Local 1 Constitution and Bylaws Amended!

page 1At the June 1st, 2013 membership meeting, Local 1 members from 11 cities and 6 states overwhelmingly approved constitutional and bylaw amendments by a 94% vote. The final vote tally was 366 in favor of the amendments and 22 against.

Click here for a copy of the most recent and up-to-date Local 1 constitution.

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Union Plus

As an SEIU Local 1 member or retiree, you are entitled to member-only rates, discounts and special offers from Union Plus. The Union Plus program is brought to us by the AFL-CIO to provide consumer benefits to union members. To view a full list of programs and discounts, including mortgages, travel discounts, entertainment coupons, and prepaid debit cards, visit www.unionplus.org or call 1-800-452-9425.

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Milwaukee Janitors Fight for a Fair Wage

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SEIU Local 1 Member Newsletters – October 2012

Catch up on news from your state and around Local 1. (Each newsletter is available in multiple languages.)

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Volunteer for Election 2012

When I was in college, I suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Fortunately, I had health insurance through school and got the care I needed. After I graduated, I was denied insurance by every major carrier because of my preexisting condition. Even the state program was too expensive for me to afford.

But when Obama helped pass the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies could no longer deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions. Now I have good health insurance with affordable premiums. I’m able to go see my doctor without worrying if I can afford it.

I want to thank President Obama for standing up for people like me, so I am volunteering with SEIU Local 1 to help re-elect President Barack Obama.

You can help too! Volunteer with SEIU Local 1 to make sure OUR voices are heard this election. Call the Member Resource Center: 877-233-8880.

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Local 1 Member Newsletters – Spring 2012

Catch up on news from your state and around Local 1. (Each newsletter is available in multiple languages.)

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Letter to the Mayor – From SEIU Local 1 Members

SEIU Local 1 Members delivered more than 5,300 postcards in support of the Responsible Bidder’s Ordinance. Here is a member reading aloud the letter accompanying the three file boxes full of postcards.

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SEIU Local 1 Janitors Rally for Good Jobs – Three Minute Contract Convention Video

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SEIU Local 1 Janitors Rally for Good Jobs – 10 minute Contract Convention Video

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Happy Holidays from the 1 percent [The Milwaukee Community Journal]

Happy Holidays from the 1 percent

How Christmas was stolen from Bessie Hervey and eleven other Downtown Milwaukee janitors

MILWAUKEE – Bessie Hervey had cleaned the 875 E. Wisconsin Ave. building since it opened in 2002. On December 1, just in time for Christmas, she and her 11 co-workers were replaced by cleaners paid poverty wages and no health benefits.

Bessie and her coworkers are union janitors, represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – Local 1. The new cleaners hired by the property owner, Wangard Partners, are nonunion workers paid less than $8.00 an hour. A union janitor makes $11 an hour.

“We were promised that the new company would offer jobs to the janitors,” Bessie said, describing the typical process when building management changes janitorial companies. Neither Wangard nor the new cleaning company followed through on this promise.

“Instead, they locked the doors on us and we couldn’t get in the building to even apply,” Bessie said. “It was a slap in the face.”

Hervey was one of several janitors, employed by Regency Janitorial Services, who had cleaned the building since it opened. She has never missed a day of work, never being written up, and she has been cleaning major office buildings in Downtown Milwaukee for nearly 20 years.

Bessie was part of the long fight to lift wages for janitors and other downtown workers from $4.25 per hour with no health insurance to the current $11 an hour with union health insurance. Now that she is not working, Bessie will lose the union health insurance.

“For the past 20 years janitors fought hard to make a measly $11 an hour, and now Wangard wants to take us back to where we were,” said Pete Hanrahan, vice president of Hervey’s union, SEIU Local 1. “Wangard is picking janitors’ pockets to line his wallet,” Hanrahan said.

SEIU Local 1 represents over 1,000 janitors and other workers in Downtown Milwaukee, including the vast majority of major office buildings, Marquette janitors and food service workers, and Miller Park ushers and grounds crew.

“This isn’t just about me and my job,” Bessie said. “This is about all of us who work hard downtown — US Bank building, Chase Bank, Grand Ave. — and have fought for years to get what little we’ve got. If they can take my job, they can take everybody’s job, and it will be like a domino effect.

“We have to fight now to protect all of our jobs.”

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