The Service Employees District 5, currently in bankruptcy, have asked a judge to reject Professional Janitorial Service’s bid to liquidate the organization. SEIU argues that the janitorial company is trying to force SEIU out of business in Texas. Others might say that PJS is simply trying to collect on the debt SEIU owes them after a jury ruled the union pay over $7.8 million for malicious actions taken against the company in an organizing campaign.
SEIU’s International is also making some big financial decisions in light of the recent inauguration of President Trump. They plan to cut their budget by 30 percent in preparation for what they expect to be a rough road ahead for unions in general. Their current budget is set at $300 million per year.
One SEIU local is suing former members after they decided to pull out of the local and form their own independent union. The lawsuit is over ownership of the banquet hall the two unions formerly shared. The banquet hall originally belonged to the members who left SEIU. They brought it with them over a decade ago when the two unions originally merged.