SEIU Missouri State Council 2018 Endorsements

The SEIU Missouri/Kansas State Council endorses candidates across party lines based on who will fight for our region’s working families. Working people are coming together across racial lines and different backgrounds to support the candidates and causes below:

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YES on Amendment 1 to clean up Missouri government

YES on Prop B to raise Missouri’s minimum wage to $12

MO Auditor – Nicole Galloway for a voice in Jefferson City

US Senate – Claire McCaskill to protect our healthcare


Ballot Initiatives

Amendment 2 – Vote Yes

Amendment 3 – Vote No

Amendment 4- Vote No

Prop C – Vote No

Prop D – Vote No


Congressional Races

CD 1 Lacy Clay

CD 2 Cort VanOstran

CD 3 Katy Geppert

CD 4 Renee Hoagenson

CD 5 Emanuel Cleaver, II

CD 6 Henry Robert Martin

CD 7 Jamie Daniel Schoolcraft

CD 8 Kathy Ellis

Missouri Senate

SD 2 Patrice Billings

SD 4 Karla May

SD 6 Nicole Thompson

SD 8 Hillary Shields

SD 10 Ayanna Shivers

SD 12 Terry Richard

SD 14 Brian Williams

SD 16 Ryan Dillion

SD 18 Crystal Stephens

SD 20 Jim Billedo

SD 22 Robert Butler

SD 24 Jill Schupp

SD 26 John Kiehne

SD 28 Joe Poor

SD 30 Charlie Norr

SD 32 Carolyn McGowan

SD 34 Martin T. Rucker II

Missouri House:

HD 1       Paul Taylor

HD 3      Joni Terry

HD 5       Joe Frese

HD 7       Dennis VanDyke

HD 8       Caleb McKnight

HD 10    Shane R. Thompson

HD 11    Brady Lee O’Dell

HD 12    Sandy Van Wagner

HD 13    Mitch Weber

HD14     Matt Sain

HD 15    John Carpenter

HD 16    Tom Gorenc

HD 17    Mark Ellebracht

HD 18    Wes Rogers

HD 19    Ingrid Burnett

HD 20    Bill Kidd

HD 21    Robert Sauls

HD 22    Brandon Ellington

HD 23    Barbara Anne Washington

HD 24    Judy Morgan

HD 25    Greg Razer

HD 26    Ashley Bland Manlove

HD 27    Richard Brown

HD 28    Jerome Barnes

HD 29    Rory Rowland

HD 30    Ryana Parks-Shaw

HD 31    Travis Hagewood

HD 33    Pat Williams

HD 35    Keri Ingle

HD 36    DaRon McGee

HD 37    Joe Runions

HD 38    Abby Zavos

HD 39    Rick Mellon

HD 41    David A Beckham

HD 42    Joseph Widner

HD 44    Maren Bell Jones

HD 45    Kip Kendrick

HD 46    Martha Stevens

HD 47    Adrian Plank

HD 48    Raymond (Jeff) Faubion

HD 49    Lisa Buhr

HD 51    Vince Lutterbie

HD 52    Dan Marshall

HD 53    Connie Simmons

HD 54    James L. Williams

HD 57    Joan Shores

HD 60    Sara Michael

HD 61    Pamela A. Menefee

HD 62    Ashley D. Fajkowski

HD 63    Janet Kester

HD 65    Bill Otto

HD 66    Tommie Pierson Jr

HD 69    Gretchen Bangert

HD 71    LaDonna Applebaum

HD 72    Doug Clemens

HD 73    Raychel Proudie

HD 74    Cora Faith Walker

HD 75    Alan Gray

HD 78    Bruce Franks Jr.

HD 79    LaKeySha Bosley

HD 80    Peter Merideth

HD 82    Donna Baringer

HD 83    Gina Mitten

HD 84    Wiley Price IV

HD 85    Kevin L. Windham, Jr.

