Days after millions of workers in California and New York won historic pay increases to $15/hr, the unstoppable momentum for $15 and union rights continued to build as underpaid workers across the globe said they would wage the biggest-ever day of strikes and protests on April 14.
Fast-food workers will go on strike in a record 300 cities and tens of thousands of underpaid workers—including home care, child care, nursing home and higher education workers—will lead hundreds of protests. Around the world, workers will join in, with protests expected in more than 40 countries on six continents.
Join Us April 14th in Hartford Connecticut
When: • 4:00 – 5:30 PM = Rally
• 5:30 – 7:00 PM = Low-Wage Advisory Board Public Testimony
• Legislative Office Building (next to State Capitol)
Where: 300 Capitol Ave, Hartford (free parking garage in back)
American families are being forced to scrape by because big corporations are ripping off workers, ripping off taxpayers, and ripping off communities. To get richer and richer, big corporations manipulate the rules to avoid paying fair wages and their fair share of taxes, forcing working people and taxpayers to foot the bill. As a result, workers and communities are being starved of the money needed to build a bright future, and left with impossible choices over how to care for their children and elderly parents and how to meet their basic expenses.
The workers’ protests, timed to hit just before Tax Day, will zero in on McDonald’s, highlighting how the world’s second-largest employer and the industry leader in the fast food and service economies is driving a race to the bottom that is undercutting wages across the economy and resulting in nearly 64 million workers being paid less than $15. The workers will also highlight how McDonald’s tax avoidance around the globe hurts governments, workers, taxpayers and consumers.
We need you. Join us April 14th in Hartford.
This past week 1199 members voted on two important issues facing our union. First, members had to decide whether our newly organized child care members would be added to the list of workers in our union’s jurisdiction. Secondly, members voted on whether to give our union increased resources so we can take on the challenges and adversaries that threaten our union.
From December 1st- December 7th members cast ballots at voting locations across the state. Below are the voting results.
|QUESTION #1: Add child care workers to the list of workers in our Union’s jurisdiction?|
|CT State Employees||1391||321||27|
|CT Community Programs||189||25||3|
|CT Home Care||112||1||2|
|CT Nursing Homes||1582||65||8|
|Rhode Island (All)||496||47||3|
|QUESTION #2: Establishes a new dues schedule and increase the minimum and maximum dues levels|
|CT State Employees||1127||612||8||70|
|CT Community Programs||139||77||1||19|
|CT Home Care||112||1||1||14|
|CT Nursing Homes||1445||192||16||196|
|Rhode Island (All)||426||100||8||17|
|TOTAL #||3564||1009||38||336 * Provisional ballots were not determinative in any division|
Both questions were passed overwhelmingly by the membership. Question 2 having been adopted will reflect an increase in dues effective January 1, 2016. This new structure will set us on the path toward building a stronger union that is equipped to be successful in the 21st century.
Every vote counts Tuesday, November 4th
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Call 1 -800- 401 8304.
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Help decide your future by voting Tuesday, November 4th
On September 4th over two hundred community activist, union members and fast-food workers took to the streets of Hartford for a minimum wage protest. What started as a few hundred hundred fast-food workers in New York City over two years ago has grown to thousands of people taking action in over 150 cities. Home care workers were speaking out in support of $15 an hour as well, “I came to stand with fast-food workers because home care workers face the same challenges, the same barriers. We aren’t paid enough to afford simple things like rent or groceries. We are fighting to boost our pay the same way McDonald’s workers are,” said Alicia Brown, a home health care worker from Hartford.
Not only do fast-food jobs pay so little that a majority of industry workers are forced to rely on public assistance, but many workers don’t even see all of the money they earn. In addition to the class-action suits filed against McDonald’s alleging widespread and systematic wage theft, a poll by Hart research showed 89% of fast-food workers have had money stolen from their checks.
After workers and supporters marched in to McDonald’s on 172 Washington St. in Hartford, a group of striking fast food workers blocked and refused to leave Washington Street. Local clergy, elected officials and community supporters joined the workers on the strike line and cheered on the workers who participated in the civil disobedience. 13 fast-food workers from Rhode Island and Connecticut were arrested in the protest.
“Every man has a struggle, but I’m fighting to fix my struggle,” said Sal Lopez who works at McDonald’s in Hartford. “I’m going to fight corporate to fix my future. I’m going to stand proud for $15 and a union.”
The Fight for $15 will help raise the wage floor for all workers in Connecticut. That is why non-union and union members joined together to help fight for a brighter future for our families and our community.
Connecticut State Senate passes HB 5051, a new act requiring more financial transparency for nursing homes receiving Medicaid funds.
SEIU 1199 New England President David Pickus issued the following statement after the Connecticut State Senate voted in favor of passing the new law for nursing home transparency:
“Today’s vote sends a strong message to large, out-of-state, for-profit nursing homes that Connecticut is watching where its tax dollars go. With past abuses from certain large, out-of-state chains Connecticut needed to act. State senators took a vital step in safeguarding the $1.6 billion of taxpayer money that nursing homes receive every year. This is a victory for taxpayers, nursing home employees and patients.””
Recent filings in the ongoing Bankruptcy case of HealthBridge nursing homes in Connecticut cast serious doubt on the financial claims made the New Jersey-based company, which HealthBridge used to avoid complying with the terms of a CT federal court injunction.
“We always knew HealthBridge would say or do anything, concoct any tall tale in order to avoid obeying the law,” said Noreen Strempski, a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Danbury Health Care Center. “Now we have the evidence – in the words and documents of their own Vice-President.” (more…)