DREAM Act. Read more...

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Anti-Hispanic Agenda Goes Down

Jun 28, 2011 - The Texas Senate adjourned today without a final vote on "Sanctuary Cities" legislation that was one of Gov. Rick Perry's "emergency" items at the start of the year. Read more...

SEIU's Henry: "NY Marriage Vote a Victory for Anyone Who Counts Equality Among the Basic Tenets of a Free and Just America"

Jun 25, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC - Following the New York State legislatures' historic passage of marriage equality last night, Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) issued the following statement: "Last night's vote was not just a victory... Read more...

It's Time to Make Homecare Jobs Good Jobs

Jun 23, 2011 - Why SEIU supports of the Direct Care Job Quality Improvement Act and the revision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to include all homecare workers. Read more...

SEIU: HELP Committee Hearing on the Middle Class Highlights Need for Job Creation

Jun 23, 2011 - Statement released by Mary Kay Henry following the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on the state of the middle class. Read more...

Senate Democrats Offer Real Remedies, not Band-Aids, for Immigration Reform

Jun 22, 2011 - A bill that would help grow the economy and bring order to the dysfunctional immigration system was introduced today by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., along with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Read more...

SEIU: NLRB Rule a Positive Step for Workers

Jun 21, 2011 - SEIU's statement in reaction to the National Labor Relations Board's proposed rule that would potentially remove some frivolous litigation in union elections. Read more...

SEIU President Henry: It's Time Corporations Play by the Same Rules as the Rest of Us

Jun 20, 2011 - Washington, D.C.--SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Wal-Mart in Dukes vs. Wal-Mart: “Today’s decision demonstrates yet again that there are two sets of rules in this country: one... Read more...

U.S. Hispanic Chamber Agrees Mandatory E-Verify Is Bad For The Economy

Jun 17, 2011 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce threw small businesses under the bus. Read more...

Janitors To Mark 21st "Justice for Janitors Day" With Protests Against Unfair Economy In 15 U.S. Cities

Jun 13, 2011 - Janitors across the country this week will mark the 21st Annual Justice for Janitors Day by protesting an economy that many consider unbalanced, unjust, and unfair. Read more...

SEIU President Henry: McKinsey Institute Moves Jobs Debate Forward, But Americans Need Immediate Action to Create Jobs

Jun 10, 2011 - SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement on the McKinsey Global Institute’s report released today “An Economy That Works: Job Creation and America’s Future.” “We applaud the McKinsey Global Institute for calling attention to the enormous jobs crisis we face and for moving the debate forward about how we create good jobs over the long term. With 30 million Americans still looking for full-time work, we need jobs now. “America can accomplish great things when we put our minds to it. It's time for us all to step up and do our part--we need the private sector to reinvest in jobs that will rebuild our communities, we need banks to start lending to the small businesses that line Main Street, and above all, we need to take a leap of faith in the American value of hard work." Read more...

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick says 'NO' to secure communities deportation program

Jun 08, 2011 - Washington, DC — Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently joined a growing list of governors who have suspended their state’s participation in Secure Communities, an immigrant deportation program. As is, the program does not live up to its name, and in... Read more...

SEIU Challenges Georgia's New Racial Profiling Law

Jun 07, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC – SEIU is a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Georgia’s new “show me your papers” law. Georgia’s “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act” or HB 87, is an Arizona SB1070 copycat legislation that would authorize local police officers... Read more...

SEIU's Medina to Hazleton, PA Officials: The Fight is Far From Over

Jun 07, 2011 - Washington, DC – The Supreme Court ordered a federal appeals court today to reconsider its September 2010 decision to block an anti-immigrant city ordinance in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The Third US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law, which... Read more...

SEIU: The Bush Tax Cuts' 10th Anniversary Not Worth Celebrating

Jun 07, 2011 - Ten years ago, President George W. Bush signed into law massive tax giveaways for millionaires who popped champagne corks across the country to celebrate their new windfall. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY: "Walkerville" Tent City to be Erected in Protest of Walker's Budget that Steamrolls Kids, Families and Seniors

Jun 04, 2011 - Hundreds of Wisconsinites will gather outside the capitol building in a makeshift tent city with the purpose of bearing witness to Republican's reckless action to crush education, healthcare and programs for senior citizens. Read more...

SEIU's Medina Lauds Reversal of English-only Law

Jun 02, 2011 - The Town Council in Jackson, N.Y.'s policy reversal should serve as a stern reminder to other communities across the nation that have or are considering English-only laws, that such policies are unconstitutional and discriminatory. Read more...

SEIU's Medina: "Business Death Penalty" Wrongly Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

May 26, 2011 - SEIU's Eliseo Medina made the following statement today following the United States Supreme Court's narrow ruling in favor of Arizona's so-called "Business Death Penalty" law that strips business licenses away from employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers. Read more...

Senate Rejects Ryancare

May 25, 2011 - The U.S. Senate's voting down of the House Republican budget proposal is another indication that any budget that guts Medicare and Medicaid is unacceptable to the American people. Read more...

SEIU's Medina: DREAMers Have Not Given Up and Neither Should Congress

May 11, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC -- SEIU applauds the introduction of the DREAM Act by Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) and more than 30 senators, and also in the House where a bipartisan bill has been offered by Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif.... Read more...

SEIU's Medina: President Obama Boldly Moves Towards Immigration Reform

May 10, 2011 - By keeping attention on the issue and uniting divergent interests from across the political spectrum, President Obama is challenging the nation to set aside divisive politics and find real solutions. Congress needs to listen. Read more...

Fortune 500 Corporations Have a Responsibility to Use Profits to Put Americans Back to Work, Invest in America

May 05, 2011 - Washington, D.C.--SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement in response to a new report detailing that America's 500 largest corporations saw their profits skyrocket by 81 percent last year. The news comes as the Department of Labor... Read more...

Arizona Got It Wrong But America Can Still Get It Right

Apr 21, 2011 - Arizona ignited a destructive national debate over immigration when SB 1070 was signed into law a year ago. But other states and the public are realizing that Arizona got it wrong. Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, issued the following statement on the growing push for federal comprehensive immigration solutions. Read more...

SEIU's Medina: We Are Ready For Reform, But Where Are The Republicans?

Apr 19, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama pushed a broad spectrum of labor, business and community leaders to re-engage in the fight for comprehensive immigration solutions. Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, issued the following statement: “SEIU appreciates... Read more...

Vote on Extreme House Republicans' Budget Shows Who Stands With Working Families

Apr 15, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC - After the House of Representatives passed the Republican budget resolution, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement: "While the outcome of today's vote is not a surprise, it is... Read more...

SEIU: President Obama Right to Call for Tax Fairness, Shared Sacrifice, Protecting and Preserving Medicare, Medicaid

Apr 13, 2011 - SEIU's Mary Kay Henry on President Obama's deficit reduction speech: "We look forward to seeing more detail about the President's plan to preserve the essential values of Medicare and Medicaid without overburdening the states." Read more...

SEIU: Extremist Republicans' Attack on Women, Planned Parenthood Could Put Lives at Risk

Apr 12, 2011 - Planned Parenthood is an essential part of our nation's healthcare system, yet a handful of ideologically-driven Members of Congress want to prevent millions of American women from receiving life-saving healthcare. Read more...

Appeals Court Confirms Arizona Got It Wrong

Apr 11, 2011 - In the wake of U.S. appeals court ruling upholding a preliminary injunction against key provisions of Arizona's SB 1070, Eliseo Medina issued a the following statement: "Arizona got it wrong when it passed SB 1070." Read more...

U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: No Guarantees for an End to Violence Against Union Leaders

Apr 08, 2011 - As the Obama Administration signaled its intent to send the U.S.-Columbia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to Congress for ratification, Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement... Read more...

Revelation by Waukesha Republican Official with Known Credibility Issues is Questionable & Eerily Familiar to Previous GOP Efforts to Disenfranchise Voters, Re-Write History

Apr 08, 2011 - A recent revelation by Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus of thousands of votes supposedly cast for her former boss - Justice David Prosser - does not pass the smell test. Read more...

SEIU's Medina: Reckless Behavior by ICE Officers Must Stop Immediately

Apr 07, 2011 - As the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) probes the reckless, warrantless stop and arrest of parents at a Detroit School last week, SEIU's Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina issued a statement. Read more...

SEIU District 1199 Endorses Rick Thompson For West Virginia Governor

Apr 05, 2011 - House Speaker Rick Thompson picked up the endorsement of almost 10,000 hardworking men and women today when he joined members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH at their Huntington office. Read more...

Paul Ryan's Budget: A Blatant Attack on Seniors, Children, Our National Values

Apr 05, 2011 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry: "Chairman Ryan's slash and burn budget proposal is not a budget at all. It is an all out assault on children, seniors and the disabled." Read more...

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry Joins Faith, Progressive Leaders In Prayer Fast to Protest Extreme Budget Cuts

Apr 01, 2011 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry is joining a diverse group of eight faith and progressive leaders in a prayer fast to call attention to proposed federal budget cuts impacting the most vulnerable Americans. Read more...

The Affordable Care Act: One Family at Time, America is Moving Forward

Mar 23, 2011 - One year after Congress passed and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in into law, Mary Kay Henry, President of SEIU issued the following statement: "Twelve months ago, our country took an enormous step forward with the passage of the Affordable Care Act...." Read more...

New UCLA Nurse Staffing Study is a Game Changer in Measuring Safe Patient Staffing Standards in Hospitals

Mar 18, 2011 - "Below-target" nursing shifts and increased workloads signal greater risk of mortality for patients Washington, DC -- Dian Palmer, RN, President of the Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare released this statement today with regard to the findings reported in the New... Read more...

New Poll Shows Widespread Public Concern Over Patient Health Risks at U.S. Hospitals

Mar 11, 2011 - the Partnership for Quality Care (PQC) - a national coalition of health care providers and health care workers dedicated to quality health care for all Americans - released the results of a new national public opinion survey that shows deep concern about the risks to patients receiving medical care at U.S. hospitals. Read more...

SEIU's Henry: Walker's Desperate Manuever Proves This Was Never About the Budget, May Have Illegally Denied Wisconsinites a Voice in the Process

Mar 10, 2011 - Washington, D.C.--SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement in response to tonight's vote in the Wisconsin Senate on the Substitute Amendment to Special Session Assembly Bill 11 to strip public employees of their voice at work: "Tonight,... Read more...

Politicians Need to Focus on Jobs, Not Rewards for Rich Campaign Contributors

Mar 09, 2011 - Americans Soundly Reject Attacks on the Middle Class Washington, D.C.--SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement in response to the introduction of the so-called "National Right to Work Act" by anti-middle class and anti-worker U.S. Senators: "Make... Read more...

SEIU'S Medina: Utah Immigration Bill Well-Intentioned, But Wrong: Dangerous for Workers

Mar 09, 2011 - While an effort by Utah's legislature to fix the system stemmed from a well-intentioned attempt by Governor Herbert to find solutions instead of engaging in divisive political pandering, the final legislation failed to deliver a comprehensive, balanced solution. Read more...

Daily Kos and SEIU Announce New Polling Partnership

Mar 08, 2011 - Washington, D.C. - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and progressive political community Daily Kos announced a new polling partnership that will run through the 2012 election cycle.

Starting today, Daily Kos' weekly poll is now the Daily Kos/SEIU Weekly State of the Nation Poll by Public Policy Polling. Visitors to www.dailykos.com will find the site wrapped with SEIU ads to announce the partnership between the two organizations. The organizations will conduct joint issue and horserace polling around national issues and in key electoral states and races. Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry: Today's Federal Ruling on Affordable Care Act Means Real Relief, Less Confusion for Working Families

Mar 03, 2011 - Mary Kay Henry's statement in response to Judge Roger Vinson's ruling that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act can move forward while the Department of Justice appeals his earlier decision finding the Act to be unconstitutional. Read more...

SEIU: House CR Is Disastrous for Our Economic Recovery and Our Communities

Feb 19, 2011 - Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement upon passage of H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act 2011. Read more...

Saving Public Libraries from the Privatization Beast

Feb 18, 2011 - SEIU has launched the PrivatizationBeast.org campaign to support local community efforts to preserve quality public library services. Read more...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Law Firm Linked to "Dirty Tricks"

Feb 17, 2011 - Server logs and leaked emails reveal that employees at Hunton & Williams, the principal law firm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spent 20 hours on SEIU websites last November while partners from the firm were working with private security firms on an illegal "dirty tricks" campaign aimed at undermining the credibility of the Chamber's political opponents, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Read more...

New SEIU Analysis Reveals Questionable Medicare Billing Continues at Skilled Nursing Facilities

Feb 14, 2011 - Top Provider HCR Manor Care May Have Been Paid Nearly $260 Million Above Expected in 2009 View the report (PDF) New research from the nation's largest union of long term care workers shows that fraudulent Medicare billing spotlighted in a... Read more...

SEIU: "Mandatory E-Verify is a Jobs Killer"

Feb 10, 2011 - As anti-immigrant Republicans push another government mandate that would harm U.S. workers, SEIU's Eliseo Medina issued the following statement: "Mandatory E-Verify is the wrong solution at the wrong time." Read more...

President Obama's "Better Buildings Initiative" Paves the Way to Good Jobs of the Future

Feb 08, 2011 - "Together we can put America back to work, save businesses money, and train our workforce for tomorrow's clean energy jobs--all while helping to save our planet." Read more...

Senate Vote to Repeal the Affordable Care Act: Republicans Wasting Time, Ignoring Jobs Emergency

Feb 02, 2011 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement in response to the defeat of a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate aimed at taking away the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry on Florida Federal Court Ruling: History Shows That Healthcare Law Will Prevail

Jan 31, 2011 - SEIU's Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement today in response to the ruling by a Florida federal district court which struck down the Affordable Care Act. Read more...

SEIU: Gutting Public Financing Would Put Special Interest Donors in Charge

Jan 26, 2011 - Washington, D.C. - Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) issued this statement today in response to U.S. House of Representatives voted 239 to 160 for H.R. 359, To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by... Read more...

Costly and ineffective enforcement-only approach is not the immigration reform we need

Jan 26, 2011 - Ahead of the House Immigration Subcommittee Hearings on Worksite Enforcement today, SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina issued a statement: "Congress must reject any attempt to fund costly and ineffective enforcement-only immigration policies." Read more...

President Obama Issues Clear Call to Action to Get America Back to Work

Jan 26, 2011 - 'Let's be clear, there is no greater investment in this country than getting Americans back to work,' says SEIU's Henry Washington, D.C.--SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement responding to President Obama's State of the Union address:... Read more...

Good Jobs Are the Answer

Jan 21, 2011 - The decline in the number of workers who have a voice on the job makes it more difficult to reverse the economic trends that continue to put workers and our communities in crisis. Read more...

UPDATE: 8 Activists Arrested During Sit-In at Downtown Minneapolis Chipotle Store

Jan 20, 2011 - Today, in protest of Chipotle's mistreatment of immigrant workers, 8 protesters were arrested in an act of civil disobedience at a Chipotle store in downtown Minneapolis. Read more...

Rhetoric Does Not Change Reality -- America's Middle Class Cannot Afford Partisan Politics

Jan 19, 2011 - Washington, D.C. -- Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) issued this statement today in response to U.S. House of Representatives 245 to 189 vote in favor of H.R. 2, Repealing the Job Killing Health Care... Read more...

SEIU: Healthcare Law is Working for Americans; Now Let's Get to Work on Jobs

Jan 14, 2011 - In response to Republican efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the working women and men of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), including 1.2 million doctors, nurses and healthcare workers, are redoubling their efforts to educate seniors and working families about the key benefits of the healthcare law. Read more...

SEIU Statement Following Shootings in Tucson

Jan 08, 2011 - As a country, we know there is no place for the sort of terror and hate reported in Tucson, Arizona. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who lost their lives, and to those who are now fighting to pull through, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Even when it wasn't easy, Rep. Giffords walked with middle class Americans and fought for what was right. Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry: HHS Action Puts For-Profit Nursing Home Industry on Notice over Medicare Fraud

Jan 05, 2011 - Related:Officials question Medicare spending on nursing homesCalifornia WatchQuestionable billing by nursing homes exposed in Government reportSEIU Blog New report from US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General raises serious concerns about questionable Medicare billing practices among... Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry: New Healthcare Reform Regulations Support America's Middle Class, Not Insurance Company Profits

Dec 22, 2010 - Mary Kay Henry issued this statement today in response to the Department of Health and Human Services new proposed regulation of health insurance premium increases. Read more...

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry: 'A Bittersweet Day For Civil Rights in America'

Dec 20, 2010 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement in response to the Senate's action to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" while blocking the DREAM Act. Read more...

Senate GOP Kill the DREAMs of Our Nations Future Leaders

Dec 18, 2010 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina released the following statement after the DREAM Act failed to pass the Senate by a nearly party line vote of 55 to 41. Read more...

Statement of SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry on White House Meeting with Labor Leaders

Dec 17, 2010 - Following the December 17th meeting with President Obama, Secretary Solis and fellow labor leaders, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement. Read more...

SEIU Calls on Senate to Rise Above Petty Politics and Pass the DREAM Act

Dec 17, 2010 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture to begin debate on the DREAM Act. Read more...

U.S. House Brings the American DREAM One Step Closer for Hundreds of Thousands of Our Nation's Future Leaders

Dec 10, 2010 - Washington, DC - Tonight, after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the DREAM Act (HR 5281), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina released the following statement: "Today the U.S. House brought the American DREAM one step closer for... Read more...

SEIU's Eliseo Medina on Chamber et. al. v. Whiting

Dec 08, 2010 - Washington DC - Today, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer, Eliseo Medina released the following statement after the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Chamber et. al. v. Whiting, a challenge to Arizona's mandatory E-Verify law. "Our broken immigration... Read more...

Federal appeals court asked to rule in favor of Puerto Rico's working families, reverse district court

Dec 08, 2010 - More than 28,000 working families throughout Puerto Rico may now have an opportunity to make their case heard in an appeal of Republican Governor Luis Fortuno's massive layoffs. Read more...

Republican Senators to American Middle Class: No Help for You

Dec 04, 2010 - Washington, DC - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked votes on providing tax cuts and unemployment benefits to America's hardworking families: "Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans today showed who... Read more...

What Are They Waiting For?

Dec 03, 2010 - CBO: DREAM Act will reduce the deficit by $1.4 Billion Washington, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer, Eliseo Medina, released the following statement after yesterday's Congressional Budget Office report shows the DREAM Act will reduce the deficit by... Read more...

GOP Bets Against Working Families

Dec 02, 2010 - House Republicans Vote Against Middle Class Tax Cuts Washington, DC - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement regarding today's passage of a tax cut for working families in the House of Representatives: "Simply because they couldn't vote... Read more...

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina Calls on Congress to Open the Doors of Opportunity and Pass the DREAM Act

Dec 02, 2010 - Good First Step Towards Common Sense Immigration Solutions Washington DC - With the House and Senate slated to vote on the DREAM Act later this week, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer, Eliseo Medina, released the following statement. "One... Read more...

Fiscal Commission Proposal: Jobs Killer

Dec 01, 2010 - 'Proposal is a jobs killer at a time when our number one priority must be putting America back to work,' says SEIU's Mary Kay Henry. Read more...

A Sad Night in America

Dec 01, 2010 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement regarding Senate Republicans' successful effort to end federal unemployment insurance benefits for two million out-of-work Americans. Read more...

SEIU: We Cannot Balance Budget on the Backs of Workers and Seniors

Nov 10, 2010 - "Time for our leaders to focus their attention on creating the good jobs America's families desperately need," says SEIU's Henry Washington, D.C.- Statement of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry on the proposal released by Fiscal... Read more...

Statement by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on Speaker Pelosi's Candidacy for House Democratic Leader

Nov 09, 2010 - The janitors, nurses, child-care providers, and other members of SEIU have a leader and a fighter in Pelosi and will be well served by her as House Democratic Leader. Read more...

Nevada's Working Families Call Out Sharron Angle as 'Too Dangerous to Have Real Power over Real People'

Oct 21, 2010 - Nurses, home-care workers, child-care providers, and other members of SEIU have launched a television ad examining the impact that Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle would have on women. Read more...

On the Heels of a Nevada GOP Ad Aimed at Suppressing the Latino Vote, New CA Ad Makes Case for Why They Must Vote Pro Brown

Oct 20, 2010 - With less than two weeks to Election Day, Cambiando California, the Independent Expenditure Campaign led by SEIU California announces today its newest television ad, "Buenos Empleos," which highlights that Latinos have too much at stake in this election. Read more...

3.5 Million Workers, Clergy, Homeowners and Foreclosure Victims Call for National Foreclosure Freeze

Oct 08, 2010 - Statement of SEIU, NPA, PICO, IAF, ACCE, and NWFCO on the latest news of Wall Street's harmful foreclosure practices that use a corrupt and fraudulent procedure to flood the housing market with illegal foreclosures. Read more...

On the heels of Whitman's housekeeper controversy...Former CNN News Anchor Lou Dobbs Exposed for Employing Undocumented Immigrants

Oct 07, 2010 - The exposure of Lou Dobbs' hypocrisy should serve as a warning to politicians nationwide who continue to demonize immigrants with the express purpose of political gain. Read more...

After Whitman Renews Pledge to Ban Undocumented Students from College, New Ad Featuring Cesar Chavez Niece Backs Jerry Brown

Oct 05, 2010 - Days after Meg Whitman renewed her pledge to ban undocumented students from college at a Fresno State University debate, Cambiando California, the Independent Expenditure Campaign led by SEIU California, announces its newest television ad, "Chavez." Read more...

SEIU Members from 23 States to Join 'One Nation' March to Put America Back to Work and Pull America Back Together

Oct 02, 2010 - SEIU Members from 23 States to Join 'One Nation' March to Put America Back to Work and Pull America Back Together Washington, D.C. - When Americans from all over the country stand united on the National Mall this Saturday as... Read more...

Linda McMahon's assault on the minimum wage shows whose side she is on

Oct 01, 2010 - Questioning the Minimum Wage During These Economic Times Make Her A Questionable Choice to Serve as Connecticut's Voice in the U.S. Senate Hartford, CT - Corporate CEO Linda McMahon called for Congress to lower the minimum wage today at a... Read more...

Six Figure Spanish-Language Ad Buy Highlights GOP Obstruction to Immigration Reform

Sep 28, 2010 - SEIU, Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign, and America's Voice Launch Radio Ads in Nine Cities as Part of Latino Voter DriveWashington, DC - Today, the Service Employees International Union, Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign, and America's Voice... Read more...

Six Figure Spanish-Language Ad Buy Highlights GOP Obstruction to Immigration Reform

Sep 28, 2010 - Today, the Service Employees International Union, Mi Familia Vota Civic Participation Campaign, and America's Voice are launching Spanish-language radio ads in nine media markets across the country. Read more...

Healthcare Reform Six Months Later: A Good Day for Working Families

Sep 23, 2010 - WASHINGTON, DC - Six months to the day after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, Mary Kay Henry, president of SEIU - the largest healthcare union in the nation - issued the following statement: "Today is a good day... Read more...

Republicans Squash the DREAMs of Our Nation's Future Leaders, Put America's Security at Risk

Sep 21, 2010 - This afternoon, the Senate voted down the Department of Defense (DOD) authorization bill, which has passed every year for the past 48 years, along a near party-line vote, 56-43. The GOP's move to block DOD passage also prevents the DREAM Act amendment, a bill that would provide a path to citizenship to high-achieving immigrant youth who grew up here and who commit to serving the U.S. military or attending college. Read more...

New Poll of Battleground States: Americans Want Middle Class Tax Cuts, End to Bush-era Tax Giveaways to Rich

Sep 21, 2010 - SEIU released a poll today showing that a strong majority of voters in midterm battleground states support proposals to extend tax cuts to the middle class, while allowing the Bush tax giveaways for those making more than $250,000 per year to expire. Read more...

SEIU Ad Reminds Michigan Voters Why They Already Fired Tim Walberg

Sep 18, 2010 - Lansing, MI - Today, Michigan members of SEIU released a new television ad, titled "Pink Slip," that will air on broadcast and cable across Michigan's 7th Congressional District. The ad highlights Tim Walberg's history of siding with Big Oil and... Read more...

SEIU Statement on White House Appointment of Elizabeth Warren to Lead Creation of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Sep 17, 2010 - Statement of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry on the appointment of Elizabeth Warren to serve as Special White House Assistant for the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "Elizabeth Warren has spent her entire career... Read more...

Jim Renacci Wants to Raise Taxes on Ohio Families, But Not Pay His

Sep 17, 2010 - New SEIU Ad Goes On Air Tomorrow Cleveland, OH - Today, 30,000 members of SEIU Ohio released a new television ad, titled "Investigation," that will air on broadcast and cable across Ohio's 16th Congressional District. The independent ad buy of more... Read more...

Congress Passes Made in America Promise Act

Sep 16, 2010 - "We applaud the House of Representatives for investing our tax dollars in products made by U.S. workers." NEW YORK -Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives House passed the Made in America Promise Act, which requires the legislative branch to... Read more...

Eliseo Medina Elected as SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer

Sep 15, 2010 - National Labor and Immigrant Rights Leader Is First Latino to Hold TitleLos Angeles - Today in Los Angeles, Eliseo Medina was unanimously elected as International Secretary-Treasurer of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union.  Medina is the first Latino to... Read more...

Eliseo Medina elegido Secretario Tesorero Internacional de SEIU

Sep 15, 2010 - Líder nacional de derechos laborales y de los inmigrantes es el primer Latino en ocupar este puesto Los Ángeles - Hoy en Los Ángeles, Eliseo Medina fue elegido por unanimidad Secretario Tesorero del Sindicato Internacional de Empleados de Servicios,... Read more...

U.S. Senate Candidate Paul Hodes "Walks A Day in the Shoes" of SEIU Nursing Home Worker Nicole Thomas

Sep 15, 2010 - Dover, N.H. - New Hampshire's general election in began at 6:45 a.m. this morning when U.S. Senate candidate Representative Paul Hodes "walked a day in the shoes" of nursing home caregiver Nicole Thomas in Strafford County. Hodes spent the morning... Read more...

John Kasich's Work at Lehman Brothers Connected to Hit That Ohio Seniors Have Taken in New TV Ad

Sep 09, 2010 - John Kasich's eight years at Lehman Brothers is coming under new scrutiny today after workers in Ohio with SEIU District 1199 launched a new television ad showing the way in which Kasich got rich at Lehman Brothers while Ohio seniors lost their pension money. Read more...

Dan Onorato Spends Afternoon Walking in the Shoes of Philadelphia Nursing Home Worker

Aug 27, 2010 - Dan Onorato, the Democratic nominee for Governor, spent a few hours walking in the shoes of Shanrika Dukes, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at the Somerton Center nursing home in northeast Philadelphia this afternoon. Read more...

SEIU Florida Applauds Kendrick Meek as a Working Class Hero

Aug 24, 2010 - Tonight SEIU Florida members applauded the hard fought victory of U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek and other champions for working families who won their primaries. Read more...