HD 86    Maria N. Chappelle-Nadal

HD 87    Ian Mackey

HD 88    Tracy McCreery

HD 89    Kevin FitzGerald

HD 90    Deb Lavender

HD 91    Sarah Unsicker

HD 92    Doug Beck

HD 94    Jean Pretto

HD 95    Mike Walter

HD 96    Erica Hoffman

HD 97    Mike Revis

HD 98    Charles Triplett

HD 99    Mike LaBozzetta

HD 100  Helena Webb

HD 101  Genevieve Steidtmann

HD 103  Jim Klenc

HD 104  Peggy Sherwin

HD 105  Scott Cernicek

HD 107  Curtis Wylde

HD 108  Betty Vining

HD 109  James Cordrey

HD 110  Cody Kelley

HD 111  Phoebe Ottomeyer

HD 112  Benjamin Hagin

HD 113  Karen Settlemoir-Berg

HD 114  Becky Ruth

HD 115  Elaine Gannon

HD 116  Bill Kraemer

HD 117  Mike Henderson

HD 118  Barbara Marco

HD 119  Nate Tate

HD 120  Theresa Schmitt

HD 121  Matt Heltz

HD 123  Joe Register

HD 124  Steve Dakopolos

HD 125  Chase Crawford

HD 126  Jim Hogan

HD 127  Teri Hanna

HD 128  Rich Horton

HD 129  Ronna Ford

HD 130  Tyler Gunlock

HD 131  Nate Branscome

HD 132  Crystal Quade

HD 133  Cindy Slimp

HD 134  Derrick Nowlin

HD 135  Rob Bailey

HD 136  Jeff Munzinger

HD 137  Raymond Lampert

HD 139  Cora Hanf

HD 145  Ronald G. Pember

HD 147  Renita Green

HD 149  Bill Burlison

HD 150  Josh Rittenberry

HD 151  J. T. (Jerry) Howard

HD 152  Robert L. Smith

HD 153  Matt Michael

HD 157  Loretta Thomas

HD 159  Jerry Sparks

HD 160  Angela R Thomas

HD 161  Elizabeth Lundstrum

HD 162  Sarah Hinkle

HD 163  Chad Fletcher

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A worker’s view of Clinton and Trump


Sherry Golden

Sherry Golden

Like most Missourians, we spend the bulk of our time working and taking care of our families. So we were excited to get seats at the historic presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis.

But what we heard in the debate hall was a man who has no idea what the average American deals with every day. A man who doesn’t know what it’s like to spend hours caring for the elderly or cleaning office buildings. And a woman who has a plan to build a better future for working families like ours. A woman who has listened to our stories and has always made our fights her fights.

It’s not so much what we heard from Donald Trump. It’s more what we didn’t hear. We didn’t hear how he would raise wages. We didn’t hear how he would make healthcare more affordable. We didn’t hear how he would bring people of different races, religions or backSEUIAmericanpic2grounds together.

We did hear actual plans from Hillary Clinton. She was loud and clear that she’s committed to raising the wages of home care, child care, and airport workers, as well as, janitors, adjunct professors and other people like us. She will fight to raise the minimum wage so that working families in Missouri and across the country have a fair shot.


By Sherry Golden and Eugene Hubbard, Guest columnists at the St Louis American

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New York Times: McDonald’s Workers File Wage Suits in 3 States

McDonald’s Workers File Wage Suits in 3 States
By Steven Greenhouse
March 13, 2014

McDonald’s workers in California, Michigan and New York filed lawsuits this week against the company and several franchise owners, asserting that they illegally underpaid employees by erasing hours from their timecards, not paying overtime and ordering them to work off the clock.

The lawsuits were announced Thursday by the employees’ lawyers and organizers of the union-backed movement that is pressing the nation’s fast-food restaurants to increase wages to at least $15 an hour.

In two lawsuits filed in Michigan against McDonald’s and two Detroit-area franchise owners, workers claimed that their restaurants told them to show up to work, but then ordered them to wait an hour or two without pay until enough customers arrived.

