Working people recommit to unite more working people in Unions, hold politicians accountable for creating good, Union jobs.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH joined their brothers and sisters across the country today to declare their resolve to stick together in their Union. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a long-expected decision in the Janus case that was backed by anti-worker extremists seeking to divide them, SEIU members remain dedicated to sticking together, uniting more working people – white, black and brown – in Unions and holding politicians accountable for creating more good, Union jobs.
“This decision is yet another example of how billionaires and anti-worker politicians rig the system against working people, but SEIU members won’t let the extremists behind this case divide us,” said SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH President Becky Williams. “We will stay united, help working women and men who are fighting to form Unions and call on our elected leaders to do everything in their power to make it easier for working people to join together in Unions.”
“Nothing’s going to stop my co-workers and I from fighting for good, Union jobs and quality education and support services,” said Scherhera Shearer, a Specialist III with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Member Vice President of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH for School Districts and Local Governments. “We’re proud to stand strong with our brothers and sisters across Ohio and the nation. Together we rise!”
“SEIU members are rising up today to say that no Supreme Court decision is going to stop us from sticking together in our Union,” said Debbie Hajzak, a library assistant at the Cleveland Public Library and Ohio Public Sector Member Vice President of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “The Janus case was backed by anti-worker extremists seeking to further rig the economy, divide us from our co-workers and limit the power in numbers we have together in Unions—but we won’t let them!”
“We’re going to stick together in our Union for the power in numbers to raise wages, secure affordable healthcare, and ensure a dignified retirement. And we’re going to keep speaking out for good, Union jobs for everyone who works,” said Nancy Cooper, who works at the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services Summit Behavioral Healthcare Hospital and serves as Ohio State Member Vice President of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “Because we are united in our Union, we have the power in numbers to promote greater wellness and recovery for those fighting addiction in our community.”
SEIU members and Fight for $15 and a Union activists know that when working men and women join together in Union, they gain the power in numbers to raise wages, win affordable healthcare and make a dignified retirement possible.
“We are committed to supporting Union and not-yet-Union workers who want to join together for greater financial security for their families and stronger communities, like those who recently organized their Union at Cambridge Place, an assisted living and memory care facility in Cambridge, Ohio,” continued President Williams. “Today we are rising up to call on our elected leaders to stand beside us and make it easier to join together in a Union, not harder. No court case, no billionaire and no propaganda campaign can stop us.”