Hillary Clinton at Seiu Convention FULL Speech. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton makes remarks to members of the Service Employees Union at the organization’s 2016 convention in Detroit, Michigan. Hillary Clinton addressed the Service Employees International Union on Monday at its national convention in Detroit. Clinton is trying to solidify her support while U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont continues to wage his uphill campaign to defeat her and gain concessions at the July 25-28 national convention in Philadelphia. Clinton’s speech in Detroit comes two weeks before the final group of Democratic presidential primaries on June 7. This includes California’s primary, which democratic socialist Sanders has staked out as his last chance of denying Clinton the nomination outright. seiu vernita randall attended the international convention Monday and said Clinton, the former U.S. senator from New York, is more prepared to work with a Republican Congress than Sanders. “Bernie does have some good points, but because we’re so polarized, I think we need somebody who can be a centrist and reach across the lines and have a conversation to work together,” said Randall, who organizes health care industry unions.
STATEMENT BY SEIU SECRETARY-TREASURER ANNA BURGER ON THE BUDGET VOTE IN CONGRESS TO ELIMINATE HEALTH COVERAGE
“Today Congress approved devastating Medicaid cuts to fund $60 billion in tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans – a disgraceful display of lawmakers’ wrongheaded priorities.
“These cuts clearly do not reflect the values of millions of American voters concerned about ever increasing health care bills.
“This harmful budget bill will take coverage away from thousands of seniors and children who will be forced to go without needed care. Restricting care for our most vulnerable residents will ultimately mean higher costs for families with private insurance, making our health care crisis even worse.
“Congress faced a simple choice today. But instead of getting results for working people on the most critical economic issue facing average Americans, Congress has done the unconscionable – passing a bill that eliminates health coverage for kids and seniors to line the pockets of the very rich.”
Seeking a shot at the American Dream, thousands of low-wage janitors who clean more than 60 percent of Houston’s office space have chosen to form a union with SEIU.
The janitors’ decision was certified in November by the independent American Arbitration Association (AAA).
The victory paves the way for more than 5,300 janitors, nearly all of them Latino immigrants, to bargain for affordable family health care, fair wages, improved working conditions, and a better life for their families.
The janitors’ victory is one of the largest successful organizing efforts by private sector workers in Texas history.
Over 750 University and Hospital Workers Joined By Students March on Stanford
November 2nd Two Rallies Held in Fight for Fair Contract
350 Hospital workers gathered in front of Stanford Hospital from all different departments wearing our scrubs and purple T-shirts. At the same time 300 University workers at White Plaza where 100 students joined them were holding a similar rally. All total over 750 workers and students rallied in support of our fight for a fair contract. Both rallies concluded by marching to the entrance of the University where we joined forces and took over the main intersection and held a spirited rally.
Striking workers from Sutter Hospital joined us in solidarity and spoke of their strike and offered their support. The rally ended with workers determined to continue in our fight. We will be holding more actions in the future. This was the largest rally and march held by a united Stanford work force in the history of our union. It was a huge success.
750 Strong March on Labor Day to Stanford Hospital
Over 750 workers from Stanford Hospital and University, Local 715 members from other Chapters, community allies, and other labor unions rallied and marched on Stanford on Labor Day September 5. Kristy Sermersheim, Executive Secretary of Local 715 led off the rally commending the University and Hospital Stanford workers for uniting to fight for a better contract and that Local 715 is behind this struggle all the way. State Assembly members Sally Lieber and Ira Ruskin addressed the rally and spoke in support of Stanford workers’ struggle for a decent contract. Ira Ruskin called on Stanford to pay “industry standards” for wages and benefits.