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SEIU6 ENDORSEMENTS 2021

The SEIU6 Political Committee recommends the following candidates, approved by the SEIU6 Executive Board. 

Seattle

Seattle Mayor      Lorena González

Seattle City Council Position 8     Teresa Mosqueda

Seattle City Council Position 9     Brianna Thomas

Seattle City Council Position 9      Nikkita Oliver

King County

King County Executive     Dow Constantine

King County Council Position 3      Sarah Perry

King County Council Position 5      Dave Upthegrove

King County Council Position 9      Ubax Gardeheere

King County Hospital District 1      Monique Taylor-Swan 

King County Ballot Initiative — Best Start for Kids      Approve

Spokane

Spokane City Council Position 2      Betsy Wilkerson 

Spokane City Council Position 3       Zachary Zappone

Tacoma

Tacoma Mayor      Victoria Woodards

Port of Seattle

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 1      Ryan Calkins

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 3      Hamdi Mohamed

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 4      Toshiko Hasegawa

SeaTac 

SeaTac City Council Position 2      Jake Simpson

SeaTac City Council Position 4     Mohammad Egal

SeaTac City Council Position 6.    Iris Guzman

 

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SEIU6 Vaccine Clinic

On April 17th and 18th SEIU6 hosted a vaccine clinic in partnership with Discovery Health. Over 400 members in the airport, security and janitorial sectors were vaccinated, plus family members. SEIU6 president Zenia Javalera got her vaccine alongside union members. City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda was in attendance to support SEIU6 essential workers. 

At SEIU6, we remain committed to  removing barriers of access for our largely immigrant, majority BIPOC union, so that all members who want the vaccine will be able to get this protection.

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SEIU6 Statement on the Conviction of Derek Chauvin for the Murder of George Floyd

SEIU6 Statement on the Conviction of Derek Chauvin for the Murder of George Floyd

 SEIU6 stands in solidarity with the family of George Floyd, the community of Minneapolis, and the millions of people worldwide who took action to protest Mr. Floyd’s murder, as we share a moment of relief in Derek Chauvin being held accountable for taking Mr. Floyd’s life.

We recognize that this is less than justice. Justice for George Floyd would mean he was never murdered in the first place. We recognize that Chauvin’s guilty verdict is too rare—he is one of just 8 police officers who has faced a murder conviction since 2005, while police kill nearly 1,000 people every year. We recognize that this guilty verdict would have been even less likely were it not for the bravery of Darnella Frazier, who, at 17 years old, filmed Floyd’s murder on her phone, and the mass mobilization of millions of us who took to the streets last summer to cry out for an end to police violence.

We also recognize that this moment of relief is too short, as we reel from the daily pain of police murdering Black and brown people, like 13-year-old Adam Toledo, and 15-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, children who deserved to live out their childhoods, and grow up to be adults.

We’re still bracing ourselves against the escalation of violence on our Asian community members. And we’re still angry at the inequity of a system that sends Black, brown, and immigrant workers out to work in a pandemic in jobs that pay the least, expose them to the most risk, and that are essential to our society’s functioning.

We must believe that it won’t always be this way. We must continue to reimagine our futures, and the ways we can take care of each other. We must imagine an end to white supremacy, a more just world than the one racial capitalism dictates, and a society where all of us—all races, all genders, all abilities, all nationalities, can be safe, can be free, can thrive.

April 22, 2021

 

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SEIU6 CALLS ON STATE TO EXTEND VACCINE ELIGIBILITY TO ALL ESSENTIAL WORKERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: esroka@seiu6.org

 SEIU6 CALLS ON STATE TO EXTEND VACCINE ELIGIBILITY TO ALL  ESSENTIAL WORKERS

As Washington State expands vaccine eligibility next week, essential janitors and security officers will once again be left off the list. While SEIU6 has partnered with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) to appeal to Governor Inslee and the State Department of Health to expedite access for these workers, janitors and security officers are being told to wait.

Representing a largely immigrant, majority BIPOC workforce, SEIU6 understands vaccine access as a racial justice and immigrant rights issue. The same workforce that’s been called upon to report to work every day to clean and protect commercial buildings during a pandemic has been denied early protection against the virus.

“It’s hard to be told to wait your turn when we’ve been on the frontlines of this pandemic since day one. Every day, we leave our families to clean and sanitize essential businesses. Many of us take the bus to work, and a lot of us face crowded break rooms and lax safety standards. At the end of the day, you’re just praying you don’t catch it and bring it back to your family. We’ve been feeling this stress for more than a year. We need this vaccine yesterday.” —Ambar Arellano, Janitor and SEIU6 Executive Board Member

Security officers, many of whom have taken on additional duties including mask enforcement and COVID screenings, continue to wait for vaccine access.

“I can’t stress how important it is for security officers to get vaccinated. Just to breathe that sigh of relief after one year of putting our families in jeopardy, going out every day to do this job. The second I’m eligible, I’m going to be in that line.” —Demetrus Dugar, Security Officer and SEIU6 Executive Board Member

SEIU6 airport workers are included in the current phase of vaccine eligibility. After a year of disproportionately high COVID-19 rates in Black and brown communities, many Sea-Tac passenger service workers are taking steps to get vaccinated.

