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Washington University Adjuncts Ratify Historic First Contract

IMG_1200Adjunct faculty at Washington University ratified a four year agreement on April 28 by an overwhelming margin. The contract contains wage increases, scheduling changes and greater stability for the adjunct faculty at the university. It guarantees the same level of academic freedom enjoyed by other Washington University faculty.

The agreement was reached after months of pressure on the university, including media attention, petitions, hundreds of calls to the university along with support from political leaders, other unions and students, faculty and staff. On April 14, the adjuncts planned a walk out which received widespread attention both in the media and among the Washington University community, and resulted in redoubling the pressure on the university to successfully settle the contract.

“This agreement is a step forward for educators at Washington University in St. Louis, and it sets the bar for the region,” said Michael O’Bryan, English Instructor. “The St. Louis community now has awareness of the plight of adjunct faculty and knows that universities need to do better. Adjuncts at Wash U have achieved substantial wage increases, access to professional development funds, and increased job security. We look forward to continuing this momentum into higher education at neighboring institutions.”

The more than 300 Washington University adjunct professors voted to join Service Employees International Union Local 1 on January 5, 2015, and were joined in October 2015 by more than 500 adjunct professors at St. Louis Community College, and in March 2016 by more than 300 adjunct professors at St. Charles Community College, who voted overwhelmingly to join SEIU Local 1. On April 14, non-tenured faculty at Saint Louis University filed petitions to join Local 1.

 

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Missouri Secretary Of State Jason Kander Joins Local Janitors In Their Fight For Higher Wages

KanderJanitorsMissouri Secretary of State and U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander joined area janitors Saturday to help kick off their campaign for higher wages.

Members of SEIU Local 1, a union that represents 50,000 working people across the Midwest and nearly 4,000 in Kansas City, say that while downtown Kansas City is experiencing growth, the working people who clean it are struggling to get by.

Kander told media and local union members that the average janitor in the metro makes $1295 a month, which is well below the poverty line in Kansas City.

For Richard Franklin, who works as a janitor, making a livable wage is about keeping his 10-year-old son safe.

“We want to level the playing field,” Franklin said. “That way our youth wouldn’t have to be living in dangerous neighborhoods, have to face violence and drugs and all these bad things that are going on the neighborhoods, and most parents are too distracted with trying to work, and pay bills and put food on the table, they can’t keep their kids safe from the influence.”

Kander said that anyone working full-time in America should be able to provide for their families.

Read the full story over at KCUR.

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St. Charles Community College Adjunct Professors Vote For Better Future With SEIU Local 1

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CONTACT: Izabela Miltko 708-655-9681, miltkoi@seiu1.org

Kathleen Policy 440-724-9730policyk@seiu1.org

 CHARLES COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADJUNCT PROFESSORS VOTE FOR BETTER FUTURE WITH SEIU LOCAL 1

Adjuncts vote to join together for higher wages, benefits

LOUIS, Mo. – St. Charles Community College adjunct faculty voted on Thursday, March 3, to have a voice on the job by joining Service Employees International Union Local 1. The 332 eligible faculty members will join with thousands of other part-time, non-tenure track instructors and faculty members around the country who have voted to organize for a voice on the job.

“Tonight the faculty majority at St. Charles Community College have changed from itinerate workers to empowered professionals,” said Diana Nash, English professor. “We are joining SEIU Local 1 and the adjunct faculties at St. Louis Community College and Washington University to win the respect that all educators deserve. We look forward to negotiating for job security, higher pay, and benefits.”

Among the issues raised by these faculty members are the low wages, lack of benefits and unpredictable scheduling. 

“I know that my fellow colleagues want to help create a stronger community and make sure adjuncts get the recognition we deserve for the work we do,” said Lisa Butler, Sociology professor. “If a college wants to keep their best educators and add the highest quality new hires, we have to have competitive wages that reflect the quality of an instructors work and contribution to a college.”

SEIU Local 1 has been working with college and university professors throughout the Midwest to give them a voice on the job; address the low compensation for their work; and to ensure greater benefits and job security. Over the past year, adjunct professors at Washington University and St. Louis Community College voted overwhelmingly to join SEIU Local 1 and are currently bargaining their first contract, and others around the Midwest are also working to organize. 

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Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites nearly 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest. SEIU janitors, security officers, food service workers, and others are working with community leaders to advocate for the quality services the public deserves and the good jobs our communities need.

