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Road to the Chicago Airport Worker Ordinance: Part 4

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Building off the momentum from their massive November 2016 strike, Chicago airport workers began 2017 with a ground swell of support from the public. Their allies on the Chicago City Council also took a strong stand for airport workers by proposing an airport lease ordinance to lift labor standards at O’Hare and Midway airports…

‘Lift Up Airport Workers’ Ordinance Introduced In Chicago City Council
January 25, 2017

With the backing of SEIU Local 1, 36 Chicago aldermen proposed an ordinance seeking to boost wages for airport workers and require labor peace provisions in future airline lease agreements between the city and airlines.

The “Lift Up Airport Workers” ordinance represented the first legislative attempt at moving Chicago airport workers forward in their fight for $15 and union rights.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not initially support the legislation. But after productive conversations between his administration and SEIU Local 1, the measure ultimately morphed into a stronger ordinance — the one set for a City Council vote on September 6.

Big Action Against United Airlines
May 24, 2017

Hundreds of Chicago airport workers, aldermen and SEIU Local 1 members protested outside United Airlines’ shareholders meeting, and 30 people were arrested in an act of civil disobedience after they linked arms, sat on the street and blocked traffic.

The aim of the demonstration was to keep pressure on United to invest in good jobs and responsible contractors at our nation’s airports.

Airport Worker Campaign Highlighted At Chicago’s Pride Parade
June 25, 2017

SEIU Local 1 put a spotlight on airport workers’ fight for $15 and union rights at the city’s Pride Parade, which drew thousands of people.

The union distributed leaflets urging United and American Airlines to support good jobs at our airports, and we helped hang a banner along the parade route calling for a $15 minimum wage and union rights for airport workers. Emanuel and numerous other politicians passed the banner during the parade.

Check back on Tuesday for our final installment of “Road to the Chicago Airport Worker Ordinance.”

Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

El Camino a la Ordenanza sobre los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos de Chicago: Parte 4

Con la energía del impulso de su huelga masiva de noviembre de 2016, los trabajadores del aeropuerto de Chicago comenzaron el año 2017 con una nutrida base de apoyo del público. Sus aliados en el Consejo Municipal de Chicago también adoptaron una postura fuerte a favor de los trabajadores del aeropuerto al proponer una ordenanza de arrendamiento del aeropuerto para elevar los estándares laborales en los aeropuertos O’Hare y Midway.

Se introduce la Ordenanza para ‘Elevar a los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos’ en el Consejo Municipal de Chicago
25 de enero de 2017

Con el apoyo del Local 1 de SEIU, 36 concejales de Chicago propusieron una ordenanza que pretende aumentar los salarios de los trabajadores de los aeropuertos y requerir disposiciones de paz laboral en los acuerdos de arrendamiento futuros entre la ciudad y las aerolíneas.

La ordenanza para “Elevar a los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos” representó el primer intento legislativo para llevar adelante a los trabajadores de los aeropuertos de Chicago en su lucha por los $15 y derechos bajo la Unión.

El Alcalde de Chicago Rahm Emanuel no apoyó inicialmente la legislación. Sin embargo, después de conversaciones productivas entre su administración y el Local 1 de SEIU, eventualmente la medida se transformó en una ordenanza más sólida, que es la que está fijada para votación el 6 de septiembre, en el Consejo Municipal.

Una acción importante contra United Airlines
24 de mayo de 2017

Cientos de trabajadores de los aeropuertos de Chicago, concejales y miembros del Local 1 de SEIU hicieron una protesta frente a la asamblea de accionistas de United Airlines, y 30 personas resultaron arrestadas en un acto de desobediencia civil después que estas se unieron de brazos, se sentaron en la calle e impidieron el paso del tráfico.

El propósito de la manifestación era mantener la presión sobre United para que invierta en buenos trabajos y contratistas responsables en los aeropuertos de nuestra nación.

La campaña de los trabajadores de los aeropuertos sale a reluciren la Parada de Orgullo Gay de Chicago
25 de junio de 2017

El Local 1 de SEIU sacó a relucir la lucha de los trabajadores de los aeropuertos por los $15 y derechos bajo la Unión en la Parada de Orgullo Gay de la ciudad, que atrajo a miles de personas.