“It’s been a stressful year at Sea-Tac with too many workers crowded together, too many coworkers getting sick with COVID. We’re grateful we have the vaccine now and we want all essential workers to have the same.” —Edwin Gomez, Sea-Tac Airport Worker

“We appreciate all that Governor Inslee and the Department of Health have done to keep Washington safe during this pandemic. We know that their handling of this crisis has saved the lives of countless Washingtonians, and that their vaccination plan aims to do the same. But we’re calling on them to expand access to essential workers of all ages immediately, because these are the communities who have been hit the hardest, not just by COVID infection and mortality rates, but by the stress of providing for your family as an underpaid essential worker during this pandemic. These are the folks who have kept the lights on for the rest of Washington.” —SEIU6 President Zenia Javalera

 

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AIRPORT WORKERS MAKE PROGRESS at ERMC

RESPECT + CONNECT MEETINGS HELP BUILD A HEALTHY WORKPLACE

After tensions over COVID safety and other issues at ERMC, cabin cleaners and management came together to hold the first of a series of informal meetings they hope will build trust and a healthier working environment. Called “Respect +Connect Meetings,” these talks between coworkers and managment aim to solve problems before they turn into crises.

IMG_2624“We started this meeting to build the relationship between workers and management so we can understand each other. We’re asking to be respected—no matter who you are or where you come from. We are a multicultural workforce and many of us speak English as a second language. The key is communication and respect.”

—Nibhan Gudle

Want to start a Connect + Respect meeting at your airport worksite? Call Marilyn Coronell at 206-448- 7348 ext 324.

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AIRPORT WORKERS SPEAK OUT FOR COVID SAFETY

COVID safety measures were so inadequate for some Sea-Tac cabin cleaners that they had to do something. Workers faced crowded vans, crowded breakrooms, and company secrecy surrounding positive COVID cases.

After uniting around these issues and holding labor management meetings, cabin cleaners have been able to push the companies to adopt stronger worker protections. Workers speaking out played a major role, breaking the story in our newsletter, on social media, in the news and even before Congress. Selam Andarge deserves respect for testifying about her working conditions to the United States House Ways and Means Committe. Likewise, Sadia Bultum (pictured above), spoke out to CNN Travel.

 

IMG_2424 2“We need rules,” Bultum told CNN. “Like, avoid close contact employee-to- employee. Respect the rule of 6ft distance. Let the employees know if we’re exposed so we can quarantine. Keep the breakroom clean and our areas clean and disinfected.”

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NEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION LAW TAKES EFFECT IN WASHINGTON STATE

 IMG_2625SEIU6 janitors and security officers made history in 2019 when we pushed for greater protections against workplace sexual harassment and assault. Our brave members spoke out in the media and before the Washington State legislature to help pass ESSB 5258, a law that aims to keep workers safe, especially those who work in isolated settings.

The new law requires employers do the following:

—Adopt a sexual harassment policy.
—Require training for all employees, including managers, supervisors, and foremen.
—Provide a list of resources to employees on federal, state, and local enforcement and advocacy groups to reach out to if sexual harassment occurs.
—Provide a panic button to all janitors, hotel housekeepers, and other isolated workers. (Security officers are exempt from this requirement since they already carry similar equipment.)

The new panic button is intended for janitors to use to call for help in case of emergency. If you have questions about how your employer is using it, please contact our union by calling your organizer, sending us a message on Facebook, or calling our main line at (206) 448-7348.

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New SEIU6 Executive Board Takes Oath of Office

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President Javalera, shown above with her leadership team, including officers, executive board, and trustees, were elected by acclamation on October 10, 2020.

Zenia Javalera and her slate of leaders were sworn in at the General Membership meeting held on January 9, 2021. The newly elected team is as follows:

 President                                        –          Zenia Javalera

 

Secretary-Treasurer                  –         Jorge Dueñas

 

Vice President                             –            Elsa Ogbe

 

Vice President                            –             Lalesa Gurmessa

 

Retired Member-at-Large        –         Bruce Berkbigler

 

Non-Retired Member-at- Large  –   Carlos Villa Trujillo

 

SEIU6 Executive Board:

Ambar Arellano

Mulat Ayalew

Jamila “Mimi” Culcleasure 

Demetrus Dugar

Amir Kalabic

Robert Lund 

Isela Morales 

Makda Redae 

Eleine Senebeto

Trustees: 

Tulu Dinagde

Maria Gamiz 

Chung Wong

 

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AMAZON SECURITY 2020 MASTER CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS

 

UNION RIGHTS FACTSHEET

Since winning their union, hundreds of AUS officers at Amazon have reached out to learn about and enforce workplace rights. Dozens have used the grievance procedure to fight back
against unfair disciplinary actions. Do your part in bringing fair and equal treatment to your workplace by knowing your rights, and standing up for your coworkers.

WEINGARTEN RIGHTS: You have a right to union representation in any meeting with management that could result in your being disciplined or terminated. Here’s how to assert this right: “If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my shop steward/union organizer be present at the meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to respond to any questions or statements.”

