Tag Archives: front banner

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

 

Leave a comment

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.

Daring Escapes Photo CollageDaring Escapes Photo Collage-4Daring Escapes Photo Collage-2

 

Leave a comment

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

 

Leave a comment

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.

Leave a comment

New SEIU6 Executive Board Takes Oath of Office

EBoard Election Oct 10 20207 Small

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

 

Leave a comment

SEIU6 Executive Board Endorsements: Fall 2020 General Election

IMG_8753

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

 

Leave a comment

Zenia Javalera Elected to Second Term as President of SEIU6

EBoard Election Oct 10 20207 Small

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Leave a comment

SEIU6 August 2020 Primary Election Endorsements

The SEIU6 Executive Board is proud to announce our endorsements for the following candidates. 

Position Candidate
Governor Jay Inslee
Secretary of State Gael Tarleton
Treasurer Mike Pelliciotti
10th Congressional Dist Kristine Reeves
LD 5 House Bill Ramos
LD 10 House Suzanne Woodard
LD 19 Senate Dean Takko
LD 21 House Strom Peterson
LD 21 House Lillian Ortiz-Self
LD 23 House Tarra Simmons
LD 25 Senate Julie Door
LD 26 House Carrie Hesch
LD 28 House Dan Bronoske
LD 30 House Jamila Taylor
LD 30 House Jesse Johnson
LD 31 House Cindy Ryu
LD 35 House Darcy Huffman
LD 36 House Liz Berry
LD 37 House Chukundi Salisbury
LD 37 House Kirsten Harris-Talley
LD 38 House Emily Wicks
LD 41 House My-Linh Thai
LD 43 House Nicole Macri
LD 43 House Frank Chopp
LD 47 House Pat Sullivan
LD 48 House Vandana Slatter
LD 49 House Sharon Wylie
LD 49 House Monica Jurado Stonier

 

Leave a comment

SEIU6 President Zenia Javalera Statement on George Floyd & the Fight for Racial Justice

June 5, 2020

Media contact: esroka@seiu6.org

SEIU6 President Zenia Javalera Statement on Geroge Floyd and the Fight for Racial Justice

 SEIU6 Property Services NW joins voices with the protestors across the country who call for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and Manuel Ellis. We are calling for an end to the deadly mix of white supremacy and police impunity. And we acknowledge that for our Black community members, this moment is a crisis, on top of a crisis, on top of a 400-year-old system of devaluing Black lives, devaluing Black labor, and burdening Black families with a disproportionate share of death, stress, and pain.

We are crying out for George Floyd right now because his murder was caught on video. We are pained to think of the countless others whose lives are taken off camera. And we are pained to think of the everyday experience of racism faced by so many SEIU6 members and our families, who know what discrimination feels like in the workplace & in the world. In a survey of our janitorial members from earlier this year, over 30% reported experiencing racism on the job.

When the murder of George Floyd came to our attention, we were already painfully aware that the COVID-19 crisis was hitting Black and Latino families disproportionately. As a majority POC union, we were already mourning the loss of two members to COVID-19, while dozens more fought the virus. So many

Black workers are essential workers, who were sent to work during a pandemic without PPE, essential pay, or job security. The pandemic’s heavy toll on Black workers was already a racialized injury of mass proportions.

Now, as we see militarized police in full riot gear confront nonviolent protestors, we think of our airport cabin cleaners who had to fight just to get a mask. We think of healthcare workers who treated COVID-19 patients wearing garbage bags. We think of our janitors and security officers who have been calling for hazard pay for weeks. We say it often in our union, but this is a moment where we can see it more clearly than ever before: we cannot have economic justice without racial justice. We cannot have social justice without racial justice.

Right now, SEIU6 members are calling for an end to police brutality, and for an end to the devaluing of Black labor and Black life. We want to see a heavy investment in Black lives, and in the health of Black communities. We are in a crisis on top of a crisis on top of 400 years of injustice. Let’s be united, and let’s stay focused. Black Lives Matter.

In Solidarity,

Zenia Javalera

President, SEIU6 Property Services NW

SEIU6 Property Services NW is part of the largest union in the country, Service Employees International Union, which represents over 2 million service workers in North America. SEIU6 represents more than 8,000 janitors, security officers, and allied industry workers in Washington State.

 # # #

Leave a comment

UNION BARBERS FIGHT BACK AGAINST PAY CUTS AT JBLM

Barbers who cut hair at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Tacoma are proud SEIU6 members. As union members, they’ve won better and better contracts over the years and secured dignified pay and steady careers.

All this changed, however, when a new company, Sammi Beauty Global, took over the contract. This company is intent on paying the barbers less than what their union contract allows, and management is intimidating anyone who refuses to go along with their scheme. They’ve gone so far as to call the military police on their own workers, making false accusations just to scare the workers into accepting less than what they deserve.

But the barbers know better. Through pay cuts and intimidation, they are standing strong. They’ve worked with our union to force the employer to pay their guaranteed wages, and they’ve filed numerous claims with the NLRB, which has taken action on behalf of the barbers. They’ve even spoken to the press, appearing in a KUOW radio story.

Mison and Espy_Edited“We know that we must use our voices, be brave, and fight! We can’t fear our employers; we must stick together.”— Mison Batista, pictured left. ”We need to stand strong, and stand together.”—Espy Mamerto, pictured right.

Leave a comment