Hundreds of Janitors to Ramp up Protests Against Layoffs at JP Morgan Chase-Owned Century Plaza

Aug 24, 2010 - This afternoon, janitors who clean JP Morgan Chase-owned Century Plaza will put up a tent city outside 2000 Avenue of the Stars, one of the glitziest addresses in Los Angeles, kicking off a week of ramped-up protests in support of recently laid-off janitors. Read more...

SEIU: No More Excuses: Time to Move Forward on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Aug 12, 2010 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina released the following statement after the United States Senate reconvened on Thursday to approve $600 million in additional border security spending: Read more...

Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Chair of the Change to Win Labor Federation, Announces Retirement

Aug 11, 2010 - Anna Burger, secretary-treasurer of the 2.2-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and chair of the Change to Win labor federation, announced her retirement today. Burger is the highest-ranking woman in the American labor movement and was the first chair of Change to Win. Read more...

SEIU: House Votes to Save 300,000 American Jobs

Aug 10, 2010 - This vote shows that Republican leaders in Congress are more interested in playing politics and protecting companies that outsource than in saving American jobs. Read more...

SEIU Statement Following Senate Vote Confirming Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court

Aug 05, 2010 - The decisions made by the Supreme Court have deep and lasting ramifications for our nation's 154 million workers, such as equality in the workplace and a fair compensation for an honest day's work. America's hardworking men and women deserve Supreme Court justices like Elena Kagan. Read more...

SEIU: Senate Votes to Save Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs

Aug 04, 2010 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement after Senate Democrats successfully ended the Republican filibuster with the support of Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe (R) and Susan Collins (R). Read more...

U.S. Court to U.S. Congress: Get to Work and Fix Our Broken Immigration System

Jul 28, 2010 - Court Inserts Reason into a Debate that is Out of Control Now We Need Congress to Deliver Washington D.C.-- Today, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Bolton issued a temporary restraining order against Arizona's controversial anti-immigrant law SB1070. The decision was... Read more...

SEIU, Workers United and UNITE HERE Settle Dispute

Jul 26, 2010 - SEIU, Workers United and UNITE HERE today announced a settlement agreement on behalf of the unions' members and elected leadership that will bring to a close the protracted dispute between the unions. Read more...

SEIU Statement on SB1070 Hearing Court Brings Calm to Storm of Reckless Arizona Politics

Jul 22, 2010 - Today, U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Bolton held a hearing on the class action lawsuit filed by Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which charges, among other things, that SB1070 violates the First Amendment and interferes with federal law. Read more...

SEIU: Unemployment Vote Shows Which Side Republicans Are On

Jul 20, 2010 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement after the U.S. Senate overcame Republican efforts to block an extension of unemployment benefits. Read more...

Wall Street Reform Vote Makes Clear Who Is On the Side of Working Families

Jul 15, 2010 - SEIU released the following statement of President Mary Kay Henry following the Senate vote on Wall Street reform. Read more...

Obama to Insurance Companies: You Can No Longer Deny Preventive Care

Jul 14, 2010 - The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a list of preventive healthcare services required in new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. Read more...

SEIU 32BJ Endorses Chris Coons For Senate

Jul 12, 2010 - "It's a honor to have the support of SEIU 32BJ, an organization that is deeply committed to improving the lives of working people in Delaware and elsewhere," said Chris Coons, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Read more...

U. S. Senator Patty Murray Earns Support of Washington Working Families

Jul 08, 2010 - SEIU, representing more than 100,000 Washington workers, has endorsed U.S. Senator Patty Murray for re-election. Read more...

DOJ Lawsuit Comes in Nick of Time to Stop Arizona's Expensive, Ineffective and Unconstitutional Immigration Law

Jul 06, 2010 - SEIU's statement in response to DOJ's announcement that it's filing a lawsuit against the state of Arizona for its radical, costly and unconstitutional law--SB1070. Read more...

SEIU Calls for Congressional Investigation of Puerto Rico Riot Police Action

Jul 02, 2010 - SEIU's statement concerning the actions of the Puerto Rico Riot Squad in response to a non-violent protest led by university students at Puerto Rico's Capitol in San Juan on Wednesday, June 30. Read more...

American People Counting on Senate to Finish the Job on Wall Street Reform

Jul 01, 2010 - SEIU released the following statement of SEIU President Mary Kay Henry following the passage of the Wall Street reform bill in the U.S. House. Read more...

In Face of GOP Obstruction, President Obama Recommits to the Immigration Solutions America Needs

Jul 01, 2010 - SEIU released the following statement of SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina in response to President Barack Obama's speech at American University on the need for immigration reform. Read more...

Wall Street Reform Bill Major Step Forward in Rebuilding Our Economy

Jun 25, 2010 - SEIU released the following statement of President Mary Kay Henry following the final conference agreement on Wall Street reform. Read more...

SEIU: Republicans Have Chosen for Americans to Lose

Jun 24, 2010 - The Senate's 57-41 vote today that prevents the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act from receiving a fair up-or-down vote is an absolute disgrace. Read more...

Doctors at HHC'S Coney Island Hospital Join Doctors Council SEIU

Jun 24, 2010 - Doctors at New York's Coney Island Hospital voted to join Doctors Council SEIU when over 83% voted for the doctors' union. "Doctors need to stand together more than ever and advocate for resources and funding for staffing and patient services," said Barry Liebowitz, M.D., President of Doctors Council. Read more...

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

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

SEIU: Republicans' response to creating more jobs, "We Do not care."

Jun 18, 2010 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry released the following statement after the Senate's 56-40 vote last night that prevents the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act from receiving a fair up-or-down vote. Read more...

Families Facing Foreclosure, Clergy Hold Vigil Outside Bank of America Tower in New York

Jun 17, 2010 - Dozens of clergy, community members and Americans facing foreclosure held a vigil outside the Bank of America Tower in New York today to call on the bank to implement effective foreclosure prevention programs and help Americans save their homes. Read more...

National Healthcare Advocate to Chair Healthcare Arm of Service Employees International Union

Jun 14, 2010 - Dr. L. Toni Lewis, Immediate Past President of the Committee of Interns and Residents, was named chair of the union's healthcare division today by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. Read more...

SEIU's Eliseo Medina on California's Republican Gubernatorial Primary

Jun 09, 2010 - Eliseo Medina, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice-President released this statement in response to Meg Whitman's win in yesterday's California Republican Party gubernatorial primary. Read more...

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

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

Local SEIU Retirees Get The Facts on New Healthcare Benefits, Protections in Tele-Town Hall Meeting with President Obama

Jun 08, 2010 - More than 25 SEIU retiree members gathered at the home of Barbara Walker on Tuesday morning to participate in a tele-town hall meeting with President Obama to discuss how the recently passed Affordable Care Act affects senior citizens. Read more...

SEIU's Eliseo Medina on President's Meeting with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Jun 03, 2010 - In anticipation of the meeting between President Barack Obama and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, SEIU Executive VP Eliseo Medina released the following statement... Read more...

SEIU Launches Arizona Travel Advisory Hotline as Part of Broader "It Stops In Arizona" Campaign

Jun 02, 2010 - SEIU has escalated its national campaign against costly, anti-immigrant legislation like SB 1070 recently signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Arizona; releasing a new travel advisory hotline for would-be travelers to the state. Read more...

Thousands of SEIU Janitors, Security Officers, Healthcare and State Workers Will Rally Across the Country to Call for Real Solutions for a Broken Immigration System

May 28, 2010 - Members from AZ, CA, FL, MA, MN, NY, TX to call on President Obama and Congress to focus on comprehensive solutions to immigration reform instead of pushing costly, ineffective enforcement-only policies Washington, DC - When members of Congress return home... Read more...

Congress Rejects Costly and Ineffective Enforcement-Only Immigration Amendments

May 27, 2010 - Eliseo Medina: "Today, the US Senate stood up and said "No" to Republican attempts to throw away desperately needed stimulus dollars on costly and ineffective enforcement-only immigration policies..." Read more...

SEIU: It's Time for Republicans to Come to the Table and Offer Real Solutions for Immigration Reform

May 25, 2010 - President Obama's admirable effort to invite Republicans to the table on immigration reform is an encouraging step forward. But given the GOP's continued push for extreme, costly, and ineffective enforcement measures, we are not holding our breath. Read more...

Historic Wall Street Reform Bill First Step to Repairing America's Broken Financial System

May 21, 2010 - "Commonsense reforms will protect our families from dangerous and deceptive financial products and prevent taxpayers from paying for Wall Street's future mistakes," says SEIU's Mary Kay Henry Washington, D.C.--The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released the following statement of President... Read more...

Several Thousand Converge on K Street to Take on Wall Street, Anti-Immigrant and Corporate Lobbyists

May 17, 2010 - Demonstration is Culmination of Two Days of Protests Against Prominent Lobbyists and Corporations and for Wall Street Reform Washington, DC - Several thousand people occupied a section of K Street -home to lobbyists for the big banks and other corporations... Read more...

SEIU Joins as Plaintiff with Labor and Civil Rights Groups in Major Legal Challenge of SB1070

May 17, 2010 - Today, SEIU joined the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and other civil rights organizations as a leading plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Arizona's extreme, costly immigration law, SB1070. Read more...

SEIU President Mary Kay Henry: "Immigrants Are Not For Profit"

May 17, 2010 - SEIU President Mary Kay Henry and SEIU's Immigration Campaign Director, Javier Morillo, joined SEIU members and NPA leaders at a rally outside of the DC Headquarters of Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private prison company in America. Read more...

Hundreds Demonstrate at Homes of Top Lobbyists, Political Staff of Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase

May 16, 2010 - Demonstration Launches Two Days of Actions to Challenge Influence of Wall Street and Corporate Lobbyists Washington, DC - Hundreds of workers and community allies, members of National People's Action affiliates and the Service Employees International Union, visited the homes of... Read more...

NEW TV AD: "Guess Blanche Lincoln sided with big insurance companies because they can afford big campaign contributions"

May 11, 2010 - When it came time to make sure healthcare was done right - to make sure no child could be denied coverage because of their pre-existing conditions - Sen. Blanche Lincoln sided with big insurance companies and their billion dollar profits. Today, SEIU released a new independent expenditure television ad taking aim at Lincoln's record on healthcare. Read more...

SEIU Members Say Elena Kagan Committed to Fairness, Equal Justice and Rule of Law

May 10, 2010 - Statement from SEIU President Mary Kay Henry on President Barack Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as the 112th justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: Read more...

SEIU Elects Mary Kay Henry to Lead 2.2 Million Member Union

May 08, 2010 - The 73-member International Executive Board (IEB) of SEIU met in Washington DC on Saturday, May 8th to elect Executive Vice President Mary Kay Henry the 10th president of the nation's fastest-growing union. Read more...

5,500 Wisconsin Home Care Providers Unite in Wisconsin's Largest Healthcare Union

May 06, 2010 - In one of Wisconsin's largest union elections in decades, 5,500 home care providers overwhelmingly voted 'yes' to unite in SEIU. Read more...

SEIU Joins with Other Labor and Civil Rights Groups to Announce Boycott of Arizona, Boycott of Intolerance

May 06, 2010 - SEIU to move conventions, meetings out of Arizona and urge labor partners, lawmakers, and other major U.S. institutions to follow suit Washington D.C.--Today, SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina joined labor and civil rights leaders to announce that the 2.2... Read more...

12,000 Unite in Missouri Home Care Union

May 05, 2010 - In one of the nation's largest union elections in recent years, 12,000 Missouri home care attendants in the Consumer Directed Services program have united in the Missouri Home Care Union. Read more...

Thousands of SEIU Members Will Rally In Cities Across The Country May 1 To Call For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Apr 29, 2010 - On Saturday, May 1, thousands of SEIU members will join faith, business and civil rights leaders across the country to rally against Arizona's draconian anti-immigrant law and call for comprehensive reform. Read more...

In New Ads, SEIU Tells Senate Hopeful Roy Blunt: Reform Wall Street, Don't Reward It

Apr 29, 2010 - On the heels of a large rally in Kansas City's financial district, SEIU today released online ads taking aim at the cozy relationship between Wall Street bankers and Missouri Senate hopeful Roy Blunt. Read more...

SEIU: With Eyes of the World Focused on Arizona, We Need Balanced, Practical Immigration Solutions More then Ever

Apr 29, 2010 - Today, Senators Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez and Harry Reid will introduce an immigration reform outline. In anticipation, SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina issued the following statement: Read more...

SEIU: Disclose Act Is a Good Start but Not a Total Fix on Citizens United

Apr 29, 2010 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer and Change to Win (CTW) Chair Anna Burger released the following statement on today's introduction of the Disclose Act of 2010. Read more...

SEIU: With Eyes of the World Focused on Arizona, We Need Balanced, Practical Immigration Solutions More then Ever

Apr 29, 2010 - Today, Senators Charles Schumer, Robert Menendez and Harry Reid will introduce an immigration reform outline. In anticipation, SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina issued the following statement. Read more...

SEIU Members to Wall Street CEOs, GOP Senators Blocking Wall Street Reform: "Walk a Day in My Shoes"

Apr 28, 2010 - Today, nurses, janitors, security offices and other members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) challenged Wall Street CEOs and the Republican Senators standing with them to block Wall Street reform to walk a day in their shoes. Read more...

As Wall Street Reform Rages on in Senate...Clergy, Workers, Familes March on Wall Street Banks in Kansas City and San Francisco

Apr 27, 2010 - Thousands of clergy, workers, families, and community allies marched on the Wells Fargo shareholder meeting in San Francisco and in the heart of Kansas City's financial district today to demand Wall Street banks act to stop foreclosures, promote job creation, and end predatory lending and abusive consumer practices. Read more...

Statement of Eliseo Medina on the Signing of Arizona's Radical Anti-Immigration Bill "SB 1070"

Apr 23, 2010 - SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina released this statement after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed the "SB 1070" into law today. 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...

SEIU: President Obama Aggressively Challenges Wall Street to Stand With America's Families

Apr 22, 2010 - The President took the concerns of the American people to the doorsteps of Wall Street, challenging big bank CEOs spending millions to hold on to the reckless practices that crashed our economy. Read more...

Statement of Anna Burger on the Passing of Dorothy Height

Apr 20, 2010 - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released the statement of Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on the passing of civil rights activist Dorothy Height: Read more...

Andy Stern, President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Announces Retirement

Apr 14, 2010 - Today, Andy Stern, president of the 2.2-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), announced his plans to retire. A 38-year member of the union, Stern has spent the last 14 years making SEIU North America's largest and the world's fastest growing union. Read more...

Menendez' POWER Act Will Help Curb Rampant Exploitation and Eroding Workplace Standards for all Workers

Apr 14, 2010 - SEIU Executive VP Eliseo Medina released a statement on the introduction of the Protect Our Workers from Exploitation and Retaliation Act (POWER Act) by Senator Menedez (D-NJ). Read more...

Ya Es Hora ¡Ciudadania! Campaign Continues Historic Effort to Assist with U.S. Citizenship

Apr 14, 2010 - Leaders of the historic ya es hora ¡Ciudadanía! (It's time, Citizenship!) Campaign will announce a series of naturalization workshops in 12 cities across the country on April 17 and 24, 2010, in celebration of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) National Day of Citizenship. Read more...

SEIU Endorses Barrett for Governor

Apr 14, 2010 - After a rigorous endorsement process, the members of SEIU in Wisconsin have announced support of Tom Barrett for Governor. Read more...

SEIU Statement on April 2010 Executive Committee Gathering in Washington, D.C.

Apr 12, 2010 - This week, the SEIU Executive Committee is gathering in DC for a 3-day meeting, during which there will be a series of discussions regarding the union's future, our work to reform the financial institutions that trashed our economy and our efforts to hold elected leaders accountable to working families. Read more...

Federal Jury Finds That Former SEIU-UHW Officials Sal Rosselli and Others Sabotaged and Undermined Union Members, and Used Members' Money to Start Rival Union

Apr 09, 2010 - Members of SEIU-UHW expressed joy and relief today as a federal jury found Sal Rosselli and 15 other former officials of SEIU-UHW liable for their scheme to sabotage the union and use the resources of SEIU-UHW members to start their own rival organization. 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...

SEIU's Medina:"It's time for Sec. Napolitano and President Obama to Rein in the Cowboys at ICE"

Apr 09, 2010 - SEIU holds vigils in CA, MA, MN & NY to Urge DHS and ICE to Get its House in Order, Restore Faith in Agency's Competence Washington, D.C.-- Today, hundreds of SEIU cleaners and security guards are holding prayer vigils outside... Read more...

Statement from SEIU President Andy Stern on the West Virginia Mine Disaster

Apr 07, 2010 - As the nation grieves with the families of at least 25 mine workers who died in West Virginia Monday, we must confront a terrible truth: workers in a wide range of industries face horrific risks on the job. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for April 8th-9th: Hundreds of SEIU Cleaners and Immigrant Rights Activists to Hold Vigils Outside of Local ICE Offices Across the Country

Apr 07, 2010 - At vigils in CA, MA, & MN SEIU to Call on DHS and ICE to Get its House in Order, Restore Faith in Agency's Competence On April 8-9, hundreds of SEIU cleaners will holds prayer vigils outside of local Immigration... 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...

Hugo Boss Must Return to Bargaining Table with Cleveland Workers

Mar 31, 2010 - Faced with the threat of a formal NLRB complaint, Hugo Boss has retreated from its position on closing its Ohio plant and has agreed to return to the bargaining table. Read more...

Major California Nursing Home Chain Allegedly Falsified Records, Overbilled Medicare $100 Million

Mar 29, 2010 - North American Health Care (NAHC) appears to have overbilled Medicare by $100 million over the last five years, according to research by SEIU-UHW corroborated in today's Washington Post story, "Review heightens concerns over Medicare billing at nursing homes." Read more...

SEIU's Stern: Hope, Progress, Change...An American Dream

Mar 25, 2010 - SEIU President Andy Stern released the following statement upon the Senate's vote on the reconciliation fixes to the health reform law... Read more...

NEW TV ADS: SEIU Calls for Support of Members of Congress Who Stood Up to Special Interests and Stood with Working Families

Mar 24, 2010 - The political action committee of SEIU released new independent expenditure television ads on cable and broadcast in six congressional districts calling for support of members of Congress that stood up to insurance companies and other special interests and stood with working families. Read more...

SEIU's Stern: It Is A New Day

Mar 21, 2010 - Six years ago, 20,000 SEIU nurses, doctors, patients and advocates marched across the Golden Gate Bridge calling for fundamental reform to our national healthcare system. Today, that long march ended with an historic victory. Read more...

AFL-CIO, SEIU, UFCW Urge Senate Leaders to Move Comprehensive Immigration Reform Forward

Mar 19, 2010 - United Labor Continues to Stand Ready to Work with Business and Other Stakeholders in Crafting a System that Works for America WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Service... Read more...

Health Professionals March for Healthcare Reform in Washington DC on March 22, 2010

Mar 19, 2010 - Tim Foley, CIR/SEIU Healthcare: 212-356-8126 "Reform can't wait. We care and we know reform saves lives." WASHINGTON, DC - Physicians, nurses, medical students, other health professionals, and reform activists from across the country will gather in Washington DC and march... Read more...

SEIU's Stern: Democrats Determine Their Own Fate

Mar 18, 2010 - SEIU President Andy Stern released the following statement marking the final seventy-two hours before the House of Representatives' vote on health insurance reform... Read more...

SEIU PA Members Endorse Arlen Specter

Mar 16, 2010 - SEIU members in Pennsylvania have announced their endorsement of Senator Arlen Specter in the 2010 Democratic Primary. Read more...

DOL Closes Book on Election Complaints Against SEIU

Mar 15, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reaffirmed its dismissal of a complaint against the SEIU seeking to overturn elections of top officers held at the union's 2008 convention. The DOL's Office of Labor-Management Standards informed SEIU on March 9 that it had officially closed the file on the matter. Read more...

SEIU Statement on White House Immigration Meeting

Mar 11, 2010 - "It's Time for the Senate to Step on the Gas on Immigration Reform" Washington, D.C.--Today SEIU Executive Vice President will join other labor, faith, business and immigrant rights leaders for a meeting at the White House on next steps for... Read more...

SEIU: Relief for Out of Work Americans and State and Local Governments Should Unite, Not Divide, Congress

Mar 11, 2010 - Today, Service Employees International Union Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger praised passage of a bill extending unemployment benefits and Medicaid relief, noting that the needs of the 27 million out-of-work Americans should be a top priority for all Members of Congress. Read more...

Los Angeles Votes to End Swap Deals, Set New Standards for Banks City Does Business With

Mar 05, 2010 - With LA facing a nearly $500 million budget gap next year and proposing to slash services at parks, libraries and public safety, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed historic legislation today to put an end to the banking practices that created the city's budget crisis. Read more...

Statement by SEIU President Andy Stern on Moving Forward with Health Insurance Reform

Mar 03, 2010 - After the President's remarks regarding the path forward on healthcare reform, SEIU President Andy Stern released the following statement... Read more...

Major Labor Board Ruling Begins to Clear the Way for Union Elections at 51 California Healthcare Facilities

Mar 02, 2010 - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has rejected an attempt by a group of ousted union officials to halt elections at 51 California healthcare facilities (full list, below) - elections the former officials themselves originally sought, but now want to stop. Read more...

Twin Cities' Janitors Win Full-Time Green Jobs, Better Health Insurance in New Contract

Mar 01, 2010 - In a major victory for good jobs in the new green economy, Twin Cities' janitors won support for the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products and transitions to day shift cleaning in a new tentative contract agreement reached in the early hours of Sunday morning. Read more...

Statement By SEIU President Andy Stern On Appointment To National Commission On Fiscal Responsibility And Reform

Feb 26, 2010 - I am honored to have been asked to serve on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and thank President Obama for ensuring that the voice of ordinary working Americans will be heard. I have talked to thousands of... Read more...

Statement from Andy Stern on President Obama's Healthcare Summit

Feb 25, 2010 - "If we learned one thing from today's summit, it's that the Republicans have learned nothing." Read more...

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

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

SEIU, Faith Leaders, Community Groups, Families Demand City Only Invest in Banks that Help LA Recover, Close Budget Gap

Feb 23, 2010 - Hundreds of SEIU members, community allies and Los Angeles families packed a hearing room in City Hall today to speak out in support of legislation setting new standards for banks the city does business with. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for Feb. 24th: Majority Leader Reid and Other Key Members of Congress to Welcome Melanie's Marchers and Hundreds of Supporters to Capitol

Feb 23, 2010 - On Wednesday, February 24th at 2pm EST, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) along with other Senators, progressive organizations and several hundred activists, will join walkers who will have traveled 135 miles on foot from Philadelphia to DC to highlight the urgent need for comprehensive health care reform. 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...

SEIU Statement on President Obama's Healthcare Reform Proposal

Feb 22, 2010 - SEIU President Andy Stern released the following statement after the release of President Obama's proposal for health reform. Read more...

SEIU's Burger: Recovery Act Stopped the Bleeding; Now We Need to Invest in Local Communities

Feb 17, 2010 - Marking the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released a statement from Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger praising the bill for creating and saving hundreds of thousands of jobs, and calling on Congress to continue needed state fiscal relief. Read more...

Residents, Workers, Students Disrupt Bankers Meeting in Saint Paul

Feb 16, 2010 - Demanding that big banks like US Bancorp and Wells Fargo fulfill their responsibility to rebuild our economy by supporting good jobs in our community, Minnesota taxpayers and janitors protested a meeting of the state's top bankers on Tuesday. Read more...

SEIU'S Medina: New H-2A Farm Worker Rules Could Not Come Soon Enough for U.S. and Foreign Workers

Feb 12, 2010 - Today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis reinstated protections for temporary, foreign farm workers (H-2A visa holders) that were slashed from the nation's agricultural guest worker program during the last days of the Bush administration. Read more...

Statement of SEIU President Andy Stern on Craig Becker Nomination

Feb 09, 2010 - Today, SEIU released the statement of President Andy Stern on the Senate's failure to give legal scholar and practitioner Craig Becker an up or down vote to serve on the National Labor Relations Board. Read more...

Experts Highlight How Latino Voters Will Influence 2010 Elections

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

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...

TESTIMONY: SEIU's Anna Burger on the Citizens United Decision

Feb 02, 2010 - SEIU's Anna Burger offered the following testimony before Congress on the Supreme Court's recent decision in Citizens United... Read more...

Twin Cities Janitors Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike

Jan 30, 2010 - Hundreds of janitors--representing their over 4,000 co-workers who clean major office buildings throughout the Twin Cities--voted overwhelmingly to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike over unfair labor practices, if necessary. Read more...

SEIU Statement on Bernanke Confirmation

Jan 28, 2010 - Chairman Bernanke should implement new reforms at the Federal Reserve to rein in Wall Street and speed up our economic recovery, says SEIU's Anna Burger Read more...

Stern: President Obama makes clear nation must meet challenge of health reform - now.

Jan 27, 2010 - Following President Obama's State of the Union address, SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement regarding the future of healthcare reform. Read more...

Obama Calls For Change Working Families Are Still Waiting For

Jan 27, 2010 - Following President Obama's State of the Union address, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger issued the following statement. Read more...

Oregon Voters' Message to Washington on Eve of State of the Union: Hold Corporations Accountable and Stand Up for the Middle Class

Jan 27, 2010 - Yesterday, voters in Oregon said 'no' to more drastic cuts to schools and services for the most vulnerable. They decided to take a stand for the middle class and make investments in education and public services. Read more...

SEIU: For Workers, American Dream Has Become a Nightmare

Jan 26, 2010 - Stern, Burger Say Business and Politicians Have Failed American Workers, Call for Bold New Solutions to Fix Economy and Create a 21st Century American Dream Washington, DC--On the eve of President Obama's State of the Union address, leaders of the... Read more...

SEIU: Obama Offers Bold New Proposals to Reform Wall Street

Jan 21, 2010 - Today, President Obama sent a strong and clear message to Wall Street: The game is over. Read more...

Batten Down the Hatches: Supreme Court Opens Floodgates for Corporate Spending in Elections

Jan 21, 2010 - SEIU released a statement condemning today's United States Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Americans deserve accountability, transparency and ethical standards for corporate electoral activity in light of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United. Read more...

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

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

International Medical Corps Partners with SEIU to Provide Aid to Haiti's Earthquake Survivors

Jan 16, 2010 - In order to provide aid to Haiti's earthquake survivors, SEIU has entered into an alliance with International Medical Corps to engage union members in direct relief efforts. Read more...

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

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

Mayor Menino and 1199SEIU extend support center hours for victims and local families impacted by earthquake in Haiti

Jan 15, 2010 - The City of Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission, and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East announced this evening that the resource center to assist the victims and families impacted by the Haiti earthquake will extend its hours until Tuesday, in order to meet the continuing needs of the local Haitian community. Read more...

President Obama Should Complete His Promise to the Haitian People

Jan 15, 2010 - As the Haitian people continue to recover from the devastation of this week's earthquake, SEIU has joined countless advocacy groups, Senators, and community leaders to urge President Obama to grant Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to Haitians living in the U.S. Read more...

"The Tragedy in Haiti Calls on Each of Us to Act"

Jan 13, 2010 - The catastrophe in Haiti calls on each of us to do what we can to ease suffering and help the survivors get past this tragedy and rebuild their lives. SEIU is developing a relief initiative, Help Haiti, to direct donations from our members, our locals and the general public to effective respite and aid organizations once a needs assessment has been completed. Read more...

