As we’re all living in these uncertain times, I want to reach out to you to let you know that we are all in this together. SEIU Local 1 will do everything in its power to protect members from COVID-19 and send you the most up-to-date information. We are fighting to protect our health and safety by investing in working families to ensure we have paid time off, access to healthcare, increased safety precautions at work, and equitable treatment no matter where we are from or the color of our skin.
I wanted to share some very important information with you as it relates to our current situation. We are working diligently with our city and state governments to deem our employees as essential. Nevertheless, some layoffs may be happening throughout our industries. I assure you those will be done following the contract and all seniority rules. Please see principles around personal protection, workplace safety, and economic issues below.
Together, across racial lines and different backgrounds, we will rise to meet this moment. For any questions please reach out to the Member Resource Center at 877-233-8880.
President, SEIU Local 1
In Illinois: Janitors, Security Officers, and Residential Workers are deemed essential. Some factory workers are deemed essential.
In the St. Louis and Kansas City regions: Janitors and some factory workers are deemed essential. All state workers and Missouri Sewer District are also deemed essential.
In Michigan, janitors have been deemed essential.
In Ohio, janitors and security officers have been deemed essential.
In Wisconsin, janitors and security officers are deemed essential.
In Indiana, janitors and security officers are deemed essential.
Local 1’s 5-Point Plan
Local 1 has developed a 5-point plan to keep our union strong through these difficult and rapidly changing times:
- Protecting our members and families is the top priority: COVID-19 is preventable and treatable, but only if we ensure working people are informed and protected. Anyone who is sick, or is self-quarantined, should not have to come into work. Working people across the country, including people on the front lines of our healthcare system, schools and airport workers, face an increased risk of exposure to illness.
- If you choose to work your employer MUST provide the proper cleaning and safety equipment. Working people must feel safe on the job. If members do not feel safe, they may refuse to work.
- GOAL: Local 1 members are fighting for employers to continue to pay healthcare premiums for all sick, quarantined and laid off workers and that workers are given an additional 2 weeks paid sick leave. Access to healthcare and paid sick time allows people to prioritize their health and their family’s health. As this moment demonstrates, paid time off and access to healthcare is a crucial public health necessity that prevents the spread of any illness and helps working people provide for their families with stability.
- If members are laid off, Local 1 will assist them in navigating the process to apply for unemployment insurance.
- Making sure any federal assistance plan includes all working families, no matter our background, where we work or the color of our skin: It’s Local 1 members, not wealthy special interests and CEOs, who are on the frontline of this crisis. This means economic security for all working people, including covering wages of franchisee employees, contracted workers, and tipped workers at $15 per hour and direct cash relief that matches the scale of the problem. Federal relief of any industry must #ProtectAllWorkers and their healthcare.