La Unión distribuyó volantes exhortando a United y American Airlines a que apoyen buenos trabajos en nuestros aeropuertos, y ayudamos a colgar un estandarte en la ruta de la parada para exigir un salario mínimo de $15 y derechos bajo la Unión para los trabajadores de los aeropuertos. Emanuel y muchos otros políticos pasaron frente al estandarte durante la parada.

Estén atentos el martes para nuestro último relato de “El Camino a la Ordenanza sobre los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos de Chicago.”

Leer la Parte 1, Parte 2 y Parte 3.

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Road to the Chicago Airport Ordinance: Part 3

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When we last left off in “Road to the Chicago Airport Worker Ordinance: Part 2,” O’Hare Airport workers and their supporters on the Chicago City Council and at SEIU Local 1 had called attention to wage theft allegations at the airport.

Fast forward two months: O’Hare Airport workers, SEIU Local 1 and U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL,4) were shedding light on another big problem at the airport…

Airport Workers, Congressman Urge Action On Health, Safety Violations
November 14, 2016

After allegations of rampant wage theft at the airport prompted a city investigation, O’Hare Airport workers came together with U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez to demand a safer workplace.

They called on Chicago’s Aviation Department to investigate alleged violations of federal OSHA, or Occupational Safety and Health Administration, standards.

O’Hare Airport workers, who filed complaints with OSHA, alleged they sustained serious injuries, including severe burns, chemical exposure and concussions, due to health and safety violations committed by their employers.

O’Hare Airport Workers Strike Over Unfair Labor Practices
November 29, 2016

Just a few weeks after raising their voices about alleged OSHA violations, O’Hare Airport workers held their largest strike yet over unfair labor practices by their employers.

Over 500 O’Hare Airport baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors and wheelchair attendants, plus 1,500 allies from SEIU Local 1 and the community, were on the picket lines demanding an end to employer interference with airport workers’ efforts to organize.

A dozen Chicago aldermen, including chairs of the Latino and Progressive caucuses, rallied with the striking workers.

Check back for “Road to the Chicago Airport Worker Ordinance: Part 4.”

Read Part 1 and Part 2

 

 

El Camino a la Ordenanza sobre los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos de Chicago: Parte 3

Cuando llegamos al final del relato de “El Camino a la Ordenanza sobre los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos de Chicago: Parte 2,” los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare y sus partidarios en el Consejo Municipal de Chicago y en el Local 1 de SEIU habían llamado la atención a los alegatos de robo de salarios en el aeropuerto.

Dos meses más adelante: los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare, el Local 1 de SEIU y el Congresista de EE.UU. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL,4) estaban arrojando luz sobre otro problema grave en el aeropuerto.

Los trabajadores del aeropuerto y el Congresista exhortan a tomar acción sobre las violaciones de salud y seguridad
14 de noviembre de 2016

Después de que los alegatos de robo de salarios desenfrenado en el aeropuerto dieron lugar a una investigación por parte de la ciudad, los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare unieron fuerzas con el Congresista de EE.UU. Luis Gutiérrez para exigir un centro de trabajo más seguro.

Estos le pidieron al Departamento de Aviación de Chicago que investigara los alegatos de violaciones de las normas federales de OSHA, o de la Administración de Salud y Seguridad Ocupacional.

Los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare, quienes registraron acusaciones ante OSHA, alegaron que sufrieron lesiones graves, incluso quemadas severas, exposición a productos químicos y conmociones cerebrales, debido a las violaciones de salud y seguridad cometidas por sus empleadores.

Los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare se van en huelga sobre prácticas laborales injustas
29 de noviembre de 2016

Solo unas pocas semanas después de dar a conocer sus opiniones sobre las supuestas violaciones de OSHA, los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare llevaron a cabo su mayor huelga hasta la fecha sobre prácticas laborales injustas por parte de sus empleadores.

Más de 500 encargados del manejo del equipaje, limpiadores de cabinas, trabajadores de limpieza, y encargados de sillas de rueda en el aeropuerto O’Hare, más 1,500 aliados del Local 1 de SEIU y la comunidad, participaron en las filas de piquete para exigir que el empleador dejara de interferir con los esfuerzos para organizarse realizados por los trabajadores del aeropuerto.

