Our SEIU Local 1000 members are fighting for a contract right now, standing up against poverty wages in the state workforce. Perhaps one of the most egregious examples of the disastrous mismanagement of public resources is seen in what is happening to the California School for the Deaf, Freemont. In one of the country’s most expensive regions, Deaf teachers and students are dealing with the rising cost of living and astronomical rent, while trying to preserve the community that raised them.
Under its new leadership, the Teamsters Union is preparing for the largest work stoppage in recent history, after their 340,000 union represented UPS employees authorized a nationwide strike, with 97% approval for the action. While this does not mean a strike will happen, it gives the negotiators the right to right to call a walkout if a contract deal is not reached in negotiations by the end of July. The power of negotiators at the table is built off the confidence and support of their members, and with the strength of their demands, their members are prepared to fight for what they’re owed.