Those lawsuits also argued that a McDonald’s requirement that employees pay for their uniforms illegally reduced their pay below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

“Our wages are already at rock bottom,” Sharnell Grandberry, a McDonald’s worker in Detroit, said in a news release announcing the suit. “It is time for McDonald’s to stop skirting the law to pad profits. We need to get paid for the hours we work.”

A McDonald’s spokeswoman released this statement: “McDonald’s and our independent owner-operators share a concern and commitment to the well-being and fair treatment of all people who work in McDonald’s restaurants. We are currently reviewing the allegations in the lawsuits. McDonald’s and our independent franchisees are committed to undertaking a comprehensive investigation of the allegations and will take any necessary actions as they apply to our respective organizations.”

In three lawsuits brought in California, the workers claim that the McDonald’s restaurants employing them did not pay them for all hours worked, shaved hours from pay records and denied them required meal periods and rest breaks.

The lawyers are contending that McDonald’s should be considered a joint employer and share liability with its franchisees, although the company, like many other fast-food chains with franchises, has argued in the past that it is not a joint employer and should not be liable for its franchisees’ misdeeds on the ground that the franchised restaurants are independently run businesses.

The strategists behind the push for a $15 wage, which is largely financed by the Service Employees International Union, are trying to pressure McDonald’s and other fast-food chains to increase wages and not oppose union-organizing efforts. The movement began with several one-day strikes in New York in 2012 and expanded to one-day strikes in more than 70 cities last December.

Several McDonald’s workers also filed suit in New York, contending that they were not reimbursed for the cost of cleaning their uniforms. “Because McDonald’s restaurants pay so little, forcing workers to clean their Golden Arches uniforms on their own dime drives many workers’ wages below the legal minimum,” said Jim Reif, a lawyer for the New York plaintiffs.

All told, seven lawsuits have been filed, including one against the roughly 100 McDonald’s restaurants in California that are company-owned and operated. That lawsuit aims to be a class action representing 27,000 current and former McDonald’s employees.

The lawyers said most McDonald’s franchisees used software provided by the company that calculates employee-to-sales ratios and instructs restaurants to reduce staffing when sales drop below a certain level in any given hour. As a result, the lawyers said, some McDonald’s workers in the suit were ordered, upon reporting to work, not to clock in for an hour or two and instead wait until more customers arrived.

In several lawsuits, workers contend that they were at times told to clock out but remain in the restaurant or parking lot for an hour to two after business slowed down — perhaps when business slackened after the breakfast rush — so they could be on hand to clock back in when hourly sales picked up.

Jason Hughes, a McDonald’s employee in Fremont, Calif., said sometimes he was ordered to punch out soon after starting work and to hang around unpaid. “I’d have to be ready to punch in as soon as the store gets busy,” he said. “When the store is understaffed, our management would tell us we can’t take our breaks.”

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Write your legislators today: Vote NO on risky tax schemes!

For Missouri to really compete, our state needs an educated workforce, a strong transportation infrastructure, and a climate where entrepreneurs can thrive. But just weeks into the legislative session, the Missouri House and Senate are  considering massive tax schemes that would undermine Missouri’s ability to build a strong economy.

Write your legislators today – tell them to say no to risky tax schemes!

Supporters of the schemes say that Missouri needs to follow the lead of states like Kansas. What they don’t tell you is that Missouri is already increasing jobs at a faster pace than Kansas, and that since Kansas cut some state income taxes, it’s increased its sales tax, and cities and counties have been forced to raise property taxes to avoid cutting needed services. What’s more, tuition at public universities has skyrocketed, and schools are facing a funding crisis. And Kansas expects to have even less resources for education next year.

More tax cut bills are expected to be debated throughout the legislative session. It will be important for lawmakers to consistently hear from constituents that they oppose these measures and their impact on critical services. Please start the conversation now by taking action.

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