Una docena de concejales de Chicago, incluyendo los directores del comité Latino y del comité Progresista, participaron en la manifestación con los trabajadores huelguistas.

    Estén atentos el jueves para “El Camino a la Ordenanza sobre los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos de Chicago: Parte 4.”

Leer la Parte 1 y la Parte 2.

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Good businesses, even universities, invest in their employees

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Good businesses, even universities, invest in their employees

If higher education truly wishes to help solve the world’s complex problems, it is essential that all voices get a seat at the table, including those of graduate student workers. At Washington University, we need to do more to ensure graduate student workers don’t have to choose between academic success and personal well-being.

We are “privileged to be here,” we graduate student workers are so often told, and we shouldn’t question issues of compensation if we are truly passionate about the work we do. But as long as Washington University insists that we are students only, graduate student workers receive none of the protections afforded to employees under the law, even while we are compelled to remain in this tenuous position in order to complete our degrees.

While Washington U. is ostensibly committed to its role as a beacon of higher learning in the St. Louis community, it is in fact run as a business — and an incredibly lucrative one, at that. But good businesses invest in their employees. By promoting the well-being of the whole employee, Washington U. stands to benefit from higher graduation rates, better job placement, better academic and teaching work, and a healthier spirit of collaboration between students and their faculty advisers.

I believe a graduate student worker union will offer those protections where the administration has failed to do so, resulting in better conditions for workers and increased productivity across the university.

Meredith Kelling  •  Maplewood

Meredith Kelling is an outstanding, graduate student activist with SEIU Local 1. Her Letter to the Editor appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on August 28th, 2017.

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SEIU Local 1 Endorses Yvette Simpson for Mayor

CINCINNATI – The members of Service Employees International Union Local 1 announced their endorsement of Yvette Simpson, current President Pro Tem of the Cincinnati City Council, for Mayor.

“Yvette Simpson has been a strong supporter of the members of SEIU Local 1 and will ensure all of us have access to a quality standard of living and will work to end the widespread poverty in the city,” said Yanela Sims, SEIU Local 1 Ohio Director. “Having grown up in poverty, she has clearly demonstrated that she understands our needs and will fight with working men and women for economic justice. We were proud to work with her on our contract campaign last year, and she long been a force for good in the city. I know that she will continue to work for all Cincinnatians.”

Councilwoman Simpson was a vocal supporter of the Cincinnati’s janitors and has pledged to make economic justice a priority in her administration.

“I am proud that SEIU Local 1 has endorsed my campaign for Mayor of Cincinnati,” Simpson said. “I am honored to have earned the support of a labor union that works to build strength for all working people, on the job and in our communities. I look forward to continuing to stand with and be a strong advocate for workers and their families in Cincinnati.”

Councilwoman Simpson currently is the Chair of the Human Services, Youth, and Arts committee, and serves on the Budget & Finance, Law and Public Safety, Neighborhoods and Major Transportation and Regional Cooperation committees. Simpson is also a member of the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, as appointed by the City Planning Commission.

“We believe Yvette Simpson the best candidate for Cincinnati Mayor because she has stood with us over her career, always fighting for working families and our neighborhoods,” said Arnita Summerlin, a Cincinnati janitor. “I know she will continue to fight for me, my family and my neighborhood.”

SEIU Local 1 rallies behind candidates who have demonstrated a strong record on issues important to all working families. Local 1 is dedicated to achieving economic justice for all workers; part of that fight is recognizing that no one leads a single-issue life; social and racial justice are crucial in improving the lives of our members and achieving economic fairness in our country.

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Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest including janitors, security officers, higher education faculty, food service workers, and others. Local 1 is committed to improving the lives of its members and all working people by winning real economic justice and standing at the forefront of the fight for immigrant, racial, and environmental justice.

