Why We Are Running For Local 73 Office
No more excuses, SEIU Trustees!
On February 7, 2018 members of Local 73 filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for elections to be held. The lawsuit – which names SEIU, Mary Kay Henry and Eliseo Medina as defendants -- is based on a federal law that says a trusteeship “shall be presumed invalid...” after 18 months." On May 11, 2018 Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer ordered SEIU Local 73 trustees to prepare for a free and fair election. Pallmeyer stated:
“Elections will be held soon, NOT in November"
On May 11th, the international trustees’ high paid lawyer came up with every excuse possible to delay elections but Judge Pallmeyer was not buying it! First it was Janus, then changing the local’s constitution and by-laws, and finally the high paid lawyer gave his final excuse saying they could not hold election because some teachers would be out of school over the summer!
Judge Pallmeyer saw right through these excuses and shot them down one by one, and she insisted on holding elections soon!
Why are the international trustees spending our dues money paying high priced lawyers to delay elections?
This is a major victory for Local 73 members who have fought for democracy, and the return of their Union to self governance. The next court appearance is scheduled for May 30, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Federal District Court in which Judge Pallmeyer expects to hear what progress has been made by the parties towards conducting Local Union elections.
Our slate, Members Leading Members is continuing to fight for a just and democratic union. Only through a just and democratic union can we win the pay, benefits, respect and dignity our members deserve. We have filed a lawsuit in Federal Court petitioning the Court to force Local 73 to comply with the law and to conduct elections.
Even though the trusteeship is now more than 20 months old, SEIU hasn’t taken any steps to end it. In fact, says the lawsuit, SEIU officials have tried to suppress members’ efforts to restore local control.
We will fight for our Local.
We will win.
Keep reading to learn the facts.
FACT: As of February 3, 2018 the trusteeship is presumed invalid under the law.
However, the trustees are not returning the union to self-governance. Instead, they are telling the members that they need more time to fix things. It’s time to hold elections.
FACT: The Members Leading Members Slate was launched the first week of January 2018. A petition was circulated and signed by thousands of members not to extend the trusteeship or merge our Union. On March 5, 2018 union members hand delivered the petitions to International President Mary Kay Henry and demanded elections now.
Watch video of Mary Kay Henry receiving petition from Local 73 members and dismissing their representational concerns!
FACT: Three days after Members Leading Members was launched, Trustees terminated seven of the Local 73 employees running for office. This mismanagement has had a negative impact on members by depriving them of the staff needed to negotiate contracts and provide representation.
These members have a right under the law to run for Union Office without retaliation. Is this how employees should be treated by their employer? Unfair and unjust discipline is what Stewards fight against every day at their job. We believe in fair treatment for all workers and that includes our Local 73 staff. We need leaders who are unafraid of a challenge. Instead we have Trustees who are fearful, reactive and fire anyone they see as competition.
It is believed that Medina was sent here to correct the missteps taken by Denise Poloyac, but Medina is pushing the same failed International agenda. Hide. Shrink. Deny. Hide from challenges, shrink the union, deny members an election they deserve in order to hold onto dwindling power. This is a failed strategy for our Local and a failed strategy unions.
Don’t be fooled – Medina is trying avoid elections. Elections are in the best interest of our Union. Our members’ voices deserve be heard. Demand an election be held immediately.