[...] endorsed a comprehensive program to engage in unprecedented levels of coordination with strategic partners and to recruit, train and mobilize more than 100,000 member-leaders across the union who will reach out to friends, neighbors and co-workers to demand justice for the 99%.On Thursday, The Bilerico Project's Bil Browning reported from the convention that:
During yesterday's gathering the delegates passed a resolution that the many SEIU locals bargain for trans-inclusive heath care as part of their contracts. The SEIU International offices already offer trans-inclusive health care benefits to employees.Having SEIU locals bargaining for trans-inclusive health care is a step toward such care not being so difficult to get—the more employers, the more insurance programs, the more doctors who are expected to be trans-inclusive, the more likely people who don't have SEIU bargaining for their health care will be to find those doctors.
I went to watch as the delegates debated the issue and came away incredibly impressed. While I expected there to be push back on the measure, instead it was brought to the floor and the delegates were allowed 40 minutes to debate. Every single person who got up to speak was in favor of the resolution; no one spoke in opposition. It easily passed.
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- Unionized art handlers at Sotheby's are going back to work after a 10-month lockout. Most importantly, Teamster workers won't be replaced with temps.
- Like wrestlers, mixed martial arts fighters are seriously exploited and could really use a union.
- If you're afraid of heights like me, where just looking up at a crane operating hundreds of feet in the air makes you a little queasy, reading this New York Times story about crane operators (members of the International Union of Operating Engineers) on 1 World Trade Center may be uncomfortable. But their skill, and the safety precautions that are necessary in their work, is fascinating.
- Speaking of jobs not for the acrophobic and requiring a lot of skill and safety training, the Ironworkers are investing in training for work on wind turbine construction.
- May 30, 1937:
Chicago police opened fire on strikers in front of the Republic Steel mill, killing 10 workers. Part of the “Little Steel” strike, where smaller steel corporations refused to follow U.S. Steel into signing contracts with the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (later United Steelworkers of America), the Memorial Day Massacre was one of the last great spasms of organized, lethal state violence against labor in American labor history.And it was caught on film.
- Stimulus at work:
- Government over-regulation at work: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited New York chicken processor Murray's Chickens for eight violations, six of them serious. Not all employers suck on safety, though. OSHA also singled out Nextera Energy Horse Hollow, a wind power generation facility and NuStar Energy, a petroleum pipeline company, for good workplace safety.
- What's so important about collective bargaining?
- Katha Pollitt on wage theft:
In the first episode of the HBO comedy Girls, young Brooklyn hipster and would-be writer Hannah, outraged when her visiting parents cut off her allowance, steals the tips they’ve left for the hotel housekeepers. It’s a funny scene—partly because it tells us something about the ruthlessness beneath Hannah’s blurry indecisiveness, but also because it’s just so outrageous. What kind of crummy, selfish person would take rent and food money from hard-working women? In comedy: an overindulged Oberlin grad. In real life: the housekeepers’ supervisor.
- The underreported story of Scott Walker and foreclosure fraud.
- Josh Eidelson strikes again: Can unions fight Super PACs?