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SEIU Local 1 Endorses Jeff Johnson for Mayor, Candidates for City Council

CLEVELAND – The members of Service Employees International Union Local 1 announced their endorsement of Jeff Johnson, current member of the Cleveland City Council, for Mayor. Johnson currently represents Ward 10, which includes the South Collinwood, St Clair-Superior, Glenville, Euclid Park and Nottingham Village neighborhoods. Additionally, Local 1 endorsed Joe Jones (Ward 1); Carol Ford (Ward 2); Gail Sparks (Ward 4); Richard Starr (Ward 5); Mansfield Frazier (Ward 7); Anthony Hairston (Ward 10); Michele Burk (Ward 13); and Alex Karrfalt (Ward 15).

“The clear choice for Cleveland’s working families in the upcoming election is between a future with Jeff Johnson and Local 1 endorsed city council candidates who will ensure all of us have access to a quality standard of living,” said Yanela Sims, SEIU Local 1 Ohio Director. “Working families need to unite around candidates who support our issues and Jeff Johnson is a man on our side who will fight for the working families of our city to ensure our city is growing not only for the rich but for the janitors, security workers and service workers of SEIU Local 1, and all the residents of Cleveland.”

Councilman Johnson was a vocal supporter of the campaign to raise the minimum wage in the city of Cleveland to $15 and has pledged to make the neighborhoods a priority in his administration through more widespread investment. He serves as a member of City Council’s Health & Human Services, Municipal Services & Properties, Transportation, and Workforce & Community Benefits committees.

“We believe Jeff Johnson is the best candidate for Cleveland Mayor because he has stood with our communities for many years, always fighting for working families and our neighborhoods,” said Victoria Thompson, a Cleveland janitor. “I think they will stand up for me, my family and my neighborhood.”

SEIU Local 1 rallies behind candidates who have demonstrated a strong record on issues important to all working families. Local 1 is dedicated to achieving economic justice for all workers; part of that fight is recognizing that no one leads a single-issue life; social and racial justice are crucial in improving the lives of our members and achieving economic fairness in our country.

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Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest including janitors, security officers, higher education faculty, food service workers, and others. Local 1 is committed to improving the lives of its members and all working people by winning real economic justice and standing at the forefront of the fight for immigrant, racial, and environmental justice.

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Road to the Chicago Airport Worker Ordinance: Part 2

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In “Road to the Chicago Airport Worker Ordinance: Part 1,” SEIU Local 1 detailed Chicago airport workers’ campaign kickoff for $15 and union rights, the unfair labor practices strike staged by Universal Security officers at O’Hare and the civil disobedience action held outside United Airlines’ headquarters on MLK Day.

By this point in their campaign, airport workers were picking up more steam, and their broad-based coalition of supporters had grown larger.

O’Hare Airport Workers Hold Unfair Labor Practices Strike
March 31, 2016

Joined by their SEIU Local 1 allies and Chicago Aldermen Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) and Anthony Napolitano (41st), O’Hare Airport workers, including security officers, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and janitors, went on strike over unfair labor practices by their employers.

The aldermen, who represent airport workers in their respective wards, echoed workers’ demands for better safety, health and labor standards at the airport, including union rights and a $15 hourly wage for the workers.

O’Hare Airport Workers, Aldermen Call For An Independent Airport Authority In Chicago
May 17, 2016

O’Hare Airport workers, SEIU Local 1 and Citizen Action Illinois stood with the Chicago City Council’s Black and Progressive caucuses as they proposed a ballot measure in favor of creating an Independent Airport Authority in the city.

Following recent labor unrest at O’Hare and other questionable contracting decisions, the coalition called for an elected Independent Airport Authority in order to increase oversight of the Chicago Aviation Department and prevent retaliation against workers advocating for $15 and union rights.

Airport Workers, Allies Rally Outside United Airlines’ Headquarters
June 8, 2016

Airport workers from O’Hare and Newark Liberty airports rallied in Chicago outside United Airlines’ annual shareholders meeting.

Hundreds of supporters joined airport workers at the protest in a push for United to improve airport standards for both workers and passengers.

O’Hare Airport Workers, Aldermen Seek Wage Theft Investigation 
September 7, 2016

Chairs of the Chicago City Council’s Black and Latino caucuses urged the city and state to investigate nearly 100 worker allegations of wage theft by employers at O’Hare Airport.

During a City Hall press conference with the caucus chairs and SEIU Local 1, O’Hare Airport workers shed light on the many forms of wage theft, from minimum wage violations to pressuring workers to work off the clock, and how it inhibits their ability to build a better life for themselves and their families.

