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SeiuRestaurantOrgzngPlanDec2009

SeiuRestaurantOrgzngPlanDec2009

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Recommendation
to
the
Property
ServicesDivision
LeadershipBoard
A
Plan
forOrganizing
Post-LaborLaw
Reform
December,2009
lntroduction
We
are
ata
pivotal
moment.
Despile
alt
ofSEIU s
hard
work over
thepast20yearsto revitalizethe
laboa
movement,not
sincethe
Great Depressionhasprivate
sector
union densitybeenso
Iow,
unemployrnent
so
high,
and
thegapbetweenrich
and
poorso
large
lnthe
iich;sl
counlry
inthe
history
of
the world,over
40
milhon
jobs
in
Amer'ca
are
lowwage,
thevast majority
in
theservice
sector
thatjs
the
focus
of SEIU's
work.
Working
men
and women
everywhere
in
our countrystruggle
to
makeendsmeet,
struggleto
keeptheir familiessafe
andheaithy,
strugglelo findadequaie
tim!-to
spend
withtheirkids,and
struggle
to
bujld
a
secureretirement.
Our
Divisionis
Lrniquely
situated
to take the
leadjn
changing thjs
reality
We
are oneof oniy
fourmajor
unionsorganizing
wo.kers
in
the largest private
sectoi
low_wage
service occupations,
and
we
are
probablythe
best-resourced
andthemost
dynamic
As
much
atany
instjtutionotherthan the
federal
government,we
are
Llniquely
capable
of
affectingchange
on
a
bioad
scale.
strengthening
ou. base
via
rhe indust.iar unionism
that
is
the
ha[n']arkof
sEru
organizingis
abig
partof
this
Workers
in
outsourcedservjce
industrieslike
cleaning,
security,and foodserviceare
bellwethers
of
the
serviceeconomy,
and
the largest
employers
in
these
industriesaregaining
tremendous
influence.
Building
ourcore densitytothepo,ntthat
we
can dramaticalty
r;ise
siandardsfor
our members
wouldprovide
a
beacon ofpossibility
within
the
opportunity
crusher
that
is
our
service
economy.
Butwe
alJ
know
lhefutility
of
beingan islandofprogressin
a
sea
of
the status
quo
We
must facethe
reality that
if
unions
fail
to
engage
the
vast
worldoflow-wage
work
thatdrags downstandards
for
ALLworkers,
our
gains
wilr
foreverbe
rimited
and
oLrr
effect
on
the
broader
com-munityof
workingfamilies
will be
minimal
No one
harborsillusions
that
passang
the EmproyeeFree
choice
Acl
wiI
suddenryawakena dormant
worker
movementto
reverse
the
marchof inequality.
Butneither
didthe Wagner
Act
in
and
of
itself
catalyze
organizing,but
rather
created
a
wjndowof legal
advantage
that
the;est
untonsof
the
timetook
advantage
of
to
organize
on anunprecedented
scale.
Similarly,the laborlaw reform
of
the
sortbeing conter.plated
now
-.
quick
elections
mandatory
arbitrations,
enhancedemployer penalties
,
js
no
panacea,
but
if
enacted
will
represent
a
sjgnificant
lmprovement
in
the law
and
the
best
opportunity
the
union
has
had
in
decades
lo
onceand forall turnthe
tide
in
favor
of
America
s
workers.Becausewe feelstrongly
that
this
is
not
a
momentfor
timjdity,
the organizingplandetailedhere
js
aimed at
usinglabor
law reformtokansform
the low
wage
eionomy
6ymaking
SEIU
thedominant
union
in
the securityand
murtiservice
industriesand
seekingorganizing
breakthroughs
in
the fast
food
and
financiaJ
seciors
The idea
is to dramaticallyexpand
ourpower
to
windecent,
mtddle_class
standards
in
our
core
industrieswhireestabrishing
a
pratformto
win
baserinestandardsinindustries
previously
untouchedby
unions
-
the combination
of
whichwilr
hopefu|yforce
a
reexamination
of
how
wo.k
is
rewarded
in
the
United
Stales.
Atthe same
time,the
plan
l;ys
out
as
a
secondaryelement
expanding
within
the
worid
of
property
Services
as
a
way
for
Lojals
to
build
skength
withln
theirmarkels
andpossibry
deepen
the reach
of
theDivision
to
row
wageoccupationsthat
h-ave
been
on
themarqins
of
our
work
Ultimately
we mustask
ourselves
ifio
3
or 4
years
we
look
back
at
whaiwasaccornplished
post,
EFCA,will
we
wish
wehad been more
botd?
Ourbelief
is
that this
planrneasures
up
veryweagainst
this
s{andard

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