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SEIU Local 1 members continue to make headlines in their fight for economic and social justice! Be sure to check out their stories in the news as well as the Local 1 blog.

SEIU Local 1 Ohio Director Yanela Sims thanks Columbus City Council and Mayor Ginther for Protecting All Workers With Immigration Ordinance

 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.

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Love Roaches? Rent With MLC!

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Think twice before renting with MLC Properties!

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:

        • Five MLC-managed buildings have been cited for failure to exterminate roaches.1
        • 1642 W Lunt Ave, which MLC has owned and managed since 2001, has had 48 code violations since 2008, and has failed its last six inspections2, including 7 citations in its most recent inspection in 2016.3
        • 123 N Central Avenue, which MLC has owned and managed since 2007, has had 51 code violations during this time, failing 15 out of 25 inspections, including its most recent on 7/14/164.
        • MLC headquarters 1325-1335 W Fargo, which the company has owned and managed since 2007, has failed 8 out of 10 inspections5 and tallied 40 violations during this period.

Can you trust MLC to look out for you?


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.
3. Inspection No. 11244747.
4. Inspection No. 11315264.
5. Inspections No. 1753207, 1773067, 1858762, 1897746, 2309669, 10637486, 10622486, 11202986.

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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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VOTE RESULT: June 3rd Constitution and By-Laws

At the Saturday, June 3rd 2017 Membership Meeting, the members of SEIU Local 1 voted on a proposed constitution and by-laws change.  The membership voted overwhelmingly to reject the change.  For more information, please contact Secretary-Treasurer Laura Garza at 312-233-8728.
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AUDIO: United Airlines Has Happy Shareholders, Unhappy Workers

United Airlines’ shareholders don’t seem too worried about the long-term impact of a passenger being violently dragged off a plane. But workers for United’s contractors are protesting low wages.

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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Fight For $15 Protests Target McDonalds, United Airlines Shareholders

CBS United Shareholder 2017CHICAGO (CBS) — The Fight for $15 movement took aim at shareholders meetings for two Chicago area corporate giants on Wednesday — McDonald’s and United Airlines — as low-pay workers continued their push for a higher minimum wage.

Fight for $15 protesters also sought to send a message to United Airlines at the company’s shareholder meeting at Willis Tower on Wednesday.

Airport workers – including baggage handlers, janitors, and security officers – were joined by leaders of the Service Employees International Union, which has been trying to unionize the employees of subcontractors hired by the airlines.

“O’Hare workers are coming together with other airport workers from major cities across the country, all fighting for a better life by sticking together and speaking out,” SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff said.

The workers claim contractors hired by United undercut jobs at O’Hare, and undermine safety and security.

“We understand this is an important issue being raised in cities and states across the country. At United, we hold our vendors to the highest standards and require them to follow all applicable laws and regulations. Since we do not have a direct employer-employee relationship with our vendors’ employees, we must rely on them to work with each other directly,” United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said in an email.

SEIU officials said 30 airport workers and supporters were arrested at the United Airlines protest, including Balanoff. Police issued citations for blocking traffic.

Watch the full video over at CBS Chicago!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEIU Local 1 Janitor Willie Cannon Responds to Missouri Senate’s Last-Minute Passage of HB 1194

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2017
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Nick Desideri desiderin@seiu1.org 630-779-5510

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.”

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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. 

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St. Louis minimum wage increase takes effect Friday

STL FlagST. 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.

 

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VICTORY: St. Louis Minimum Wage Increase

St. Louis PresserAfter 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!

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For Immediate Release: Chicago Airport Workers Demand Action on Low Airport Standards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4th, 2017

After Chicago Aviation Commissioner Apologizes for United Dragging Incident…

Chicago Airport Workers Demand Action on Low Airport Standards

Evans Must Take Airport Workers’ Concerns Seriously

Chicago (May 4, 2017) — O’Hare Airport worker Oliwia Pac issued the following statement in response to Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans’ apology to Congress over the United passenger dragging incident:

“Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans told CongressThursday that she’s ‘deeply sorry’ for the violent removal of Dr. Dao from a United Airlines flight last month.

“What Evans should also be ‘deeply sorry’ about is perpetuating a cycle of poverty among thousands of Chicago airport workers, like myself, who struggle to provide for our families.

“The dragging incident involving Dr. Dao was ‘deeply saddening and personally offensive,’ Evans said. Also personally offensive is Evans’ refusal to meet with me and other low-wage airport workers to discuss our concerns about the low standards at Chicago’s airports.

“Our requests to meet with Evans have gone unanswered for more than two years, and that’s unacceptable. We want Evans to take our concerns seriously and effectively address the deficiencies at our airports.”

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