FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2017
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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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4th, 2017
After Chicago Aviation Commissioner Apologizes for United Dragging Incident…
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.”
Activistas comunitarios alertan que la degradación del medio ambiente significa una grave amenaza para las comunidades de bajos recursos. La marcha proambientalista será en el centro de Chicago y coincidirá con los primeros 100 días del presidente Trump en la Casa Blanca.