Why We Are Running For Local 73 Office
Election UPDATE! 06/11/18
On February 7, 2018, members of Local 73 filed a lawsuit in federal court asking for elections to be held. In several separate hearings, Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer encouraged SEIU Local 73 trustees to come up with a reasonable election date this summer. On June 7th the Attorney's for the Trustees still insisted to hold elections in November, despite Judge Pallmeyer insisting that elections should be held soon “not in November”. Given that there was no agreement the Judge agreed to hold a hearing on when elections should be held and make a ruling. The hearing date is set for June 12th at 9am, 21st floor, in Federal District Court on Jackson and Dearborn.
Please come out to court June 12th at 9am and support
Union Democracy. Finally we will get a decision on elections!
The International is trying to hijack our Union. In the past three court hearings the International Union has brought in their own high paid attorney in addition to the trustees’ attorney. In addition to this, the Trustees have circumvented the Constitutional process and are trying to jam bylaws changes which members have not been fully informed about, and had no time to review. Members Leading Members has major concerns about the by-law changes and bring up the following questions;
1. Why do the trustees have to change Local 73 By-laws in the first place? This is not typically done in a trusteeship. If changes are needed why not leave it up to the new leadership to make those changes?
2. Why did the trustees hand-pick the committee? Why not let the members volunteer at a membership meeting?
3. Why did the trustees choose not to present the new changes for a membership meeting but instead make the process as difficult as possible and have members vote unit by unit?
Members Leading Members slate believes that the reason for the trustees actions are to suppress Union Democracy and control first the By-Law changes than install the leaders they want in place so that the International can continue to have control of Local 73 as long as they want. For these reasons Members Leading Members is recommending a NO vote on the purposed by-laws changes!
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.