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The Fight For 15 Just Landed at America’s Busiest Airport

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O’Hare Workers Fight for $15

HoyScreenshotSecurity workers, janitors, and passenger service workers, said “Enough,” calling for a living wage that will help break the cycle of poverty.

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O’Hare Airport Employees Join Minimum Wage Fight

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Thousands of Underpaid Passenger Service Workers, Security Officers, and Janitors at O’Hare Airport to Join the Fight for $15 Movement

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Workers Rally For Better Pay at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

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O’Hare Workers Join Fight For $15; Fast Food Laborers Bring Wage Campaign To Chicago Suburbs

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Indianapolis Security Officers Make History!

Newly ratified contract recognizes Indy’s first ever union of Security Officers.

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

INDIANAPOLIS – By a significant margin, Indianapolis security officers ratified their first ever collective bargaining agreement on August 8, 2015. The 4-year contract welcomes the officers to Service Employees International Union Local 1, secures wage increases over the life of the contract, and provides officers access to the best healthcare packages available to them starting next year.

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Officer Robert Smith (Center) and Local 1’s Amy Teitelman (right).

“This is a new day for the security industry in Indianapolis and a huge boost for our local economy,” said SEIU Local 1 Coordinator Amy Teitelman.  “This campaign began in 2010, and to see the hard work of these officers pay off now five years later is yet another piece of the resurgence of organized labor in Indiana.”

The historic contract goes into effect on September 1, 2015 and guarantees:

  • Respect on the job. Under the new contract, harassment and discrimination will not be tolerated
  • Grievance and arbitration process. If an officer is unjustly disciplined, or the contract is violated, the employee or union can file a grievance and involve third-party arbitration if necessary.
  • Annual wage increases. Substantial raises each year allowing officers to build a better future for their families over the course of their contract. 
  • Access to quality healthcare. The new contract provides access to healthcare packages with the lowest deductible and most affordable premiums in Indy security history.
  • Vacation and paid time off for full-time officers. Officers now have seven paid holidays and are eligible for vacation pay and personal days.

The officers will join over 600 janitors in the Indianapolis division of SEIU Local 1. The janitors will host a welcoming party for nearly 300 new members on September 12 with allies and elected officials on the guest list.

“This is an historic moment,” said Indianapolis Security Officer Robert Smith. “It took us years to get here, but now we have a good first contract and we’re in great position to grow our union. It’s an important day for security officers, an important day for SEIU, and an important day for Indianapolis.”

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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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Janitors Raise Milwaukee with Good Jobs

Milwaukee Janitors Approve Three-Year Contract Benefiting Both Their Families and Communities

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Monday August 3, 2015

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

MILWAUKEE–By an overwhelming margin, SEIU Local 1 janitors in Milwaukee approved a new union contract increasing their ability to support their families and providing a more accessible benefits package. This contract covers 350 janitors in downtown Milwaukee and is the first three-year agreement to be approved since 2009.

“These economic gains will directly benefit our region’s economy for years to come, helping hardworking families build a better Milwaukee for generations,” said SEIU Local 1 Wisconsin Coordinator Dave Somerscales. “Local 1 is leading the way for all working people – when you stand up together and bargain collectively, we all win.”

The new three-year contract, which went into effect on August 1, guarantees wage increases over the life of the contract.  A key negotiations goal for the janitors was to ensure that their employers agree to yearly increases toward the provided health insurance.

“This is a huge victory for Milwaukee,” said SEIU Local 1 member employed by Modern Maintenance Maria Sada. “This will be the first time since 2009 that we won a three-year contract with raises and benefits improving each year over the life of the agreement. By standing together and working with our employers, we have created the kind of jobs that will benefit all of Milwaukee.”

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SEIU Local 1 unites nearly 50,000 property service workers in the Midwest, including janitors, security officers and residential doormen. Together we work to build strength for all working people, on the job and in our communities.

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Window washers ratify 3-year agreement

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Carlos Perez, center, a lead organizer for Service Employees International Union Local 1, leads chants with window washers and their supporters during a rally for better wages June 29, 2015, in Chicago. Window washers “overwhelmingly” ratified a three-year labor contract July 22, 2015, that includes a pay raise.  (Michael Noble Jr. / Chicago Tribune)

By Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Tribune July 22, 2015, 8:09 p.m. Window washers “overwhelmingly” ratified a three-year labor contract that would raise wages by up to 16 percent over the life of the agreement, the union said Wednesday. “It’s a good step but it’s not the end,” said Tom Balanoff, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 1. Balanoff said the agreement, which covers 235 window washers, was reached last week and averted a strike. The union negotiated with Corporate Cleaning Services and seven other companies that bargained together in a coalition. The workers, who now make from $11.15 to $17.65 per hour, will earn as much as $20.50 by the end of the contract, Balanoff said. The contract also calls for employers to pay 60 percent of health care insurance premiums, rather than a set amount, meaning companies will share cost increases with workers. Despite those wins, a point system workers sought to end was expanded and could be used by all eight companies. Under the system, a worker gets a set amount of points, or hours, to clean a building’s windows. If the window washers finish the work early, the company pays them commission. But if they work beyond the time allowed, they don’t get any additional pay. Workers felt the system forced them to rush and take shortcuts, often at the expense of safety. Window washer Cruz Guzman, 24, said the expansion of the system is disappointing, but the new contract contains language that keeps companies from lowering points and protects workers who chose to work on an hourly rate, rather than the point system. It also establishes seniority rights to protect older workers. Guzman said he sees the contract as a foundation. “We have a lot more to work on,” he said. Neal S. Zucker, chief executive of Corporate Cleaning Services, said in a statement that he believes the agreement is fair. “As Chicago’s largest, all-union window-washing company, Corporate Cleaning Services is proud to have led negotiations on behalf of not only our employees, but for all window washers in Chicago,” Zucker said.

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Window Washers Push for Higher Wages

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