The Union office leadership should be held by an individual who can actually bring solutions that will change the labor movement to improve our better way of life. I am that individual.
Our Local 73 needs a drastic new approach before it’s too late. If we do things the way that they’ve always been done, then things will remain the way that they’ve always been, and that, at this point, means a continued decline in the membership and activism by the rank and file. Not increasing our base and standards is gross negligence and completely unacceptable. Don’t let it get any worse. I will not let this Local go another year losing power. If you will elect me as your Officer, I will serve the Local 73 membership to inspire our members to build power across the State of Illinois and NW Indiana. Those needs will change over time, but right now, as of today, the top priority is educating and empowering the membership to move the Union forward. Vote for the Members Leading Members Slate , and you’ll be voting for a promising new future for all of us.
A long time ago I learned a valuable lesson in Chicago. I was offered and took a job in the textile industry. After about 2 1/2 months on the job I noticed that minority workers were given the lowest paying job, so I organized the workers and demanded a change. This experience incited me to fight for a better way of life for me and my co-workers. After working there for a short time, I got my first job as a rank and file member (elevator starter) in April, 1978, represented by SEIU Local 25.
These were difficult times for both me and the Local. I and others noticed that at that time, Local 25 had more than 12,000 members but no minority staff to represent the membership. A group of us decided to get involved and change this lack of representation. To make a point at the next Union election, I ran for a seat on the SEIU Local 25 Executive Board, which at that time was comprised of a seven member board.
In a matter of two weeks I received the necessary signatures and, although I didn't win the seat, my good friend who supported my campaign received a staff appointment as the first minority staff member to represent my brothers and sisters.
I attended a four year labor studies program at Roosevelt University, graduating in 1986 , that provided me with the foundation to my social activism.
I have over thirty-two years experience on staff at SEIU, Locals 25, 46, 1 and 73, and was the Chief Negotiator for the Chicago Park District, successfully negotiating a contract that gave the highest increases to the Park, Playground Supervisors and Maintenance Foremen. I introduced the A, B, C and D locations at the Chicago Park District, providing some members with over $10,000 in increases in the late 90's. It was the power of our membership and their activism that lead the way to true economic power.
As you can see, I am committed to providing true change and with your help and support to the Members Leading Members Slate, nothing will stop us.