December 2013

SEIU Members Help Citizens Get Affordable Health Care

Take a look at what SEIU members in Tennessee and all across the country have been doing to help citizens sign up for the Affordable Care Act.

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SEIU Joins Struggle to Raise Pay for Tennessee’s Low-Wage Workers!

McDonaldsRally_2013One year after the first strike hit the $200 billion fast-food industry, Nashville workers walked off their jobs on Dec. 5, joining a national strike wave against companies like McDonald’s.

SEIU Local 205 members stood in solidarity with over 120 striking workers and community supporters in front of the West End McDonald’s near Centennial Park. Workers went on strike in more than 100 additional cities, as the fight for $15/hour and the right to form a union without retaliation continues to grow.

Fast food is a $200 billion a year industry, yet many service workers across the country earn minimum wage or just above it and are forced to rely on public assistance programs to provide for their families and get healthcare for their children. Low-wage jobs have accounted for the bulk of new jobs added in the recovery, and retail and fast food are among the fastest-growing sectors, slowing the recovery and hurting our local economy.

70% of fast-food workers are in their 20’s or older and more than one-quarter of fast-food workers are raising at least one child. More than half of fast-food workers who work more than 40 hours per week earn so little that they are forced to rely on public assistance programs, costing taxpayers $7 billion per year.

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New Local 205 Officers Elected!

We would like to congratulate the following SEIU members who were elected in the Local officer elections on Nov. 25:

Recording Secretary:
AMY WHEELER (N.E.S.)

Trustees:
KAY GOLDEN (Methodist Medical Center)
LILL HONEY RUSSELL (Metro Schools)
STEPHEN WEST (Chattanooga City Gov’t)

Chapter Officers (Nashville Electric Service):
CHARLIE HALL (1st Vice-President)
LARRY MARTIN (Membership Secretary)

Executive Board Alternate (Metro Gov’t chapter):
EXIE HARRINGTON (Nashville Public Library)

Executive Board Alternate (Metro ECC chapter):
LYNN BRANNON

Executive Board Delegate (St. Francis chapter):
CLIFFRIE MORGAN

Executive Board Alternate (St. Francis chapter):
ELAINE OWENS

These officers will join Local 205 President Doug Collier and the slate of officers that was elected by acclamation at the Local Convention on Nov. 2. Thanks to all the m

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