Post Tagged with: "SEIU"

High Court Legalizes ‘Free Riders’ When Government and Individuals Jointly Employ Caregivers

WASHINGTON —In a decision that will rob unions of millions of dollars and thousands of members, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize “free riders” in cases where state or local governments and individuals jointly employ caregivers. The court split along partisan lines, with all five Republican-appointed male justices in the majority and the four other justices – Elena […]

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Spring Bus Tours Nationwide to Lead to Marches on D.C.

Spring Bus Tours Nationwide to Lead to Marches on D.C.

Spring officially arrived on March 21, but even before that, unionists and their allies were on the road in two big bus tours, with their ultimate destination Washington, D.C., for mass marches there. The campaigns, for legalizing undocumented people – thus bringing them under labor law protection, among other things – and for raising the minimum wage, show labor’s determination […]

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Service Employees, Women’s Rights Groups Battle Large Pittsburgh-Area Hospital Over Hiring Bias

PITTSBURGH —The Service Employees and a coalition of women’s rights groups are battling Pittsburgh’s largest employer, the UPMC Hospital System, over the company’s claim that the federal government has no power to audit it for hiring bias. The dispute will play out in federal appeals court in D.C., where UPMC (Univer-sity of Pittsburgh Medical Center) challenged the Labor Department’s authority […]

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Medina, Other Immigration Rights Fasters Hand Off To Successors

WASHINGTON —Saying their 22-day “fast for families” to demand Congress approve comprehensive immigration reform got worldwide attention, former Service Employees Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina and his colleagues ended their D.C. vigil by handing off the fast to a group of successors. The fast drew continued attention to the issue, and support from Democrats all the way up to President Barack Obama, […]

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AFL-CIO, SEIU Step Up Pro-Immigration Reform Drive With Broadcast Ad Buys

WASHINGTON —The AFL-CIO and the Service Employees stepped up the drive to force the GOP-run U.S. House to pass comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to eventual citizenship.  They launched expensive broadcast ad buys targeting House Republicans in “swing vote” districts with high and rising shares of immigrant voters.  The campaigns may last longer than their planned two weeks, AFL-CIO […]

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SEIU’s Henry: Half of Jobs to be Low-Wage By 2020

WASHINGTON —Citing federal projections, Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry told a standing-room-only crowd of progressives on Oct. 24 that half of the jobs in the U.S. will be low-wage – minimum wage or just above it – in 2020.  She declared progressives should lead a crusade to ensure high-wage jobs, instead. Henry offered the gloomy prediction at the 10th […]

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Justice Take Another Labor Case, On Home Care Workers’ Payments

WASHINGTON —In the latest example of the U.S. Supreme Court’s responsiveness to the Radical Right agenda, the justices will hear a case from Chicago about whether union-represented home health care workers, whose employer is the state, but who object to unions, must pay for the union’s services. The case, which has been wending its way through lower courts for three […]

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Immigration Advocates to Take the Streets Again

WASHINGTON —Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform will take to the streets again in early October – and this time, the Obama administration will be a target, as well as the U.S. House’s ruling Republicans. At a Sept. 26 press conference, the group, including retiring Service Employees Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina, explained the protests of those two days will urge Obama to […]

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SEIU, AFT Join Big Coalition For Ban On Job Discriminations Vs. Gays

WASHINGTON —The Service Employees and the American Federation of Teachers, two of the nation’s largest unions, have joined a wide-ranging coalition that will use the August congressional recess to urge citizens to lobby lawmakers for a long-pending law outlawing discrimination against gays and lesbians on the job.            The Americans for Workplace Opportunity will focus on […]

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Service Employees Win Re-Run Vote Among Kaiser Workers

OAKLAND, Calif. —The Service Employees won a rerun representation election among Kaiser Health Care workers in California, the National Labor Relations Board’s Oakland, Calif., regional office announced on May 2. In the vote, the biggest such tally in the private sector in years, SEIU beat the National Union of Health Care Workers/California Nurses Association (NUHC) 18,844-13,101, with 1,163 votes combined […]

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