SEIU is urging all of it’s members to vote NO on the voter restriction and anti-marriage amendments this fall. We believe they will have unintended consequences.
Why do unions care about these amendments? We care because unions are about the dignity of all people. We are a movement that is about dignity and respect. We fight for the dignity of our workers and respect for the work each member does. We stand for civil and human rights for all people, because we understand that what diminishes one, diminishes all.
The purpose of this demonstration of the labor community’s support to defeat the freedom-limiting amendments regarding marriage and voter ID. Provide tools for attendees to take action, from immediately following the event through November 6. Although labor-sponsored, all are welcome.
Overview of Event
Meet at Rice Park (109 4th St. West,St. Paul,MN55102)
- 12:30 Gather: Live music, crowd mixing; information tables for amendments
- 1:00 Program: Welcome: National Anthem, recognize distinguished guests; Union leader on why we are here; Brief testimonials by rank and file members on both issues; Musical guests; Mass tweet/Facebook posting; Main speech from political leader; Call to action; Closing sing-along
- 1:45 Follow-up: Sign-up opportunities for volunteer action (phoning, door-knocking, conversation training)
As you may know, our friends at Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) have been working for improved wages and working conditions for retail cleaning workers across the Twin Cities. CTUL has for some time, been calling on Diversified Maintenance which employs workers who clean Sears, Kmart, Target and Best Buy stores across the Twin Cities, to meet with their employees to discuss fair wages and safe working conditions.
In October 2011, ten Minnesota workers filed a lawsuit against Diversified, charging that the company required many of them work up to 80 hours per week without overtime pay. And last month, seventeen Diversified workers filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) alleging violations of their right to a safe workplace.
These types of allegations are, unfortunately, not new. Earlier this year CTUL uncovered that Diversified Maintenance Systems has had six lawsuits and one Department of Labor investigation alleging violations of Wage and Hour Law just in the past five years.
It’s time for us to stand with our brothers and sisters at CTUL to call on Diversified Maintenance System to meet with the workers. Join us on September 29th for the CTUL Day of Action & Reflection to stand up for justice for retail cleaning workers! We’ll march outside the Kmart store in Minneapolis for the action, and then hold a convening to reflect upon this campaign and other successful social justice campaigns from across the country.
CTUL Day of Action & Reflection
September 29th, 2012
8:30am – 10:00 am Action
Please gather behind the Kmart store at 29th St & Nicollet Ave, Mpls for the action
10:30 am – 3:00 pm Reflection
Transportation to the convening provided to Lyndale United Church of Christ
610 W 28th St (28th St & Lyndale Ave S) Mpls
Please join us and celebrate over 30 years of leadership, guidance, and laughter at the Retirement Celebration for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota President Julie K. Schnell.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
5-9:00pm (short program at 7:30pm)
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
345 Randolph Avenue, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55102
Please join us for a fun night of friends and baseball at the St. Paul Saints Game!
Tuesday, June 12th at 7:05pm
Pre-Game Tailgating in Area C before the game starts, located along Energy Park Drive.
Order & print tickets online at SAINTSGROUPS.com (password: seiu284)
$10 Package includes ($23 Value):
• General Admission Ticket
• Hot Dog and Soda Voucher
• Saints Hat
$11 Package includes ($25 Value):
• General Admission Ticket
• Hot Dog and Soda Voucher
• Darryl Strawberry Bobblehead
It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, and while many Americans are uncertain about what the new year will bring, Big Banksters can expect huge bonuses as 2011 ends. It’s time to call attention to these outrageous pay outs while funding is cut to revenue-starved public services.
December Bank Bonuses Action
Friday, December 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Meet at the Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN
To draw attention to the outrageous bonuses that bank executives are expected to receive this month. We are expecting around $100 billion total to get handed out this year.
Help us plan by signing up here!
Breaking news via SEIU Minnesota State Council:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Service Employees Express Support for Occupy Wall Street’s Minnesota Occupation
Occupy Wall Street Raising Issues of Greed, Inequity, Need for Jobs
Saint Paul, MN – Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council and Locals cheer on the voice of the Occupy Wall Street movement in speaking to the failure of our elected officials and large financial institutions to address the current economic and unemployment crisis that they created and stand for the 99% of Americans harmed by the jobs and economic crisis by demanding that the other 1%, Wall Street CEOs and millionaires, pay their fair share to create good jobs now.
SEIU Minnesota State Council and Healthcare Minnesota President Julie Schnell stated, “The Occupy Wall Street movement, and the related efforts of OccupyMN, spring from anger that those who caused the economic crisis, giant banks and Wall Street CEOs, have utterly failed to either face the consequences of their actions or pay their fair share to put Americans back to work and create the good jobs we so desperately need.”
SEIU Local 284 Executive Director Carol Nieters added, “Millions of Americans, including members of SEIU and the labor movement have been demanding that Wall Street and powerful interests be held accountable for the damage their reckless behavior has wracked on our economy and begin to pay their fair share. By putting their bodies on the line, Occupy Wall Street activists have given a powerful new expression to the hopes of people all over the country.”
Occupy Wall Street, operating locally under the name OccupyMN, is planning to occupy the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza starting Friday, October 7, 2011. On October 5, 2011, SEIU issued a union-wide endorsement of support for Occupy Wall Street and its message about shrinking income inequality, investing in public education, and making the rich pay their fair share in taxes.
The full release by SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry can be found at http://www.seiu.org/2011/10/seius-statement-to-americans-occupying-wall-street.php, with additional information at http://www.seiu.org/2011/10/seiu-supports-occupywallstreet.php.
For more information, please contact SEIU MN State Council Executive Director Brian Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-703-4987.