Mary Kay Henry, SEIU International President, has been busy. Earlier this month, she placed local 73 under a trusteeship and removed two principal leaders from office. Then just last week at the National Fight for $15 convention she was protested against for her refusal to allow SEIU organizers to join SEIU’s staff union. Not only that, but many SEIU employees don’t even make $15 an hour. Click here to see a video of the protest.
Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, vetoes two SEIU-sponsored bills this month. The first bill, Senate Bill 2536, would have instituted a required yearly training for child care providers who fall under the Child Care Assistance Program. The second would have done the same except with the focus being on home health care providers and personal assistants for people with disabilities. Both bills are believed to have been an attempt for SEIU to use these trainings as recruitment opportunities…and all of it would have been funded by the taxpayers.
Late last month, AFSCME approved a resolution to explore a full-blown merger with SEIU. This is the beginning of what could be two of the largest unions in the country combining forces.