SEIU: Ten Questions Wall Street CEOs Should Answer at Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Hearing

Jan 13, 2010 - As the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission launches its investigation into the causes of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, SEIU released ten questions the Commission should ask the Wall Street CEOs at today's hearing. Read more...

SEIU Members Expose the Real Scott Brown

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

750+ National, State and Local Leaders Ask President Obama and Congress to Make Affordability a Priority in Final Health Reform Legislation

Jan 07, 2010 - Today, more than 750 elected officials, faith, labor, and nonprofit leaders across the country sent a letter to President Obama and Congress calling for strong affordability protections for low- and middle-income Americans in final health reform legislation. Read more...

Security Firm Andrews Int'l Faces Criticism from Politicians, Security Officers, & Public Health Advocates for Widespread Complaints of Wage Theft and Ongoing Legal Problems

Dec 21, 2009 - BOSTON, MASS--Andrews International, one of the nation's largest security firms, is currently under investigation for wage theft in Massachusetts and is facing investigations by the National Labor Relations Board in Boston and New York for alleged unfair labor practices. In... Read more...

SEIU: "For working Americans - progress."

Dec 21, 2009 - While the process to get to sixty and the willingness of individual Senators to use the Senate's rules to distort democracy for their own interest was disappointing - make no mistake about it: for working Americans this vote signals progress. 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...

SEIU Statement on Introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform - American Security and Prosperity Act (CIR-A.S.A.P)

Dec 15, 2009 - Thanks to the direction of Rep. Gutierrez and a diverse group of Congressional leaders who introduced "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security Act and Prosperity," today we are one step closer to passing the smart immigration reform that American workers need. Read more...

SEIU Demands Big Banks Do Their Part For America's Economic Recovery

Dec 14, 2009 - Today, as President Obama met with CEOs of some of the country's largest financial institutions, SEIU released a statement from Anna Burger demanding that the big banks take action to help America recover economically. Read more...

DHS' Immigration "Enforcement" Strategy is More of the Same

Dec 14, 2009 - SEIU has sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano expressing deep concerns about the Department's recently announced decision to send I-9 audit notices to 1,000 additional employers--notices that are off target because they will result in the dismissal of thousands of workers but will let the worst employers off the hook. Read more...

SEIU-LIUNA Statement on President Obama's Emissions Reduction Commitment at UN Climate Talks (COP 15) in Copenhagen

Dec 14, 2009 - Today, as world leaders seek a climate change agreement in Copenhagen, SEIU and LIUNA released a joint statement in support of President Barack Obama's 17 percent carbon emissions reduction commitment. Read more...

Annise Parker Victory Offers HOPE for Keeping Houston Moving Forward

Dec 12, 2009 - Tonight, the Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE) and SEIU Local 1 celebrated Annise Parker's historic election as Houston's next mayor. Read more...

SEIU: Congress Takes Historic Step to Reform Wall Street, Protect Consumers and Families

Dec 11, 2009 - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released the following statement of Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger following the House's vote on financial reform: Read more...

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

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

Congress Must Act on President's Bold Plan to Put Americans Back to Work

Dec 08, 2009 - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released the following statement of Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger following President Obama's speech on job creation: Read more...

SEIU: Hatch/Nelson Amendment Would Take Healthcare Away From Our Mothers, Our Sisters, Our Daughters

Dec 08, 2009 - Washington, DC -- Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger released the following statement calling on Senators to reject the amendment offered by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that restricts a woman's access to healthcare.Said Burger,... Read more...

SEIU: Hatch/Nelson Amendment Would Take Healthcare Away From Our Mothers, Our Sisters, Our Daughters

Dec 07, 2009 - SEIU's Anna Burger released the following statement calling on Senators to reject the amendment offered by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that restricts a woman's access to healthcare. Read more...

Harshbarger Report Finds No Pattern of Illegal Conduct, Raises More Questions about Selectively Edited Videos from "Sting" Operation

Dec 07, 2009 - Following the release of former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger's report on ACORN, SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement. 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 Ad: As Senator, Coakley Will Deliver Results For Massachusetts Families

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

SEIU: U.S Senate Gives the American People the Debate on Health Insurance Reform They Deserve

Nov 21, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate's release of its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read more...

New SEIU Ad: U.S. Representatives Showed Leadership Against Big Insurance

Nov 20, 2009 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released new television ads today thanking members in eight Congressional Districts for standing up to big insurance through the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Read more...

SEIU: U.S. Chamber Opposition to H1N1 Paid Sick Leave Legislation 'Unconscionable'

Nov 19, 2009 - Today, SEIU launched a petition calling out the US Chamber of Commerce for its "unconscionable" opposition to paid sick leave in light of this year's H1N1 epidemic. Read more...

SEIU: Introduction of the U.S. Senate's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Puts America One Step Closer to Health Insurance Reform that Works for the American People

Nov 19, 2009 - Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) President Andy Stern released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate's release of its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read more...

SEIU: A Clean House Should Not Put Your Family's Health At Risk

Nov 18, 2009 - Said SEIU's Anna Burger in support of the Household Product Labeling Act of 2009: "If we have the right to know about the potential side effects of our prescription drugs, we have the right to know what's in our chemical cleaning supplies." Read more...

SEIU Tells Lincoln, Nelson, Landrieu and Lieberman: We're Adopting Your States

Nov 17, 2009 - Vowing to ensure that a handful of key Senators won't prevent an up-or-down vote on critical health insurance reform, SEIU today launched its "Adopt-A-State" campaign. 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...

SEIU Statement on Dobbs' Resignation: Dobbs No Longer Fanning the Flames of Hate at CNN

Nov 12, 2009 - In response to yesterday's announcement that Lou Dobbs is resigning from his position as anchor on CNN effective immediately, SEIU issued the following statement... Read more...

SEIU Statement on ICE Enforcement in the Twin Cities

Nov 10, 2009 - Washington, DC--SEIU issued the following statement regarding ICE enforcement in the Twin Cities: "Enforcement without comprehensive reform is like redecorating when the house is on fire. Instead of solving problems, it only succeeds in pushing undocumented workers away from responsible... Read more...

SEIU: House of Representatives Stand on Right Side of History

Nov 07, 2009 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed America's Affordable Health Choices Act: Read more...

Responding to the Latest Unemployment Numbers...
SEIU to Wall Street: Start Doing Your Part to Help Economy Recover Faster

Nov 06, 2009 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger released the following statement following news that the unemployment rate has reached 10.2 percent... Read more...

Death of Vitter-Bennett Amendment to Wreck the Census is a Victory for Workers, Victory for America

Nov 05, 2009 - After weeks of organizing against the Vitter-Bennett amendment with the Don't Wreck the Census campaign, today the Senate voted for cloture, 60-39, on the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. Read more...

Statement from SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger Supporting Puerto Rico Workers

Nov 04, 2009 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger released the following statement today in support of more than 17,000 workers who are an essential part of Puerto Rico's social safety net in the areas of education, healthcare, and social services. Read more...

One Year After Voting for Change, SEIU Celebrates Victories for Working Families

Nov 04, 2009 - One year after working families voted for change, electing President Barack Obama and progressive candidates up and down the ballot, SEIU released the statement of SEIU President Andy Stern on some of the remarkable progress that has already been achieved for working families. Read more...

SEIU Praises Passage of Hate Crimes Bill, Calls for Workplace Anti-Discrimination Law

Oct 29, 2009 - Today, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice President Mary Kay Henry praised President Obama for his signing into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and called for greater protections for LGBT workers. Read more...

House Proves that Yes We Can Have Health Insurance Reform that Works for the American People

Oct 29, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern released the following statement after the introduction of the America's Affordable Health Choices Act in the House of Representative: "Today, the House of Representative's introduction of the America's Affordable Health Choices Act made clear that President Obama's challenge to our nation holds true: 'Yes We Can...' Read more...

FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair Addresses Thousand of Taxpayers at Showdown in Chicago in Support of President Obama's New Consumer Protection Agency

Oct 26, 2009 - FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair addresses thousands of taxpayers, who are in Chicago for the three days "Showdown" against big banks, to express her support for President Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA). Below is a part of her speech at the Hyatt Regency Chicago early this morning. Read more...

SEIU: CFPA Vote Key First Step But More Must Be Done To Protect Americans From Wall Street Recklessness

Oct 22, 2009 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger released the following statement after the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee voted 39 to 29 to create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA): "Today, Chairman Frank and the Financial Services Committee stood up on behalf of American families by passing legislation to create a strong Consumer Financial Protection Agency--and to prevent business as usual to continue..." Read more...

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

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

One Hundred Thousand Calls to Congress: It's Time to Deliver Health Care Reform That Works

Oct 19, 2009 - More than a thousand events are taking place across the country on Tuesday, October 20th, to make sure Congress knows it's time to deliver health care reform that makes quality care affordable for America's families. Read more...

Hundreds of Thousands of Puerto Rican Workers, Faith Leaders, Students and Citizens to Unite in Hato Rey on October 15

Oct 14, 2009 - As Puerto Rico struggles with a 17 percent unemployment rate, Republican Governor Luis Fortuno is pushing forward with his plan to lay off more than 17,000 state government employees. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for Oct. 25-27: Thousands of Taxpayers to Converge on Bankers Convention to Demand Banks Stop Lobbying Against Financial Reform

Oct 14, 2009 - In the largest taxpayer mobilization since the economic crisis began, thousands of Americans from 20 cities will converge on the American Bankers Association (ABA) conference in Chicago from October 25 to 27 to demand banks stop spending millions in taxpayer dollars to lobby against reforms that would protect Americans from the next economic crisis. Read more...

SEIU Members Join Thousands at U.S. Capitol to Renew Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Oct 13, 2009 - Today, over 400 SEIU members joined fellow activists and religious leaders for a day of religious ceremonies and visits with lawmakers to urge Congress to advance legislation that will overhaul the U.S.'s broken immigration policies. Read more...

Former Census Directors Warn that Vitter Amendment would Severely Damage 2010 Census, Cost Billions

Oct 13, 2009 - Yesterday, five former U.S. Census Directors, who oversaw the U.S. Census process since 1973, expressed in a statement their grave concerns about a proposed amendment by Senator David Vitter (LA-R) to the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill that would add a new question on citizenship and immigration status to the 2010 census. Read more...

What Side of History Will Our Senators Stand?

Oct 13, 2009 - Today, we stand on the brink of making history and giving every American the promise of health insurance reform that no longer leaves families at the mercy of an insurance industry driven by profits and greed Read more...

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

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

San Francisco Residential Service Workers Ratify New Contract with Building Owners

Oct 08, 2009 - On Thursday, October 8, more than 300 residential service workers announced that they have ratified a new three-year union contract with the owners of more than 50 San Francisco residential buildings. The new contract maintains current benefits, decent wages, as well as ensuring wage increases for the residential workers. Read more...

SEIU: No Multimillion-Dollar Compensastion Packages for Ken Lewis, Other Big Bank CEOs

Oct 08, 2009 - Today SEIU sent a letter to Obama administration pay czar Kenneth Feinberg requesting action to prevent outgoing Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis and executives at other banks receiving taxpayer funds from receiving multimillion-dollar retirement, severance, or compensation packages. Read more...

SEIU: Ken Lewis Leaves Legacy as Poster Boy for Bank Execs Gone Bad

Oct 01, 2009 - Following the news of Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis' planned retirement, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) continued its efforts to bring change to the banking industry by releasing a detailed record of Lewis' failed leadership. Read more...

Six Months from Census, National Coalition Outlines Campaign to Ensure Full Count of U.S. Latinos

Oct 01, 2009 - U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves joined prominent Latino groups, labor and faith leaders and leading national Spanish-language media partners today to outline a historic campaign to ensure a full and accurate 2010 Census count of the estimated 50 million Latinos living in the United States. Read more...

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

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

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

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

Thousands of DREAM Students Shine Light on Broken Immigration System, Hold Over 120 "Back to School" Events Nationwide

Sep 23, 2009 - Today thousands of immigrant students held over 120 events in 28 states to support legislation that would allow talented DREAM students who view this country as their own to attend college, serve their nation, and earn a path to U.S. citizenship. Read more...

Sen. Harry Reid, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Join Healthcare Workers and Providers in Call for Reform: "Every Patient Matters"

Sep 23, 2009 - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis joined healthcare workers and healthcare providers today to support making healthcare affordable for every American this year. 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...

Senate Majority Leader Reid Will Speak and New Start Time

Sep 22, 2009 - Throughout the August recess, thousands of nurses, doctors and healthcare workers across America signed medical scrubs in support of healthcare reform. Read more...

SEIU New Report: Wall Street Bilked Taxpayers for $18 Trillion Since Financial Collapse

Sep 21, 2009 - On the eve of the G-20 summit--the first such summit since the financial world collapsed one year ago--the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will release a report detailing the severe impact the crisis has had on working families. Read more...

Working Women and Men Will Not Be Silenced by Right Wing Attack Dogs; We Will Win the Change America Needs

Sep 18, 2009 - Andy Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union, issued the following statement today regarding recent attempts of right wing extremists to silence working families by attacking progressive individuals and community organizations: Read more...

Senate Finance Committee Must Take Up the Challenge to Guarantee Every American Affordable Healthcare

Sep 16, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern released the following statement on the Senate Finance Committee's introduction of the America's Healthy Future Act: ""We are closer than ever before in making health insurance reform a reality..." Read more...

Statement of Anna Burger on Lehman Brothers Collapse and President Obama's Speech

Sep 14, 2009 - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released the statement of Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on the anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse. Read more...

SEIU Denounces Anti-Immigrant Hate Speech

Sep 14, 2009 - Today the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), America's Voice Educational Fund, Center for New Community, and the Campaign for Community Change launched a print ad denouncing known hate group, FAIR (the Federation for American Immigration Reform) for poisoning the healthcare and immigration debates with bigoted, xenophobic hate speech. Read more...

"Let's Shape the History of American Workers in the 21st Century"

Sep 14, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement today to thank outgoing AFL-CIO president John Sweeney for his years of service to working families and congratulate his successor, Richard Trumka. Read more...

Immigrant and Labor Groups Announce Citizenship Push to Help Applicants Overcome Economic Barriers, Boost Naturalization Rates

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

SEIU: America Can and Must Do Better

Sep 09, 2009 - This is our moment to make healthcare affordable and within reach of every American. Read more...

SEIU: Senator Harkin Continues His Fight for Working Families

Sep 09, 2009 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger released the following statement on Iowa Senator Tom Harkin assuming the gavel of the Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for September 11th: National Immigrant, Civil Rights and Labor Groups to Discuss Continued Increase in U.S. Naturalizations, Despite Economic Hurdles

Sep 08, 2009 - In honor of National Citizenship Day, ya es hora ¡Ciudadania! (Citizenship: It's Time!) partners--the NALEO Educational Fund, NCLR and SEIU will join the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) for a telephonic press briefing on Friday, September 11 to preview more than 25 citizenship workshops planned nationwide this month. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for September 10th: Nearly 300 Progressives Descend on Washington to Lobby for Employee Free Choice Act

Sep 08, 2009 - On Thursday, September 10, a coalition of nearly 300 progressives from 15 states across the country will travel to Washington this week to lobby for major labor law reform. Read more...

Obama, Biden Reaffirm Support for Employee Free Choice Act

Sep 07, 2009 - At Labor Day rallies in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, President Obama and Vice President Biden today reaffirmed their support for the Employee Free Choice Act as a top priority of the Administration. Read more...

Nation's Largest Healthcare Union Supports Institute of Medicine Report & Recommendations to Protect Healthcare Workers Against H1N1 Influenza Virus

Sep 03, 2009 - Today, SEIU--the nation's largest organization of healthcare workers--backed the first and only comprehensive, scientific review that offers guidelines to protect healthcare workers caring for patients with a suspected or confirmed case of H1N1 (Swine Flu). Read more...

SEIU to Congress: Mark Labor Day with Pledge to Bring Affordable Healthcare Labor Reform to Working Families

Sep 02, 2009 - As Congress looks ahead to the first Labor Day without the guiding hand of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) called on Congress to mark the holiday with a renewed pledge to bring affordable healthcare and meaningful labor law reform to working families Read more...

SEIU: Continue to Honor Kennedy Legacy, Pass Healthcare Reform

Aug 26, 2009 - Today, SEIU released the following statement by SEIU President Andy Stern on the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy: "In Senator Kennedy's America, every family has access to affordable healthcare, every worker has a paycheck that supports their family and a secure retirement, every child has a right to a quality education, and every immigrant can achieve the American Dream..." Read more...

Foundation Laid for Needed Immigration Reform

Aug 20, 2009 - Today, joined by other labor, advocacy, faith and business leaders, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina will meet with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to lay the groundwork on immigration reform. Read more...

Top Ten Reasons Why Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis and Top Executives Don't Deserve Bonuses this Year

Aug 13, 2009 - In response to reports that big banks are reinstating guaranteed pay and bonus structures not tied to employee performance for top executives, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has released its "Top Ten Reasons Why Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis and Top Executives Don't Deserve Bonuses this Year." Read more...

SEIU Granite State Activists Come Out In Numbers To Support President Obama and Healthcare Reform

Aug 11, 2009 - More than 450 of SEIU's New Hampshire activists came out to a town hall meeting with President Obama to make sure their voices were heard about the importance of passing health insurance reform that makes healthcare affordable for all Americans. Read more...

Workers United Calls on Laborers to Withdraw Petition on Washington DC Hotel

Aug 10, 2009 - The NLRB has scheduled a representation hearing today at the request of the Baltimore Washington Laborers District Council of the Laborers International Union of North America, which filed a petition with the NLRB on Embassy Suites Hotel. Read more...

SEIU-Missouri Statement on Last Night's Healthcare Town Hall Meeting

Aug 07, 2009 - Last night, in St. Louis, a Reverend and SEIU member was assaulted at a town hall dedicated to discussing our national healthcare crisis. The Reverend, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter, and others who attended in hopes of a peaceful dialogue about our nation's healthcare crisis, endured the latest attempt by right-wing fringe groups to hijack the democratic process through violence if necessary. Read more...

SEIU Statement Following Senate Vote Confirming Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court

Aug 06, 2009 - Statement from SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on the U.S. Senate's 68-31 vote today confirming Sonia Sotomayor's nomination as associate justice to the Supreme Court of the United States. Read more...

Radical-Fringe Obstructs Health Reform, Promotes Disruption and Mythology

Aug 06, 2009 - During the past several days, radical-fringe opponents of health care reform have disrupted town hall meetings conducted by members of Congress. At the same time, these radical-fringe groups are disseminating discredited myths about health care reform bills that were adopted by four Congressional committees. 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...

SEIU Executive Vice President Mary Kay Henry Comments as Prepared for Delivery at Rally in Support of Judge Sotomayor

Aug 05, 2009 - Today, SEIU Vice President Mary Kay Henry joined Senators Cardin, Schumer, Whitehouse and Menendez and other community leaders to voice support for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the next associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Her comments, as prepared for delivery, are below: Read more...

Wal-Mart Watch Joins WakeUpWalmart.com to Hold America's Largest Private Employer Accountable for Promises Made

Jul 31, 2009 - Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced that Wal-Mart Watch has joined with WakeUpWalMart.com to form one organization to maximize the ability for Walmart workers to win a voice on the job and bring change to the entire retail industry. 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...

Another DREAMer Deportation Deferred

Jul 24, 2009 - oday, after just 24 hours of letters and calls by Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg and hundreds of grassroots activists, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deferred the deportation of Taha, an 18-year-old honor student from Jersey City. As a result of DHS's actions, Taha will be allowed to finish college and continue his dream to become a pediatrician. Read more...

Tampa Airport Concessions Workers Vote Overwhelmingly to Join Workers United in NLRB Election

Jul 24, 2009 - Yesterday, food service concession workers at the Tampa, Florida airport overwhelmingly voted by a wide margin to join Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. Read more...

SEIU Security Officers Who Guard Kaiser Permanente Hospitals Nationwide Reach Tentative Agreement for First-ever Union Contract

Jul 24, 2009 - Security officers with SEIU United Service Workers West reached a tentative agreement late Wednesday night with private security company Securitas on a contract that would include family healthcare and higher wages for the 2,000 officers that are stationed at Kaiser Permanente facilities in California and across the nation 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...

Prepared Comments of Kathy DeVincentis on Need for Healthcare Reform at Senate Press Conference

Jul 23, 2009 - Retired SEIU member Kathy DeVincentis stood with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic leaders at a press conference on Capitol Hill today to share her story on the need for Congress to move quickly on healthcare reform. Read more...

Statement from SEIU President Andy Stern on President Obama's Comments Tonight on Healthcare Reform

Jul 22, 2009 - "Tonight, President Obama showed why workers across America put their faith in him last November - his commitment to changing the status quo and fixing our broken healthcare system." 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...

SEIU Releases New Report Exposing Bank of America's Steep Cuts in Small Business Administration Lending Despite Taking Billions in Taxpayer Bailouts

Jul 22, 2009 - Today, as reported in USA Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) unveiled a new report exposing Bank of America's drastic decline in Small Business Administration (SBA) lending to the country's struggling small businesses despite the billions the bank received in taxpayer-funded bailouts to spark renewed lending. Read more...

Schumer Moves Ball Forward on Immigration Reform

Jul 21, 2009 - SEIU commends Senator Schumer and members of the Judiciary Subcommittee for rolling up their sleeves and starting to lay the groundwork for a thoughtful, solution-driven debate on comprehensive immigration reform this fall. Yet, the current E-Verify program needs significant improvements before it can serve as an effective component of comprehensive reform. Read more...

U.S. Chamber, Big Banks Continue Attack on America's Economic Recovery

Jul 21, 2009 - Today, SEIU released a statement from Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger following reports that Congress is delaying action on the Consumer Financial Protection Agency following lobbying efforts and a letter from the U.S. Chamber and big banks. Read more...

Tenet Nurses, Healthcare Workers Take Action to Protest Sick Leave Cuts Tenet Nurses, Healthcare Workers Take Action to Protest Sick Leave Cuts

Jul 21, 2009 - Registered Nurses and hospital workers who provide care at hospitals owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation organized an unprecedented national protest today against attempts to cut their access to sick leave. Read more...

House Committees Increase Momentum on Long March towards American Healthcare Reform

Jul 17, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern released the following statement after the House Ways & Means and Education & Labor Committees concluded their markup of healthcare reform legislation, joining the Senate HELP Committee in proving that comprehensive reform is both fiscally responsible and legislatively achievable this year. 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...

Montana SEIU Member Tells Senators How Affordable Health Choices Act Will Help Her

Jul 16, 2009 - SEIU Member and Montana homecare worker Patricia DeJong today stood with Democratic Senators Dodd, Harkin and Mikulski at a press conference on Capitol Hill today to share how The Affordable Health Choices Act passed yesterday by the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will help hardworking Americans like her Read more...

SEIU Members in California Congratulate Congresswoman-Elect Judy Chu

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

SEIU Commends Senate HELP Committee for Legislation that Guarantees Americans have Access to Affordable Healthcare

Jul 15, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern released the following statement after the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension Committee concluded its markup of healthcare reform legislation. Read more...

SEIU: House Democrats Make Good on Promise to Deliver Quality, Affordable Healthcare for All

Jul 14, 2009 - House Democrats unveiled a healthcare bill today that proves comprehensive reform is both fiscally responsible and legislatively achievable this year. The plan guarantees quality, affordable care for every American and offsets costs with tough spending cuts and a fairer tax system. Read more...

Start of Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings Reminder America is Still the Land of Opportunity

Jul 13, 2009 - "Today, millions of Hispanic children and young girls of every race, religion and background will look at coverage of Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearing in their newspaper, TV or computer screen and picture themselves in her chair," said SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger today on the start of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. 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...

SEIU: Consumer Financial Protection Agency Will Restore Faith and Confidence in Financial Industry

Jul 09, 2009 - ervice Employees International Union Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger released a statement on the introduction of H.R. 3126, which will establish a much-needed Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Read more...

U.S. Senate's Expansion of Reckless E-Verify System is Harmful for All Workers

Jul 08, 2009 - Today the U.S. Senate passed an amendment by Senator Jeff Sessions to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to permanently mandate use of the E-Verify employment verification system for all employees of Federal contractors. SEIU, which scored the vote, has long opposed the expansion of a program that has repeatedly been proven to be flawed and costly by the Social Security Administration and the Congressional Budget Office. Read more...

SEIU Reiterates Call for Financial Reform that Includes Protections for Bank Workers to Speak Out for Consumers, Economy

Jul 07, 2009 - Today, the Service Employees International Union released a statement from Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on news in the Washington Post that the U.S. Chamber and banking industry are intensifying their lobbying efforts against financial reform. Read more...

Proteje a la Democracia en Honduras

Jul 07, 2009 - Hoy el Sindicato Internacional de Trabajadores de Servicios (SEIU), en solidaridad con las organizaciones hermanas en Honduras - el Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Honduras (CUTH), la Confederación de Trabajadores Hondureñas (CTH), el Central General de Trabajadores (CGT), y la Confederación Sindical de las Américas (CSA), que representa más de 45 millones de trabajadores en las Américas Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for July 8: "HealthCare Remix" Discussion on Reform

Jul 06, 2009 - SEIU, Lupus Foundation for America Greater Washington and Future of Music Coalition to hold open discussion on how individuals in the arts & beyond can benefit from reform. The event is planned in conjunction with the 4th Annual J Dilla Tribute & Fundraiser presented by SEIU, LFAGW & Hedrush Entertainment. Read more...

Protect Democracy in Honduras

Jul 06, 2009 - Today the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), standing in solidarity with sister organizations in Honduras--the Unitary Central of Honduran Workers (CUTH), the Confederation of Honduran Workers (CTH), the General Workers Central (CGT), and the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), which represents over 45 million workers in the hemisphere--issued the following statement condemning the military coup that resulted in the illegal ouster of democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya. Read more...

Walter Lara Independence Day Victory!

Jul 02, 2009 - Today, after 48 hours of intense activism by Congressional Leaders, bloggers, and thousands of grassroots activists who made calls and sent letters on Walter Lara's behalf, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) moved to defer 23-year old Lara's scheduled deportation back one year until July 3, 2010. Read more...

HELP Committee Seizes Moment to Drive Down Healthcare Costs and Guarantee Choice for All Working Families

Jul 02, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern released the following statement on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee's release of their complete bill. Read more...

SEIU to Citigroup: Shameful to Raise Interest Rates During Economic Crisis

Jul 01, 2009 - SEIU's Anna Burger: "It's shameful that Citigroup would raise interest rates on millions of Americans during a time when record unemployment and home foreclosures are forcing families to rely more and more on their credit cards just to get by." Read more...

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

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

Rep. Keith Ellison, SEIU, Consumer Groups Join Bank Workers Speaking Out Against Anti-Consumer Sales Practices, Failed Banking Model

Jun 30, 2009 - Today, as President Obama detailed new consumer protection legislation, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), SEIU, the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) joined current and former Bank of America workers speaking out against anti-consumer sales practices and a failed banking model and calling for needed reforms to protect front-line bank workers and consumers. Read more...

