March 2017

6 Ways Missouri Workers are Already Fighting Back in 2017:

1. St. Louis workers won BIG this week

The Missouri Supreme Court sided with Missouri’s working families and ruled to raise the minimum wage in St. Louis from $7.65 to $10 immediately, followed by an increase to $11 next year! Read more about it here.

2. SLUH workers are getting the raises they deserve

In January, many workers at SLUH did not receive the raises we negotiated in our latest contract. Together, SLUH workers fought back through our union and on February 24, the workers who are impacted will see their back pay and raise reflected in their paychecks!

3. Candidates join the fight with SEIU Healthcare Missouri

We got to knockin’ and made the rounds in St. Louis canvassing with mayoral candidate Tishaura Jones and 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, both endorsed by SEIU Healthcare. Election Day in St. Louis is coming up soon — Tuesday March 7.


4. Members at Menorah & Research Hospital in KC are gearing-up for negotiations

The hard working members of Menorah and Research Hospitals in Kansas City are gearing up for the next round of negotiations over wages and benefits with the Hospital Corporation of America.

This agreement will set the tone for the next several years, and our ability to win improved wages, staffing, and healthcare benefits will greatly impact our families and patient care at our facilities. The HCA bargaining team has started training and crafting proposals to present at the negotiations table in the coming weeks.


5. SEIU MO Healthcare workers unite to help stop former Secretary of Labor nominee

St. Louis SEIU members joined hundreds of fast food workers at Hardee’s corporate headquarters in February to demand that Donald Trump’s Secretary of Labor nominee, Andrew Puzder, either withdraw or be rejected by the Senate.

Puzder, CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., and his fast food chains have a track record of rampant wage theft, sexual harassment, tax avoidance, and sexism, all of which workers pointed out should exclude him from becoming Secretary of Labor. After growing protests against the nominee, he was forced to withdraw from consideration, demonstrating the power of collective action taken by thousands of workers nationwide.

Elinor Simmons and Alice Allen protesting puzder

6.  Missouri Healthcare Workers Step Up to Protect the ACA

While Donald Trump promises a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, every day citizens all over the country are speaking out and voicing concerns. SEIU nursing home, hospital, and home care workers have joined in, demanding that federal officials unveil a replacement plan that covers as many people as the ACA and is more affordable.

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Member Profile: Missouri Home Care Worker Alice Allen

Alice AllenWhy I’m fighting to protect the Affordable Care Act

My name is Alice Allen. I am a home health aide, a great grandmother, and a devoted sister. And recently, I have become an activist as well. I’ve joined in protest and even been arrested because the stakes are too high for me to politely sit on the sidelines. I’m fighting for my brother’s life—and the lives
of millions more who could be jeopardized if Donald Trump and Capitol Hill allies like U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt gut the Affordable Care Act.

When my brother was diagnosed with throat cancer, he became uninsurable. It was a struggle to get him the care he needed, and we had to stretch every dollar we had to narrowly avoid bankruptcy. What saved my brother and my family’s finances was the Affordable Care Act. The ACA allowed my brother to get insured by making health care more affordable while preventing big insurance companies from denying my brother care because of his ‘pre-existing condition.’

The ACA has given us—and millions like us— peace of mind, stability, and financial security. And now it’s under attack. President Trump and Republican senators like our own Roy Blunt want to “repeal and replace” the ACA, but so far they don’t seem to have any ideas, much less agreement, about what to replace it with. If they succeed in repealing the ACA without a plan that preserves our healthcare, it will cost 500,000 Missourians like my brother the health insurance they need to survive. It will also cost 48,000 Missouri workers—including 15,000 health care workers like me—the jobs they need to put food on the table.

President Trump and Senator Blunt are playing politics with people’s lives. For me, this is personal. If my brother’s insurance were taken away, it would be a matter of life and death. So I’m treating it like one.

Recently, I made my second trip to Washington, DC to confront Senator Blunt. I joined a sit-in with 46 other protesters in the Capitol building andAlice Allen getting arrested
refused to leave until Republican leaders told us what their plan for replacing the ACA while preserving our care looked like. I’ve never felt as proud as I did when the Capitol Police clicked the handcuffs around my wrists and hauled me and my fellow protesters off to jail.

Whether it’s in the halls of Capitol Hill or when they come back to big protests at events in their home states, Washington politicians like Sen. Blunt are getting just a taste of the anger boiling in America over their reckless grandstanding about health care. If they’re bent on wrecking the law that has saved our lives and livelihoods, they need to explain to us what they plan to replace it with.

To Senator Blunt, my message is simple: we urge you to consider the human lives at stake in the fight over the Affordable Care Act—and do your part to ensure that all Americans remain insured. Congress must show us a plan to keep everyone covered before voting to take away the healthcare we
count on. The lives of my brother and hundreds of thousands of Missourians are in your hands.

I won’t stop fighting, and I hope my fellow healthcare workers in Missouri and across the country will keep fighting with me.

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Rocío Sáenz de SEIU: Presidente Trump amenaza la unidad de familias inmigrantes

Washington, D.C. — En respuesta al discurso del Presidente Trump ante la sesión conjunta del Congreso, Rocío Sáenz, vicepresidenta ejecutiva internacional del Sindicato Internacional de Empleados y Servicios (SEIU, por su sigla en inglés) y presidenta de iAmerica, emitió la siguiente declaración: 


“Sus propuestas amenazan con separar familias, expulsar a jóvenes que han crecido en nuestros hogares y prometen contribuir a nuestra sociedad, y cerrar la puerta a refugiados y desplazados que buscan en Estados Unidos la promesa de libertad.

“Los miembros de SEIU se solidarizan con las familias inmigrantes de nuestra comunidad y le recuerdan al Presidente Trump que sus propuestas no harán a este país más próspero o más seguro. Nuestra nación necesita reforzar los derechos laborales, acceso a servicios de salud accesibles y de calidad, seguridad ambiental, justicia racial, y una política inmigratoria sensible que abra las puertas a refugiados y saque de las sombras a nuestras familias inmigrantes.

“Por esto, el mensaje de Astrid Silva y su respuesta en español me llena de orgullo y esperanza. La Dreamer y su historia de perseverancia y éxito, es un mejor reflejo de nuestras comunidades inmigrantes y con valores igual que todo Americano.

“Silva es un ejemplo de valentía. Ella, al igual que 750,000 dreamers que luchan por seguir contribuyendo a la prosperidad de nuestro país, podría ser afectada si el Presidente Trump cancela DACA. Aún así lucha por su sueño americano y el de muchos como ella. Silva también lucha por sus padres, por nuestras comunidades y la unidad de nuestras familias.

“Ante las amenazas que enfrenta nuestra comunidad, escuchemos las palabras de unidad de Silva, y recordemos los valores que hacen grande a nuestra nación.

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