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Labor, City Council allies propose fair workweek ordinance

Arguing that “unpredictable” scheduling makes it tough to get ahead or balance work and family, organized labor and its City Council allies on Tuesday proposed a legislative remedy.

The “Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance” is patterned after similar legislation in San Francisco, Seattle and New York City.

If the City Council approves, employers would be required to give their hourly workers at least two weeks’ advance notice of what their work schedules will be.

If a schedule change is made with less than 24 hours notice, the employer would be required to provide one additional hour of pay for each changed shift.

Employers would be required to provide workers a written “good faith estimate” of the employee’s work schedule and minimum hours prior to or on their first day on the job.

Danny Rodriquez works as a wheelchair attendant, security officer and weekend shift manager at O’Hare. He also takes care of his grandmother, who suffers from mental illness and requires around-the-clock care.

“Sometimes, I can’t stay home. I can’t be by her side. Either I go to work or I have a chance of getting fired for me calling off. No one should be in that predicament,” Rodriguez said.

SEIU Local 1 is a proud supporter #FairWorkweek Ordinance! Read more over at The Chicago Sun-Times, including an interview with Danny Rodriquez, an O’Hare Airport worker who is a leader in O’Hare Airport workers efforts to organize.

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SEIU Illinois State Council President Tom Balanoff Calls on Governor Rauner to Create Clean Power Plan for Illinois

Following President Donald Trump’s short-sighted withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement…

SEIU Illinois State Council President Tom Balanoff Calls on Governor Rauner to Create Clean Power Plan for Illinois

CHICAGO – The following statement is from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Illinois State Council President Tom Balanoff:

“Clean air and water are essential in building stronger, healthier communities for all working people across Illinois.  Working families, particularly those in Black and Brown communities, live in areas hardest hit by environmental damage and suffer the brunt of climate change’s effects. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement illustrates the need to push even harder for environmental justice at the state and local levels.

“Two Republican governors – Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont – have committed to fulfilling the tenets of the Paris Agreement despite President Trump’s withdrawal. There is no reason Governor Rauner cannot do the same for Illinois.

“Governor Rauner must put our planet and the people of Illinois before partisanship. Do the right thing for Illinois’ working families and commit to a clean power plan that keeps neighborhoods healthy and helps put our state on the path towards a 100 percent clean-energy future.”

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SEIU Illinois State Council represents more than 150,000 working people, including home care and child care providers, security officers, janitors, as well as public employees, medical professionals, first responders and social service workers. SEIU members are winning better wages, health care, and more secure jobs, while ensuring that workers, not just corporations and CEOs, benefit from today’s economy.

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Este sábado 29 de abril otra marcha busca denunciar las políticas antiambientales de Trump

Climate March Announcement - Univision

Activistas comunitarios alertan que la degradación del medio ambiente significa una grave amenaza para las comunidades de bajos recursos. La marcha proambientalista será en el centro de Chicago y coincidirá con los primeros 100 días del presidente Trump en la Casa Blanca.

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Chicago Residential Division

The Residential Division of SEIU Local 1 in Chicago is made up of janitors, building engineers, door staff and window washers who work in Chicago’s residential properties.

Building Power: 

The real estate crisis is now over for Chicago’s wealthy building owners, which puts us on a great path to winning better wages and securing our benefits—as long as we hit the streets. Here’s how you can help:

  • Text CONTRACT to 787-753 for updates from the campaign!

Learn more and advance your career through the Local 1 Training Center:

ABOMA Info for Janitors:
  • Local 1 Health Fund: Members covered by the Local 1 Health Fund have two options – Plan A or Plan B. Plan A is HMO coverage and Plan B is PPO coverage. The Local 1 insurance will now be administered by Wilson-McShane (630-288-6868)
    • General Questions:(630) 288-6868
    • Claims Questions: (630) 288-6868
    • Pre-Authorization Number: (800) 845-7348
  • Local 1 Pension – ABOMA (Apartments/Condos)
    The Local 1 Pension Fund covers members who work under the ABOMA agreement in Apartments and Condos throughout Chicagoland.  It also covers members at other worksites. Local 1 members must work for five years before they are vested in the pension plan. For more information about the Local 1 Pension Fund, call the following number: (630) 288-6868
ABOMA Info Door staff:
  • Health Fund: ABOMA Door staff will move to Local 1 insurance plan effective 1/1/17. Meetings regarding the changes will take place at the training fund in October, DATES TBD.
  • 401k: ABOMA Door staff that contribute to the 401 k – the 401 k will be administered by Merrill Lynch

Independent Door staff:

  • Local 25 Health Fund: 312-233-8888
  • Doorman Pension – NIPF
    The National Industry Pension Fund (NIPF) covers members working in Residential Apartments and Condos. Local 1 members must work for five years before they are vested in the pension plan. For more information about NIPF, call the following number: 1-800-458-1010

Click here for a list of important numbers including Local 1’s Member Resource Center, Polk St. Medical Center, the Local 1 Credit Union, and more.

