Member Educational Handouts
A union is an organization of workers who have joined together to fight for better standards in our industry. By organizing, protesting and striking when needed, we have won real improvements from companies in comparison to workers who haven’t formed a union.
& holidays per year
(3 yrs seniority)
fight to keep your job
|lose your job|
Contract language for Full timers
Paid Holidays: New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Independence Day, and Christmas Day; and for janitorial, an additional floating holiday, and 3 hours on Christmas Eve.
Vacation: Full timers get the following vacation on their anniversary date for security or January 1st for janitorial, based on your seniority and hours worked the previous year
|SENIORITY||VACATION ACCRUAL RATE||Equal to (if you work 2080 hours in a year)|
|0-3yrs(S) -1yr(J)||.0192 hours per hour paid||40 hours/ 1 week|
|3-8yrs(S) 1-5yrs(J)||.0385 hours per hour paid||80 hours/2 weeks|
|8+yrs(S) 6-10yrs(J)||.0577 hours per hour paid||120 hours/3 weeks|
|11-19yrs(J)||.0769 hours per hour paid||160 hours/4 weeks|
|20+yrs(J)||.0962 hours per hour paid||200 hours/5 weeks|
You can carry over up to 40 hours of unpaid vacation from the previous year.
To use your seniority, you must put in your request by March 31st (Security) or in the month of December (Janitorial) for any vacation for the year. After that it is first come, first serve.
Paid Sick days: For Security – 2 days after 3 years, and 3 days after 5 years. For Janitorial – 1 day after 1 year. 2 days after 3 years, and 3 days after 5 years. You do not need a doctor’s note. State law now says you can use this for sick family members, too
Disability Pay: For Security – if you are out of work for an illness or injury, after 8 days, you get paid 49% (effective 1/1/2015) of your regular weekly pay for up to 12 weeks.
For Janitorial – if you are out of work for an illness or injury, after 1-5 days, you get paid 60% of your regular weekly pay for up to 12 weeks.
(This is separate from workers’ compensation)
Union workers have been uniting around common goals and using their best abilities to participate in a variety of activities. You can be a part of things as well or start your own circle. The following are updates from some of our member circles actively involved in our communities:
1) Immigration circle
On Saturday December 6, 2014. We held a meeting at SEIU Local 26 to inform our membership and the community about Executive Action. John Keller’s attorney at Immigrant law Center of Minnesota explained what the extension of DACA is and what DAPA is; answering questions and helping to understand who benefits from these.
At this meeting a committee was created who will continue working in this topic, and continue organizing and participating in various activities for fair immigration reform!
2) Women’s Circle
The Women’s circle has created a committee to plan proposals for our next CBA negotiations. Join their next meetings 11am on both Saturday, January 17th and Saturday, February 21st at Local 26.
For more information Contact Blanca at email@example.com.
3) Work-Load circle continues to enforce Article 19 of our contract. Are you also concerned about an unreasonable workload?Contact Gerrardo: firstname.lastname@example.org 612-386-6190
4) AFRAM’s upcoming event is a potluck dinner with speaker Reverend Thomas Van Leer, a local author and long-time minister. This event is Friday, February 6th from 6-9PM at SEIU Healthcare, 345 Randolph Ave, in Saint Paul. Contact Harrison for more details: email@example.com, 612-804-4388
5) Soccer Circle is currently on Winter break, but will be starting up again soon in 2015. You may have have seen or even joined them when they played at our Local 26 BBQ this last summer. Contact Brahim Kone, to get involved at Ibrahimkone3@aol.com, 651-999-9950
6) The Art/Music Circle Just organized a Halloween Party in Saint Paul providing a safe and fun environment for over 150 kids (earlier in this newsletter). In November, they helped deliver vegetable baskets to senior citizens for Thanksgiving, helping reduce food insecurity. They are currently working on our Local’s holiday party!
If you an artist or musician and would like to get plugged in to what we are working or have some ideas please contact S/O James Matias 651-347-5221 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
7) Stewards Circle. Stewards are the most important individuals in a building because they help members resolve their issues right there. It’s the best and fastest way to rapidly resolve problems for your co-workers. If your building does not have a steward, you should elect one. We are redesigning the stewards training to make it more effective, Contact Ron Gulczynski at email@example.com or 612-804-1266.
9) African Circle, we are working to force the banks to re-open lines to transfer money to our families in Somalia. Contact Ibrahim Nur firstname.lastname@example.org 612-644-1717