On February 7, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry came to Kansas City to meet with SEIU members. Henry met with members at the union office and at worksites including Research Medical Center and Menorah Medical Center.
Under Mary Kay ‘s leadership, SEIU members all over the United States are forming historic partnerships in their communities to confront income inequality, to shine a light on the wealthy and corporations failing to pay their fair share in taxes, and to hold politicians accountable to working people.
Member Dale Felder said that Mary Kay made the most of her time in Kansas City and took every opportunity to talk to members. “I was extremely impressed with Mary Kay. This was the first time that I had an opportunity to meet her,” he said. “During our roundtable discussion she listened to the concerns of the people who are the ‘rank and file’ of SEIU.”
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By Nancy Fowler, Beacon staff, Photos by Nancy Fowler and Cindy Betz
At least 300 people turned out Thursday afternoon for a rally at Kiener Plaza, followed by a march to the Martin Luther King Bridge, as part of a national call to action by labor and progressive groups, as well as beleaguered Occupy activists.
“We are here to let Wall Street and Market Street and Main Street and every other street know that we are not going away until justice comes,” said the Rev. Mary Albert (left), one of several speakers at the Kiener event in downtown St. Louis.
Labor members joined with Occupy StL protesters.
Albert said that Occupy activists embrace three common demands: “We want a jobs bill. We want accountability from Wall Street. … We want fair and equitable tax reform.” (more…)
By Reginald Fields, The Plain Dealer
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio voters dealt a sharp rebuke to first-year Gov. John Kasich and his conservative agenda Tuesday by overwhelmingly rejecting the restrictive new collective bargaining law he championed. (more…)
From day one, Republican presidential candidates have been in a constant race to the extreme right. Today, at an event in South Carolina, Mitt Romney demonstrated just how willing he was to cater to the most extreme factions of his party, blatantly attacking workers’ rights during his remarks.
“All candidates for president, including Mitt Romney, need to spend less time undermining workers’ rights and more time putting themselves in our shoes,” said Curry Ervin, who cleans office building in St. Louis, Missouri. “But Romney continues to attack workers and unity in the work place. To me, it seems like he just doesn’t get it.”
Romney’s desperate attempt at satisfying the extreme right-wing comes in the wake of news that he is slipping in the polls.
“As millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans search for work or try to hold on to their current jobs, Mitt Romney continues his assault on working and middle class people,” said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. “By attacking the National Labor Relations Board, Romney is seeking to appease far right members of his party, who would ensure tax giveaways to big oil and corporations that send American jobs overseas.”
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Caraustar was ratified by members on July 14. Contracts will be available once the management and Union sign the final agreement.
The PPO Contract was ratified on July 7, 2011. Contract books are being printed and will be available to members by August 10th. The Department of Mental Health should come under this as well.
The Kansas City Royals contract was ratified and books are being printed for members. They should be available the first week of August.
First Student members ratified their contract. Copies of the contract will be available once the management and Union sign the final agreement.