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Amidst bipartisan calls for an investigation into Governor Greitens’ dark money network…
Signing HB 1194 would rip $75.6 million from the paychecks of 42,000 St. Louis working people annually
ST. LOUIS– On Thursday, June 15, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 janitors, fast food workers and faith and community allies rallied outside City Hall to urge Governor Eric Greitens to buck the wishes of his dark money donors, protect St. Louis’ $10 minimum wage, and honor the voices of city voters. The governor, who has repeatedly refused to release information on the big-money special interests behind his campaign, has HB 1194 on his desk. If he does not veto the bill, Governor Greitens would cave to his donors, lower the city’s minimum wage from $10 to $7.70, and take an estimated $75.6 million out of the pockets of more than 42,000 St. Louis working families annually.
“When the St. Louis minimum wage went up, my life changed. Now I can pay the bills on time,” said SEIU Local 1 janitor Sierra Parker. “Governor Greitens needs to stand with the working families instead of his dark money donors. He doesn’t know what it’s like to walk in our shoes. Don’t take money out of our pockets.”
“HB 1194 is simply a bad bill,” said state Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis). “It is set to take money out of the pockets of working people. When a community wants to show initiative and lead on issues – like economic development and workers’ rights – the state legislature should get out of the way. The people of St. Louis have spoken; the state legislature should respect that. At the end of the day, this is a St. Louis issue decided by the people of St. Louis for the city of St. Louis.”
“If the Governor does not veto the pre-emption bill, on August 28 I will have to go back to deciding which bills are going to get paid, and which ones are not,” said Show Me $15 fast food worker Bettie Douglas. “No one should have to decide whether or not they are going to have their electricity cut off or not to have food on their table. Today, on the 27th anniversary of Justice for Janitors Day, fast food workers proudly stand with janitors in St. Louis and across the country. We will stand together and we will fight back.”
Outside City Hall, Local 1 janitors, armed with brooms, buckets, and mops, “cleaned up” the mess left behind by low wages including crime, poverty, and struggling neighborhoods and took out the trash on politicians like Governor Greitens who stand with secretive billionaire donors instead of working people. The action took place on the 27th anniversary of Justice for Janitors Day, on which hundreds of peacefully protesting janitors were arrested. St. Louis janitors honored that memory by fighting to protect St. Louis’ $10 minimum wage.
States and cities across the United States raise the minimum wage, and while janitors are moving the Midwest forward, politicians like Governor Greitens are doing their best to hold them back. On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of Missouri state senators called for an investigation into A New Missouri, a political action committee (PAC) linked to the governor, which is not required to release a list of donors. Local 1 janitors and allies called on Governor Greitens to listen to the voices of St. Louis voters instead of his secretive big-money donors and protect St. Louis’ $10 minimum wage.
SEIU Local 1 represents more than 8,000 janitors, higher education faculty, public sector workers, school custodians and industrial workers across Missouri. Together, SEIU Local 1 members fight for an economy that works for all working families, not just the wealthy and well-connected.
Following passage of Columbus Ordinance …
SEIU Local 1 Ohio Director Yanela Sims thanks Columbus City Council and Mayor Ginther for Protecting All Workers With Immigration Ordinance
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The following is a statement from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Ohio Director Yanela Sims:
“We applaud the recent action by Columbus City Council and Mayor Timothy Ginther to affirm the rights of all Columbus residents, including immigrants. This action is a step in the right direction towards respecting all Columbus residents’ rights regardless of immigration status. The ordinance prohibits city funds from being used for the ‘sole purpose of detecting or apprehending persons based on suspected immigration status, unless in response to a court order.’ It also eliminates immigration status as a reason to deny individuals city services.
“Mayor Ginther and the Columbus City Council are demonstrating that our state’s individual cities continue to lead the way in human rights. Cleveland and Cincinnati are recognized as sanctuary cities, along with others in the state. This decision by Columbus to protect immigrants is another example that shows local leaders in Ohio protect and have compassion for our most vulnerable.
“I hope that in upcoming state, local and federal elections Ohioans affirm these views by electing candidates who support all workers, including immigrants, and that we can continue down the path of ensuring the rights of all.”
