Local 1 Janitors Continue to Fight for their Jobs and Higher Wages

Representative Mandela Barnes joined workers demanding higher wages downtown

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SEIU President Mary Kay Henry Speaks at Democratic National Convention

Watch President Mary Kay Henry charge up the crowd at the Democratic National Convention

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Local 150 has new leadership

The newly elected board of SEIU Local 150 WI consists of the following:


President – Anita Blue

Vice President –Becky Flagg

Treasurer – Delores Copening,

Recording Secretary – Lolita Taylor

Executive Board Members

Seat #1 – Edward Hamilton

Seat #2 – Jean Allen

Seat #3 – Bridgette Duncan

We would like to congratulate Michael Thomas on his retirement. We also would like to thank Mr. Thomas, as the outgoing President, for his outstanding service in his three terms as President of the local and his new role as Consultant to the President until the end of the 2016 United States’ Presidential Election

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SEIU Endorses Candidates for August Primary and Statewide Races

Our members and our board interviewed candidates and are proud to support the following:

Mandy Wright- Assembly District 85
David Crowley- Assembly District 17
Diane Odeen-Senate District 10
Darrol Gibson Assembly District 11
LaTonya Johnson- Senate District 6
John Chisholm- Milwaukee DA
Ismael Ozanne- Dane County DA
Tom Nelson- Congressional District 8
Jennifer Shilling- Senate District 32

We believe these candidates will truly represent the views of working people and our members. WE have worked with them in the past and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.

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“Right to Work”
Wrong for Wisconsin.
Let’s focus on raising wages, not another distraction.

Right to Work (RTW) is a national campaign designed to limit the power of unions. Fresh from their victories in Michigan and Indiana, the billionaire Koch brothers and the 1% are aiming to make Wisconsin the next right to work state. Governor Walker has not said he will veto right to work legislation and key Republican leaders in the legislature support it. This is an unnecessary distraction from our most pressing need: raising wages and a real jobs program to put people back to work.
• RTW limits opportunity for all workers by reducing pay and weakening benefits for all workers.
o Median household income is $6,437 less in “right to work states” than in states without these laws.1
o Right to work leads to a 3 percent decrease in hourly wages and decreased benefits for all workers.2
• RTW widens the income gap between the rich and the rest of us.
o Poverty rates are higher in RTW states (15.3 percent overall and 21.5 percent for
children), compared with poverty rates of 13.1 percent overall and 18.1 percent for children in
states without these laws.3
o RTW encourages freeloaders, by allowing workers who benefit from a union contract to pay nothing and take unfair advantage of the system.

• RTW accelerates cuts to workplace safety programs, triggering more injuries – and deaths – on the job.
o Workplace death is 36% higher in states with RTW laws than states without these laws.4
• RTW leads to lower safety standards like reduced staffing in hospitals and nursing homes,
endangering our community’s most vulnerable citizens and their care providers.
o Puts our everyday heroes and the safety of our families at risk by making it harder to negotiate for life-saving emergency equipment, nurse staffing and shorter response times.

• RTW tricks people into believing they will benefit when it does nothing to create jobs and makes bad jobs worse.
o Right to work states have not seen economic growth or job gains. In fact, many have higher unemployment than states that don’t have these laws.5
• RTW attacks workers by dividing them and pitting them against each other just to line the pockets of wealthy CEOs.
• RTW distracts everyone from our most pressing need: a real jobs program to put people back to work.
o In a recent study, Wisconsin ranked 42 out of the 50 states in private-sector job creation, according to the latest available government jobs data.6

1 U.S. Census Bureau, Table H-8. Median Household Income by State, www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/data/historical/household/2010/H08_2010.xls.
2 Economic Policy Institute http://www.epi.org/page/-/old/briefingpapers/BriefingPaper307.pdf#page=6
3 Census Bureau, POV46: Poverty Status by State: 2010, related children under 18, www.census.gov/hhes/www/cpstables/032011/pov/new46_100125_04.htm;
Table 19. Percent of Persons in Poverty, by State: 2008, 2009 and 2010,
4 AFL-CIO, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, April 2012, www.aflcio.org/Issues/Job-Safety/Death-on-the-Job-Report
5 Economic Policy Institute http://www.epi.org/page/-/BriefingPaper300.pdf#page=5
6 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com/business/state-ranked-42nd-in-job-creation-at-midyear-census-report-shows-3h89vns-186044541.html

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Visit iAmerica.org for more information about President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration


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President Palmer on SEIU supporting Mary Burke for Governor

President Palmer calls on SEIU members to support Mary Burke for Governor on November 4th to help restore Wisconsin and help us move forward once again.

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