The SEIU6 Political Committee recommends the following candidates, approved by the SEIU6 Executive Board.
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 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 City Council Position 2 Betsy Wilkerson
Spokane City Council Position 3 Zachary Zappone
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 City Council Position 2 Jake Simpson
SeaTac City Council Position 4 Mohammad Egal
SeaTac City Council Position 6. Iris Guzman
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.
“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.”
Want to start a Connect + Respect meeting at your airport worksite? Call Marilyn Coronell at 206-448- 7348 ext 324.
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.
“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.”
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
$0.50 Raise on July 1, 2021 $.50 raise on July 1, 2022
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
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
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 email@example.com 206-448-7348 ext 321
MIKE PRAULT firstname.lastname@example.org 206-448-7348 ext 320
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The barbers at JBLM had long enjoyed good contracts with strong union rights. That changed 2 1/2 years ago, when their contract was taken over by a new company. The new boss cut their pay, eliminated their credit card tips, and tried to pit them against each other—all to break their union.
“He came in here with an iron fist,” said Batista. “He had the military police called on us twice in one week, accused us of stealing. It was so stressful. I had a panic attack and had to go to the hospital. My husband and my children are all military. They told me to quit my job. But I couldn’t let someone wreck our lives like that.”
“When he cut our pay, some barbers lost their homes. We fought as a union and won the money back. But in 6 months, he ruined some people’s lives,” said Mamerto.
But the barbers were relentless, tenacious—and united. Our union filed dozens of NLRB charges until the employer finally lost the contract, and a new employer took over. Now the barbers are negotiating a contract that will secure their fair pay and the respect they deserve.
“It’s like people say, United We Stand, Divided We Fall. Support your coworkers and know that your union is your backbone. Don’t ever think, ‘Oh I’m poor, my family is poor,’ or you will stay at the bottom for life. If you have the support of your family and friends, you can change the world,” said Batista.