Fast-Food Workers and SEIU Plan Actions to Demand Higher Federal Minimum Wage and Union Rights
Fast-food workers in 15 cities, led by the Service Employees International Union, are planning work actions today demanding a $15 hourly federal minimum wage, union rights, and increased Covid-19 protections. These are important demands, but SEIU’s top-down, bureaucratic-led efforts are no way to build real workers’ power.
Maryam AlanizJanuary 15, 2021
The Po-Po Are a No-Go at SEIU Drop the Cops Town Hall
More than a hundred people from across the United States participated in the “SEIU Drop the Cops” virtual town hall. Panelists reported on organized labor’s struggle to kick out police and security guards and elaborated a list of broader anti-racist demands. Speakers called on the broader labor movement to take up the fight against police terror and revitalize the unions through democratic debate and mass, anti-racist struggle.
Ben FredericksAugust 31, 2020
Rank and File to SEIU: Drop the Cops!
Part of a growing national movement, rank and file SEIU members are calling on their union to disaffiliate from the police.
Left VoiceAugust 1, 2020
SEIU Should Actually Strike for Black Lives
On July 20, unions and their members from around the country signed on to participate in the “Strike for Black Lives” led by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). In theory, this is a great step forward, but as a member of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), which is part of SEIU, I have to ask, is SEIU prepared to actually strike?
Mike PappasJuly 18, 2020
Why and How SEIU Members Are Calling on Our Union to Expel Cops
The recent uprisings against the police have compelled workers to take a look at their own associations with cops through union membership. Rank-and-file members of SEIU have begun a campaign to Drop the Cops in order to kick cops out of their union.
Labor NotesJuly 12, 2020
SEIU Caucuses Say “No Cops in Our Unions!”
The African American caucus and the Latino caucus of SEIU Local 721 in Los Angeles voted to support the UAW 2865 Resolution calling on the AFL-CIO to disaffiliate from the international police unions.
Left VoiceOctober 25, 2016
“Labor Needs to Get its Own House in Order Around Race”
In this interview, economist and labor educator Michael Yates* talks about the crisis of the labor movement, its relationship with the anti-racist movement, FightFor15 and much more.
Michael D YatesAugust 12, 2015
Victory in the fight for $15 in New York
An advisory board has recommended that New York State raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast-food workers. The national movement for $15 has recently won important fights in some cities and gained nationwide momentum. However there remain some important unresolved questions about the potential of this movement.
Juan Cruz FerreJuly 28, 2015