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St. Charles Community College adjunct faculty approve contract


St. Charles Community College’s part-time faculty members have ratified their first contract, which was approved by the college’s board on Monday.

The four-year contract will increase wages and stabilize scheduling for the more than 250 part-time faculty members, who voted in March 2016 to unionize and join the Service Employees International Union Local 1.

“This ratification is a really big moment for SCC adjuncts in gaining respect and recognition on campus,” Lisa Decarli, part-time faculty member in sociology, said in a statement. “Through this contract, not only will we get pay raises, but we’ll also have increased job security, a formal grievance process, and a respected and powerful voice on campus.”

Congratulations to our Local 1 brothers and sisters at SCC on ratifying their first contract! Be sure to read the full story over at the St. Louis Business Journal.

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St. Charles Community College and Part-Time Faculty Teams Successfully Ratify Initial Contract

ST. LOUIS – St. Charles Community College part-time faculty members overwhelmingly ratified their first contract, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees on July 17, 2017.

The four-year agreement, expiring in 2021, will increase wages; stabilize scheduling for the part-time faculty members; allow part-time faculty equal academic freedom with full-time faculty; and improve the lives of the faculty, and more importantly, the students at St. Charles Community College.

“This ratification is a really big moment for SCC adjuncts in gaining respect and recognition on campus,” said Lisa Decarli, part-time faculty member in sociology. “Through this contract, not only will we get pay raises, but we’ll also have increased job security, a formal grievance process, and a respected and powerful voice on campus. I’m so thrilled to be part of this national movement to make higher education fairer.”

The agreement demonstrates the vital role part-time faculty play in the world-class, innovative learning environment that the college provides. St. Charles Community College is committed to expanding access to higher education and professional and career development for students, businesses and communities served.

“Part-time faculty are an important part of the SCC community,” said Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., SCC president. “We are pleased that continued collaboration between the team has resulted in an agreement that demonstrates their value and improves the student experience.”

The more than 250 St. Charles Community College part-time faculty members voted to join Service Employees International Union Local 1 on March 3, 2016.

 

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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.

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.

 

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Republican Lawmakers Take A Raise Away From St. Louis Workers

Two months ago, Cynthia Sanders got a raise at her janitorial job, from $8.30 to $10 per hour, after St. Louis passed a law raising its minimum wage. The extra money has helped the 51-year-old cover groceries and utilities as she raises three grandchildren.

But in just a few weeks, Sanders’ pay rate could drop back down again, thanks to a new law Republicans in the Missouri legislature passed invalidating St. Louis’ minimum wage.

“It was life-changing to get this, and it’s going to be life-changing to have it taken away,” said Sanders, who cleans four kitchenettes and eight bathrooms per shift at a Wells Fargo building downtown. “You’ve got children looking at you to be a provider. How do I tell them we’ve got to eat noodles again this week?”

Like other low-wage workers in Missouri and beyond, Sanders finds herself caught in a political and legal battle between local Democrats and state Republicans. As blue cities become incubators for progressive policy, their red state legislatures are trying to thwart them through “preemption laws” that forbid cities and counties from implementing their own measures related to the minimum wage, paid sick days, plastic bag taxes and other hot-button issues.

So far, Republican state legislators are winning the fight. In Missouri, for example, the GOP controls both chambers of the statehouse as well as the governor’s mansion.

Under the law Republicans passed in response to St. Louis’ new ordinance, no locality could have a minimum wage higher than the state level of $7.70 per hour. And St. Louis is not the only city immediately affected. A referendum to gradually raise the minimum wage in Kansas City to $15 was slated to go on the ballot in August.

Gov. Eric Greitens (R) said he does not intend to veto the bill. So under the rules of the Missouri Constitution it will eventually go into effect automatically, reverting the St. Louis minimum wage to $7.70 on Aug. 28. It would also preempt the minimum wage under consideration in Kansas City.

As Missouri Governor Eric Greitens lowers the minimum wage for over 35,000 working families in St. Louis, SEIU Local 1 members refuse to go down without a fight! Read the full HuffPost story, featuring Cynthia Sanders, a Local 1 janitor!

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SEIU Local 1 Janitor Sierra Parker Slams Governor Greitens’ Decision to Cave to Rich Special Interests on HB 1194

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 30, 2017
CONTACT:
Nick Desideri (630) 779-5510 desiderin@seiu1.org

SEIU Local 1 Janitor Sierra Parker Slams Governor Greitens’ Decision to Cave to Rich Special Interests on HB 1194

ST. LOUIS– The following statement is from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 janitor Sierra Parker, who saw her wage increase to $10 under St. Louis’ minimum wage hike.  Just now, Governor Eric Greitens announced he will not veto HB 1194, meaning he will slash St. Louis’ minimum wage from the current $10 back down to $7.70, taking money out of the pockets of tens of thousands of working people:

“Governor Greitens’ announcement today shows his decision was never about Missouri’s working families. It was always about lowering wages and making his rich donors happy.

“The $10 minimum wage has already changed my life for the better. Now, Governor Greitens intends to take money out of the pockets of more than 35,000 St. Louis working families. For me and so many others, that means going back to living paycheck to paycheck.