SEIU Endorses Creigh Deeds For Governor

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

Believe Together Coalition Celebrates Largest Ever Faith-Inspired Mobilization for Health Care Reform

Jun 25, 2009 - Americans of many faiths gathered in Freedom Plaza yesterday evening to unite in support of a health care future that is grounded in the sacred bonds of our common humanity, defined by compassion, especially for those who are most vulnerable, and reflective of faithful stewardship of our abundant health care resources. Read more...

SEIU Statement on White House Immigration Meeting

Jun 25, 2009 - Today, President Barack Obama met with a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders to discuss steps for passing comprehensive immigration reform. Read more...

Healthcare Equality Advocates "Light the Night" For Reform, Demand Congressional Action On Disparities

Jun 24, 2009 - Tonight, thousands of healthcare workers, doctors, nurses and other frontline caregivers, joined activists and healthcare equality advocates at "Lighting the Night, Equality '09," hosted by the Healthcare Equality Project, to demand that Congressional reform efforts address systemic inequality in the American healthcare system. Read more...

Passage of the DREAM Act Will Allow Next Generation of Leaders to Achieve Their Own American Dream

Jun 23, 2009 - Today, with the U.S. Capitol's Statue of Freedom reaching to the sky behind them, more than 500 students from across the country took part in a symbolic graduation ceremony to urge Congress to support our nation's future leaders by passing the DREAM Act. Read more...

Regarding the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Landmark Principles: Respecting the Just Rights of Workers: Guidance and Options for Catholic Healthcare and Unions

Jun 22, 2009 - Today's announcement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) marks an incredibly powerful and hope-filled moment for more than 600,000 healthcare workers and Catholic hospitals across America. Read more...

U.S. Chamber Attacks on Healthcare Reform Hurting Small Businesses

Jun 19, 2009 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's attacks on healthcare reform are hurting small businesses at a time when they're already struggling, say small business owners. Read more...

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

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

Top 10 Historical U.S. Chamber Quotes Against Healthcare

Jun 17, 2009 - The fact is, America's healthcare system is broken and all the right-wing continues to do is champion the status quo and purposely distort the reality of what fixing healthcare will mean to millions of American families. The Chamber's assault on the current bill is simply the latest in a string of attacks on common-sense healthcare reforms during the course of their existence. Read more...

International Executive Board of SEIU Unanimously Adopts Landmark Ethics & Standards Package for Union

Jun 15, 2009 - At the June meeting of the International Executive Board (IEB) of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the highest governing body of the union between conventions, board members voted unanimously over the weekend to adopt a rigorous and sweeping package of ethical standards and practices to be applied union-wide. Read more...

Coalition of Doctor Organizations: "Our Patients Deserve the Choice of a Public Health Insurance Option"

Jun 15, 2009 - Doctors from several national organizations, which combined represent 215,000 physicians and physicians-in-training, issued a statement this morning in support of achieving health care reform this year, including the creation of a robust, high-quality public health insurance option. Read more...

Workers at Caritas Carney Hospital in Boston Vote to Join 1199SEIU

Jun 10, 2009 - Following a two-day, hospital-wide vote, nearly 500 caregivers at Caritas Carney Hospital in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston voted overwhelmingly (79% YES) to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest labor union of healthcare workers in Massachusetts. Carney Hospital is part of Caritas Christi Health Care, the largest community based hospital system in the state. Read more...

As U.S. Chamber Announces $100 Million Campaign, SEIU Seeks to Expose Chamber's Anti-Working Families Record

Jun 10, 2009 - The very same day that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced a $100 million campaign to "defend the free market system," SEIU announced a campaign of its own: to expose the Chamber's record of opposing working families and common-sense legislation that would help our economy. Read more...

On Heels of Chamber's Failed Lobby Day, SEIU Asks Senators to Stand With Working Families, Not Greedy Corporate Lobbyists

Jun 10, 2009 - Just days after the Chamber of Commerce hosted an embarrassing anti-Employee Free Choice Act Lobby Day--an effort that succeeded in getting two Senators to reinforce their support for the legislation, and that featured a major labor law violator--SEIU today released a series of ads calling on targeted Senators to "stand with working families," not "the CEO bullies of Wall Street." Read more...

Stern Statement regarding HELP Committee's Americans Health Choices Act

Jun 09, 2009 - Andy Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union, provided the following statement upon release of the Senate HELP Committee draft of Healthcare Reform legislation. Read more...

SEIU: Passing "Reuniting Families Act" Is Long Overdue

Jun 04, 2009 - SEIU Vice President Eliseo Medina released the following statement today in support of the "Reuniting Families Act" introduced today by California Congressman Mike Honda: "[...] For too many SEIU members and other hard working immigrants, bureaucratic backlogs and wait times keep their families thousands of miles away. This legislation will help reduce illegal immigration through several long-sought improvements to our family-based visa system." Read more...

Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign Launched to Spearhead National Immigration Reform Effort

Jun 03, 2009 - At today's press conference, leaders of labor unions, business coalitions, civil rights and religious groups, and pro-immigrant advocacy organizations announced the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign--an effort to focus the political power of these diverse constituencies and give the American people a way to communicate their broad support for comprehensive immigration reform directly to lawmakers in Washington. Read more...

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

Jun 02, 2009 - SEIU intends to fight the Governor's callous and immoral budget proposals and advance real solutions that enhance state and federal revenue--and reduce the amount that must be cut from home care and other vital services Californians need. Read more...

SEIU to Vitter: You Can Run (For Re-election) But You Can't Hide (From Your Voting Record)

May 29, 2009 - Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), facing an uphill battle for reelection and wanting to keep his options open for 2012, has aimed his fire on SEIU, who dared to draw attention to his shameful anti-working families record in a new ad that ran in Thursday's Times-Picayune. Read more...

Senseless Budget Cuts Will Gut California's Cost Efficient Home Care Program and Force Seniors and People with Disabilities Out of Their Homes and into Institutions

May 26, 2009 - Seniors, people with disabilities and the people who provide the care that permits them to live at home launched a statewide effort today to fight back against Governor Schwarzenegger's sharp and deep budget cuts with a 48-hour vigil at the State Capitol, a class-action lawsuit, and a new television and print ad campaign featuring President Barack Obama. Read more...

SEIU Raises Concerns about Private Equity-Owned Banks

May 26, 2009 - SEIU is raising a red flag on last week's FDIC deal to sell Florida's BankUnited to a consortium of private equity firms. Read more...

Media Advisory: CA Seniors, Home Caregivers and Community Supporters to Hold 48-Hour Vigil on State Capitol Grounds to Protest Massive Cuts to Services

May 26, 2009 - Facing threat of losing vital services that allow them to stay in their homes, seniors and people with disabilities will join home care workers from across the state in a 48-hour vigil on the grounds of the State Capitol. The proposed cuts come just months after California gave corporations more than $1.5 billion in unnecessary tax breaks, far more than needed to maintain home care services. Read more...

Working Women and Men of SEIU Hail Supreme Court Nominee as Extraordinary Choice for Today and Tomorrow

May 26, 2009 - Statement of SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger on President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States: "Some choices are made for today; others are decided with the future in mind: this choice is right on both counts..." Read more...

SEIU: Pass "The Healthy Families Act" To Help Workers and Businesses

May 22, 2009 - "Hard-working Americans deserve to know that they can go see a doctor without losing their job," said SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, following the introduction late yesterday of "The Healthy Families Act" by Senator Kennedy. Representative DeLauro introduced the legislation into the House of Representatives earlier this week. Read more...

Groups Unveil Progressive Revenue Options for Healthcare Reform

May 21, 2009 - Today Citizens for Tax Justice joined Health Care for America Now and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to unveil a report outlining an array of revenue options that can provide the necessary funds to implement President Obama's proposals to reform healthcare. Read more...

Statement by SEIU President Andy Stern on Governor Schwarzenegger's Plan to Hurt California's Most Vulnerable Citizens and Workers

May 20, 2009 - Today SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement in response to Governor Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts. Read more...

SEIU: Hold Credit Card Companies Accountable for Good of Our Economy

May 19, 2009 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger released the following statement after today's overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in the Senate to pass the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act... Read more...

Media Advisory: Faith Leaders Converge on Washington to Lobby Congress on Employee Free Choice Act

May 19, 2009 - More than 50 interfaith leaders from across the country will fly to Washington, DC tomorrow, lobbying Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act. Read more...

SEIU Launches New "Keep America Working" Hotline and Website to Support Workers and Small Business Owners as Big Banks Push to Liquidate

May 14, 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...

Religious Leaders Call on Congress to Pass Employee Free Choice Act

May 12, 2009 - Prominent interfaith leaders today called on Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, calling it a "moral imperative" and a civil and human right. Read more...

SEIU: "It's Time Everyone Pays Their Fair Share to Rebuild Our Economy"

May 11, 2009 - SEIU members wake up and work hard to put food on the table and strengthen their community while getting through a healthcare crisis, a housing crisis, a higher education crisis and the list goes on and on. At the same time, American businesses reap the benefits of millions spent on Washington lobbying with tax codes that allow them to shirk their responsibility to pay taxes and actually pay them to create jobs overseas instead of here in America. Read more...

Hartmarx Workers Vote to "Sit In" to Save Their Jobs

May 11, 2009 - Today, 500 workers at the Chicago-based apparel firm Hart Schaffner & Marx held a rally and historic "sit in" vote to fight for their jobs, as major lender and TARP fund recipient Wells Fargo & Co. pushes for a bankruptcy closure of the facility. Read more...

SEIU Announces Unprecedented Coalition to Save $2 Trillion in Healthcare Costs, Pass Obama Healthcare Plan

May 11, 2009 - SEIU, AdvaMed, AHA, PhRMA, America's Health Insurance Plans and the AMA have met with President Obama and committed to the President's vision of meaningful healthcare reform that guarantees every American access to affordable, high quality healthcare. 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...

Obama Administration Rules Against California's Proposed Wage Cuts to Homecare Workers

May 08, 2009 - In a major victory for California's 250,000 In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) workers and the 440,000 seniors and people with disabilities who rely on IHSS for daily care, the Obama Administration has ruled that proposed cuts to the IHSS program violate the terms of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Read more...

Report Shows Falling Standards For NJ School Food Service Workers

May 07, 2009 - Thousands of school food service workers in New Jersey are living at or near poverty and the state's $200 million industry, dominated by Fairfield, NJ based Pomptonian Food Service Read more...

Corporate Lobbyists Attacking Employee Free Choice Act Show True Colors, Oppose Rules to Rein in Greedy CEOs

May 07, 2009 - Corporate lobbyists attacking the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that would allow workers to bargain with their employers for better job security, wages and benefits, are showing their true colors when it comes to rules intended to rein in greedy CEOs. Read more...

SEIU Statement on Bank of America's Failure to Pass Stress Test

May 06, 2009 - SEIU's Anna Burger released the following statement on the federal government's Stress Tests for Bank of America: "These stress tests prove what the American public has known for a long time: Bank of America is failing taxpayers and our economy. And now taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $150 billion in additional public assistance." Read more...

SEIU Vice President Eliseo Medina Testifies In Support Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Apr 30, 2009 - Today, SEIU Vice President Eliseo Medina testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. At a hearing on the need for passing comprehensive immigration reform in 2009, Medina detailed a unified reform framework that was released earlier this month by Change to Win (which includes SEIU) and AFL-CIO. Read more...

Bank of America Must Act on All Taxpayer Demands to Restore Economy

Apr 30, 2009 - Tens of thousands of taxpayers took action this week at Bank of America branches in nearly 100 cities to demand the failed bank take action to create an economy that works for all. Nearly 100,000 taxpayers declared those demands on "Taxpayer Proxies" and yesterday taxpayers, former Bank of America workers, religious leaders, and community allies took those demands directly to the Bank of America annual shareholder meeting. Read more...

SEIU Master Trust Leads Successful Shareholder Resolution that Forces Ken Lewis to Resign as Bank of America Chair

Apr 29, 2009 - Today, in one of the most contentious annual shareholder meetings in Bank of America's (BAC) history, shareholders called for new leadership and greater accountability as 50.3 percent voted in favor of a resolution forcing Chairman Ken Lewis to resign as Chairman of the Board. Read more...

Taxpayers, Bank Workers, Community Allies Deliver Demands of Tens of Thousands of Taxpayers at Bank of America Shareholder Meeting

Apr 29, 2009 - Following actions in nearly 100 cities, taxpayers, bank workers, and community allies delivered the demands of nearly tens of thousands of nurses, security officers, child care providers, and other taxpayers at Bank of America's annual shareholder meeting in Charlotte today to restore balance to the economy and eliminate corporate excess. Read more...

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

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

SEIU President Andy Stern Statement on Senator Arlen Specter

Apr 28, 2009 - It's clear to us that the right-wing conservatives in control of the leadership of the Republican party in Pennsylvania left Senator Specter long ago and we are pleased that he has decided to do the same. Read more...

SEIU's Anna Burger Statement on Obama 100 Days: "Turning the promise of change into reality."

Apr 28, 2009 - President Obama has made it clear from day one that we will not be able to rebuild our economy stronger than it was without a greater voice, and greater prosperity, for American workers. Read more...

Tens of Thousands of Taxpayers Take Action at Bank of America Branches Nationwide to Take Back the Economy

Apr 28, 2009 - Fueled by mounting frustration over an economic system that rewards corporate executives for their bad decisions while working people struggle to stay afloat, tens of thousands of taxpayers took action today at Bank of America branches across the country in advance of Bank of America's Annual Shareholder Meeting. Read more...

Tens of Thousands of Taxpayers Take Action at Bank of America Branches Nationwide to Take Back the Economy

Apr 28, 2009 - Fueled by mounting frustration over an economic system that rewards corporate executives for their bad decisions while working people struggle to stay afloat, tens of thousands of taxpayers took action today at Bank of America branches across the country in advance of Bank of America's Annual Shareholder Meeting. Read more...

SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Condemns PR Governor Fortuño's plan to lay off tens of thousands of public workers, privatize public services

Apr 27, 2009 - The following is a statement from Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), condemning Puerto Rico Governor Fortuno's so-called 'austerity' plan that would dismiss more than 30,000 public employees, privatize government services, and suspend many labor rights. Read more...

American Families Can't Afford Continued Delay on HHS Nominee

Apr 23, 2009 - President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services has yet to be confirmed by the Senate despite her proven commitment to bipartisanship. Read more...

Tens of Thousands of Taxpayers to Protest at 100s of Bank of America Branches Nationwide

Apr 23, 2009 - Fueled by mounting frustration over an economic system that rewards corporate executives for their bad decisions while working people struggle to stay afloat, tens of thousands of taxpayers will protest at Bank of America branches across the country on April 28th in advance of Bank of America's Annual Shareholder Meeting. Read more...

SEIU: Today's SPLC Report Is "A Wakeup Call" For America

Apr 21, 2009 - SEIU International Executive Vice-President Eliseo Medina released the following statement on today's report by the Southern Poverty Law Center examining the discrimination and abuse of Hispanic workers in the South: Read more...

Change to Win And AFL-CIO Unveil Unified Immigration Reform Framework

Apr 14, 2009 - Change to Win and the AFL-CIO today unveiled a unified framework for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The joint announcement and proposal is a critical sign of support for the Administration and Congress to address immigration reform - and to ensure that it remains a priority on the legislative calendar. Read more...

SEIU to Chamber of Commerce: 'Stop Using Taxpayer Bailout Funds to Undermine Working Families and Impede Economic Recovery'

Apr 13, 2009 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger Responds to Chamber of Commerce Using Taxpayer Bailout to Fund Anti-Employee Free Choice Campaign Read more...

More than 800 Workers at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center Make History with Vote to join 1199SEIU

Apr 09, 2009 - In one of the Largest Union Votes at a Boston Area Hospital in decades, workers unite for the best patient care, for their families and for each other Read more...

NLRB Upholds SEIU UHW as Union for 48,000 Kaiser Workers, Dismisses Bogus Petitions to Decertify

Apr 09, 2009 - On April 7, the National Labor Relations Board officially dismissed a petition seeking to decertify SEIU UHW as the union representing more than 48,000 caregivers at Kaiser Permanente facilities Read more...

United States District Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against NUHW and Former Leaders of SEIU UHW;

Apr 09, 2009 - Today, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) Read more...

Statement of Andy Stern in Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dedication to Working Families

Apr 03, 2009 - This weekend, we will remember the life and the dream of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his dedication to uplifting all Americans seeking social justice and economic freedom. Read more...

Congress' Passage of Obama's Budget Puts Our Country One Step Closer to the Health Reform Americans Demanded in November

Apr 03, 2009 - All around this country, families are struggling with mounting healthcare debt, small business owners are wondering if they will have to shutter their doors, and healthcare providers are witnessing one tragic story after another because of the weight our current healthcare system is putting on our shoulders Read more...

Statement of Andy Stern, President, Service Employees International Union Regarding the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America

Apr 01, 2009 - Millions of working women and men and their families face almost insurmountable barriers to better health on a daily basis: deplorable working conditions, substandard housing and schools, and poor access to fresh and healthy meals. Read more...

Al Sharpton's National Action Network Honors SEIU President Andy Stern for Work on Civil Rights, Social/ Economic Justice and Equality

Apr 01, 2009 - On Wednesday, April 1st, Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern will be recognized for his social and political advocacy work by Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) at the 11th annual Keepers of the Dream awards. Read more...

With GM Chief Wagoner Out, SEIU Says, 'Fire Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis Next'

Mar 31, 2009 - On the heels of General Motors Chief Executive Rick Wagoner's firing Monday for his mismanagement of a company that received billions in taxpayer dollars, SEIU called for Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis to be next. Read more...

Nurses Win $13.6 Million Settlement Aimed at Boosting Recruitment, Retention in Detroit-Area Hospitals

Mar 31, 2009 - Nurses in the Detroit area are celebrating a settlement that has been reached with St. John's Health System of a class action lawsuit brought to expose attempts by area hospitals to hold down wages for nurses despite an ongoing shortage of RNs wiling to work in acute care hospitals. Read more...

Labor Unions, Environmental Organizations Urge Passage of Climate Change Legislation in 2009

Mar 27, 2009 - Four labor unions and two environmental organizations today announced their support for comprehensive cap-and-trade climate change legislation in 2009. The Blue Green Alliance and its partner organizations said this legislation is an effective way to rapidly put millions of Americans back to work building a clean energy economy and to reduce global warming emissions to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Read more...

SEIU: "The DREAM Act will contribute to America's future prosperity by freeing a new generation to build a stronger America"

Mar 26, 2009 - The DREAM Act will contribute to America's future prosperity by freeing a new generation to build a stronger America. SEIU's 2 million members strongly support this bi-partisan legislation because it reinforces what America has always stood for-if you work hard you can make a difference and make the world a better place. Read more...

Landmark Nurses' Lawsuit to Improve Staffing Moves Forward

Mar 26, 2009 - A landmark lawsuit filed by registered nurses in Detroit over efforts by hospitals in their area to conspire to hold down wages for nurses-even in the face of a chronic shortage of nurses willing to work in acute care hospitals-will move forward after a federal judge rejected attempts to have the case dismissed. Read more...

Statement from SEIU President Andy Stern on the Employee Free Choice Act

Mar 24, 2009 - In the middle of this economic crisis, passing the Employee Free Choice Act is exactly the right thing to do to give workers the chance to level the playing field. Read more...

Major Coalition Launches Health Care Equality Project, Demands Swift Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities Through Healthcare Reform

Mar 24, 2009 - More than 20 major labor, community, health, civil rights, social justice, and faith organizations gathered in Washington today to kick off a major coalition campaign, the Healthcare Equality Project, to fight healthcare disparities. Read more...

SEIU and Workers United Announce Affiliation

Mar 23, 2009 - A common mission, a common history and common challenges in this new economy bring Workers United and SEIU together to achieve their mutual goal of bringing dignity and security to members and workers in the garment, textile, laundry, distribution, property services and hospitality industries. Read more...

SEIU: CBO Deficit Projections Reinforce "Now Is the Time to Take Action" to Fix America's Broken Healthcare System

Mar 20, 2009 - The release of new deficit projections today by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) emphasize the need for Congress to pass President Obama's budget so that we can fix the major underlying problems with America's economy. "American families cannot afford to wait for the change that is necessary to reform our economy and broken healthcare system," said SEIU's Anna Burger. "We cannot let opponents of change stand in the way." Read more...

10,000 to Protest at Major U.S. Banks and Firms, including AIG, Bank of America, and Citigroup

Mar 17, 2009 - With almost daily revelations of abuses by Wall Street giants, some 10,000 Americans will participate in over 100 actions in over 30 states on Thursday, March 19 to push the solutions needed to rebuild the economy on sound, strong footing. Read more...

Fire Sale of Bank Assets Would Hurt Taxpayers; It's Time for an Economy That Works for Everyone

Mar 16, 2009 - SEIU's Anna Burger issued a statement on Secretary Geithner's latest TALF proposal today: "Treasury Secretary Geithner's plan to invite private equity and hedge fund investors to a fire sale of bank assets is a return to the very same policies and practices that triggered the financial crisis in the first place." Read Burger's entire statement here. Read more...

Workers From Across Nation Lobby Congress to Get Economy Back on Track with Employee Free Choice Act

Mar 10, 2009 - On Tuesday, Congressman George Miller (D-CA) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill to make it easier for workers to bargain with their employers for better wages and healthcare. At the same time, hundreds of workers from across the country descended on Washington to lobby their own Members of Congress on the importance of the bill. Read more...

Testimony of Kelly Badillo, Member of SEIU 32BJ Before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Mar 10, 2009 - My story exemplifies that businesses and unions can work together for the benefit of hardworking Americans like me. My daughters are grown and have jobs of their own, but I can only hope they can enjoy a strong voice on the workplace like I have had. Read more...

Hundreds Demonstrate at Chamber of Commerce, Industry Groups To Expose Massive Anti-Worker Lobbying Even as Individual Firms Attempt Low Profile

Mar 09, 2009 - Nurses, janitors, security officers, and hundreds of other workers from across the country rallied today at the offices of major corporate industry associations to expose the huge scope of their DC lobbying against measures that could help working people in today's economy. Read more...

Nurses Celebrate Landmark Legal Settlement That Will Help Ensure Fair Compensation, Improve Patient Safety and Staffing

Mar 09, 2009 - The $1.25 million deal is the first settlement in 5 lawsuits nationally aimed at stopping hospitals from conspiring to depress nurse wages. Read more...

SEIU Healthcare's Dennis Rivera: "There's No Time to Waste"

Mar 05, 2009 - SEIU Healthcare Chair Dennis Rivera released the following statement after participating in today's White House Forum on Health Reform: Read more...

Hundreds of Workers Head to Washington Monday to Press Lawmakers, Lobbyists and CEOs on Need for Workers' Voices in Rebuilding Economy

Mar 05, 2009 - Nurses, janitors, security officers, and hundreds of other workers from across the country will head to Washington, D.C. next week to tell lawmakers, lobbyists, and corporate CEOs to stand with them and take immediate steps to create an economy that works for everyone. Read more...

SEIU Homecare Member from Chicago Testifies for Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

Mar 03, 2009 - Today, Rebia Mixon Clay, a homecare worker from Chicago, testified before the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections about the need for Congress to enact family-friendly policies that make sound economic sense not only in good times, but during recessionary times as well. Read more...

Kathleen Sebelius Ready to Lead Healthcare Reform in 2009

Mar 02, 2009 - President Obama's appointment of Governor Kathleen Sebelius confirms his commitment to health care reform. This is yet another clear signal that this is the year to make quality, affordable health care for everyone a reality. Read more...

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

Feb 27, 2009 - Change to Win Chair and SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, issued the following statement about the first meeting of the Middle Class Task Force today, chaired by Vice President Joe Biden, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Read more...

President Obama's Budget: "A New Era for Working Families"

Feb 26, 2009 - Change to Win Chair and SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, issued the following statement about President Barack Obama's proposed budget. Read more...

Former Officers Risked Contracts, Security of Members, say Trustees of UHW

Feb 26, 2009 - SEIU reviews emergency aspects of UHW trusteeship in hearing; UHW Trustees move forward to stabilize local and protect members' gains put at risk by former president, officers Read more...

SEIU Launches Illinois TV Ad in Support of Congressional Candidate & Healthcare Champion Sara Feigenholtz

Feb 25, 2009 - In anticipation of next week's special primary election, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced today that it has begun a new, aggressive television ad campaign to elect State Representative Sara Feigenholtz Read more...

The Bold Leadership America Needs to Confront A Broken Healthcare System

Feb 24, 2009 - Change to Win Chair and SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger issued the following statement after attending President Obama's address to Congress this evening: Read more...

Statement of SEIU President Andy Stern on Secretary Hilda Solis

Feb 24, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement following today's bipartisan vote by the U.S. Senate to confirm Hilda Solis' as the next Secretary of Labor. Read more...

Statement of SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger Following White House Fiscal Responsibility Summit

Feb 23, 2009 - SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger issued a statement after participating in today's White House Fiscal Responsibility Summit: "Today under President Obama's leadership, representatives from government, civil society, academia, business and labor united as a country to get our economy back on track." Read the rest here. Read more...

New Report to be released on Feb 19. to Show How Union Job Growth Will Aid CA Economic Recovery

Feb 18, 2009 - As the national focus begins to shift from passage of the Economic Recovery Act to securing long-term solutions for re-building the middle class, a coalition of leading academics, religious leaders, and civil rights leaders will gather to advocate for the Employee Free Choice Act, which would give employees greater freedom to join a union. Read more...

Rallies in Five Cities Planned On Friday the 13th to Protect CA Families from the Bad Budget Deal and Permanent, Deep Cuts to Homecare, Education, and Other Vital Services

Feb 12, 2009 - As the Governor and legislators announced a budget deal that includes temporary revenues in exchange for deep cuts and a budget cap that makes them permanent, SEIU members and community allies from around the state plan to rally in front of the Capitol Building in Sacramento and the Governor's offices in Los Angeles, Riverside, Fresno and San Diego on Thursday and Friday of this week. Read more...

SEIU Urges Full Senate Vote On Rep. Hilda Solis for Secretary of Labor (Press Release)

Feb 11, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement on the importance of today's vote by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Representative Hilda Solis' nomination as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Read more...

New Private Equity Principles Just a Fig Leaf; Failed Attempt to Mask 'Greediness' As Usual

Feb 10, 2009 - Today, in coordination with the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Private Equity Council released a new code of responsible corporate practices. Read more...

Labor Union and Major Health Care Agency Renew Groundbreaking National Agreement to Protect Workers, Health Care Options, and Critical Community Services

Feb 10, 2009 - SEIU and Addus HealthCare, Inc. today signed a renewed national agreement that will further improve home care for seniors and people with disabilities by covering 10,000 Addus HealthCare, Inc. workers in 11 states -- California, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Montana, Delaware and Washington. Read more...

SEIU to Conferees on Recovery Bill: Don't Shortchange Working People

Feb 10, 2009 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger today sent a letter to House-Senate conferees that thanks members of Congress for their urgent and necessary efforts so far to create jobs that will stem the economic crisis and that urges them to complete work quickly on a comprehensive plan. Read more...

SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger Named to President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board

Feb 06, 2009 - Anna Burger, chair of the Change to Win labor federation and International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is being named by President Obama to his Economic Recovery Advisory Board in a ceremony at the White House today along with other board members. Read more...

