22 Sep

More Than 5,300 Houston Janitors Choose to Form a Union with SEIU

2005_houston_-_maria_luisa_berlanga_w_andresSeeking 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.

22 Sep

SEIU Local 715 Video Center

Over 750 University and Hospital Workers Joined By Students March on Stanford

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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.