2017 Scholarship Opportunities for our Members Children
There are a number of scholarships available for our member’s children. They are broken down into two groups – scholarships for High School seniors only and scholarships also available to already matriculating college students.
Scholarships available to all (high school seniors and folks already in college):
Scholarships for High School Seniors only:
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Unions help working families fulfill their dreams in many ways. At SEIU Local 1, this includes yearly college scholarship opportunities for our members and their children so families can pursue their education goals at colleges, universities, labor study programs and technical schools.
SEIU Local 1
It’s time for our final membership meeting of 2015. This month we’ll be coming together to discuss our progress over the past year and the importance of our work. We have a long way to go in our fight for good jobs and fair benefits – and it’ll take all our voices to make that happen.
If you come early, you can see our year-in-review video: we will begin playing it 15 minutes before the meeting starts.
Check below for the meeting nearest you:
Saturday, December 5:
Chicago: 11 am | 1340 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60607
Cincinnati: 1 pm | 917 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cleveland: 12 pm | 1368 East 34th St., Cleveland, OH 44114
Columbus: 1 pm | 225 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Detroit: 10 am | 2211 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48207
Indianapolis: 10 am | 1026 S Shelby, Indianapolis IN 46203
Milwaukee: 12 pm | 250 E Wisconsin Ave., Basement, Milwaukee, WI 53202
St. Louis: 11 am | 2725 Clifton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139
Toledo: 11:30 am | 2300 Ashland, Parlor D, Toledo, OH 43620
Akron: 9 am | Glover CLC, 935 Hammel Street, Akron 44306
Kansas City: 10 am | 4526 Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64110
Please call the Members Resource Center at (877) 233-8880 if you have any questions.
“Our recent wins are exciting, and proof that SEIU Local 1 members are leading the way for working families. The economic gains we make in our contracts not only help SEIU Local 1 members’ families live a better life, but they also promise a better future for our country.”
– Tom Balanoff, SEIU Local 1 President
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Unions help working families fulfill their dreams in many ways. One way SEIU Local 1 does this is by providing yearly college scholarships.
SEIU Local 1 recently awarded almost $40,000 in scholarships to sixteen members’ children, including a grand prize scholarship of $10,000.
Every year, SEIU Local 1 awards college scholarships to members and their children. These scholarships enable recipients to pursue their educational goals at colleges, universities, labor study programs and technical schools. Scholarships are funded by SEIU Local 1’s annual golf outing.
Protesting BMO’s poor treatment of its contract employees, which is deepening the divide between the richest 1% and the rest of working America, 20 SEIU Local 1 janitors and supporters risked arrest at BMO Harris Bank in downtown Chicago.
“The BMO janitors’ struggle is an example of what’s wrong with our economy. But this problem is solvable—there is a clear road map for what we need to change,” said SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff. “Instead of driving workers deeper into poverty, our country needs good jobs that build working families up and raise standards for all workers.”
The janitors rallied with the support of faith leaders and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle outside of BMO Harris Bank to call on the wealthy corporation to do right by the hardworking janitors who clean their downtown Chicago and suburban offices by providing them with decent wages and benefits.
SEIU Local 1 janitors who clean Chicago Public School (CPS) rallied at the CPS Board of Education meeting on March 25th as two custodians testified to the board. The custodians are calling on CPS to support good jobs with adequate staffing to ensure our city’s children have the clean schools they need to learn and excel.
The custodians are urging CPS to do right by the hardworking janitors who clean our city’s schools by providing them with decent wages and benefits and reinstating part-timed Aramark janitors to full-time work. Aramark, the cleaning contractor hired by CPS, laid off nearly 300 janitors who clean public schools in our city and cut another 200 to part-time in October of last year.
“I have cleaned Chicago Public Schools for 19 years,” SEIU Local 1 member Ina Davis told reporters. “Every night I clean 23 classrooms, 17 bathrooms and 72,000 square feet of hallway. I am here to tell CPS: I want to clean your schools; you want your schools clean. Help me. I feel like I’m doing triple time.”
Despite working extremely hard, the current custodial workforce is not allowed enough hours to keep our schools clean. Chicago and its schools are safer, cleaner and more prosperous when their workers are fairly compensated and they have adequate staffing.
Contracts that impact the livelihood of 22,000 SEIU Local 1 members and their families are expiring on April 5, including hundreds who work at CPS.
Chicago janitors, joined by Chicago Jobs with Justice and workers with the Fight for $15, formed a human chain down LaSalle Street in Chicago on March 25, 2015, to call on the wealthy BMO corporation to do right by the hardworking janitors who clean their offices by providing them with a living wage and benefits.
Janitors with EBM, Inc. who clean the BMO offices in Naperville perform the same job as the union janitors at the BMO headquarters in Chicago but are paid less than $15,000 a year and have no benefits.
BMO Financial Group made $4.3 billion in profits in 2014. In fact, every six minutes BMO makes enough money to raise the pay of all 10 Naperville janitors to $15 an hour and provide them with family health insurance for an entire year.
Chicagoland janitors, who clean the buildings and office space of the richest corporations in America, are rallying for a good contract with a wage increase that will keep their families out of poverty. The contract is negotiated only every three years and expires on April 5, 2015.