Statement of SEIU President Andy Stern on Rep. Hilda Solis for Secretary of Labor

Feb 05, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement on Representative Hilda Solis' nomination as U.S. Secretary of Labor. 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...

SEIU Keeps The Focus On Comprehensive Health Care Reform As President Obama Signs SCHIP Legislation

Feb 04, 2009 - "With the economy in crisis and the cost of health insurance skyrocketing, too many of America's families have been forced to decide between taking their child to the doctor and paying their monthly bills. Today, President Obama made clear hardworking families should not have to make that choice," said SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger, as the President signed a bipartisan bill to strengthen the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Read more...

Statement by SEIU President Andy Stern on Obama Administration Plans to Limit Executive Pay at Firms Receiving Bailout Money

Feb 04, 2009 - As we've seen with firms like Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, not only do big banks take billions in taxpayer bailouts and still allow bonuses, they're also taking taxpayer money and working against measures like the Employee Free Choice Act that would help hard-working taxpayers gain a voice to help restore the middle class. Read more...

Buyout debt threatens another financial and jobs meltdown

Feb 03, 2009 - As the Private Equity Super Returns conference got underway in Berlin, Philip Jennings, general secretary of UNI Global Union, Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Jack Dromey, deputy general secretary of UNITE, and John Evans, general secretary of Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD, gathered to demand immediate reforms to private equity in order to help avoid further economic crisis. The labour leaders warn that economic disparity and unfettered corporate greed have proven toxic for the economy and must be reformed. Government leaders must take action. Read more...

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

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

SEIU Statement on President Obama's Executive Orders For Working America

Jan 30, 2009 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger released the following statement today regarding President Obama's White House ceremony to sign four worker-related executive orders into law, including the creation of the Middle Class Working Families Task Force led by Vice-president Joe Biden. Read more...

On Heels of Senate SCHIP Vote, SEIU Calls On Congress to Keep Rebuilding the American Dream

Jan 29, 2009 - Today, Congress took a first and important step to rebuilding the American Dream," said SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger as Senators from both parties worked together to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). "We applaud the Senate for strengthening the children's health insurance program and ensuring no child must wait for care." Read more...

Labor, Progressive Groups Hold Press Conference Call to React to House Vote on Obama Economic Recovery Package and Announce Plans for Senate Vote

Jan 29, 2009 - TODAY, at 2:15PM EST, the Center for American Progress Action Fund will host a conference call with Anna Burger, International Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU, Jim Gerstein, Executive Director, Democracy Corps, Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org, James Kvaal, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change and Alan Charney, USAction... Read more...

House Republicans' Vote on Economic Recovery Package: "Completely Out of Touch with Working People in America"

Jan 28, 2009 - The only solution House Republicans offer to our economic crisis is tax cuts, but tax cuts only work for people who are working. People who have lost their jobs and watched their futures go up in smoke don't want more hot air ... they want action and got it today from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Read more...

Statement by UHW Trustee Eliseo Medina on the Trusteeship of Local UHW-W

Jan 28, 2009 - "If you push aside the smoke screen that UHW officers created, the core issue and root cause of their repeated misconduct--as found by Secretary Marshall--has always been their disagreement over the creation of a single long term health care local in California." Read the rest of Eliseo Medina's statement regarding the UHW-W trusteeship here. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for Jan. 29: Health Groups will Rally Hundreds to Restore Patient Services at Boston Medical Center, Cambridge Health Alliance

Jan 28, 2009 - On Thursday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m., a broad and rapidly growing coalition of health groups known as the Put Patients First coalition will rally hundreds of patients, caregivers, and advocates outside the Massachusetts State House. Read more...

Statement of SEIU President Andy Stern Regarding Growth in Union Membership in 2008

Jan 28, 2009 - The Bureau of Labor Statistics annual union membership report shows that the share of workers belonging to a union rose in 2008. Growth in SEIU--88,926 members--accounted for nearly 21 percent of the national growth. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY: SEIU President Andy Stern to Challenge Corporate Leaders, Stand for Working People at World Economic Forum in Davos

Jan 28, 2009 - In the midst of the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression and as standards of living continue to fall for millions of workers across the globe, SEIU President Andy Stern will join over 40 Heads of State and 1,600 of the world's most powerful CEOs at the Davos World Economic Forum today to call for a renewed commitment to corporate responsibility, transparency, and accountability. Read more...

Statement of Andy Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union, on the Trusteeship of United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW)

Jan 27, 2009 - "Today we bring an end to a sad chapter in the life of a local union with great members, whose leadership lost their way, engaged in serious financial wrongdoing, refused to end their attempts to subvert the democratic processes of this union and failed to take action against reported decertification efforts. This trusteeship is grounded in the clear facts found in Secretary Marshall's report and the direct actions of Sal Rosselli and the leaders of UHW. Read more...

SEIU Calls on Bank of America to Oust CEO

Jan 27, 2009 - SEIU calls on the board of Bank of America (BofA) to oust CEO Ken Lewis in light of recent reports in the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal that Lewis's Bank of America approved of the decision to pay $4 billion in bonuses to Merrill Lynch executives after accepting $25 billion in taxpayer-financed bailout money. Lewis's Bank of America sanctioned the December bonuses even though Merrill Lynch's growing losses threatened BofA's takeover of the firm. Read more...

IEB Unanimously Adopts Secretary Marshall's Report; UHW Given 5 Days to Comply with Union's Democratic Process and Decisions

Jan 22, 2009 - In his Report and Recommendations issued last night to the International President on the trusteeship matter involving United Healthcare Workers - West ("UHW" or "UHW-W"), former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, the outside hearing officer, found that "Leaders of the UHW did engage in financial malpractice and undermined democratic procedures..." and there are grounds for trusteeship. Read more...

Former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall finds that "Leaders of the UHW Did Engage in Financial Malpractice and Undermined Democratic Procedures"

Jan 22, 2009 - In his Report and Recommendation issued last night to the International President on the trusteeship matter involving United Healthcare Workers - West ("UHW" or "UHW-W"), former Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, the hearing officer in the trusteeship matter, made the following findings... Read more...

"Yes, Workers Can"

Jan 19, 2009 - Statement by SEIU President Andy Stern on Inauguration of President Barack Obama: "Words seem inadequate when I try to capture what the inauguration of Barack Obama means to working people..." Read more here. Read more...

Anna Burger Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 19, 2009 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger issued the following statement in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: "Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor the timeless values he has taught us all - courage, compassion, fairness and community service." Read more...

Security Officers Seeking to Form Union With SEIU Score Major Victory Over Irresponsible Contractor

Jan 16, 2009 - Security officers responsible for protecting patients and staff at Kaiser Permanente medical facilities nationwide won a major victory over an irresponsible security contractor after a three-year struggle where officers seeking to join SEIU faced threats, intimidation and termination for union support. Kaiser Permanente replaced the irresponsible contractor, Inter-Con, with a new contractor called Securitas, a company that is union in many industries and client sectors throughout California. Read more...

Huge Effort Calls for Bank of America to Use Bailout Money Right or Give it Back

Jan 15, 2009 - SEIU joined workers and consumers at Bank of America locations around the nation today to call for the Bank to use taxpayer funds to help our economic recovery--or give the money back. Read more...

On Heels of Strong Bipartisan House Vote, SEIU Urges Senate to Vote Yes for Children's Health and Pass SCHIP

Jan 14, 2009 - "There is no time to waste. Strengthening the children's health insurance program offers a lifeline to families struggling to survive during this unprecedented economic downturn," said SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger as Democrats and Republicans came together in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Read more...

Divided We Fail Launches Next Phase of National Campaign to Fix America's Health and Economic Crises

Jan 13, 2009 - Today leaders of the country's top consumer, business and labor groups launched the next phase of Divided We Fail, a national movement to bring health and financial security to every American. Read more...

California SEIU Members to Form Nation's Largest Long Term Care Union

Jan 09, 2009 - The International Executive Board of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today voted overwhelmingly to adopt the recommendations of an outside hearing officer, based on a policy first established at the 2000 SEIU Convention eight years ago, to have home care and nursing home workers in three SEIU local unions in California unite into a single local union to create the nation's largest and most powerful organization of long term care workers - 240,000 strong. Read more...

Hilda Solis Will Stand for Justice, Open Doors for Millions of Workers in America

Jan 09, 2009 - "At this critical juncture in our great nation, I cannot think of anyone more qualified than Representative Hilda Solis to re-establish the U.S. Labor Department's priorities of justice, fairness, and equal opportunity for all workers," said SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina today, in his statement of support for Representative Hilda Solis's confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Labor: Read more...

Declaración de Vicepresidente Ejecutivo de SEIU Eliseo Medina: Hilda Solís Defenderá La Justicia, Abririrá Puertas a Millones de Trabajadores en Estados Unidos

Jan 09, 2009 - El vicepresidente ejecutivo de SEIU Eliseo Medina emitió la siguiente declaración en apoyo de la confirmación de la representante Californiana Hilda Solís como secretaria del Departamento del Trabajo. Read more...

SEIU President Andy Stern Statement Supporting the Confirmation of Representative Hilda Solis as U.S. Secretary of Labor

Jan 09, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern issued a statement today supporting the conformation of Representative Hilda Solis as U.S. Secretary of Labor, saying "Her confirmation will give working families confidence that we can rebuild our country so hard work is rewarded with fair pay, strong benefits and a secure retirement." Read more...

SEIU President Andy Stern Statement on President-Elect Obama's Economic Speech

Jan 08, 2009 - SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement following President-elect Obama's speech on the economy at George Mason University. Read more...

Six Diverse Groups Unite in Nationwide Call for Health Care Reform as Key to Economic Reform

Jan 08, 2009 - Six organizations representing consumers, physicians, insurers, patients and pharmaceutical research companies are banding together to launch a new multi-million dollar national television advertising buy. Read more...

SEIU Unveils Major National Campaign to Bring Economic Solutions to Main Street

Jan 07, 2009 - As Congress begins consideration of an economic recovery package supported by President-elect Obama, the two million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is launching a new state-by-state effort to bring economic solutions to Main Street by ensuring passage of the economic recovery package, passing comprehensive healthcare reform and ensuring workers have freedom to choose a voice at work. 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...

MEDIA ADVISORY: SEIU to Unveil Major National Campaign to Bring Economic Solutions to Main Street

Jan 05, 2009 - Against a backdrop of economic crisis and skyrocketing healthcare costs, the two million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will unveil a groundbreaking state-by-state effort to fight for immediate economic relief and recovery efforts, help fix the nation's broken healthcare system and ensure workers have freedom to choose a voice at work on a telephone press conference at 1:30PM eastern on Wednesday, January 7 Read more...

SEIU President Andy Stern Hails Nomination of
Hilda Solis to Lead Department of Labor

Dec 18, 2008 - SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement in response to reports that President-elect Barack Obama will nominate Representative Hilda Solis as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Read more...

Houston Janitors and Responsible Corporate Leaders Help Address Crisis for Thousands of Low-Wage Workers with Groundbreaking New Health Clinic

Dec 17, 2008 - Houston janitors are joining elected and community leaders today to unveil the "Houston Service Workers Clinic"--a partnership between janitors, responsible corporate leaders and health care providers that offers a groundbreaking model for providing low-cost, quality health care for low-wage workers. Read more...

SEIU Statement on Bush's Proposed H2A Changes That Will Put U.S. Farm Worker Jobs in Jeopardy

Dec 17, 2008 - "The Bush Administration's proposed changes to the H2A guest worker program are the wrong policies at the wrong time by making it easier for big business to exploit some of the lowest-paid workers in the country," said SEIU Executive VP Eliseo Medina in a statement released today. Read more...

SEIU Reaches Agreement with Wackenhut

Dec 16, 2008 - SEIU has reached an agreement with The Wackenhut Corporation, the second-largest security company in the United States and a subsidiary of G4S plc. The agreement brings an end to a long dispute and establishes an agreed upon framework to work together in interest of security officers. Read more...

California SEIU Members Support Single Union Uniting Long Term Care Workers

Dec 12, 2008 - SEIU announced today that its California healthcare members have voted to support the creation of a single local uniting the state's long term care workers. The International Executive Board (IEB), SEIU's highest democratically-elected decision-making body, will weigh the results of the non-binding advisory vote next month as it considers reforms designed to strengthen the representation of California long term care workers. Read more...

SEIU Statement re: Federal Investigation Involving Governor Blagojevich

Dec 09, 2008 - Statement by SEIU Communications Director Ramona Oliver on the federal investigation involving Governor Blagojevich: Read more...

Statement of SEIU President Andy Stern: "Big Three Bailout Should Be Part of Wider Economic Solutions"

Dec 08, 2008 - "Today, amidst global economic insecurity, members of Congress and the White House are debating how and how much taxpayers will come to the aid of America's ailing auto industry." Read the entire statement from SEIU's Andy Stern now. Read more...

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

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

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm Reaffirms Commitment to Employee Free Choice Act

Dec 04, 2008 - "Yesterday, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm reaffirmed her commitment to protecting workers' free choice for a voice at work by calling for quick passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. Read more...

Tyrone Freeman Permanently Banned from Holding SEIU Membership or Office

Nov 26, 2008 - Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern today permanently banned Local 6434 President Tyrone Freeman from holding membership, a staff position or office in the Union following evidence that the Los Angeles leader misused member funds. Read more...

Wal-Mart Watch to Join Efforts to Give Workers a Voice on the Job

Nov 19, 2008 - Wal-Mart Watch, a leading critic of the nation's largest employer and architect of an independent public education campaign to expose the truth about Wal-Mart's business practices, announced today that it is merging its operations into the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to join the effort to pass the Employee Free Choice Act so that Wal-Mart's employees and other workers around the country will have the choice to form a union to advocate for better wages and benefits. Read more...

SEIU's Andy Stern Renews Call to Fix Nation's Broken Health Care System, Ease Financial Strain on Working Families, Economy

Nov 19, 2008 - Pointing to the combined impact of the health care and economic crises on the lives of working families nationwide, SEIU International President Andy Stern called on President-Elect Barack Obama and key leaders in Washington today to work together to address the nation's ailing health care system in the short-term. Read more...

Testimony of Andy Stern Before the Senate Finance Committee Hearing

Nov 19, 2008 - Mr. Chairman, Senator Grassley, and Members of the Committee, on behalf of SEIU's 2 million members--including more than 1 million workers who went to work today in hospitals, nursing homes, and people's homes--thank you for inviting me to testify this morning. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Mark Begich on His Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 19, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, this morning extend their congratulations to Mark Begich on his election to the U.S. Senate. SEIU made 68,279 calls in support of Begich and look forward to working with him in the 111th Congress. Read more...

SEIU President to Testify at Senate Hearing on Health Care Reform, Highlight Dual Impact of Health Care and Economic Crises on Working Families

Nov 18, 2008 - With pressure building to address the nation's ailing health care system, SEIU International President Andy Stern will offer testimony on the combined impact of the health care and economic crisis on working families and call for comprehensive health care reform at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Finance at 10AM Wednesday, November 19. Read more...

SEIU Statement in Support of New Blueprint to Solve Health Care Crisis by Senator Max Baucus

Nov 12, 2008 - SEIU, the nation's largest labor union for health care workers, issued the following statement in support of the diagnosis of and prescription for mending our broken health care system released by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) today. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Jeff Merkley on His Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 06, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Jeff Merkley on his election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Gary Peters on His Election to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Gary Peters for his election to the U.S. House from Michigan's 9th Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Steve Driehaus on His Election to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Steve Driehaus for his election to the U.S. House from Ohio's 1st Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Betsy Markey on Her Election to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Betsy Markey for her election to the U.S. House from Colorado's 4th Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Mark Schauer on His Election to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Mark Schauer for his election to the U.S. House from Michigan's 7th Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Glenn Nye on His Election to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Glenn Nye for his election to the U.S. House from Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Travis Childers on His Reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Travis Childers for his reelection to the U.S. House from Mississippi's 1st Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Christine Gregoire on Her Re-Election as Governor of Washington

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Governor Christine Gregoire on her re-election as Governor of state of Washington. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Jim Himes on His Election to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Jim Himes for his election to the U.S. House from Connecticut's 4th Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Joe Courtney on His Reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Joe Courtney for his reelection to the U.S. House from Connecticut's 2nd Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Max Baucus on His Re-Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Max Baucus on his re-election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Donna Edwards on Her Reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 05, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Donna Edwards for her reelection to the U.S. House from Maryland's 4th Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Gerry Connelly on His Election to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Gerry Connelly for his election to the U.S. House from Virginia's 11th Congressional District. Read more...

Latinos Make Election History, Deliver Victory For Obama From CO to FL

Nov 04, 2008 - Today in battleground states from Colorado to Florida to Virginia, a record number of Latino voters made history, voting overwhelmingly to put President-Elect Barack Obama in the White House. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Andre Carson on His Reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Andre Carson for his reelection to the U.S. House from Indiana's 7th Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Tom Harkin on His Re-Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Senator Tom Harkin on his re-election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Mark Udall on His Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Mark Udall on his election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Nikki Tsongas on Her Reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Nikki Tsongas for her reelection to the U.S. House from Massachusetts's 5th Congressional District. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Bill Foster on His Reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, the Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Bill Foster for his reelection to the U.S. House from Illinois 14th Congressional District. Read more...

Statement of SEIU President Andy Stern on the Victories of President-Elect Obama and Other Pro-Working Family Candidates in Today's Election

Nov 04, 2008 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern issued the following statement tonight upon the confirmed victory of the Obama-Biden ticket and pro-worker candidates across the country: Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Mike Enzi on His Re-Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Senator Mike Enzi on his re-election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Tim Johnson on His Re-Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Senator Tim Johnson on his re-election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Jack Reed on His Re-Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Senator Jack Reed on his re-election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Carl Levin on His Re-Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Senator Carl Levin on his re-election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Tom Udall on His Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Tom Udall on his election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Jay Nixon on His Election as Governor of Missouri

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Jay Nixon on his election as Governor for the state of Missouri. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Kay Hagan on Her Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Kay Hagan on her election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to John Lynch on His Re-Election as Governor of New Hampshire

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Governor John Lynch on his re-election as Governor of New Hampshire. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate Jeanne Shaheen on Her Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Jeanne Shaheen on her election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Congratulate John Rockefeller on His Re-Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Senator John Rockefeller on his re-election to the U.S. Senate. Read more...

SEIU Members Extend Congratulations to Mark Warner on His Election to the U.S. Senate

Nov 04, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union, Service Employees International Union, tonight extend their congratulations to Mark Warner on his election to the U.S. Senate from Virginia. Read more...

Fast Fact: Millions Contacted Over the Phone

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

Fast Fact: SEIU Expanded the Electorate

Nov 04, 2008 - During the general election, SEIU's members registered 102,156 new voters in battleground states. Read more...

Today We Must Be the Change We Need

Nov 04, 2008 - All over this great country, men and woman who each day struggle to make ends meet and take care of their families will get up today, go to the polls and take a huge step toward ensuring a better life for their families. Read more...

SEIU Leaders Barnstorm Battleground States for Obama, Senate Candidates

Oct 31, 2008 - SEIU President Andy Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will hit the campaign trail this weekend in a final push to win key battleground states for Barack Obama and Senate races for pro-working family candidates Al Franken in Minnesota and Jeff Merkley in Oregon. Read more...

In Final 72-Hour Push, SEIU Members Get Out The Vote for Barack Obama and Other Working Family Candidates Across the Country

Oct 31, 2008 - In the final 72-hours of this campaign, more than 100,000 nurses, janitors and other volunteers across the country are joining 4,000 SEIU members, local and International staff who've taken extended time off the job to bring home victory for Barack Obama, Joe Biden and other candidates promising the change working families need. 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...

Obama Puts Healthcare, Economic Relief for Middle Class First in Prime-Time Special

Oct 29, 2008 - There's a lot at stake this election--the American Dream hangs in the balance. That's why nurses, janitors, child care providers, and other SEIU members continue to mobilize their co-workers and communities to elect a president who will finally win healthcare for all and rebuild the middle class. Read more...

SFO Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

Oct 28, 2008 - Airline service workers at San Francisco International Airport voted overwhelmingly yesterday to authorize a strike at one of the busiest airports in the country. Read more...

Anna Burger to Join Governors Sebelius and Napolitano at Obama Town Hall Meetings in Indiana Monday

Oct 27, 2008 - On Monday, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will moderate town hall meetings with Governors Kathy Sebelius of Kansas and Janet Napolitano of Arizona in West Lafayette, Indianapolis, and Terre Haute, Indiana for Barack Obama. Read more...

SEIU's Massive Ground Campaign for Obama, Pro-Working Family Candidates

Oct 27, 2008 - I wanted to quickly share something from this morning's USA Today piece "Groups spend millions bypassing TV, radio" by Matt Kelley: Read more...

Victory for Residents of Lake County, Indiana

Oct 22, 2008 - After weeks of court battles, Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider concluded that early voting in Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago will go on without interference - a complete victory for the thousands of residents facing challenges getting to the polls on Election Day. Read more...

SEIU Members Launch New TV Ad on Gordon Smith's Role in Digging Our Economic Hole

Oct 22, 2008 - Today, SEIU announced a new television ad, titled "Hole," that will air on cable and broadcast across most of Oregon through the end of October. Read more...

California SEIU Members Head to Nevada to Mobilize Voters for Obama

Oct 22, 2008 - This weekend, with only 11 days remaining before voters head to the polls, hundreds of SEIU members from across California will put down their brooms, badges, briefcases, and blood pressure cuffs and pick up clipboards and walk lists as they head to Nevada to mobilize voters for Barack Obama. Read more...

SEIU Members Launch New TV Ad On Sununu's Support For Bush's Economic Policies

Oct 22, 2008 - Today, SEIU announced a new television ad, titled "Register," that will air statewide on cable and broadcast throughout New Hampshire. The ad highlights John Sununu's record of support for George W. Bush's economic policies that helped to create America's current economic crisis. Read more...

SEIU President Andy Stern to Join Senator Biden On Colorado Bus Tour

Oct 21, 2008 - Today, SEIU President Andy Stern will join Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden on a bus tour in Colorado with stops in Greeley and Commerce City. Read more...

High-Profile TV, Film & Recording Stars Join Members of the Nation's Fastest Growing Labor Union for Door-Knocking, Campaign Calls, and other GOTV Activities in Battleground States

Oct 16, 2008 - This week, more than a dozen celebrities have volunteered to participate in GOTV efforts to help give voice to working families' concerns with the Service Employee International Union (SEIU), the nation's fastest growing union in the country. Read more...

SEIU: John McCain v. George W. Bush

Oct 16, 2008 - Working families who have suffered through eight years of Bush's failed policies - hundreds of thousands of jobs lost, tax cuts for the richest Americans, stagnant wages, record food and gas prices, retirement accounts losing trillions of dollars - face more of the same from a McCain Administration, asserts a new online ad by SEIU. Read more...

Working Families Want to Hear Real Solutions, Not Attacks from McCain

Oct 15, 2008 - At tonight's debate, SEIU members say that John McCain needs to stop the attacks and finally address the need for affordable healthcare for all and an economy that puts working people first. Read more...

Thousands of Indiana Voters Regain Right to Vote Early

Oct 15, 2008 - Today, after more than a week of legal struggle between an SEIU-backed coalition of labor and civil rights groups and the Indiana GOP, hundreds of Indiana voters began casting early voting ballots in East Chicago, Gary and Hammond, Indiana. Read more...

SEIU Members Stepping Up Their Efforts for Obama-Biden Ticket

Oct 15, 2008 - With just three weeks to go until Election Day, SEIU members across the country are stepping up their efforts to elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden so they can bring about the change working families need. Read more...

SEIU Leaders Andy Stern and Anna Burger to Attend Tonight's Final Presidential Debate

Oct 15, 2008 - Tonight, SEIU President Andy Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will attend the final presidential debate and will be available to speak to the media about the issues at stake this election for working people and SEIU's efforts to elect Barack Obama and a pro-working family majority in Congress. Read more...

SEIU Names Commission on Ethics and Standards

Oct 09, 2008 - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today named the members of the SEIU Commission on Standards and Ethics, which was announced last month. 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 DVD Exposes How McCain "Care" Leaves Seniors Behind

Oct 08, 2008 - More than 250,000 copies of the DVD "The Facts about John McCain's Health Care Plan" have been put in the hands of the nation's seniors in recent weeks, courtesy of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Read more...

SEIU Nursing Assistant Will Be In Town Hall Audience, Ready To Ask John McCain Why He Won't Provide Affordable Healthcare For All

Oct 07, 2008 - As the presidential candidates come on stage tonight for the second presidential debate, Jean Berg, a nursing assistant and member of SEIU Healthcare Florida, will be in the audience, waiting to ask John McCain why he wants to tax healthcare benefits and make it harder for families to afford coverage. 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 Stands with Hoosiers to Ensure Voting Rights, Prevent Disenfranchisement in Indiana

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

States Risk Repeat of Wall Street Bailout with Private Equity Infrastructure Deals

Oct 06, 2008 - Increasing investment in infrastructure projects is critical to America's economic recovery, but states that partner with private equity firms on deals risk a repeat of the Wall Street bailout, according to a draft of a policy discussion paper authored by one of the nation's largest labor unions. Read more...

SEIU Members Make Health Care Deciding Issue For Uncommitted Voters

Oct 06, 2008 - Today, SEIU announced a new, multi-state television and field campaign aimed at targeting undecided voters in the final weeks of the presidential election with information on the difference between the Obama and McCain health care plans. Read more...

SEIU Ohio Members Launch Massive Early Vote Blitz Across State

Oct 03, 2008 - Tomorrow, SEIU members across Ohio will unite with members in other Change to Win and AFL-CIO unions to launch a major early vote effort across the state. Hundreds of workers in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and other cities will attend rallies, vote early, and go door-to-door to get union members to participate in Ohio's first early vote election. Read more...

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger To Brief Reporters On New Television, Field Campaign

Oct 03, 2008 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and National Political Director Jon Youngdahl will hold a conference call with reporters this Monday to announce a new, multi-state television and field campaign aimed at targeting undecided voters in the final weeks of the presidential election 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...

Wash U. Worker Tells Candidates What Her Family Needs to Hear Tonight

Oct 02, 2008 - As the candidates prepared for tonight's Vice-Presidential debate, hundreds of workers at Washington University were preparing the campus, setting up the stage, and after the candidates and crowd go home, standing by to clean it all up. Pat Waters is one of those workers. Read more...

Trusteeship Hearing Set to Begin in Matter Involving United Long-Term Care Workers Local 6434

Oct 02, 2008 - With former California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin presiding as outside hearing officer, a hearing will open today in the matter involving the trusteeship of Los Angeles-based Local 6434. Read more...

SEIU Members Pound the Pavement For Votes, Have Registered Over 70,000 New Voters

Oct 02, 2008 - With voter registration deadlines approaching in many states, SEIU members are pounding the pavement, working the phones, and pulling out all the stops to help register tens of thousands of new voters - and make sure they get out to vote on November 4th for Barack Obama and a pro-working family Congress. Read more...

Statement of SEIU President Andy Stern RE: Expected Senate Approval of Wall Street Bailout

Oct 01, 2008 - With the U.S. Senate poised to approve a bailout plan for Wall Street tonight, Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), expressed disappointment that Congress appeared ready to pass up an opportunity to address the economic concerns facing millions of American families Read more...