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St. Louis Janitors Ratify a Strong, New Contract

IMG_5345St. Louis Janitors Ratify a Strong, New Contract!

In the midst of the holiday season, Local 1 janitors in St. Louis ratified a new Master Janitorial contract by an overwhelming margin.. The contract, which covers over 1,700 in the St. Louis area, will give janitors the best raises they’ve had since 2010 with a 12,9% raise over the course of the contract.

 

The contract also protects crucial benefits. As healthcare premiums rise across the country, premiums for janitors will be frozenfor 3 years. Janitors also preserved their vacation day payout system; its loss would have been the equivalent of 2 weeks of lost pay.
FullSizeRender_1This contract is a step in the right direction on the path towards a full living wage for St. Louis janitors. With these significant raises, SEIU Local 1 continues to help build a nationwide movement for $15 wage for all working people.

 

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SEIU Local 1 Janitors, Adjunct Faculty Hold Rally at City Hall for Higher Wages and a Better Janitorial Contract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, December 10th, 2015

CONTACT: Izabela Miltko miltkoi@seiu1.org 708-655-9681

Nick Desideri desiderin@seiu1.org 630-779-5510

In the Midst of the Holiday Season…

SEIU Local 1 Janitors, Adjunct Faculty Hold Rally at City Hall for Higher Wages and a Better Janitorial Contract

Big Contractors Need to Stop Acting Like Scrooges, Start Paying Janitors a Living Wage

ST. LOUIS – In the midst of the holiday season, over 100 SEIU Local 1 janitors and allies rallied in front of City Hall for a living wage and a fair contract. The poverty wages janitors are currently paid severely inhibit their ability to provide for their families. 1 in 5 children in St. Louis live in poverty, but big St. Louis contractors have been naughtier than they have been nice this year, offering only nickel and dime raises while janitors and their families struggle just to get by. A higher wage will help janitors raise their families, their communities, and all of St. Louis.

“I’ve worked as a janitor for 15 years, and while the cost of living keeps going up, my wages have stayed low,” Local 1 Janitor Barbara Dace said. “The holidays are supposed to be about giving, but working parents and grandparents can barely pay rent. We’re fighting for our families, because we can’t make ends meet on such low wages.”

While people across the nation are buying gifts for their loved ones, Local 1 janitors are struggling to put food on the table. Juggling bills, food, and medical costs leaves little left over. By standing together and telling their stories, janitors built momentum in their hard-fought campaign for a better contract and a living wage.

Local 1 janitors were joined by Local 1 adjunct faculty.  Local 1 adjunct faculty stood in solidarity with janitors in their fight for a better contract to highlight the unity of all working people as they struggle to make ends meet this holiday season.  

Local 1 janitors kicked off their campaign for a better three-year contract in October. With 1 in 5 children in St. Louis living in poverty, they’re fighting for the better wages they need to support their families. Thursday’s demonstration illustrated how working people across St. Louis are ready to stand up for a higher wage.

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Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites nearly 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest. SEIU janitors, security officers, food service workers, and others are working with community leaders to advocate for the quality services the public deserves and the good jobs our communities need.

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Adjunct faculty at St. Louis Community College vote to form union

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Part-Timers Unionize at St. Louis Community College

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Adjuncts at St. Louis Community College approve joining a union

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St. Louis Community College faculty vote to form a union

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SEIU Local 1 St. Louis janitors join to kick off contract negotiations

IMG_0994Nearly 200 janitors, many of whom spent several months fighting Right to Work in Missouri, took part in the meeting to kick off SEIU Local 1’s contract negotiations with St. Louis contractors. The contract for 2,100 janitors in the St. Louis area expires December 31. Negotiations begin in late October. IMG_4464

St. Louis janitors are considered “extremely low income” according to Federal HUD income limits. Despite cleaning the offices of some of the country’s most profitable companies, the average downtown janitor is paid a little over $11,232 annually, likely qualifying them for various public assistance programs, such as food stamps (SNAP) and the school lunch program. IMG_4443

“One in four children in St. Louis live below the poverty line,” St. Louis janitor Tommy Lynch said. “On average, we make so little that we cannot sustain our families. Our campaign is not only about St. Louis’ janitors though; it is about our entire community. We are working to Raise St. Louis with good jobs and higher wages. It is only by increasing wages that we can all benefit.”

 

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