Posts Tagged ‘SEIU’

New Study: Unions offer training opportunities for childcare workers

The issue of whether childcare workers should be able to form unions has generated considerable debate in recent years. Those who support the rights of these workers to form unions and bargain collectively emphasize the low pay and difficult environments childcare providers often face. Unions help to stabilize conditions, improve job satisfaction, and raise wages to appropriate levels—all of which are vital to providing the best possible care for children.

Unfortunately, very little is known about the tangible differences unions make in the lives of childcare providers. But a new study from the Economic Opportunity Institute (EOI) helps to shed light on the value unions provide to an often-neglected and voiceless group of workers. Read more »


“Take Back the Capitol” ratchets up inTENTsity of D.C. protests

This week the 99 percent took over Washington, DC. With 13.3 million workers in the U.S. still unemployed and income inequality at its highest level since the 1920s, several labor unions and advocacy organizations – including SEIU and USAction – rallied more than 3,000 Americans for their “Take Back the Capitol” action.  From December 5–9, unemployed and underemployed Americans from coast-to coast joined together for lobby visits to Congress, teach-ins, rallies and more. At night, many activists crashed at “The People’s Camp” – a tent city located on the Washington Mall near the Capitol Building. Read more »


A prescription for unionbusting

This holiday is shaping up to be a pretty bleak one for workers, at a time when the economy needs them most. Unemployment is hovering at 10 percent, and yesterday Congress failed extend unemployment benefits. Now, Express Scripts Inc. (ESI), one of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit management companies, announced plans to close a prescription processing facility that employs 650 people in a suburb northeast of Philadelphia.

Express Scripts, which verifies written prescriptions, checks claims histories and formularies, and calls physicians and patients, says they are closing the facility after seeking wage and benefit concessions that would bring labor costs at the plant in “line with costs at its facilities elsewhere in the country.”

That’s what the situation looks like on the outside. But the dirty truth is that the company is knee-deep in unionbusting. Read more »


Punk Rock Solidarity

At a time when our healthcare system is going through myriad changes, it is vital to remember those who are working to put patient care first.

So, how about a punk rock salute?

The Boston-based punk rock band Dropkick Murphys have long been strong advocates for workers’ rights issues such as living wages, increased healthcare benefits, and retirement pensions. And now they have a pretty awesome song to serve as an anthem for their beliefs. Check out the video for their anthem “Tomorrow’s Industry,” written in support of SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East. Read more »


Making noise on K Street

My shirt is still drying and my hair might need a towel, but I didn’t want to waste any time: I just got back from representing American Rights at Work at the K Street Showdown protest in DC.

The rally was organized by the AFL-CIO, SEIU, Jobs with Justice, National People’s Action (NPA),, and others – and the cold rain didn’t hamper attendance one bit. People of all ages, races, and affiliations assembled at McPherson Square, wielding signs and umbrellas, eager to take on Wall Street’s lobbyist allies. Chants ranged from “Bank of America, bad for America!” to “Move banks, get out the way!” with smatterings of “Si se puede!” and accompanied by a wide variety of percussion instruments.

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