The press conference prompted the city to launch a wage theft investigation at the airport!

In the weeks after the press conference, airport workers held a series of City Hall lobbying days and kept pressure on Chicago aldermen to raise standards at the airport.

Check back next Tuesday for “Road to the Chicago Airport Worker Ordinance: Part 3.”

El Camino a la Ordenanza sobre los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos de Chicago: Parte 2

En “El Camino a la Ordenanza sobre los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos de Chicago: Parte 1,” el Local 1 de SEIU detalló el lanzamiento de la campaña de los trabajadores de los aeropuertos de Chicago por los $15 y derechos bajo la Unión, la huelga por prácticas laborales injustas hecha por los guardias de seguridad de Universal Security en O’Hare y la acción de desobediencia civil llevada a cabo frente a las oficinas principales de United Airlines el Día de Martin Luther King.

En este punto en su campaña, los trabajadores de los aeropuertos estaban tomando impulso, y su extensa coalición de partidarios había aumentado con creces.

Los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare llevan a cabo una huelga por prácticas laborales injustas
31 de marzo de 2016

En compañía de sus aliados del Local 1 de SEIU y los Concejales de Chicago Carlos Ramírez-Rosa (del Distrito 35) y Anthony Napolitano (del Distrito 41), los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare, incluyendo los guardias de seguridad, los encargados del manejo del equipaje, los limpiadores de cabinas y los trabajadores de limpieza, se fueron en huelga debido a prácticas laborales injustas por parte de sus empleadores.

Los concejales, que representan a los trabajadores de los aeropuertos en sus respectivos distritos, hicieron eco de las demandas de los trabajadores de tener mejores estándares de seguridad, salud y laborales en el aeropuerto, incluyendo derechos bajo la Unión y un salario de $15 la hora para los trabajadores.

Los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare y los concejales exigen que haya una Autoridad Aeroportuaria independiente en Chicago
17 de mayo de 2016

Los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare, el Local 1 de SEIU y la organización Citizen Action Illinois apoyaron el comité Negro y el comité Progresista del Consejo Municipal de Chicago cuando estos propusieron una medida en la boleta a favor de crear una Autoridad Aeroportuaria independiente en la ciudad.

Después de ciertos disturbios laborales recientes en O’Hare y otras decisiones cuestionables de contratación, la coalición exigió una Autoridad Aeroportuaria independiente electa con el fin de aumentar la supervisión del Departamento de Aviación de Chicago e impedir las represalias contra los trabajadores que están abogando por los $15 y derechos bajo la Unión.

Los trabajadores del aeropuerto y sus aliados hacen una manifestación frente a las oficinas principales de United Airlines
8 de junio de 2016

Los trabajadores de los aeropuertos O’Hare y Newark Liberty hicieron una manifestación en Chicago frente a la asamblea anual de accionistas de United Airlines.

Cientos de partidarios se unieron a los trabajadores del aeropuerto en la protesta para ponerle presión a United para que mejore los estándares en el aeropuerto, tanto para los trabajadores como para los pasajeros.

Los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare y los concejales piden una investigación del robo de salarios
7 de septiembre de 2016

Los presidentes del comité Negro y del comité Latino del Consejo Municipal de Chicago exhortaron a la ciudad y al estado a que investiguen cerca de 100 alegatos de trabajadores de robo de salarios por parte de empleadores en el aeropuerto O’Hare.

Durante una conferencia de prensa en el Ayuntamiento con los presidentes de los comités y el Local 1 de SEIU, los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare aclararon las diferentes formas de robo de salarios, desde violaciones del salario mínimo hasta presionar a los trabajadores para trabajar sin marcar el reloj, y cómo esto dificulta su capacidad de crear una vida mejor para ellos y sus familias.

¡La conferencia de prensa dio lugar a que la ciudad lanzara una investigación sobre el robo de salarios en el aeropuerto!

En las semanas siguientes a la conferencia de prensa, los trabajadores del aeropuerto llevaron a cabo varios días de cabildeo en el Ayuntamiento y mantuvieron la presión sobre los concejales de Chicago para elevar los estándares en el aeropuerto.