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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.
During their time managing the 13 Chicago properties they currently manage, MLC has allowed 287 building code violations, including 100 in 2014, to pile up. This includes:
1. 8101-8125 S Ingleside (Inspection No. 11850528, 4/5/17; Inspection No. 11710210, 3/22/16; Inspection No. 10376806, 12/3/15); 7-15 N Pine Ave (Inspection No. 11987810, 8/15/16); 4248-4260 W Hirsch (Inspection No. 11216906, 7/9/15); 119-123 N Central (Inspection No. 9935684, 3/14/12); 1642-1650 W Lunt (Inspection No. 9980105, 6/17/11).
2. Inspections No. 2646836, 2741905, 2753489, 9980105, 10294191, 11244747.
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4. Inspection No. 11315264.
5. Inspections No. 1753207, 1773067, 1858762, 1897746, 2309669, 10637486, 10622486, 11202986.
Following President Donald Trump’s short-sighted withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement…
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.”
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.
DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: It’s not the airline’s passengers who are fed up with United. These are employees – baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants and others picketing across the street from the massive Willis Tower, downtown Chicago, where United is headquartered. These low-wage workers are not employed by United but by companies contracted with the airline. Raquel Brito says she and the others are not sharing in United’s recent surge in profits.
RAQUEL BRITO: We just need a living wage so we can pay our bills and put food on the table for our family.
Read the full interview over at NPR and listen to the interview with Raquel Brito, O’Hare Airport worker, below!
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SEIU Local 1 Janitor Willie Cannon Responds to Missouri Senate’s Last-Minute Passage of HB 1194
ST. LOUIS – The following statement is from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 janitor Willie Cannon. For years, SEIU Local 1 janitors, adjunct faculty, and public sector workers have been at the forefront of the fight to raise the minimum wage in St. Louis. Today, in the final hours of legislative session, the Missouri Senate passed HB 1194:
“By voting today to lower wages for tens of thousands of working people, the Missouri Senate turned back the clock on working families and our neighborhoods.
“The wage increase has already gone into effect, so HB 1194 would slash paychecks for 35,000 St. Louis working families.
“But Local 1 members are ready to fight to make sure Governor Greitens sides with working families and not special interests.”
SEIU Local 1 represents more than 8,000 janitors, higher education faculty, public sector workers, school custodians and industrial workers across Missouri. Together, SEIU Local 1 members fight an economy that works for all working families, not just the wealthy and well-connected.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis City will raise its minimum wage to $10 an hour as the clock strikes midnight May 5. Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer lifted the injunction on the city ordinance that will bring the wage increase into effect.
The bill will eventually cap out at $11/hour as of Jan. 1 , 2018.
Minimum wage workers, like Richard Bullion of the Service Employees International Union, celebrated the announcement Friday.
“Too many working people in St. Louis need to take a second job just to keep our head above water. Between bills, food, and rent, there’s not much left at the end of the day,” Bullion, a janitor for 25 years, said. “We need to make sure working families can make a living, and raising the minimum wage will go a long way towards making that a reality. The janitors, higher education faculty, and public sector workers of SEIU Local 1 thank Mayor Lyda Krewson for implementing this law. We fought long and hard for this victory.”
This is a huge victory for the working families of St. Louis! Read the full story over at The Missouri Times.
After an over two-year fight, the minimum wage in St. Louis city rose to $10 on May 5 and will rise to $11 dollars on January 1, 2018. If you work in St. Louis city and make less than $10 an hour, your wages should have gone up to $10 an hour.
It’s the activism of SEIU Local 1 members that pushed St. Louis to raise the wage for working people, and raising the minimum wage is the first step in making our economy better for working families. By keeping our union strong, we make progress together for a brighter future.
If you have any questions about the minimum wage increase, please call the Member Resource Center at (877) 233-8880, Monday – Friday, between 9am and 5pm. We want to work with you to make sure you can receive the raises you’re owed.
Local 1 janitor Cynthia Sanders spoke with Fox 2 News about how raising the wage will boost our communities. Click here to check it out!