New Report Shows McCain Plan Would Take Away Health Benefits of 415,000 In Wisconsin

Oct 01, 2008 - A new report released today by the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) shows that Senator John McCain's proposed health care plan would threaten the employer-based health benefits of 3.3 million people in Wisconsin and that as many as 415,000 people in the state could lose their health coverage. Read more...

Congresswoman Drake's Record of Voting Against Healthcare

Oct 01, 2008 - Today, Virginia Congresswoman Thelma Drake held a press conference accusing SEIU of distorting the facts about her record in a recently released television ad. Read more...

Anna Burger Tells Governor Palin to Stand Behind Her Words and Support Affordable Healthcare For All

Oct 01, 2008 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger responds to Governor Palin's comments on conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt's show crediting "good union jobs" for her healthcare and saying her own family had to choose between "paying out of pocket for catastrophic coverage or just crossing our fingers, hoping that nobody would get hurt, nobody would get sick." Read more...

HHS Report Details Nursing Home Violations; Nation's Largest Health Care Union Responds

Oct 01, 2008 - A report released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finds that 94% of America's for-profit nursing homes have been cited for violating patient care standards. Read more...

"Dear Sarah..."

Oct 01, 2008 - My name is Marshall Clemons and I'm a school custodian in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I've been a custodian for 16 years and I'm proud of the work that I do to ensure that our students have a clean and safe place to learn. Read more...

Afiliados de SEIU recorren calles por votos, habiendo registrado a más de 70.000 nuevos votantes

Oct 01, 2008 - Conforme vencen plazos de registro de votantes en muchos estados, los afiliados de SEIU recorren diligentemente las calles, hacen llamadas telefónicas y usan todos sus recursos para ayudar a registrar a decenas de miles de nuevos votantes, y asegurarse de que la gente se movilice el 4 de noviembre para votar por Barack Obama y un congreso favorable a las familias trabajadoras. Read more...

New State-by-State Analyses: McCain Health Care Plan Would Hit Tens of Millions with Tax Increase, Force Others into Ranks of Uninsured

Sep 30, 2008 - A new series of state-level reports show presidential candidate John McCain's proposed health care plan would significantly raise taxes on tens of millions of working families while forcing millions of others to lose their employer-based health coverage. Read more...

SEIU Endorses DeFazio Bill to Address Financial Crisis

Sep 30, 2008 - The two million-member SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is backing the plan announced today by Rep. Peter DeFazio and other Members of Congress to restore confidence in the financial markets. Read more...

NEW SEIU TELEVISION AD: Thelma Drake Is "Wrong for Veterans, Wrong For Virginia"

Sep 30, 2008 - A new television ad by SEIU details the multiple votes Congresswoman Thelma Drake has cast against improving health care for our nation's veterans, making the case that she is "Wrong for Veterans, Wrong for Virginia." 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 Launches Website Redesign

Sep 29, 2008 - Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) re-launched its website, seiu.org, which now features fresh, daily content covering the broad spectrum of SEIU's political action, campaigns and local union activities. Read more...

Hearing Officer Secretary Ray Marshall To Set Additional Date(s) for United Healthcare Workers-West Trusteeship Hearing

Sep 28, 2008 - SAN MATEO, CA -- In order to ensure a full and fair process, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, the outside hearing officer in the proposed trusteeship of United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW-W), today announced that he will be issuing a notice of additional hearing date(s) in this matter since parties were unable to conclude their presentations over the original hearing period. Read more...

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

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

SEIU Members Offer John McCain 656 Billion Reasons To Participate in Tonight's Debate

Sep 26, 2008 - John McCain has yet to decide whether he will join Barack Obama at the first presidential debate tonight in Oxford, Mississippi. 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 Nurse Connie Gallagher Asks Senator McCain When Will He Bring Troops Home in "Dear John" Letter

Sep 25, 2008 - Today, Iowa nurse and SEIU member Connie Gallagher sent a "Dear John" letter to Senator John McCain, asking him to give a clear answer at Friday's scheduled presidential debate regarding what victory in Iraq means to him, and when he will bring our troops home. Read more...

Nurses, Healthcare Workers Launch Massive Drive to Inform 1 Million Caregivers in Key States on Obama and McCain Healthcare Plans

Sep 24, 2008 - With women voters poised to play a pivotal role in the presidential election, a unique project of SEIU Healthcare will reach at least 1 million healthcare employees--a largely female workforce --through worker-to-worker communication on the candidates' views on healthcare issues. Read more...

Three SEIU Members Making the Difference for Obama

Sep 24, 2008 - Samara is a nursing assistant and single mother raising a son with a severe illness that requires expensive medication and constant doctor visits. But Samara doesn't have healthcare at work and she can't afford expensive coverage on her own. Read more...

Activists, Fired Worker Protest Poor Resident Care and Working Conditions at Atria Senior Living During Annual Senior Housing Conference (version 2)

Sep 23, 2008 - Activists protested poor resident care and working conditions at Atria Senior Living during the 18th Annual Conference of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry (NIC) on Thurs., Sept. 11 at the swank Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. Former Atria worker Jojo Adeyemi also attempted to meet with Atria CEO John Moore to voice his concerns directly to the man at the top. Read more...

Statement By SEIU International President Andy Stern On Dual Impact of the Banking and Health Care Crisis on Working Families

Sep 23, 2008 - SEIU International President Andy Stern issued the following statement today regarding the combined impact of the banking crisis and rising health care costs on the nation's working families: Read more...

SEIU's Andy Stern: Fed Changes to Rules Restricting Private Equity Stake in Banks 'Wrong Move at Wrong Time for Our Economy'

Sep 23, 2008 - Andy Stern, International President of the 2-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU)--the fastest-growing labor union in the Americas--issued the following statement today regarding rule changes by the Federal Reserve that make it easier for private equity firms to invest in the nation's retail banks: Read more...

SEIU To Host Screening of Brave New Films' "Diagnosis: Now!" At Washington HQ, 40+ House Parties Nationwide

Sep 23, 2008 - On Wednesday, September 24, SEIU will host a screening of Brave New Films' documentary titled "Diagnosis: Now!" at the health care union's headquarters in Washington, D.C., kicking off a series of screenings at house parties being hosted by SEIU locals across the country. Read more...

SEIU Personal Care Assistant to Introduce Senator Biden at Virginia Event Today

Sep 23, 2008 - Kathy Cohenour, a personal care assistant and member of SEIU Local 5/Virginia Association of Personal Care Assistants will introduce Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden at a community gathering in Northern Virginia this morning. Read more...

Hearing Officer Secretary Ray Marshall Sets Process for United Healthcare Workers-West Trusteeship Hearing

Sep 23, 2008 - Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall, the outside hearing officer for the trusteeship hearing for United Healthcare Workers West (UHW-W), last night set a multi-week schedule for rendering his report on the proposed trusteeship of UHW-W. The hearing is slated for September 26 and 27. Read more...

John McCain's Health Care Plan Based On Same Policies That Are Causing Wall Street Meltdown

Sep 22, 2008 - Every day, another financial institution shutters its doors. Over 600,000 thousand U.S. jobs have been lost so far this year. Gas, food, and health care prices are through the roof. The writing is on the wall: the American economy is teetering on the edge of collapse, and American families are paying the price. Read more...

John McCain's Health Care Plan Based on Same Policies That Are Causing Wall Street Meltdown

Sep 22, 2008 - Every day, another financial institution shutters its doors. Over 600,000 thousand U.S. jobs have been lost so far this year. Gas, food, and health care prices are through the roof. The writing is on the wall: the American economy is teetering on the edge of collapse, and American families are paying the price. Read more...

Michelle Obama Rallies SEIU Staff Heading to Battleground States

Sep 20, 2008 - Michelle Obama addressed SEIU staff by telephone yesterday, as they prepared to head to Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, and other battleground states to make the difference for Obama. Read more...

Statement by SEIU International President Andy Stern on Dual Impact of the Banking and Health Care Crises on Working Families

Sep 19, 2008 - SEIU International President Andy Stern issued the following statement today regarding the combined impact of the banking crisis and rising health care costs on the nation's working families: Read more...

Three SEIU Members Making the Difference for Obama

Sep 18, 2008 - More than 1,000 SEIU members have taken time off their jobs and 100,000 nurses, janitors, child care providers, and other workers will be volunteering after work and on weekends to win on November 4th. Read more...

SEIU Trustee Files Charges Against Local 6434 President

Sep 17, 2008 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced formal charges against Tyrone Freeman, president of United Long-term Care Workers Local 6434 based in Los Angeles, California. In a letter to the International leadership, Trustee John Ronches charged Freeman with engaging in self-dealing and financial malpractice in violation of SEIU's Constitution and Local bylaws. 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 Launches Multimillion Dollar TV Ad Campaign

Sep 14, 2008 - SEIU announced today that it has begun a new, aggressive television ad campaign that drives home what is at stake economically for millions of American families in the upcoming presidential election. Read more...

Activists, Fired Worker Protest Poor Resident Care and Working Conditions at Atria Senior Living During Annual Senior Housing Conference (version 1)

Sep 11, 2008 - Activists protested poor resident care and working conditions at Atria Senior Living during the 18th Annual Conference of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing and Care Industry (NIC) on Thurs., Sept. 11 at the swank Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. Read more...

Nation's Largest Union Calls on Pension Boards to Stop Risking Retiree Pension Money, Launch Effort at Wisconsin Pension Board Meeting

Sep 10, 2008 - Activists picketed outside a State of Wisconsin Board of Investment (SWIB), calling on the board to stop risking state workers' pension fund money during the fund's monthly meeting here Wednesday, Sept. 10. Read more...

Janitors Strike Against Cleaning Contractor to Defend Civil Rights at Two General Growth Properties Malls

Sep 09, 2008 - Low-wage mall janitors at Park Meadows Mall in Littleton, Colorado, and Southland Mall in Hayward, California, are walking off the job today to protest unfair labor practices committed by the Millard Group, which cleans malls owned by General Growth Properties, the nation's second largest mall owner. Read more...

SEIU Denounces Anti-Immigrant Hate Speech

Sep 09, 2008 - Today the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), America's Voice, Center for New Community, and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) launched a print ad denouncing known hate group, FAIR (the Federation for American Immigration Reform), for poisoning the immigration debate with bigoted, xenophobic hate speech. Read more...

Former US Labor Secretary Appointed Hearing Officer In Trusteeship of United Healthcare Workers-West

Sep 08, 2008 - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced the selection of nationally respected labor expert and former US Labor Secretary Ray Marshall to act as outside hearing officer in the International's proposed trusteeship over its Oakland-based local, United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW-W). Read more...

The RNCC By the Numbers

Sep 05, 2008 - The Republican National Convention is over. The confetti has been swept up, the microphones turned off, and those thousands of balloons are on their way to a long, long afterlife in a Minnesota landfill. Read more...

SEIU to Lead Comprehensive Ethics Reform Initiative

Sep 03, 2008 - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced a major new initiative aimed at bolstering the union's ethical guidelines and establishing a 21st Century model of best practices for organized labor. Read more...

McCain Campaign Manager: "Election Not About Issues"

Sep 02, 2008 - SEIU members responded today to a remark from John McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis that the presidential election is not about issues. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza quoted Davis as saying, "This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates. Read more...

Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare Mobilizing RNs and Medical Supplies to Gulf Coast Areas in Advance of Hurricane Gustav

Sep 01, 2008 - SEIU RNs Mobilize for Hurricane Gustav: SEIU Executive Vice President and Nurse Alliance Chair Dian Palmer, RN, issued the following statement regarding the work being done by SEIU nurses and leaders across the country in anticipation of the health impacts of Hurricane Gustav. Read more...

Artists Line-Up for SEIU's "Take Back Labor Day" Festival to Raise Concerns of Working Men and Women

Aug 29, 2008 - Alternative Rap group The Pharcyde is the latest act to join the Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) September 1st Take Back Labor Day Festival at the foot of the Republican National Convention. Read more...

SEIU And Health Care to Play Prominent Role Tonight at Mile High Stadium

Aug 28, 2008 - Tonight, as Barack Obama makes history by accepting the nomination for President of the United States, the urgent need to fix our broken health care system will play a prominent role both inside and outside of Mile High Stadium. Read more...

Barack Obama Acceptance Speech Offers Agenda Putting Working Families First

Aug 28, 2008 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger issued the following statement following Senator Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Denver: Read more...

SEIU Member Marshall Clemons to Join Senator Biden and Family to Watch Convention Tonight

Aug 27, 2008 - SEIU member and school custodian Marshall Clemons will join Senator Biden and his family to watch the Democratic Convention tonight. Biden spent a day last year working on the job with Clemons at his Cedar Rapids school before joining Clemons and his family for dinner. Read more...

SEIU Members Make "Healthcare NOW" Theme of Wednesday At Democratic National Convention

Aug 26, 2008 - SEIU Members are making Wednesday "Healthcare Day" at the Democratic National Convention, helping to host events that highlight the urgent need to build a new, American health care system in 2009. Read more...

SEIU Member Pauline Beck to Address Convention Tonight

Aug 26, 2008 - Tonight, SEIU homecare worker Pauline Beck will address the Democratic Convention, speaking to delegates about her experience last summer, spending the day with Barack Obama as he "walked a day in her shoes." Read more...

SEIU Members 'Take Back Labor Day' Caravan To Visit Iowa City and Cedar Rapids En Route to RNC

Aug 26, 2008 - On August 29th and 30th, local members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will join workers from across the country, SEIU International President Andy Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger in Iowa at the second stop of the 'Take Back Labor Day' caravan. Read more...

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger to Address Democratic Convention Tonight

Aug 26, 2008 - Tonight, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will address the nation during the 2008 Democratic National Convention between 6:00 and 7:00 pm MDT. Burger will share with the convention her personal story of how growing up in a union family allowed her the opportunity to go to college and pursue her dreams. Read more...

SEIU Members Launch "Take Back Labor Day Caravan" in St. Louis

Aug 26, 2008 - On August 29, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will hold a press conference in St. Louis to launch its "Take Back Labor Day" caravan that will tour the Midwest to bring the message that America needs a new vision for the 21st Century that honors hard work, respects the freedom of workers to unite on the job and rebuilds the American Middle Class. Read more...

SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff to Address Democratic Convention Tonight

Aug 25, 2008 - Tonight, Tom Balanoff, President of SEIU Local 1, will address the nation during the 2008 Democratic National Convention between 7:00 and 8:00 pm MDT. Local 1, which represents 40,000 janitors, security officers, building service and industrial workers in four states, has a long history working with Barack Obama, going back to his days as a community organizer on Chicagos Southside. Read more...

Road to Health Care Bus Tour Rolls Into Denver, Bringing Stories From Across America That Show:

Aug 25, 2008 - Since April, SEIUs Road to American Health Care bus tour has been traveling from coast to coast, stopping in communities large and small to highlight the stories of hard-working Americans who cant afford health coverage. Read more...

The Road to American Health

Aug 25, 2008 - When the Road to American Health Care pulled into Denver on Saturday for the Democratic National Convention, it began the last leg of a 16-state journey that started four months ago in Cleveland, Ohio. Since hitting the road on April 29, the Road to American Health Care bus has truly been a vehicle for change, giving a voice to the millions of people across the country struggling with health care costs: Read more...

Anna Burger, SEIU Member Pauline Beck to Address Convention Tuesday

Aug 25, 2008 - On Tuesday, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and homecare worker Pauline Beck will address the Democratic Convention to keep the focus on the issues at stake for working families this election. Burger will talk about Obama's long record of standing with working families and why working people are uniting behind him in 2008 and Beck will discuss the day Barack Obama spent working on the job with her last fall. Read more...

SEIU Keeps Focus on Working Families as 2008 Democratic Convention Kicks Off

Aug 24, 2008 - SEIU members and leaders will kick off the first day of the 2008 Democratic Convention by keeping the focus in Denver on working families. President Andy Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will discuss what SEIU members are doing to elect Barack Obama and create one nation that works for all Americans, SEIU members will talk to delegates and leaders about winning healthcare for all and an economy that rewards work instead of wealth, and SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff will discuss Barack Obamas long history of standing with working families in a prime time address to the Convention. Read more...

SEIU Members Call Obama-Biden Ticket Most Pro-Working Family in a Generation

Aug 23, 2008 - Today, members of the nations fastest growing union applauded Senator Obamas selection of Senator Joe Biden as his running mate, calling the two the most pro-working family presidential ticket in a generation. SEIU members are already on the ground in more than 20 states working to elect the first president and vice-president to walk a day in the shoes of SEIU members. Read more...

SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger Statement

Aug 21, 2008 - On the Passing of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs JonesAmerica lost a true stateswoman yesterday and SEIU members and working families in Cleveland lost a dear friend. Read more...

Hundreds To Rally For Healthcare During Democratic National Convention

Aug 20, 2008 - Hundreds of healthcare workers, delegates, advocates and working families from Colorado and across the country will gather in a park just steps from the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, August 27, to rally for a real solution to the nations healthcare crisis. Read more...

The Pharcyde Joins "Take Back Labor Day" at Foot of the RNC

Aug 20, 2008 - Alternative Rap group The Pharcyde is the latest act to join the Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) September 1st Take Back Labor Day Festival at the foot of the Republican National Convention. Read more...

Anna Burger to Address Convention and Nation Tuesday Night

Aug 19, 2008 - On Tuesday night, August 26, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer and Change to Win Chair Anna Burger will address the country in primetime during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Read more...

SEIU to Raise Workers Voices, Concerns Through Prominent Role at Democratic National Convention

Aug 19, 2008 - When the 2008 Democratic National Convention kicks off in Denver, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)the fastest-growing union in the countrywill be there, representing the interests and concerns of men and women who get up and go to work every day. Read more...

McCain Health Care: Putting Moms Last

Aug 18, 2008 - With health care costs rising out of control, more and more Americans are finding it impossible to keep up. Women, 90 percent of whom shoulder the health care responsibility for their families, are in particular feeling the strain. Read more...

SEIU to Count Down to Better Health Care with 365 Stories for Next 365 Days

Aug 15, 2008 - With growing numbers of Americans calling on elected officials to fix the broken health care system, SEIUthe nations largest organization of health care workerslaunched 365 Stories: Countdown to Health Care today. Read more...

SEIU MEMBERS LAUNCH TV AD ON SUNUNU TIES TO DRUG COMPANIES AND INSURANCE INDUSTRY

Aug 13, 2008 - SEIU, the nations largest union of health care workers, will begin airing a new television ad, titled Higher Costs, throughout New Hampshire today highlighting Senator John Sununus large political contributions from prescription drug companies and the health insurance industry. Read more...

SEIU MEMBERS LAUNCH TV AD ON GORDON SMITH'S SUPPORT FOR BUSH-CHENEY AGENDA

Aug 13, 2008 - SEIUs 50,000 members in Oregon will begin airing a new television ad today, titled Middle, highlighting Senator Gordon Smiths support of George Bushs political agenda and collecting large political contributions from drug and oil companies in return. Read more...

America For Sale?

Aug 12, 2008 - This week, SEIU began running radio and print advertisements in six states as part of an ongoing public awareness campaign highlighting the national security concerns raised by the growing links between foreign governments and private equity buyout firms. Read more...

SEIU Members Boost Voter Rolls in Key Battleground States

Aug 11, 2008 - Hundreds of SEIU members are taking time off their jobs and volunteering after work to boost the voter rolls in their communities to elect Barack Obama and a pro-worker majority in Congress. Read more...

Musicians Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Billy Bragg and Atmosphere to "Take Back Labor Day" at Foot of Republican National Convention

Aug 05, 2008 - Hip Hop acts Lupe Fiasco and Atmosphere, actor/ musician Mos Def and British rocker Billy Bragg are joining the line-up at the Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) Take Back Labor Day Festival at the foot of the Republican National Convention. Read more...

SEIU Launches Nationwide Actions To Question Health Insurance Industry Tactics

Aug 04, 2008 - With a series of events in states across the country, SEIU will call attention to health care insurance industry tactics that do more to ensure profits than insure patients. Read more...

This Time Wal-Mart May Have Crossed the Line

Aug 01, 2008 - Today a Wall Street Journal article reports that Wal-Mart is holding mandatory meetings with supervisors and managers to warn them that if Senator Obama wins the presidential election, Democrats will pass the Employee Free Choice Act, making it easier for workers to unionize in Wal-Mart stores. Read more...

John McCains Economic Plan: Putting the Burden on Working Families

Jul 31, 2008 - As part of an extensive campaign to educate voters about where John McCain stands on the issues, SEIU today released a report that details his anti-working family record in the Senate and his harmful agenda for working families as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. SEIU members will be sharing the report with their families, neighbors, coworkers, and other voters as they work to elect a pro-worker president and Congress in November. Read more...

SEIU Sends Fifth "Dear John" Letter To Senator McCain

Jul 29, 2008 - Today, SEIU sent a fifth "Dear John" letter to Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. SEIU members are offering assistance in the absence of any economic blueprint from McCain that puts working families first. The letters will continue until McCain personally meets with members. Read more...

SEIU Launches Campaign to Win Health Care Majority in Congress

Jul 29, 2008 - SEIU, the largest union of health care workers in North America, today announced a new campaign to elect a health care majority in Congress. The effort, which will target competitive races in seven states, is designed to solidify Congressional support for comprehensive health care reform, and send a clear message to lawmakers that health care must be their number one priority in 2009. Read more...

SEIU Condemns Criminalization of Immigrant Workers and Renews the Call for Smart, Pragmatic Reform

Jul 24, 2008 - Today the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees and International Law held a hearing on the government's handling of immigration raids and criminalization of immigrant workers. Below is a statement from SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina. Read more...

AMERICA FOR SALE?

Jul 23, 2008 - Potential national security concerns are being raised over the growing links between foreign governments and secretive private equity buyout firms in a major new public awareness campaign being launched today. The campaign, sponsored by one of the nation's largest unions, SEIU (Service Employees International Union), calls for stronger federal oversight of arrangements where foreign government-controlled investment funds, known as "sovereign wealth funds (SWFs),"buy into private firms that own or invest in American companies responsible for defense, energy, and homeland security. Read more...

SEIU Calls On Health Insurance Companies To Join The Health Care Reform Team

Jul 21, 2008 - Michelle Gray, from Springfield, Ohio, works hard every day as a nurse for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Thanks to her union, SEIU District 1199 WKO, she has access to quality health care at an affordable price. Read more...

Update on the Road to American Health Care

Jul 16, 2008 - SEIU's Road to American Health Care bus tour is a little over halfway through its nationwide journey - and every mile that ticks by on the odometer brings us that much closer to the goal of a new, American health care system. Since hitting the road in Cleveland on April 29, the Road to American Health Care bus has truly been a vehicle for change, giving a voice to the millions of people across the country who are struggling with health care costs: Read more...

Top Talent to Perform at SEIU Labor Day Festival at Foot of Republican National Convention

Jul 15, 2008 - On the eve of the Republican National Convention, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-representing 2 million working people-will sponsor a festival to celebrate workers' achievements and to promote a New Vision for the 21st Century that includes: Read more...

Working Families, Merchants Send Joint Message to Lawmakers: Stop Credit Card Abuses Now

Jul 15, 2008 - In a groundbreaking joint effort by the nation's fastest growing union and trade associations representing merchants, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Food Marketing Institute (FMI), National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), and the National Grocers Association (NGA) sent a letter to every Member of the House of Representatives today calling on Congress to stop the nation's biggest banks and credit card companies from continuing abusive practices which harm American consumers and businesses. Read more...

SEIU Members Launch TV Ad Supporting Jay Nixon's Gubernatorial Bid

Jul 14, 2008 - SEIU, the nation's largest union of health care workers, will begin airing a new television ad throughout Missouri tomorrow, supporting Jay Nixon as the best choice for Missouri voters concerned about health care. Read more...

Amy Dacey Named New Government Relations Director for SEIU

Jul 14, 2008 - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced that it has named Amy Dacey as Government Relations Director for the nation's fastest growing union. Read more...

AFT Election to Benefit Students, Standards

Jul 14, 2008 - SEIU president Andy Stern issued the following statement on the election of Randi Weingarten to lead the American Federation of Teachers: Read more...

An Overview of SEIU's Leadership on Healthcare

Jul 11, 2008 - Over the past several years, SEIU and its members have become the strongest force for quality affordable health care anywhere in America. The critical 2008 elections give us the unprecedented opportunity to raise the bar even higher. We are seizing that opportunity and will not stop until every man, woman and child has quality, affordable care they can count on. Read more...

Bush Administration Again Attacks Constitutional Rights

Jul 10, 2008 - By signing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008 (FISA) into law today, the Bush Administration adds another disgraceful chapter to its annals of attacks on our civil liberties. Read more...

Call for Justice: SEIU Condemns Violence and Intimidation in Cambodian Elections

Jul 10, 2008 - SEIU president Andy Stern issued the following statement today in response to reports that violence and intimidation tactics have been used as part of a ruling party campaign to weaken political rivals prior to Cambodian national elections in July 2008: Read more...

The Drumbeat for Health Care Grows

Jul 08, 2008 - With momentum building for fundamental change in the nation's health care system, SEIU - the largest union of health care workers - today helped launch a new, national coalition that will bring together millions of Americans to demand quality, affordable health care for all. Read more...

Call with Anna Burger This Wednesday on SEIU Members' General Election Work

Jun 30, 2008 - Conference call to discuss SEIU's plans for the general election campaign, including activity by more than 100,000 members, more than any election in SEIU's history. Some of the states discussed will include: AZ, CO, IA, MN, NC, NH, NM, OH, PA, WI and VA Read more...

Stern Offers Health Care Solutions at Economic Summit with Barack Obama

Jun 26, 2008 - SEIU International President Andy Stern joined Senator Obama and other panelists for a summit today in Pittsburgh focused on American competitiveness in a global economy. Read more...

House Stands Up For Working People, Deals Blow to Buyout Industry

Jun 25, 2008 - In a rebuke to corporate buyout CEOs and their army of Washington lobbyists, the House of Representatives voted today to close a tax loophole that allows billionaire private equity managers to pay a lower tax rate than many middle-class Americans such as nurses or firefighters. Read more...

SEIU Members Get Ready to Mobilize for General Elections

Jun 24, 2008 - Nurses, child care and home care workers, janitors, security officers and other SEIU members across the country are already talking to voters and hitting the streets in key states and races across the country. Read more...

SEIU Pushes for Healthcare Solutions That Close Racial Gaps

Jun 19, 2008 - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation's largest union of nurses and healthcare workers, has mounted a nationwide push for health access and equity as part of its unprecedented campaign to build a new, American healthcare system. Read more...

Workers Criticize Anti-Worker Policies and Poor Performance to LA Retirement Fund

Jun 17, 2008 - Worker and retiree advocates testified today about the structure and underperformance of the Lazard Mid-Cap fund, with $11 million in city money, and about the anti-worker policies at Lazard affiliated companies at a meeting of the Los Angeles Board of Deferred Compensation Administration. 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, National Conference of Black Mayors Partner To Close Racial Gaps in Healthcare

Jun 05, 2008 - As calls for solutions to the nation's healthcare crisis intensify, the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) has joined with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to address the widening racial gaps in health care access and quality that shorten the lives of African Americans. Read more...