“He thinks he can sneak his decision by us over the holiday, but this doesn’t change anything. Working people will keep up the fight to hold him accountable.”

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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 for an economy that works for all working families, not just the wealthy and well-connected. 

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SEIU Local 1, Emanuel Administration in Talks around Ordinance to Boost Standards for Thousands of O’Hare, Midway Airport Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2017
CONTACT: Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich (708) 655-9681 miltkoi@seiu1.org
Nick Desideri (630) 779-5510 desiderin@seiu1.org

SEIU Local 1, Emanuel Administration in Talks around Ordinance to Boost Standards for Thousands of O’Hare, Midway Airport Workers

(CHICAGO)— SEIU Local 1, Alderman Patrick O’Connor (40th) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration are having positive discussions about an ordinance that would achieve union rights for thousands of Chicago airport workers as part of a broader set of regulations for ground handling operators modeled after the system in place at Los Angeles International Airport.

“Airport workers, like wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and others, work hard to keep our airports running smoothly,” said SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff. “We’re working with the Emanuel administration on a process to raise standards for these hardworking men and women, because no worker at O’Hare or Midway—or anywhere in our city—should be making poverty wages.”

Alderman Patrick O’Connor, Chairman of the Workforce Development and Audit Committee, has been helping facilitate conversations between the parties to reach an agreement on a new ordinance that would lift labor standards for thousands of O’Hare and Midway International Airport workers.

“There is no substitute for sitting together with individuals who are interested in finding solutions to issues facing Chicago’s workforce,” said Patrick O’Connor of the 40th Ward. “That is the current dynamic and I am hopeful we will be successful.”

“As a way to continue productive conversations with the administration on behalf of the thousands of airport workers across Chicago, I will not invoke Rule 41 at Wednesday’s City Council meeting,” said Alderman Ameya Pawar of the 47th  Ward.  “I will continue to firmly stand with these workers in their fight to make our airports better for workers and passengers alike.”

The new ordinance could be introduced as soon as the July Chicago City Council meeting.

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Around the country, airport workers are coming together in Airport Workers United, a movement of workers and their allies, raising their voices to make our airports safe and secure for passengers, employees and our communities. Last year, airport workers served an all-time high of 932 million passengers. By sticking together and speaking out, more than 110,000 airport workers across the country have won wage increases or other improvements, including healthcare, and paid sick leave. We have won wage increases in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Newark, Minneapolis, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Nearly 22,000 airport workers have won a union with SEIU.

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Labor, City Council allies propose fair workweek ordinance

Arguing that “unpredictable” scheduling makes it tough to get ahead or balance work and family, organized labor and its City Council allies on Tuesday proposed a legislative remedy.

The “Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance” is patterned after similar legislation in San Francisco, Seattle and New York City.

If the City Council approves, employers would be required to give their hourly workers at least two weeks’ advance notice of what their work schedules will be.

If a schedule change is made with less than 24 hours notice, the employer would be required to provide one additional hour of pay for each changed shift.

Employers would be required to provide workers a written “good faith estimate” of the employee’s work schedule and minimum hours prior to or on their first day on the job.

Danny Rodriquez works as a wheelchair attendant, security officer and weekend shift manager at O’Hare. He also takes care of his grandmother, who suffers from mental illness and requires around-the-clock care.

“Sometimes, I can’t stay home. I can’t be by her side. Either I go to work or I have a chance of getting fired for me calling off. No one should be in that predicament,” Rodriguez said.

SEIU Local 1 is a proud supporter #FairWorkweek Ordinance! Read more over at The Chicago Sun-Times, including an interview with Danny Rodriquez, an O’Hare Airport worker who is a leader in O’Hare Airport workers efforts to organize.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEIU Local 1 Janitors, Senator Jamilah Nasheed, and Allies Urge Governor Greitens: Clean Up Your Act, Ditch Dark Money, and Protect the $10 Minimum Wage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 15, 2017
CONTACT: Nick Desideri desiderin@seiu1.org 630-779-5510
Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich miltkoi@seiu1.org 708-655-9681

Amidst bipartisan calls for an investigation into Governor Greitens’ dark money network…

SEIU Local 1 Janitors, Senator Jamilah Nasheed, and Allies Urge Governor Greitens: Clean Up Your Act, Ditch Dark Money, and Protect the $10 Minimum Wage

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.

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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 for an economy that works for all working families, not just the wealthy and well-connected. 

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Union Janitors Rally, Calling for Greitens to Uphold Minimum Wage

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Union janitors rally in downtown St. Louis calling on Missouri Governor Greitens to uphold the $10 an hour minimum wage in the city.

Janitor Eugene Hubbard says the people who clean your office have bills to pay too.

“You know, these people go to work everyday and they go to a clean building,” Hubbard says. “Half the janitors they don’t even see, because a lot of us are at not – but they do see our work.”

Sierra Parker is a janitor at a corporate office downtown and says she is fighting for the minimum wage.

“The message here today is to fight for justice for the janitors and not just only the janitors, but the fast food workers too,” Parker says. “We need this $10 minimum wage.”

Governor Greitens has yet to sign a bill passed in the regular session, House Bill 1194. The bill would repeal the higher minimum wage in the city of St. Louis.

Read the full story, featuring Local 1 members, over at KMOX!

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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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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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