Estén atentos el próximo martes para “El Camino a la Ordenanza sobre los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos de Chicago: Parte 3.”

 

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Road to the Chicago Airport Worker Ordinance: Part 1

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Have you heard the big news? Chicago airport workers are moving a HUGE step forward in their fight for $15 and union rights!

Nearly 8,000 contracted service workers at O’Hare and Midway airports are close to winning a $13.45 minimum wage and the right to join a union thanks to an SEIU Local 1-backed ordinance set for a Chicago City Council vote on September 6.

This important measure—which will put underpaid airport workers on a path toward yearly raises and all the benefits that come with union membership—is the direct result of years of tireless organizing and protesting by airport workers and their allies at SEIU Local 1. We came together and showed our city that poverty doesn’t fly!

In the weeks leading up to the Chicago City Council vote on September 6, SEIU Local 1 will chronicle the key events that brought airport workers to this point in their campaign through our five-part “Road to the Chicago Airport Worker Ordinance” blog post series.

Follow along as we document how far Chicago airport workers have come since launching their campaign two years ago and what lies ahead in their fight for a better future!

O’Hare Airport Workers Launch Campaign For $15 And Union Rights
September 29, 2015

Following the lead of millions of underpaid workers around the country, thousands of passenger service workers, security officers and janitors at O’Hare Airport joined the larger Fight for $15 movement to raise standards for all workers.

Community, faith and labor allies from Arise Chicago, SEIU Local 1 and the Fight for $15 movement rallied with airport workers at O’Hare as they kicked off their campaign.

Universal Security Officers Strike At O’Hare
November 19, 2015

Security officers who work for Universal Security at O’Hare went on strike to protest against unfair labor practices by their employer. The security officers called on their employer to stop interfering with their efforts to organize.

The strike was part of a national day of action coordinated by SEIU’s Airport Workers United campaign. Contracted airport workers also struck in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York City and Philadelphia.

On MLK Day, O’Hare Airport Workers Commit Civil Disobedience Outside United Airlines’ Headquarters
January 18, 2016

Below-zero temperatures didn’t stop O’Hare Airport workers and their SEIU Local 1 allies from taking the streets on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to call for justice and equity at our nation’s airports. The group demonstrated outside United Airlines’ Chicago-based headquarters, and 15 people were arrested after engaging in civil disobedience by linking arms in the street and blocking traffic.

O’Hare baggage handlers, security officers and passenger service workers made it clear they’re willing to do whatever it takes to win $15 and union rights.

Contracted airport workers in Boston, Miami, Newark, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle and Washington, D.C. also staged civil disobedience actions on MLK Day.

Stay tuned this week for our second installment of the “Road to the Chicago Airport Worker Ordinance” blog post series.

¿Han escuchado la gran noticia? ¡Los trabajadores de los aeropuertos de Chicago están dando un ENORME paso adelante en su lucha por los $15 y derechos bajo la Unión!

Cerca de 8,000 trabajadores de servicios contratados en los aeropuertos O’Hare y Midway están cerca de conseguir un salario mínimo de $13.45 y el derecho a afiliarse a una Unión gracias a una ordenanza respaldada por el Local 1 de SEIU que estará sujeta a votación en el Consejo Municipal de Chicago el día 6 de septiembre.

Esta medida tan importante, que llevará a los trabajadores del aeropuerto que ganan tan poco hacia el camino a recibir aumentos anuales y todos los beneficios que conlleva la membrecía en la Unión, es el resultado directo de años dedicados por los trabajadores del aeropuerto y sus aliados en el Local 1 de SEIU a organizarse y protestar sin descanso. ¡Unimos fuerzas y le demostramos a nuestra ciudad que la pobreza no está en nada!

En las semanas que faltan para la votación por el Consejo Municipal de Chicago el 6 de septiembre, el Local 1 de SEIU relatará los eventos clave que llevaron a los trabajadores de los aeropuertos a este punto en su campaña a través de nuestra serie de entradas de blog de cinco partes, “El camino a la Ordenanza sobre los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos de Chicago.”