TODAY: OBAMA TO ADDRESS SEIU CONVENTION

Jun 04, 2008 - Since endorsing Obama in February, thousands of SEIU members have made millions of phone calls, knocked on more than a million doors, appeared on multiple television ads, and volunteered thousands of hours to make Barack Obama the Democratic nominee for president. This morning, Senator Obama will address the 2008 SEIU Convention currently taking place in Puerto Rico live via satellite. Read more...

SEIU Adopts Groundbreaking Political Accountability Campaign

Jun 03, 2008 - On day two of their convention, SEIU members promised to dramatically change the way the union serves its members, uses its political voice and builds partnerships with workers around the globe who share common employers. Read more...

SEIU: THE GENERAL ELECTION BEGINS TONIGHT

Jun 03, 2008 - "Now that the final primary votes have been cast, we congratulate Senator Clinton on waging a vigorous campaign that inspired working people across this country," said Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger. "Senator Clinton has been a strong friend of workers and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the Senate." Read more...

Pre-eminent Leader of Burmese Democracy Movement Addresses more than 2000 at SEIU Convention

Jun 03, 2008 - U Maung Maung addressed more than two thousand members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) at their 2008 convention today, sharing stories of the countless numbers of Burmese workers who face forced labor at the hands of the military -- and even imprisonment for standing up for their rights. Read more...

Barack Obama to Address SEIU Convention

Jun 02, 2008 - This Wednesday at 10:50 am EST, Sen. Barack Obama will address more than 4,000 SEIU members, leaders, and guests at the 2008 SEIU Convention in Puerto Rico by live satellite feed. Read more...

La SEIU llega a 2 millones de miembros; lanza innovador programa de organizacion y justicia social

Jun 02, 2008 - Miembros de la Unin Internacional de Empleados de Servicio (Service Employees International Union, SEIU) inauguraron hoy la 24.a Convencin Internacional anunciando que el nmero de miembros de la organizacin haba llegado a dos millones. Read more...

SEIU Hits 2 Million-Member Mark; Launches Groundbreaking Organizing, Social Justice Program

Jun 02, 2008 - Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) kicked off its 24th International Convention today with the announcement that the organization's membership had grown to two million. Read more...

Janitors Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract with Higher Wages, Improved Access to Family Healthcare, Other Benefits

May 28, 2008 - After a strike of more than 1,000 janitors that impacted Silicon Valley's high-tech giants and spread throughout the Bay Area, janitors won higher wages, improved access to family healthcare and other benefits in a four-year pact covering 6,000 janitors. Read more...

SEIU: BUSH AND MCCAIN STAND UNITED AGAINST FIXING HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

May 27, 2008 - When President Bush and Senator McCain share a stage tonight at a high-dollar fundraiser in Phoenix, voters will be hard pressed to identify any substantial differences between the two, especially when it comes to their ideas for health care. Read more...

John McCain's Health Care Proposals: Making a Bad Problem Worse

May 22, 2008 - As part of an extensive campaign to educate voters about where John McCain stands on the issues, SEIU today released a review of some of his disastrous health care proposals. The research will be shared with the more than 500,000 health care voters SEIU has identified through its Americans for Health Care campaign, as well as other voters, union members and community allies. Read more...

Strike Spreads in Silicon Valley, Bay Area

May 21, 2008 - Striking janitors are demonstrating outside the Intel shareholder's meeting this morning in Mountain View as concerned investors inside question the company's policies on issues that affect working families. Read more...

Day 1: Silicon Valley Janitors Walking Off the Job Today

May 20, 2008 - Janitors who clean some of the area's highest-profile corporations are trading their brooms for picket signs today. Hundreds of janitors are walking off the job at Cisco Systems, Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and other high-tech and bio-tech corporations throughout the Silicon Valley. As the strike expands, it could spread to other parts of the Bay Area. Read more...

Rank-and-File Members Bring Lawsuit Against UHW-W Officers Demanding Return of Nearly $200,000 in Dues Money Diverted to Unlawful, Off-the-Books Fund

May 20, 2008 - Rank-and-file members of SEIU California affiliate United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW-W) today filed a lawsuit against two dozen of UHW-W's top officers, demanding the return of nearly $200,000 in dues money that was illegally transferred from the UHW-W treasury into an outside, off-the-books fund and which is still unaccounted for. Read more...

SEIU Members Get Out Vote for Obama and Other Candidates in Oregon Primary

May 20, 2008 - SEIU members across Oregon are working hard to close the Democratic nomination today for Barack Obama and turn out the vote for U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Merkley, Attorney General candidate John Kroger, Portland Mayoral candidate Sam Adams and other state and local candidates. With more than 50,000 members, SEIU is the largest union in the state. Read more...

SEIU MEMBERS HELP CLOSE OUT NOMINATION FOR OBAMA IN OREGON

May 20, 2008 - SEIU's 50,000 members in Oregon helped Barack Obama win big, giving him a majority of the pledged delegates in the nomination contest in addition to a majority of the superdelegates. Read more...

CARLYLE GROUP BUYOUT OF BOOZ-ALLEN WOULD ADD BILLIONS IN SENSITIVE U.S. CONTRACTS TO PORTFOLIO PARTIALLY OWNED BY ABU DHABI GOVERNMENT

May 16, 2008 - Today's announcement that global buyout firm Carlyle Group will pay $2.54 billion for Booz Allen's government consulting arm demands immediate congressional attention to examine any national security implications and to clarify present and future control issues before the deal receives regulatory approval. Read more...

Advocates Call for Congress to Stand Up to Profit-Hungry Nursing Homes and Protect Seniors

May 15, 2008 - The nation's largest healthcare workers' union testified before Chairman Stupak's (D-MI-1) House Energy & Commerce Oversight Subcommittee today, calling for Congress to stand up to the powerful and profit-hungry nursing home industry and pass legislation that would improve the quality of care by ensuring that residents and taxpayers know who owns nursing homes, who is responsible for care at them, and how taxpayer funds are being used. Read more...

Statement from SEIU Local 1021 President Damita Davis Howard Regarding Governor Schwarzenegger's Budget Cuts

May 15, 2008 - SEIU Local 1021 President Damita Davis Howard released the following statement today in response to Governor Schwarzenegger's devastating budget proposal. SEIU Local 1021 represents 54,000 Bay Area health care and service workers and their families. Read more...

1199 SEIU Joins Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez to Announce New Home New Home Healthcare Initiative for the City's Elderly Public Housing Residents

May 12, 2008 - 1199 SEIU today joined Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez in unveiling new congressional legislation to improve home healthcare services for the City's elderly public housing residents. Congresswoman Velazquez made the announcement at a Lower East Side residential development for seniors. Read more...

SEIU Members to Politicians: Live Up to Your Promises Or We Will Hold You Accountable

May 08, 2008 - Members and leaders of the nation's strongest and fastest growing union say they will hold elected leaders strictly accountable if they say one thing before an election and then do something else. Read more...

Workers With No Healthcare Protecting Kaiser Facilities, Security Contractor May Be Misleading California's Largest Healthcare Provider

May 07, 2008 - Oakland, Calif.-In the heart of California's leading healthcare provider, Kaiser Permanente, an increasing number of security officers report they either don't have health insurance or can't afford the plan for their families. Read more...

Hospital Security Officers Launch Statewide Strike to Protest Unfair Labor Practices

May 06, 2008 - Hundreds of security officers responsible for protecting patients and staff at Kaiser medical facilities throughout the state launched an unprecedented three-day strike today to protest unfair labor practices by employer Inter-Con Security Read more...

STATEMENT OF THE SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION TO U.S. House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee ON THE SECURE AMERICA THROUGH VERIFICATION AND ENFORCEMENT ACT

May 06, 2008 - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is strongly opposed to The Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act ("SAVE Act,"HR 4088). We are particularly concerned about the cost of the Act to the federal government and the burden that it will place on many American workers and those legally authorized to work in the United States. Read more...

SEIU Warns of the Disastrous Impact on All Working People and Renews the Call for Smart, Pragmatic Reform

May 06, 2008 - Today the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security convened a hearing on the employer verification system proposed in the Shuler/Tancredo Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. In response, SEIU issued a formal statement before the subcommittee, and SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina issued the following statement: Read more...

OBAMA: CLEARLY THE PRESUMPTIVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE

May 06, 2008 - "Senator Obama's commanding win in North Carolina and close showing in Indiana means he is clearly the Democratic nominee for President,"said Anna Burger, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer. "We've had a long process and the outcome is now clear. The Democratic Party should come together to focus on winning in November." Read more...

Open Hearings, Fact-Finding Today by SEIU Long Term Care Workers Continues Democratic Process Begun in 2006

May 06, 2008 - A democratic process involving several SEIU local unions that began in 2006 continues today with open hearings and fact-finding in California. SEIU members in California are in the process of examining how homecare and nursing home workers in the long term care profession should organize themselves in order to have the greatest strength to win for their families and the clients they serve. Read more...

State Employees Association of North Carolina Joins SEIU in Historic Union Vote

May 05, 2008 - On May 3, the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) voted to affiliate with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The SEANC convention included 671 elected delegates representing SEANC's 55,000 state employee members across the state. Nearly 80 percent, or 524 delegates, voted to affiliate with SEIU. Read more...

Inter-Con Files Charges to Try and Stop Statewide Security Officer Strike, Workers Vow to Continue

May 02, 2008 - Inter-Con Security filed for charges with the National Labor Relations Board late Thursday and is asking the NLRB to seek a court injunction against a 3-day unfair labor practice strike by more than 400 officers who protect Kaiser facilities. The predominantly minority workforce is scheduled to walk off the job starting May 6 to protest how Inter-Con has retaliated against, threatened, intimidated and spied on workers who are trying to form a union. Read more...

SEIU Members Engage in Aggressive GOTV Campaign in Indiana

Apr 30, 2008 - With less than a week to go before Indiana's Democratic Primary on Tuesday, May 6, SEIU members are stepping up their efforts on behalf of Senator Obama for President. Starting today, SEIU will be up on the air statewide urging voters to support Barack Obama on May 6. The ad is part of an extensive campaign that SEIU members are waging to get out the vote for Obama in the remaining days before the primary. Read more...

Justice for Janitors Launches New Website TheIrvineCompanyWatch.org as Thousands Demonstrate Outside Buildings Owned by The Irvine Company in LA

Apr 30, 2008 - As contracts covering more than 16,000 California janitors expired this week, thousands of janitors marched and rallied outside buildings owned by The Irvine Company in Century City and in Orange County's Fashion Island while playing drums, waving brooms and chanting. Read more...

SEIU BEGINS NATIONAL TV ASSAULT ON MCCAIN'S TERRIBLE HEALTHCARE "PLAN"

Apr 29, 2008 - At a press conference today, SEIU will unveil its first ad of the election cycle focused on John McCain's terrible record on healthcare and his healthcare "plan."The ad coincides with a policy announcement on healthcare by McCain today in Florida. Read more...

Inter-Con Security Officers to Launch Strikes at Kaiser Hospitals Across California, Defend Civil Rights

Apr 25, 2008 - Security officers at Kaiser Permanente hospitals are ramping up their fight against employer Inter-Con, today issuing 10-day notice of an unfair labor practice strike in California to defend their civil rights. Inter-Con workers held the first-ever strike by hospital security officers last month in response to Inter-Con threatening, intimidating, and spying on workers who were trying to form a union for better conditions Read more...

20,000 More Pennsylvania Child Care Providers to Form Union

Apr 25, 2008 - Today a majority of 20,000 home-based child care providers casting ballots voted to unite for a stronger say in delivering affordable, quality child care by forming their own union with Child Care Providers UNITED (CCP UNITED). Ballots were counted Friday by the American Arbitration Association. Over 95 percent of child care providers casting ballots voted to join CCP UNITED. Read more...

Congress Must Not Hedge on Health Care Reform

Apr 24, 2008 - SEIU members and leaders responded strongly to statements by congressional Democrats that health care reform is unlikely in the new Congress. Read more...

NEW SEIU REPORT ON SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS AND PRIVATE EQUITY CALLS FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY OF SWF INVESTMENTS IN U.S. BUYOUT FUNDS

Apr 23, 2008 - Access, Decreased Transparency, a new report released today by the 1.9 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to coincide with tomorrow's (April 24) U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Hearing on sovereign investments, calls on Congress to equip itself and the public with the tools necessary to make informed decisions about sovereign wealth fund (SWF) investment in United States private equity firms. Read more...

SEIU Members Launch TV Ad on Obama's Solutions for Reigning in Gas Prices

Apr 17, 2008 - Today, SEIU went up on television in Pennsylvania to draw attention to Barack Obama's solutions for skyrocketing gas prices. Read more...

Statement of SEIU President Andy Stern Regarding UHW-W's Confirmation of Illegal Delegate Election Process

Apr 16, 2008 - SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement today in response to the now-confirmed illegal delegate elections of SEIU local union United Healthcare Workers-West (UHW-W): Read more...

SEIU Send Second "Dear John" Letter To Senator John McCain

Apr 15, 2008 - SEIU today sent a second a "Dear John"letter to Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. SEIU members are offering their assistance in the absence of any economic blueprint from McCain and will continue sending letters until he meets with them and presents proposals that put working families first. Read more...

Security Officers Win First-Ever Union Contract

Apr 14, 2008 - -D.C. City Council Members and clergy joined with Local 32BJ today to announce agreements with the four top private security contractors in Washington D.C. on 4-year contracts providing nearly 1,500 private security officers with the higher wages, health care and other benefits they need to support their families 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...

SEIU Urges Action Now In Congress To Provide Economic Relief To Workers

Apr 10, 2008 - SEIU's President and Secretary-Treasurer met with House and Senate leadership today to discuss solutions to provide relief to workers who are being affected by the current economic downturn. Read more...

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Apr 04, 2008 - Gerry Hudson, Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement today: Read more...

Inter-Con Security Officers at Kaiser On Strike as Inter-Con Breaks More Laws

Apr 04, 2008 - Security officers employed by Inter-Con to protect Kaiser Permanente patients and staff have conducted a week of pickets and activities across California, culminating in one-day strikes and pickets today in Hayward, Fremont and Sacramento. Read more...

Striking Security Officers File Federal Charges Against Inter-Con

Apr 03, 2008 - Security officers employed by Inter-Con to protect Kaiser Permanente patients and staff across California today filed federal charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against their employer for spying on, threatening, interrogating, and intimidating workers on the job. Read more...

OBAMA STANDS WITH SEIU MEMBERS FOR CHANGE AT CONVENTION

Apr 02, 2008 - In a speech today at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's 38th Constitutional Convention, Senator Barack Obama laid out a plan to help working families and put us on a clear path to creating a new American Dream. From ending the war in Iraq to strengthening the ability of workers to organize and turning around the economic slowdown, Obama will deliver the change America needs. Read more...

DURBIN, SNOWE, LINCOLN & COLEMAN ALONG WITH NFIB, NAR & SEIU Introduce Affordable Health INSURANCE Plan for Small Businesses

Apr 02, 2008 - Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) introduced breakthrough legislation designed to make insurance more available and affordable for the 47.1 million employees of the nation's 5.8 million small businesses and for 14.1 million self-employed individuals. Read more...

Tibetan Protests No Excuse for Violence

Apr 01, 2008 - Gerry Hudson, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Jigme Ugen, executive vice president of SEIU Healthcare issued the following statement today: Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for Friday, April 4, 2008: Security Officers to Strike Inter-Con at California Healthcare Facilities

Mar 31, 2008 - Security officers employed by Inter-Con to protect Kaiser Permanente patients and staff are preparing to strike, according to SEIU Local 24/7, California's security officer union. Since November 2005, 1,500 Inter-Con security officers at Kaiser Permanente have been working to improve security and working conditions by forming a union with SEIU. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for March 28, 2008: Liberty Bell Security Officers Demand a Safe Workplace

Mar 28, 2008 - Liberty Bell Security Officers will be leafleting at noon on Friday March 28th. They are coming out to protest a number of cutbacks that their employer Wackenhut has made which threaten the workers' security and that of visitors to the Independence National Historic Park. Read more...

ADVISORY for Wednesday April 2: SEIU to Host Press Briefing with Leading Black Economists

Mar 27, 2008 - Next Wednesday, the 1.9 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting a press briefing with leading black economists to discuss the impact of today's economy on black workers. Read more...

SEIU Does Not Endorse Lipitor or Any Other Product

Mar 27, 2008 - Recently, a letter appearing to endorse a well-known pharmaceutical was circulated by the International Association of EMTS and Paramedics, an affiliate of the National Association of Government Employees (IAEP/SEIU). Read more...

Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Barney Frank, Mass. AG Martha Coakley Focuses on Harmful Banking Practices, Rising Credit Card Interest Rates Hurting Working Families and Consumers

Mar 19, 2008 - As federal lawmakers debate legislation that would protect consumers from rising credit card interest rates, U.S. Representative Barney Frank and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley are taking part in a town hall meeting today to discuss the devastating impact of unfair banking and credit card practices on consumers and working families. Read more...

Pennsylvania SEIU Members Available to Discuss Their Efforts for Senator Obama

Mar 19, 2008 - With more than 75,000 members in Pennsylvania, SEIU is working hard to elect Senator Barack Obama president so he can bring about the change America needs. Members have engaged in an extensive voter registration effort in their communities in advance of the March 24 primary deadline. Read more...

Frontline Caregivers, National Healthcare Providers Unveil What's Working in the Battle Against Chronic Disease:

Mar 19, 2008 - Nurses, doctors and health care workers joined CEO's from a nationally renowned group of health care providers in sharing nearly a dozen pioneering programs that contain costs while improving the quality of chronic care at a summit hosted today by the Partnership for Quality Care (PQC). Read more...

Statement on the Cancellation of Consumer Testimony at the House Financial Services Consumer Credit Hearing

Mar 13, 2008 - The following statement was released today by SEIU, Consumers Union, USPIRG, Consumer Federation of America, and Consumer Action on the cancellation of consumer testimony at the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit hearing: Read more...

SEIU Members Help Carry Obama to Overwhelming Victory in Wyoming

Mar 08, 2008 - SEIU members helped carry Sen. Obama to an overwhelming victory in the Wyoming caucuses today with hundreds of SEIU members from every corner of the state turning out their coworkers, families, and friends to set record caucus participation. SEIU has more than 1,200 members in the state. Read more...

SEIU Members Help Turn Out the Vote in Important Foster Win in Illinois

Mar 08, 2008 - SEIU members and working families across Illinois are celebrating Bill Foster's win in Saturday's special election in the 14th congressional district. With more than 5,000 members in the district, SEIU engaged in an extensive voter mobilization effort in support of Foster. Read more...

Workers, Residents' Family Members Confront Lazard Execs Over Concerns at Atria Senior Living

Mar 05, 2008 - Workers and family members of elderly residents at Atria Senior Living centers confronted private equity owner Lazard's executives outside their annual meeting of buyout fund investors today, demanding better care and wages at hundreds of facilities across the country. Read more...

SEIU Steps Up Advocacy for Obama In March 4 Primary States

Feb 26, 2008 - Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are escalating their campaign activities for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid with a week to go before the pivotal March 4 primaries. Read more...

Barack Obama Wins Debate on Creating a New American Dream

Feb 26, 2008 - Senator Obama clearly demonstrated tonight that he has the best plan and best strategy to create a new American Dream. Whether the topic was ensuring that all Americans have access to health care, ending the war in Iraq, or creating new jobs for workers, Obama showed yet again that he is the best candidate to unite the country for the change we need. Read more...

SEIU Leaders Stern and Burger to Join SEIU Member Activities for Obama in Cleveland Saturday

Feb 22, 2008 - On Saturday, SEIU President Andrew Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will join SEIU members pounding the pavement in Cleveland and Youngstown for Sen. Barack Obama. Stern will kick off a morning canvass with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and join SEIU member events for Sen. Obama throughout the day. Read more...

SEIU Members Turn Their Focus to Winning Ohio and Texas for Obama

Feb 22, 2008 - With critical primaries in Ohio and Texas just days away, SEIU members are already hitting the pavement as part of an extensive, multi-million dollar ground and air campaign for Sen. Barack Obama. Read more...

SEIU Member to Introduce Barack Obama at Houston Rally Tonight

Feb 19, 2008 - Tonight, SEIU member and janitor Israel Gomez will introduce Sen. Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Houston. Read more...

SEIU Members Endorse Sen. Barack Obama

Feb 15, 2008 - Nurses, childcare workers, janitors and other service workers endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president today, calling him the candidate with the best vision, best plan and best strategy to lead the country to a new American Dream. Read more...

SEIU Members: Settlement is the "Write" Thing

Feb 13, 2008 - Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), today released the following statement on the resolution of the Writers Guild strike Read more...

SEIU Members Help Make the Difference in Historic Win for Donna Edwards

Feb 13, 2008 - In a major victory for working people, Donna Edwards defeated longtime incumbent Al Wynn in the Democratic primary to represent Maryland's fourth congressional district. Read more...

Twin Cities Security Officers Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike

Feb 09, 2008 - Joined by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, security officers who protect the majority of commercial office buildings and other major properties in Minneapolis and Saint Paul voted today to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike if necessary. Read more...

SEIU Members Launch Unprecedented Effort for Quality, Affordable Health Care for All

Feb 04, 2008 - SEIU, the largest union of health care workers in North America, announced today that it is launching a sweeping new election-year effort to win quality, affordable health care for every man, woman and child in America. Read more...

Working Families Need More Relief, Less Rhetoric from Washington

Feb 04, 2008 - As a new Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that public views of the national economy are now more negative than at any point in nearly 15 years, Service Employees International Union Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger issued the following statement today regarding the effects of America's economic woes on working people: Read more...

G4S Workers Renew Strike Threat in Malawi

Feb 01, 2008 - Security guards for G4S in Malawi, struggling to survive on poverty pay, today renewed their threat to strike unless Africa's biggest multinational employer agrees to meet their demand for a 30% raise. Read more...

Left in the Dark and Facing Thousands in Rent Increases, Elderly Atria Senior Living Residents Protest, Call for Improvements

Jan 30, 2008 - Elderly residents at Atria Senior Living's Covell Gardens facility continued their protests over exorbitant rent increases on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Residents and family members detailed how skyrocketing rents have affected them, and pointed to recent problems with care and services at the facility. Read more...

SEIU: Best Thing About Bush's State of the Union Address is That it is His Last

Jan 28, 2008 - SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger issued the following statement tonight regarding President Bush's final State of the Union address: Read more...

SEIU Drives Growth as Union Workforce Increases for the First Time in Years

Jan 25, 2008 - Seeking to improve their lives and the wide range of services they provide in their communities, 114,158 workers voted to unite in the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in 2007. SEIU's growth last year accounted for nearly 25 percent of the total union growth across the country, solidifying SEIU's role as America's fastest-growing union. Read more...

SEIU Statement on the World Economic Forum Study on the Economic Impact of Private Equity

Jan 25, 2008 - Statement by Stephen Lerner, Director of SEIU's Private Equity Project, regarding the World Economic Forum Study on the economic impact of private equity: Read more...

Eliseo Medina Testimony on Naturalization Backlog Before House Judiciary Subcommittee

Jan 17, 2008 - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), on behalf of its more than 1.9 million members, thanks the U.S House of Representatives Subcommittee on Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law for holding this hearing. Read more...

SEIU Lays Out Measures to Reduce Naturalization Backlog and Help New Citizens Vote in 2008

Jan 17, 2008 - "If the Bush administration truly believes America is stronger and more dynamic when new citizens are welcomed, it will make sure that USCIS processes the hundreds of thousands of citizenship applications trapped in a snarl of red tape and government bureaucracy,"said Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina, upon submitting testimony to the House Subcommittee on Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law on how to reduce the naturalization backlog that may block hundreds of thousands of citizenship applicants from voting in the 2008 Elections. Read more...

Could the Carlyle Group Buyout of Booz Allen Government Consulting Arm Be a Threat to National Security?

Jan 17, 2008 - Global buyout firm the Carlyle Group's announcement that it seeks to acquire Booz Allen's government consulting business should raise serious questions about the ramifications for national security and demands immediate government oversight to ensure adequate controls exist should the deal be completed. Read more...

SEIU: Bank of America Should Not Be Allowed to Acquire Countrywide

Jan 11, 2008 - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-the fastest-growing union in North America-today cautioned against uncritical and short-sighted support for Bank of America's attempt to acquire troubled mortgage giant Countrywide Financial Corporation. Read more...

Statement by SEIU International President Andy Stern on Countrywide CEO Mozilo's 'Golden Parachute'

Jan 11, 2008 - "Today's announcement that Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo will receive a severance package totaling $115 million-including free rides on the company jet and his country club bills paid up until 2011-amounts to little more than a "golden parachute."Coming on the heels of Merrill Lynch CEO Stanley O'Neal's own $161.5 million severance deal, it is clear that corporatism's ethos of enriching companies while impoverishing people is alive and well. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for Jan. 14th: New Show at Bread and Roses Gallery Features Work that Explores Motivations for Voting in 2008

Jan 10, 2008 - The Martin Luther King Jr. Gallery, founded by Bread and Roses, is opening a show that features work by 12 diverse artists on the motivations for voting in 2008. Read more...

National Citizenship Coalition Surpasses One Million Goal; 2007 Citizenship Applications Highest In A Decade

Jan 07, 2008 - Today, the Ya es Hora: Ciudadania! (Citizenship, It's Time!) Campaign announced that it surpassed its goal of helping mobilize more than one million eligible immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship in 2007. Read more...

New York City Office Cleaners Win New Contract with Significant Wage Hikes and Pension Improvements

Dec 29, 2007 - The Local 32BJ Bargaining Committee today announced tentative agreement on a new $6.8 billion contract for 26,000 commercial property service workers in New York City that provides more than 16% in pay increases over the life of the contract, improves the pension benefit for the first time in four years and maintains fully employer-paid family health care coverage. Read more...

Carlyle Group Sewer Sludge Business May Increase Health Risks to Communities

Dec 17, 2007 - People who live near the operations of a Carlyle Group sewer sludge business could be at an increased health risk if Carlyle does not provide information to those communities about toxins and other hazards associated with its business. Read more...

SEIU Releases Detailed Comparison of Presidential Candidates on Health Care

Dec 12, 2007 - With less than a month to go before voters participate in the first-in-the-nation caucuses and primary, SEIU's Americans for Health Care campaign has released a detailed comparison of the health care plans of the Democratic and Republican candidates for president. Read more...

Carlyle Group Embrace of Abu Dhabi Undermining Respect for Human Rights

Dec 10, 2007 - As nations around world recognize human rights day today, the big money partnership of the Government of Abu Dhabi and global buyout firm the Carlyle Group is undermining respect for human rights Read more...

SEIU Unveils Reform Measures for Holding Nation's Biggest Banks Accountable to Consumers, Working Families

Dec 06, 2007 - With lawmakers continuing the debate over subprime mortgage protections, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) unveiled new reform measures today for some of the nation's largest and most powerful banks. Read more...

SEIU Healthcare Chair Dennis Rivera Shares Vision for Partnership with Puerto Rican Long Term Care Advocates, Providers, and Policymakers

Dec 05, 2007 - In a speech today addressing an audience of AARP advocates, care providers, and policymakers, SEIU Healthcare Chair Dennis Rivera shared pressing concerns about the Commonwealth's readiness to meet future long term care demands and a vision of partnership to build a more sustainable and affordable system of care. Read more...

