Legislative & Political Updates

2016 Political Leader Opportunities

Across our region SEIU Local 200United members do BIG things. Taking active roles in their communities, leading other members in their shops, and helping to build better lives for everyone through political action (more…)

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Our Voices: 2016 Political Endorsements

Roc Labor Day Parade 9.5.11 PhotASchneeberg 0045Our member leaders and staff have spent the past two months meeting with elected officials and candidates across New York and engaging in challenging conversations about the diverse issues that matter most to us. We’ve questioned politicians on their voting records, talked through some of the biggest problems facing us over the next few years, and heard in-depth explanations of candidates’ positions and policies.

MEMBERS: please complete the form here to sign-up for political volunteer opportunities in your region. (more…)

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2016 NYS Budget Victories

It’s already been an historic year for workers in New York! Our 2016 state budget brought some big wins for low and middle income workers- including raising the wages for all minimum wage earners over the next few years, and creating a system for Paid Family Leave, granting workers across the state an increased peace of mind, knowing we’ll all be able to take care for our families when it matters most. Neither of these policies are perfect, but they’re both serious leaps forward in the fight for economic justice- and worth celebrating!

Click the images below to learn more about the next few years of NYS minimum wage increases, and our new Paid Family Leave program.

Minimum Wage Increases Paid Family Leave
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Minimum Wage Increases

Last year SEIU Local 200United joined (more…)

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Political Endorsements 2015

SEIU Local 200United represents nearly 15,000 members in human service agencies, the public sector, colleges and universities, and sub-contracted services. Our history is one of activism and fighting for social justice. We take the endorsement of candidates for public office very seriously. We ask candidates questions about issues important to working families, and endorse candidates who commit to fighting for workers.

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2015 Online Candidate Questionnaire and Meet the Candidates Night Sign Up

2015 Online Candidate Questionnaire and Meet the Candidates Night Sign Up

SEIU Local 200United represents nearly 15,000 members in human service agencies, public sector, colleges and universities, and sub-contracted services. Our history is one of activism and fighting for social justice; therefore, we take the endorsement of candidates very seriously. This year, we have placed our endorsement questionnaire online for candidates from Monday, June 15, 2015 – Friday, July 17, 2015. The full list of SEIU Local 200United’s endorsed candidates will be placed online on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

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New Member Gives Single-Payer Healthcare Testimony

Alyssa at Hearing 2 On Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, Alyssa Colton, an adjunct instructor at the College of St. Rose, gave testimony at a hearing in Albany about single-payer health insurance. The St. Rose adjuncts, who voted to join Adjunct Action/SEIU Local 200United, are currently negotiating their first contract.

The Albany hearing was part of a statewide initiative being led by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried. The Albany event was the last in the series of public hearings; they were also held in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, New York City and Mineola.

Way to represent, Sister Colton!

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Labor Allies Urge Sheehan to Embrace New Union Now

Kaseem Moultrie

Local 200United’s Kaseem Moultrie.

Jordan Carleo- Evangelist, Inside Politics, Albany Times Union
Friday, December 12, 2014

ALBANY — Today, a lesson in political tightropes and unintended consequences.

Two months ago, Mayor Kathy Sheehan proposed privatizing the city’s roughly 60 part-time crossing guards — a savings plan ultimately shelved amid resistance from council members and a commitment by the police department to better manage the workers.The city’s chief gripe was the overtime racked up when police or parking enforcement officers — full-time unionized employees — (more…)

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Statement of SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

2014 Midterm Election Key Takeaways for Working Families

November 5, 2014
Despite a tough night with many close races, a key takeaway from Election Day is the progress made toward raising wages for working families for an economy that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few (more…)

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Help Us Get Out the Vote

Click the link below for details on this weekend’s Member-to-Member Political Action Walks and next week’s phone banks.

This year it’s more important than ever to vote and to urge others to go to the polls as well.

SEIU Local 200United Political Activities Flyer

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SEIU Local 200United’s 2014 Political Endorsements Announced

October 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEIU Local 200United Announces Endorsements for November’s Elections

Service Employees International Union Local 200United has announced the following candidate endorsements for the Nov. 4 federal, state and local elections. The union’s Executive Board voted (more…)

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