Pueden seguir el trayecto a medida que documentamos lo lejos que han llegado los trabajadores de los aeropuertos de Chicago desde que lanzaron su campaña hace dos años y ¡lo que les queda por delante en su lucha por un futuro mejor!

Los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare lanzan su campaña por los $15 y derechos bajo la Unión
29 de septiembre de 2015

Siguiendo el ejemplo de millones de trabajadores mal pagados en todo el país, miles de trabajadores de servicios a pasajeros, guardias de seguridad y trabajadores de limpieza en el aeropuerto O’Hare se unieron al movimiento mayor de la Lucha por los $15 para elevar los estándares para todos los trabajadores.

Los aliados comunitarios, religiosos y del sector laboral de la organización Arise Chicago, el Local 1 de SEIU y del movimiento de la Lucha por los $15 hicieron una manifestación con los trabajadores del aeropuerto en O’Hare a medida que estos lanzaron su campaña.

Los guardias de seguridad de Universal se van a la huelga en O’Hare
19 de noviembre de 2015

Los guardias de seguridad que trabajan para la empresa Universal Security en O’Hare se fueron en huelga para protestar contra las prácticas laborales injustas cometidas por su empleador. Los guardias de seguridad hicieron un llamado a su empleador para que deje de interferir en sus esfuerzos por organizarse.

La huelga fue parte de un día nacional de acción coordinado por la campaña de SEIU de Trabajadores del Aeropuerto Unidos. Los trabajadores bajo contrato en los aeropuertos también hicieron huelgas en Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, la ciudad de Nueva York y Filadelfia.

En el Día de Martin Luther King, los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare cometen desobediencia civil frente a las oficinas principales de United Airlines
18 de enero de 2016

Las frígidas temperaturas bajo cero no detuvieron a los trabajadores del aeropuerto O’Hare ni a sus aliados del Local 1 de SEIU de irse a las calles en el Día de Martin Luther King Jr. para exigir justicia e igualdad en los aeropuertos de nuestra nación. El grupo hizo una manifestación frente a las oficinas principales de United Airlines basadas en Chicago, y 15 personas resultaron arrestadas después de cometer actos de desobediencia civil uniéndose de brazos en la calle y bloqueando el tráfico.

Los que manejan el equipaje en O’Hare, los guardias de seguridad y los trabajadores de servicios a pasajeros dejaron claro que están dispuestos a hacer lo que sea necesario para conseguir $15 y derechos bajo la Unión.

Los trabajadores bajo contrato en los aeropuertos en Boston, Miami, Newark, la ciudad de Nueva York, Filadelfia, Portland, Seattle y Washington, D.C. también llevaron a cabo acciones de desobediencia civil en el Día de Martin Luther King.

Estén atentos esta semana para nuestra segunda parte de la serie de entradas de blog “El camino a la Ordenanza sobre los Trabajadores de los Aeropuertos de Chicago.”

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SEIU Local 1 Members Join Senator Bernie Sanders and Chuck Jones on stage at the “Good Jobs Nation” Rally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2017
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SEIU Local 1 Members Join Senator Bernie Sanders and Chuck Jones on stage at the “Good Jobs Nation” Rally

INDIANAPOLIS – The following statement is on behalf of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1. Today, SEIU Local 1 members Adela Cruz, Rosalba Melchor, and Doris Jones joined Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and  retired President of United Steelworkers Local 1999 Chuck Jones, on stage at the “Good Jobs Nation” Rally: 

“Today, Local 1 janitors are being recognized at the ‘Good Jobs Nation’ Rally alongside Senator Bernie Sanders as an example of how the working families of Indy are fighting back and winning in the face of an economy and presidency that puts working people last.

“For months, SEIU Local 1 janitors in Indianapolis lead the fight against irresponsible, non-union janitorial contractors that undercut standards for the entire city  in two downtown buildings.

“Through the relentless organizing efforts of Local 1  janitors, property management of the prominent Gold Building and 251 E. Ohio kicked out the non-union janitorial contractor and hired a union janitorial contractor – whose janitors come back to work tomorrow, August 22nd.

“This is a huge win for our whole city because when the working families of Indianapolis succeed, we all succeed.”