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SEIU Local 1 Member Newsletter – July 2016

Check out our 2016 Quarterly Member Newsletter! Newsletter_2016Q2COLOR

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Subcontracted Airport Workers Picket Outside United Airlines’ Meeting

Subcontracted airport workers are picketing this morning outside United Airlines’ headquarters in Chicago Wednesday, the day of the company’s annual meeting.

Among those at the picket line are subcontracted airport workers, including baggage handlers, security officers, passenger service workers, cabin cleaners and others, from O’Hare and Newark Liberty International Airports.

The workers are demanding that United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz “invest in responsible contractors that provide good jobs and in turn offer United Airlines passengers great service,” according to a news release from SEIU* Local 1, which is involved with Airport Workers United.

“While contracted workers are the front-line employees of United Airlines’ operations at Chicago O’Hare, Newark Liberty, and Los Angeles International Airports, United Airlines allows the subcontractors they work for to continue to pay workers poverty wages with no meaningful benefits,” which, according to the union, “undermines the safety and security of all.”

“Airport workers,” the release adds, “believe that United Airlines’ passengers deserve more and also share the company’s commitment to providing employees with the tools that they need to give customers great service.”

Read the full story over at Progress Illinois. 

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Chicago and New York security officers win $15—and more—through their unions

Another important victory in the fight for $15 and safer cities

By: Marakah Mancini

Security officers at SEIU Local 1 and 32BJ won new union contracts that will bring thousands of officers above $15 and enhance many benefits, including retirement programs, in both cities.

In Chicago, security officers won additional investments in their work and their communities following the deadliest first quarter their city has seen in years.

More than 1,700 working families will benefit from the new downtown contract, which lifts most officers above $15, maintains fully employer-paid health care, and increases pension benefits. Together, the security officers are expected to bring $46 million to their local economies, pumping necessary resources into Chicago’s struggling neighborhoods.

Now downtown officers are supporting 6,800 suburban officers who will bargain a new contract by the end of the year.

After half of 32BJ security officers surveyed in 2016 said they were worried about their personal safety on the job, officers were able to win immediate access to the training program they have developed.

First 1,000 New York officers won a strong agreement to strengthen training, holiday and sick leave provisions. Then 9,000 more officers in the city won 100-percent employer-paid family healthcare for thousands of officers whose families weren’t yet covered, guaranteed paid time off, and their first contributions to a 401(k).

Both New York contracts will raise minimum wages above $15—another important victory in the Fight for $15 and safer cities.

This story is from the SEIU Blog.

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Aldermen, SEIU Push To Take Airport Control Away From Emanuel

The air traffic control tower is seen behind the departures level of terminal 2 at Chicago's O'Hare airport on August 13, 2013. The US Justice Department and several states sued Tuesday to block the $11 billion merger between American Airlines and US Airways, saying it would reduce competition and push up fares.   AFP PHOTO / Mira OBERMAN        (Photo credit should read MIRA OBERMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Several alderman have joined union airport workers in an effort to create an elected airport authority, and wrestle control of O’Hare and Midway airports away from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Supporters of the push for an elected airport board is that every other major airport in the U.S. is run by either an elected authority, or a board one appointed by both the local mayor and the governor. They said Chicago is the only city to have its airports run directly out of City Hall.

“Throughout the United States and internationally, there are airport authorities, there are airport boards that work together with the constituencies of each of those cities and countries to make sure that it is the taxpayers, the citizens, the people that use those airports that are put first,” Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said.

The alderman said an elected airport authority could bring a lot of benefits to travelers, airlines, and people living near the airports.

Read the full story over at CBS Chicago.

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Downtown Chicago Security Guards ‘Win Big’ Under New Labor Contract

Security guards at Chicago’s downtown buildings have approved and ratified a contract with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).

The deal secures a 9 percent wage increase over the life of the contract, boosts pensions and keeps a 100 percent employer-paid health insurane plan in place.

“When contractors in Chicago do the right thing by creating good jobs and investing in families, our neighborhoods benefit,” said Tom Balanoff, SEIU Local 1 president. “This monumental contract will help boost the communities that need it the most. Our city, our children and the future of Chicago are better because of this agreement.”

Most of the 1,700 security guards covered under the contract will also see their hourly wage hit at least $15. According to SEIU, which represents the security guards, the deal will bring $46 million into some of the city’s most economically-depressed communities, where a majority of the workers live.

Read the full story over at Progress Illinois.

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O’Hare baggage handlers, custodians strike; no service disruptions reported

Strike1O’Hare International Airport workers went on strike Thursday as part of a national action to protest what they say are low wages, inadequate safety training and retaliation for organizing.

Nearly 100 baggage handlers, custodians, cabin cleaners, security officers and wheelchair attendants walked off the job at O’Hare, joining their peers at eight other airports across the country participating in 24-hour strikes, said Izabela Miltko, spokesperson for the Service Employees International Union Local 1.

The strikes were originally planned for March 22, the day of the terrorist attacks on an airport and train station in Brussels. They were postponed out of respect for the victims, Miltko said.

Read the full story over at the Chicago Tribune! 

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