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SEIU6 Janitors Win Industry-leading Contract; will Celebrate at Westlake Park on July 16

SEIU6 Janitors Win Industry-leading Contract; will Celebrate at Westlake Park on July 16SEATTLE— On Saturday, July 10, SEIU6 janitors voted overwhelmingly to approve a tentative agreement reached by the SEIU6 Janitorial Bargaining Team and representatives of their employers. The new contract includes wage increases of up to $3 over the next three years for experienced janitors, stronger protections against COVID-19, higher pension contributions, and no cuts to healthcare, which will continue to cover janitors and their families with premiums fully paid by employers.

WHO: SEIU6 janitors, King County Executive Dow Constantine, City Council President Lorena Gonzalez, State Senator Rebecca Saldaña, SEIU6 President Zenia Javalera, families, union members and community allies
 
WHAT: Justice for Janitors Contract Win Celebration
 
WHEN: Friday, July 16, 1:00pm
 
WHERE: Westlake Park, 401 Pine St, Seattle WA 98001
 
SEIU6 janitors and supporters will gather to celebrate the new contract on Friday, July 16. The contract covers over 4,000 janitors in King County and will remain in effect until summer 2024.  The total increase in wages and benefits for SEIU6 union janitors over the life of the contract is over $37 million.
   
“After almost a year and a half working through COVID, this new contract shows respect for janitors. We made all gains, no losses, and I’m proud that we were able to win significant wage increases and to fight off attacks on our healthcare. It’s not enough to be called heroes. All essential workers need the power to bargain for strong contracts like this one.” —Musa Tunkara, SEIU6 janitor and bargaining team member
     
“This contract was not won by chance or luck. It was won by a group of workers who’ve gone through the pandemic together, and who came out united like never before. SEIU6 janitors know what it means to be called essential yet still have to fight for basic safety protections. They came to this contract with demands for respect, protection, and higher pay, and there’s no way they would’ve left the bargaining  table without it.”  —Zenia Javalera, SEIU6 President

 

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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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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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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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Zenia Javalera Elected to Second Term as President of SEIU6

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President Javalera and her leadership team were elected by acclamation with no opposition at the SEIU6 Nominations Meeting on October 10, 2020.

Janitors, airport workers, security officers, and allied industry workers represented by SEIU6 Property Services NW elected Zenia Javalera and her slate of officers, executive board members, and trustees to lead the union in the upcoming 2021-2023 term. With no opposition, President Javalera’s slate was elected by acclamation, having delivered a support petition signed by nearly 1,000 members to the SEIU6 Election Committee.

“I am proud to stand with this leadership team, who each carry with them the first-hand experience of airport workers, janitors, security officers, and essential workers on the frontlines of this pandemic. We share a commitment to building power in our local, and a vision for engaging in the urgent fight for racial, social, and economic justice.”—President Zenia Javalera

President Javalera was a longtime organizer with SEIU6 before rising to leadership. In 2019, she was elected president by the executive board following the retirement of former SEIU6 President Sergio Salinas. Since becoming president, Javalera has led SEIU6 through the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting for safety protections for the local’s frontline workers, winning a pay increase for janitors, and overseeing the addition of 1300 new security officers on Amazon’s campus as members of SEIU6.

The newly elected slate of SEIU6 leadership 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

 

Executive Board:

Ambar Arellano

Amir Kalabic

Demetrus Dugar

Eleine Senebeto

Isela Morales

Jamila “Mimi” Culcleasure

Makda Redae

Mulat Ayalew

Robert Lund

 

Trustees:   

Chung Wong

Maria Gamiz

Tulu Dinagde

 

In accordance with the SEIU6 Constitution and Bylaws, the new slate will be sworn in to begin their term in January, 2021.

 

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UNION BARBERS DEFEAT BAD BOSS AT JBLM

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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.

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“Are You Registered to Vote?”

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