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Service Employees International Union Local 1 unites 50,000 workers throughout the Midwest including janitors, security officers, higher education faculty, food service workers, and others. Local 1 is committed to improving the lives of its members and all working people by winning real economic justice and standing at the forefront of the fight for immigrant, racial, and environmental justice.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Opinion: St. Louis employers can still save the raise

This piece was originally posted on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Bruce Franks Jr.

Gov. Eric Greitens and state Republican legislators have decided to lower St. Louis’ newly implemented minimum wage. That means more than 31,000 hardworking people could lose as much as $400 when the hourly minimum wage drops from $10 back to $7.70 at the end of August. It’s the second time in U.S. history that lawmakers have lowered the minimum wage for working people.

It’s the latest, cruelest act by Jefferson City Republicans in their long war against workers winning higher pay. In 2015, St. Louis passed an ordinance to gradually raise the $7.70 hourly minimum wage — which had only increased 40 cents in the last seven years. Instead of applauding a raise that would improve people’s lives, business lobbyists held up the law with lawsuits. And after workers finally won their day in court and got their $10 per hour in May, Republican legislators rammed through HB 1194, which nullified the increase. Last month, Gov. Greitens made the heartless decision to allow the bill to become law.

Republican politicians in Jefferson City may be dead-set on moving us back, but we as a community still have the power to come together and chart the way forward. That’s why I’m urging employers in our city to “Save the Raise.”

Despite obstruction from Jefferson City, all St. Louis employers still have the power to pay the fair wage of $10 per hour after Aug. 28. And there’s a sound economic reason to do so.

Raising the wage means workers paying the bills on time, putting food on the table and having a little extra money to spend. Studies have shown the more money working people have in their paychecks, the more they can spend locally, making our economy stronger for everyone.

Every year, Missouri taxpayers shell out $2.4 billion to cover the cost of public assistance for low-wage workers. Without a raise for minimum wage workers, taxpayers will continue to be left on the hook while big companies in our area get a free pass.

Without a raise, St. Louis’ rising income inequality will continue to grow — as will the instability it causes. Over the past decade in St. Louis, wages for white-collar workers like engineers and lawyers have risen, while real wages for blue-collar workers and service workers have shrunk by 7.1 percent and 8 percent, respectively. It’s getting harder and harder to get ahead in our city if you’re already on the margins.

Crime, an issue that urgently needs to be addressed in St. Louis, is closely connected to income inequality.

Shortly after deciding to take away workers’ raises, Gov. Greitens announced a plan to fight crime that would increase police presence on our highways and rack up taxpayer bills, but ignore the root causes of crime in St. Louis communities: crushing poverty, deep inequality and a lack of opportunity.

Workers protested his event, rightfully asking the governor: How can you be serious about fighting crime in St. Louis when you want to rip money out of our pockets and food out of our children’s mouths?

As influential members of the St. Louis community, local employers have the power to help tackle crime by saving the raise for their employees. Creating good jobs is a real solution to making our communities strong and safe, by providing opportunities to the families getting left behind by the governor and Jefferson City politicians.

Missouri Republicans, although supposedly the champions of small government, have overreached and tried to take away the voices of St. Louis voters. By pledging to “Save the Raise,” employers in St. Louis should send a message to Jefferson City that a $10 per hour wage is good for their business, good for Missouri’s working families and good for the city’s economy and safety.

Let the obstructers in Jefferson City keep obstructing, because employers can and should take matters into their own hands and move the city forward.

State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. is a Democrat from St. Louis.

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SEIU Local 1 Statement On the White Supremacist Rally and Attack in Charlottesville

Over the weekend, violent, hate-filled white supremacists marched throughout Charlottesville, VA. These domestic terrorists waved their ignorance with Nazi and Confederate flags. They were there, proclaiming that the white race is the superior race and should dominate our country. These are the faces of the alt-right, who have been emboldened by the election of Trump.

One white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. In the work we do, at rallies and marches, she could have been any one of us.

SEIU Local 1 is committed to creating a world where all have the opportunity to live and thrive. As an organization that is working to end anti-black racism, SEIU Local 1 is committed to wiping out oppression at all levels. White supremacy, in Charlottesville and beyond, is against us and our values. We will continue to fight for justice and liberation for our members, families, and communities.

Click here to read the full statement from SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry.

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