WIN Week In Review: September 8-10, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
In hundreds of cities across America on Labor Day workers came together to demand higher wages and union rights. Here’s SEIU President Mary Kay Henry at a spirited Fight For $15 Chicago area rally.
[Mary Kay Henry]: “Fight For fifteen and a union! Fifteen!”
SEIU and Fight For $15, joined by hospital workers, launched what they say is a massive worker-driven campaign to support worker-friendly politicians and to oust politicians hostile to workers and the raise wages agenda. Mary Kay Henry laid out what’s driving this massive worker political mobilization.
[Mary Kay Henry]: “We are gonna unite the Fight for $15 and make every politician and elected official choose a side with working people once and for all!
We are sick of an economy and a democracy that are rigged against us!
AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka says despite not supporting Trump, the labor federation has met with Trump’s administration laying out things that would help workers. The AFL-CIO has made it clear that if Trump embraces policies that really help workers, the AFL-CIO will be supportive of those policies. But Trumka says instead of helping workers Trump has been hurting us and the AFL-CIO’s advice on how to really workers has been ignored.
[Rich Trumka]: “When he started attacking things like health and safety standards, coal mine standards and those regulations I had several meetings with the administration. Told them the adverse and bad effect that that had on workers, showed them a position that would reverse that and actually help workers
Unfortunately, in most cases, that (advice) wasn’t taken.”
[Karen Tumlin]: “In ending DACA, Trump has broken the law. We’re now going to court to defend the rights of all DACA recipients.”
Karen Tumlin, Legal Director at the National Immigration Law Center. Tumlin says Trump’s DACA action violates the Administrative Procedures Act and is also unconstitutional.
[Karen Tumlin]: “By a well-documented record of racial animus directed at Mexicans and Latinos.”
On January 25, 2017, Trump said “DREAMERS shouldn’t be very worried because I have a big heart. ” Rusty Hicks, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor says with the termination of DACA we’ve learned Trump’s so-called big heart is cold.
Airport workers in Chicago scored a victory this week as the city council unanimously voted to raise wages for about 8,000 O’Hare and Midway workers.
Airline contractors and sub-contractors will have to pay workers no less than $13.45 an hour starting July 1st of 2018. Cost of living raises will have to automatically be paid annually after that. The Chicago ordinance also requires airlines to have “labor peace” agreements not to interfere with union organizing drives.
SEIU Local 1 says it’s a major win for workers and a step forward in their Fight For $15 and a union. It took two years of hard work organizing and protesting to get this victory for workers in Chicago.