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: We do not tolerate sexual harassment coming from supervisors or coworkers. AUS officers are fighting back at sites where sexual harassment has been prevalent. To make a report, call your organizer, send us a message on Facebook, or call the SEIU6 Womxn’s Committee at 206-448- 7348 ext 323.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: You have the opportunity to fight back against unfair discipline including termination. The grievance procedure gives you can opportunity to tell your side of the story. Call your organizer to lean more.

LABOR-MANAGEMENT: Use this as a tool for tackling issues that impact multiple officers in your workplace. Labor management can be used to root out racism, religious discrimination, and to fight back against an abusive supervisor, or to simply solve problems related to scheduling and other procedures.

AMAZON SECURITY 2020 MASTER CONTRACT

HIGHLIGHTS

PAY INCREASES:
$0.50 Raise on July 1, 2021 $.50 raise on July 1, 2022

PAID HOLIDAYS
1 paid holiday in 2021 (Christmas Day)
2 paid holidays in 2022 (Christmas Day + 1 additional)

OVERTIME SCHEDULING Prioritized according to seniority No more mandatory overtime

GUARANTEED PAY FOR WRONGFUL SUSPENSIONS

PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE
AUS must follow progressive discipline rules as outlined in CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement)

MORE PROTECTION FROM CLIENT REQUESTS FOR REMOVAL

ALL OTHER ECONOMIC BENEFITS (VACATION, PERSONAL DAY, HEALTH INSURANCE) GO INTO EFFECT WHEN THE SECURITY CONTRACT IS RENEGOTIATED IN APRIL 2022

CONTACT

OUR UNION IS AS STRONG AS ITS MEMBERSHIP. WE NEED ACTIVE & INFORMED OFFICERS TO HOLD YOUR EMPLOYER ACCOUNTABLE & ENFORCE THE CONTRACT. TO GET INVOLVED, REACH OUT TO YOUR ORGANIZER.

BRYCE WALKER bwalker@seiu6.org 206-448-7348 ext 321

MIKE PRAULT mprault@seiu6.org 206-448-7348 ext 320

Send us a message on Facebook @SEIU6 Property Services NW

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SEIU6 Executive Board Endorsements: Fall 2020 General Election

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District Candidate Position
State Wide Jay Inslee Governor
State Wide Marko Liias Lt. Governor
State Wide Gael Tarleton Secretary of State
State Wide Mike Pellicciotti Tresurer
State Wide Bob Ferguson Attorney General
State Wide Chris Reykdal Superintendent of Public Instruction
 State Supreme Court  Raquel Montoya-Lewis  Justice Position 3
Congressional District 1 Suzan DelBene US Representative
Congressional District 2 Rick Larsen US Representative
Congressional District 3 Carolyn Long US Representative
Congressional District 7 Pramilia Jayapal US Representative
Congressional District 8 Kim Schrier US Representative
Congressional District 9 Adam Smith US Representative
Congressional District 10 Beth Doglio US Representative
Legislative District 3 Andy Billig State Senate
Legislative District 3 Marcus Riccelli Representative
Legislative District 3 Timm Ormsby Representative
Legislative District 5 Ingrid Anderson Senate
Legislative District 6 Zack Zappone State Representative Pos. 1
LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 5 Bill Ramos State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 10 Helen Price Johnson Senate
Legislative District 11 David Hackney State Representative
Legislative District 19 Dean Takko State Senator
Legislative District 21 Strom H. Peterson State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 21 Lillian Ortiz-Self State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 23 Tarra Simmons Rep
Legislative District 23 Christine Rolfes State Senator
Legislative District 25 Julie Door Senate
Legislative District 25 Brian Duthie Rep
Legislative District 25 Jamie Smith Rep
Legislative District 26 Carrie Hesch Rep
Legislative District 27 Laurie Jinkins State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 27 Jake Fey State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 28 T’wina Nobles Senate
Legislative District 28 Dan Bronoske Rep
Legislative District 28 Mari Leavitt State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 29 Melanie Morgan State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 30 Jamila Taylor Rep
Legislative District 30 Jesse Johnson Rep
Legislative District 32 Cindy Ryu State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 33 Mia Su-Ling Gregerson State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 34 Eileen L Cody State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 34 Joe Fitzgibbon State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 35 Colton Myers State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 35 Darcy Huffman State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 36 Liz Berry Rep
Legislative District 37 Kirsten Harris-Talley State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 38 Mike Sells State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 38 June Robinson State Senator
Legislative District 41 Tana Senn State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 41 My-Linh Thai State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 42 Alicia Rule Rep
Legislative District 42 Sharon Shewmake State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 43 Nicole Macri State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 43 Frank Chopp State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 46 Javier Valdez State Representative Pos. 2
LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 47 Debra Entenman State Representative Pos. 1
LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 47 Pat Sullivan State Representative Pos. 2
Legislative District 48 Vandana Slatter State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 49 Sharon Wylie State Representative Pos. 1
Legislative District 49 Monica Stonier State Representative Pos. 2

 

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