Republican Presidential Candidates Continue to Disappoint Health Care Voters

Dec 05, 2007 - With polls consistently showing health care as a top issue for voters in this election, health care voters in early primary and caucus states are voicing their disappointment that no Republican candidate has a plan to ensure all Americans have access to health care. Read more...

SEIU Joins International Union And Environmental Allies To Advocate For Environmental Justice

Nov 30, 2007 - SEIU Executive Vice President Gerry Hudson will travel to Bali, Indonesia, December 6th - 11th as part of the first-ever U.S. labor delegation to participate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Read more...

SEIU President Andy Stern Calls On States and Pension Funds to Ensure Investments Support Respect for Human Rights

Nov 30, 2007 - In remarks today at the Asia Society of Southern California, SEIU President Andy Stern raised concerns about Abu Dhabi's recent $1.35 billion investment in the Carlyle Group, saying sovereign wealth investment deals should not serve to underwrite human rights violators or anti-worker business practices, but instead work "to open markets and minds." Read more...

SEIU Security Officers, Bay Area Security Contractors Reach Tentative Agreement On Higher Wages, Family Healthcare

Nov 30, 2007 - Security officers united in Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 24/7 reached a tentative agreement late last night with the Bay Area's largest private security companies on a contract that includes higher wages and family healthcare. Read more...

Workers Stand Together For A Share Of The Profits

Nov 27, 2007 - Following last week's "labor solidarity"rally and march down Hollywood Boulevard, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members today launched a month-long billboard campaign in support of striking writers. Read more...

Atria Growth in Massachusetts Halted by Town Government

Nov 20, 2007 - In a stunning defeat for Atria Senior Living, one of the country's largest assisted living providers, local elected representatives in Falmouth, Mass. refused to change local zoning law to allow for the expansion of the Atria Woodbriar facility (located at 339 Gifford Street) at the annual Falmouth Town Meeting on Tuesday, November 13. Read more...

Battle over Access to Fisher Island Beaches Escalates; Access to Florida Beaches on the Line

Nov 16, 2007 - In a letter to the Fisher Island Community Association today, SEIU gave Fisher Island until 5:00 p.m. tonight to allow access to the public slip at the Marina and to the public beaches and ferry terminal allowing access to those beaches, or face legal action. Read more...

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

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

1,000 Aramark Workers and Their Supporters March on Aramark's World Headquarters to Demand Company Do Better for Customers, Taxpayers, and Workers Across the Country

Nov 14, 2007 - More than 1,000 Aramark workers and their supporters who provide food and cleaning services at facilities across the country came together in Center City with public school parents, clergy and elected officials to call on Philadelphia-based Aramark to improve its treatment of workers and customers at Aramark facilities. Read more...

Congressional Leaders Schedule Hearings on Quality of Nursing Home Care

Nov 14, 2007 - The nation's largest healthcare workers' union applauded Congressional leaders for scheduling hearings on growing problems with nursing homes. Chairman Pete Stark's (D-CA-13) House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will examine the effects of nursing home ownership on the quality of care, especially in light of Carlyle Group's takeover of Manor Care. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY for Nov. 17th: Activist Armada of Small Boats to Take "Private" Beach of Exclusive Fisher Island Public

Nov 13, 2007 - An armada of decorated boats will carry hundreds of activists on Saturday, November 17 to the sheltered and until now thought to be off-limits beaches of Fisher Island-named the nation's most expensive zip code by Forbes and labeled "Fantasy Island" by the New York Times-to protest discriminatory and abusive treatment of the workers that clean, maintain, and protect the island. Read more...

Service Workers Call on Aramark to stop leaving Houston Families Behind

Nov 09, 2007 - Last year, thousands of Houston janitors and their families won, for the first time, better wages, access to affordable health care, and dignity on the job. But there are thousands more service workers in Houston who still struggle to make ends meet at dead-end, low-wage jobs with no path toward health insurance. Read more...

Home Care Workers Vote to Join Union

Nov 08, 2007 - In a move that is destined to improve healthcare for thousands of Massachusetts seniors and people with disabilities, 22,000 Massachusetts home care workers have voted to join 1199SEIU, the healthcare workers union. The vote passed by a landslide margin of 94% Yes to 6% No. Read more...

Congressional Leaders Schedule Hearings on Quality of Nursing Home Care

Nov 08, 2007 - The nation's largest healthcare workers' union applauded Congressional leaders for scheduling hearings on growing problems with nursing homes. Chairman Pete Stark's (D-CA-13) House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee will examine the effects of nursing home ownership on the quality of care, especially in light of Carlyle Group's takeover of Manor Care. Read more...

SEIU Healthcare Nurses and Hospital Workers at Tenet Hospitals Approve Agreements with Major Gains on Healthcare Coverage, Strengthened Voice on Patient Care Issues

Nov 05, 2007 - Nurses and hospital workers who belong to SEIU Healthcare at Tenet Healthcare have voted to approve new contract agreements that include a breakthrough commitment to provide access to employer-paid healthcare insurance for all employees in Florida and strengthen employees' voice on issues that affect patient care. Read more...

Janitors, Supporters Beaten and Pepper-Sprayed by Mall Security at General Growth Properties' Southland Mall in Hayward, California

Nov 02, 2007 - Three people, including two janitors and a union organizer, were hospitalized yesterday after being beaten and pepper-sprayed by Southland Mall security officers during a peaceful 25-person mid-day delegation to the mall's management office to speak out against civil rights abuses against the mall's janitors, who are forming a union in order to gain a voice on the job. Read more...

SEIU's Efforts to Improve Private Security Industry Standards Are Challenged by Wackenhut Lawsuit

Nov 02, 2007 - "In the last month alone, Wackenhut security lapses were confirmed at one nuclear power plant, and Wackenhut guards were caught sleeping on the job at another nuclear power plant. Instead of addressing the problems that led to the lapses, Wackenhut has chosen to fight its employees' efforts to improve security. Read more...

SEIU TO BUSH: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Nov 02, 2007 - Leaders of the largest healthcare union in the nation today praised the steadfast commitment of Senate leadership in their passage of SCHIP legislation that will provide health coverage for nearly 10 million uninsured children, and raised their voices against any further delay by President Bush in the face of a second promised veto. Read more...

NFIB Joins AARP, Business Roundtable & SEIU

Nov 01, 2007 - Today, the nation's leading consumer, business, and labor organizations have a new ally: America's small businesses. Read more...

Pennsylvania Child Care Providers Vote to Form Union

Oct 29, 2007 - Over 3,700 home-based child care providers across Pennsylvania voted to form their own union with Child Care Providers UNITED (CCP UNITED). Over 95 percent of providers casting ballots voted to join CCP UNITED. Read more...

Health Care Voters in Early States Escalate Their Activities with Two Months to Go Until Iowa Caucuses

Oct 29, 2007 - With just over two months until the first voters in Iowa attend their caucuses to select a nominee for president, health care voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina are pulling out all of the stops to ensure that health care is the number one domestic issue in the election. Read more...

Statement from Dennis Rivera, Chair of SEIU Healthcare Regarding the Passing of Cheryl Johnson, RN, President of the United American Nurses, AFL- CIO

Oct 29, 2007 - Dennis Rivera, Chair of SEIU Healthcare, today issued the following statement regarding the Passing of Cheryl Johnson, RN, President of the United American Nurses, AFL- CIO: Read more...

Rangel Tax Reform Package Would Bring More Balance, Fairness

Oct 29, 2007 - America's tax system should reward hard work. Americans expect our tax system to encourage saving, and benefit the majority of Americans. Unfortunately, today's tax laws favor the wealthy. Working Americans without expensive lobbyists and tax lawyers see a system with loopholes, schemes, dodges, and intricate rules that benefit those who least need it. These loopholes and schemes raise the tax burden of working people and undercut vital public services. Read more...

SEIU Leaders Applaud House Passage of Children's Healthcare, Warn Bush Against Veto

Oct 26, 2007 - Leaders of the largest healthcare union in the nation today celebrated the House passage of SCHIP legislation that would provide health coverage for nearly 10 million uninsured children, and expressing outrage at President Bush's threat to once again veto the bill. Read more...

SEIU Counsel, Home Care Workers, Disability Community Advocates Urge Congress to Support Fair Home Health Care Act

Oct 25, 2007 - Today, lead counsel for The Service Employees International Union, the nation's largest healthcare union, joined a home care worker and disability community advocates to testify before Congress in support of legislation that would close a loophole that denies home care workers overtime and minimum wage protections. Read more...

Another DREAM Deferred

Oct 24, 2007 - This afternoon, the Senate voted down the DREAM Act, a bill that would help immigrant children who attend college or serve in the military legalize their status. This vote exposes the failed leadership of Senate Democrats and Republicans, who have allowed nativist anti-immigrant hate speech to overwhelm reason on the immigration reform debate. Below is a statement by SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina responding to the failed cloture vote. Read more...

Hearings on Private Equity Ownership of Nursing Homes Open New Front for Embattled Buyout Industry

Oct 23, 2007 - The nation's largest healthcare workers union applauded U.S. Reps. John Dingell and Barney Frank today as they announced the first Congressional hearings on private equity ownership of nursing homes. The announcement today by the Chairmen of the House Energy & Commerce Committee and the House Financial Services Committee is the latest move by Congressional leaders this month to hold private equity firms accountable for the care, staffing, and conditions at nursing homes they own. Read more...

Child care providers across Maine vote to form a union

Oct 22, 2007 - Nearly 2,200 home-based child care providers across Maine now have a united voice for their profession, after voting in a statewide election to form their union with the Maine State Employees Association (MSEA)-SEIU Kids First. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Demonstration at Carlyle Group Offices Monday as Grassroots Caravan of Caregivers & Senior Advocates Arrives in D.C. to Speak Out for Improved Care, Staffing at Nation's Largest Nursing Home Chain

Oct 19, 2007 - With political concerns growing rapidly on Capitol Hill and in key states about the impact of private equity buyouts of nursing homes, a national caravan of caregivers and senior advocates will arrive in D.C. on Monday, Oct. 22, where they will hold a demonstration at the Pennsylvania Ave. headquarters of the Carlyle Group. Read more...

SEIU Leaders Denounce Failure To Override SCHIP Veto, Vow To Continue Fight For Children's Healthcare

Oct 18, 2007 - Leaders of the largest healthcare union in the nation today blasted Members of Congress who refused to override President Bush's SCHIP veto, and pledged to continue fighting to win healthcare for 10 million uninsured children. Read more...

SEIU Applauds Bipartisan Leadership of Sen. Finance Committee in Push for Greater Oversight of Private Equity Takeovers of Nursing Homes

Oct 18, 2007 - The nation's largest healthcare workers union applauded the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Finance Committee today as it took new steps to hold private equity firms accountable for the care, staffing, and conditions at nursing homes they own. Read more...

Complaint Against Fisher Island Corporations Challenges Racial Segregation and Abuse on Exclusive Private Island Off the Coast of South Beach

Oct 18, 2007 - In a case that harkens back to the civil rights lawsuits of the 1950's that ended racial segregation, 19 workers filed a class action complaint today against Fisher Island Holdings, Inc., Fisher Island Community Association, Inc., Fisher Island Club, Inc., and Fisher Island Community Association, LLC with the Miami-Dade County Equal Opportunity Board, charging that the policies and practices in effect on the Fisher Island Ferry Service that operates between the exclusive island to the mainland segregates Haitian, Hispanic, and African-American workers. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Nursing Home Workers From Across the Nation to Rally in for Improved Nursing Home Care

Oct 17, 2007 - Nursing home workers and their supporters from across the nation are traveling to Toledo, Ohio Wednesday Oct. 17 to rally for improved care at the nation's largest nursing home chain as the shareholders of HCR Manor Care vote to approve a $6.3 billion buyout of the company by global buyout giant, The Carlyle Group. Read more...

Hundreds of Nursing Home Workers From Across the Nation Rally for Improved Nursing Home Care

Oct 17, 2007 - Two members of the group went inside the shareholders meeting as proxies-SEIU District 1199 President Dave Regan and Carol Lafferty, a nursing aide at a Manor Care facility in Beckley, West Virginia. Regan addressed Manor Care management and shareholders, calling on them to make specific commitments to work with the Carlyle Group to improve care and ensure safe staffing as part of the deal. Read more...

Health Care Plays Key Role in Tsongas's Win

Oct 16, 2007 - "Tonight's win for Niki Tsongas isn't just a victory for voters in Massachusetts, it's a win for working families across the country,"said SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger. "Voters in Massachusetts are not only sending a strong health care advocate to Washington, they're doing it just in time for her to cast a vote for a critically needed program." Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY: SCHIP Vigil Tuesday, Oct. 16

Oct 15, 2007 - Hundreds of healthcare workers, parents, children, clergy, elected officials and concerned citizens will gather for a vigil near the Capitol this Tuesday, October 16, as part of a final push to win healthcare for nearly 10 million children. Read more...

SEIU Leaders Reiterate Endorsement Guidelines for Presidential Primary

Oct 15, 2007 - In response to the announcement of presidential endorsements at the state level by SEIU locals today, SEIU leaders restated the guidelines for endorsement agreed to by the International Executive Board last week. Read more...

How Much Taxpayer Money Has The Carlyle Group Taken from the U.S. Treasury?

Oct 10, 2007 - Just how much taxpayer money has the Carlyle Group taken from the U.S. Treasury? The answer is a mystery, but there is no question that buyout giant the Carlyle Group employs sophisticated financial strategies to turn taxpayer dollars into executive profits and avoid paying its fair share of taxes. Read more...

SEIU Launches Nationwide Campaign For Kids' Healthcare

Oct 09, 2007 - Thousands of healthcare workers, parents, children, faith leaders, and concerned citizens will take to the streets in communities across the country this week as part of a nationwide effort to win healthcare for nearly 10 million children. Read more...

Citing Strength of Presidential Field, SEIU Locals to Decide on Endorsement of Presidential Candidates by State

Oct 08, 2007 - Citing the strength of the presidential field on the key issues for working families, and the importance of the 2008 election on the future of America, SEIU local unions will decide on presidential primary endorsements on a state-by-state basis. Read more...

23 Arrested as Community Leaders, Students Engage in Non-Violent Act of Civil Disobedience, Protest Security Officers Being 'Left Out in the Cold' In Midst of Economic Boom

Oct 04, 2007 - With contract negotiations continuing for thousands of San Francisco Bay Area private security officers, elected leaders, labor leaders, clergy, students, and community supporters engaged in an act of non-violent civil disobedience today, during which 23 supporters were arrested when they occupied the intersection of Montgomery and Pine, located in the city's downtown financial district, for 45 minutes. Read more...

Bush NLRB Deals Ugly Blow to Workers and Employers

Oct 04, 2007 - Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement regarding the Bush NLRB's Dana Corp. decision: Read more...

SEIU Launches Multi-State Grassroots Campaign Calling on the Carlyle Group To Put Care Above Profits in Buyout of Nation's Largest Nursing Home Chain

Oct 03, 2007 - In an effort to improve care at nursing homes, the nation's largest healthcare workers union today is launching a multi-state grassroots campaign calling on global buyout giant the Carlyle Group to put care above CEO profits in the $6.3 billion takeover of nursing home chain HCR Manor Care. Read more...

Statement of SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger Regarding Bush Veto of Children's Healthcare

Oct 03, 2007 - Anna Burger, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU, the nation's largest union of health care workers, today issued the following statement regarding President Bush's veto of the bipartisan SCHIP legislation: Read more...

Statement from Dennis Rivera, Chair of SEIU Healthcare Regarding Bush's Veto of Children's Healthcare

Oct 03, 2007 - Dennis Rivera, Chair of SEIU Healthcare, the nation's largest union of health care workers, today issued the following statement regarding President Bush's veto of the bipartisan SCHIP legislation: Read more...

Nation's Largest Healthcare Workers Union Calls for Congressional Hearings into Private Equity Ownership of Nursing Homes

Oct 02, 2007 - Concerned that the trend toward private equity ownership of nursing homes is diverting taxpayer money to enriching top executives and buyout firms at the expense of quality care, the nation's largest healthcare workers union is calling on Congress to take action to improve the quality of care, and hold private equity firms accountable for their ownership of nursing homes. Read more...

Kennedy Joins Children, SEIU Healthcare Workers to Deliver Message to Bush: One Million Americans Support Healthcare For 10 Million Kids

Oct 01, 2007 - Hundreds of SEIU healthcare workers, healthcare allies, and children marched to the White House today to deliver mail bags overflowing with petitions from one million Americans in support of health care for kids. Read more...

Media Advisory: Children, SEIU Healthcare Workers To Protest Expected Healthcare Veto

Sep 28, 2007 - As part of a demonstration in support of healthcare for kids, dozens of children will pull red wagons overflowing with petitions from all over the country, delivering them to the White House gates this Monday, October 1, 2007. Read more...

SEIU Urges President Bush to Reconsider Children's Healthcare Veto

Sep 27, 2007 - With Congress poised to approve legislation this week that would provide health coverage to nearly 10 million children, leaders of the nation's largest healthcare union today urge President Bush to reconsider his pledge to veto the bill. Read more...

Media Advisory - Day 3: San Francisco Security Officers' Strike Continues

Sep 26, 2007 - As contract talks for more than 4,000 Bay Area security officers resume today, workers are entering the third day of the first strike among private security officers in the history of San Francisco. Read more...

Giant Wackenhut Benefits From Small Business Act

Sep 26, 2007 - "Participation of the Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) in the Small Business Administration 8(a) program has been troubling,"according to testimony by Mr. Michael L. Barrera, President & CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, today. Read more...

Contract Talks Resume, Progress for Security Officers Today

Sep 26, 2007 - Contract negotiations for more than 4,000 Bay Area security officers resumed today with the security contractors committing to continue talks tomorrow and Friday. Security officers, on strike since Monday morning in protest of their employers' use of intimidation, harassment, and other unfair labor practices, made the decision to terminate for now their strike as a gesture of good faith and a nod to the progress made today at the bargaining table. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Day 2 - Support for San Francisco Security Officers' Strike Goes National

Sep 25, 2007 - On the second day of the first-ever security officers' strike in San Francisco, union security officers and other supporters in Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Seattle are planning delegations today to Morgan Stanley offices in their own cities. Read more...

Child care providers across Maryland vote to form a union

Sep 25, 2007 - Nearly 6,000 home-based child care providers across Maryland now have a united voice for their profession, after voting in a statewide election to form their union with SEIU Kids First. Read more...

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Passes Resolution in Support of Security Officers' Strike

Sep 25, 2007 - With private security officers employed by Securitas, ABM, and Universal Protection Services in the second day of their historic strike, Bay Area security officers won another nod of approval from the city's elected leaders when the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution today in support of the workers' decision to call a strike. Read more...

First-Ever Strike of Security Officers in San Francisco

Sep 24, 2007 - Security officers that work for some of the nation's largest security companies including Securitas, ABM and Universal Protection Services are going on strike in San Francisco today to protest their employers' use of intimidation, harassment, and other unlawful practices. Read more...

New York Times Exposes Harm to Seniors after Private Equity Buyouts of Nursing Homes

Sep 24, 2007 - A stunning front page expose by the New York Times Sunday details how cuts to staffing and operations at nursing homes bought by private equity firms across the country have enriched top executives and buyout firms but left residents worse off. Read more...

MEDIA ADVISORY - Day 1: San Francisco Security Officers on Strike

Sep 24, 2007 - Security officers that work for some of the nation's largest security companies including Securitas, ABM and Universal Protection Services are going on strike today to defend their rights - the first strike among private security officers in the history of San Francisco. The companies have been violating security officers' rights during an ongoing labor dispute over industry standards. Read more...

Transcript: SEIU Testifies Before House Judiciary Subcommittee Against Illegal USCIS Immigrant Service Fee Hike

Sep 20, 2007 - Today, Rhadames Rivera, Vice President of SEIU Healthcare Local 1199 UHE, testified before the House Subcommittee on Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law on the negative impact that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fee hike will have on the union's immigrant members. Rivera's full testimony follows. Read more...

SEIU Testifies Before House Judiciary Subcommittee Against Illegal USCIS Immigrant Service Fee Hike

Sep 20, 2007 - Today, Rhadames Rivera, Vice President of SEIU Healthcare Local 1199 UHE, testified before the House Subcommittee on Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law on the negative impact that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fee hike will have on the union's immigrant members. Read more...

SEIU testifica ante Subcomite Judicial de la Cmara contra alza ilegal de tarifas de servicios de inmigracion de USCIS

Sep 20, 2007 - Hoy, Rhadames Rivera, vicepresidente de SEIU Healthcare Local 1199 UHE, testific ante el Subcomit de la Cmara de Representantes sobre Ciudadana, Refugiados, Seguridad Fronteriza, Inmigracin y Ley Internacional sobre el impacto negativo que el alza de tarifas del Departamento de Servicios de Ciudadana e Inmigracin (USCIS) de Estados Unidos tendr sobre sus afiliados inmigrantes. Read more...

Janitors Seek Rare Injunction Against Nation's Second Largest Mall Owner To Stop Rights Abuses

Sep 19, 2007 - Janitors in California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, and Washington are seeking an extraordinary remedy against General Growth Properties (NYSE: GGP) and two of its cleaning contractors as the companies face new charges that they illegally co-erced workers in order to dissuade them from forming a union. Read more...

Home Care Workers to Get Fair Wages Under New Congressional Proposal

Sep 19, 2007 - The Service Employees International Union, the nation's largest healthcare union, applauded the introduction of federal legislation to close a loophole that denies home care workers overtime and minimum wage protections. Read more...

SEIU Members and Kids to Congress: Money for Healthcare, Not War!

Sep 18, 2007 - SEIU members and their children overtook the Senate Swamp today with purple t-shirts and red wagons to deliver an urgent message to the White House and Congress: fund children's healthcare, not the war in Iraq. Read more...

Five Democratic Presidential Candidates to Address SEIU Workers

Sep 17, 2007 - Members of the nation's fastest-growing union will be reunited today with the presidential candidate who "walked a day in their shoes"at SEIU's Member Political Action Conference. In addition to speaking to close to 2,000 SEIU members from 35 states, the presidential candidates will meet informally with a smaller group of SEIU members as part of their "hang time." 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...

Statement Regarding Federal Reserve Decision to Forgo Public Hearing and Unilaterally Approve Bank of America-LaSalle Merger in Chicago

Sep 14, 2007 - The Save Chicago Jobs and Community Investment Coalition is extremely disappointed in the decision by the Federal Reserve to forgo a public hearing and approve the acquisition of LaSalle Bank by Bank of America today. Read more...

Security Officers at Philadelphia Historic Sites Raise Concerns About Wackenhut at Community Hearing

Sep 13, 2007 - Six years after the World Trade Center was attacked in New York City, security officers who guard Philadelphia historic sites testified about their poor working conditions at a community field hearing held yesterday. The hearing was chaired by Congressman Robert A. Brady (D-Pa.) at Christ Church Community House just blocks from the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell sites. Read more...

Statement of Concern About Rising ATM Fees

Sep 12, 2007 - We are deeply concerned by Bank of America's plan to raise fees for non-customers at many of its ATMs to $3 per transaction-the highest in the country. Read more...

Security officers question impact of inadequate training, high turnover rates on public safety

Sep 11, 2007 - As the nation prepares to commemorate the tragedies of September 11, private security officers around the country that protect commercial high-rise office buildings, ports, universities, government buildings, public transportation, banks, and other critical sites are raising concerns about the impact of inadequate training standards on public safety. Read more...

SEIU Members to Hold Political Action Conference in Washington

Sep 10, 2007 - Six leading candidates for president will address close to 2,000 of SEIU's most politically active members at the Member Political Action Conference (MPAC) on Monday, September 17, 2007. Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger will present SEIU's plan for electing a pro-worker president in 2008. Read more...

Over 2,000 Maine Child Care Providers to Vote in First-Ever Union Election

Sep 06, 2007 - Over 2,000 family child care providers announced today that they have majority support to file for Maine's first-ever union election for home-based child care. Read more...

6,000 Maryland child care providers to vote in first-ever union election

Sep 05, 2007 - Nearly 6,000 family child care providers could soon win a stronger voice for affordable, quality child care. Beginning Friday, providers will vote by mail in Maryland's first union election for home-based child care. Read more...

Senator Biden Walks A Day In The Shoes Of SEIU Custodian in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Aug 30, 2007 - Today Senator Joe Biden "walked a day in the shoes"of SEIU member Marshall Clemons, taking part in SEIU's program to ensure that presidential candidates experience firsthand what life is like for working people. Biden joined Clemons during his job as a custodian at Harding Middle School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he helped to rebuild a boiler and perform other maintenance tasks. Read more...

Hurricane Katrina, Two Years Later

Aug 29, 2007 - SEIU President Andy Stern issued the following statement on the second anniversary of the storm that ravaged the Gulf Coast: Read more...

Non-profit Research Center Finds That Nation's Second Largest Mall Owner Drains Hundreds of Millions of Dollars From Local Governments and Schools

Aug 29, 2007 - The nation's second largest mall owner, General Growth Properties (GGP), has pursued what appears to be a systematic business strategy that has drained hundreds of millions of dollars from local communities and schools across the United States. According to a study released today by Good Jobs First, a non-profit research center that focuses on economic development issues, General Growth Properties has taken at least $200 million from local government and school district coffers over the last ten years, contributing to fiscal problems that in some communities have resulted in teacher layoffs, larger class sizes and cuts in other services. Read more...

Presidential Candidate Barack Obama Walks A Day in the Shoes of Oakland Homecare Worker

Aug 08, 2007 - As part of SEIU's program to ensure that presidential candidates experience firsthand what life is like for working people in America, today Sen. Barack Obama walked a day in the shoes of SEIU member and California home care worker Pauline Beck. Read more...

Senator Chris Dodd Walks A Day in the Shoes of a Head Start Teacher in Cedar Rapids

Jul 26, 2007 - Senator Chris Dodd became the third presidential candidate to "walk a day in the shoes"of an SEIU member Read more...

Presidential Candidate Bill Richardson Walks in the Shoes of Las Vegas Family Services Worker

Jun 07, 2007 - In 2007, Las Vegas Governor Bill Richardson became the latest presidential candidate to experience firsthand what life is like for working people today by walking in the shoes of SEIU member Mark Fitzgerald. His time with Fitzgerald began with an early morning breakfast with his family and continued with a home visit and time at the Clark County Department of Family Services. Read more...

Statement of SEIU Executive Vice President Mary Kay Henry on the Introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

Apr 25, 2007 - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Executive Vice President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, introduced in the House on April 24, 2007 by Reps. Barney Frank, Deborah Pryce, Tammy Baldwin, and Chris Shays: Read more...

Testimony of SEIU President Andy Stern Before Senate Health Policy Committee

Jan 10, 2007 - Andy Stern, President of SEIU, the largest union of health care workers in North America, delivered the following testimony today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee regarding the state of America's health care system: Read more...

More than 49,000 Illinois Child Care Providers Choose SEIU As Their Union to Improve Services for 200,000 Children

Apr 07, 2005 - More than 49,000 Illinois home child care providers have voted overwhelmingly to join Local 880 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The ballots were counted by the American Arbitration Association Thursday after a three-week vote-by-mail election. Read more...