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News @ 105

News @ 105 serves as your centralized hub for all matters concerning SEIU Local 105. Stay informed and engaged with the latest updates, actions, events, news, and more from across Local 105. Click on one of the buttons below to explore departmental updates or discover what’s making headlines. Keep connected, stay empowered, and ensure that you’re always at the forefront of what’s happening across our union!

Action Alerts

Justice for Janitors Day

Join us for a rally at Union Station in Denver on Monday, June 17th at 10:30 AM to demand Justice for Janitors! As janitors across the state head into bargaining, we’ll be taking to the streets and marching united through Downtown Denver and showing our UNION POWER

We are taking action to demand livable wages, benefits, and respect for all of our janitors who keep our communities operating clean and safely. In order to create a stronger Colorado that works for everyone, we need a strong contract for those that keep Colorado running.

Denver's Juneteenth Festival

Local 105 will be honoring the past, celebrating the present, and embracing the future at Denver’s annual Juneteenth Festival! Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States and Denver’s Juneteenth Festival is one of the biggest in the entire country attracting more than 70,000 people.

Our Local will be participating in both days of the celebration so join us on one or both of the days!

Parade and March, Saturday, June 15th

Booth, Sunday, June 16th

Denver's Pride Parade

We’re proud to celebrate our diverse members and their families from across the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re so excited to take part in Denver’s Pride parade on Sunday, June 23rd! 

 

Join your fellow union members to march in Denver’s Pride parade and remind the world that all workers deserve justice. In these times of ever increasing discrimination on the basis of sexuality and gender it’s important that everyone knows organized labor stands with all workers.

Local 105 in the News

Mental Healthcare Workers WIN BIG!

Workers at Mental Health Partners’ Walk-in Clinic and crisis center in Boulder WON BIG and have voted to join our union! MHP workers are a lifeline for so many in our community, and we’re excited for these workers to join us in creating a better Colorado for all!  

Polis: Stand with Colorado Workers!

Last month, we joined our union family at the Colorado AFL-CIO, elected officials, and community members to stand up for workers across Colorado! When Governor Jared Polis vetoed HB24-1260, HB24-1307, and HB24-1008, he turned his back on workers across our state and sided with bad bosses. These historic worker protections would have made CO a leader in workers’ rights.

We are calling on the Governor to stand with workers going forward and commit his final two years in office to signing policies that make sure Colorado workers can have a meaningful voice in the workplace and the right to collectively bargain.

SEIU Elects New Leadership!

At the 2024 SEIU International Convention, members from Local 105 joined over 3,000 members from across the country in Philadelphia to debate and vote on our union’s news resolutions that will guide our work over the next 4 years.

Members elected new national leadership for SEIU including our new national president, April Varrett, the first Black president in our Union’s history, and Rocío Sáenz, the first Latina secretary treasurer. 

In addition to these wins, our local’s president, Stephanie Felix-Sowy, was elected to sit on the International Executive Board!

Our union has bold new vision to unleash a new era of worker power and we are excited to be apart of labor history.

Social Media Shares of the Month!

Political Updates

2024 Elections

The 2024 election is just around the corner, and we are excited to support leaders who stand up for working Coloradans. Now, more than ever, it is crucial to have leaders in office who are dedicated to advocating for workers across Colorado and across industries.

Working people know the importance of having elected officials who unite with them in the fight for economic and racial justice. This includes advocating for fair wages, access to healthcare, immigration reform, and the right to unionize.

Our next opportunity to get involved and help elect labor champions is happening Saturday, June 15th where we will be knocking doors for Elisabeth Epps and Tim Hernandez in Denver!

 

Click this link to register for the canvass and get more information!

 

 

To make a difference throughout this election and stay informed about future events and view SEIU Local 105’s full list of endorsed candidates, visit seiu105.org/vote

What is COPE?

Want to learn more about how to get involved in our union political program?Get an introduction to our Committee On Political Education (COPE), the best way to get involved and make political change in your community Meeting info.3rd Saturday of the month 11AM – 12PM

Use this link to register for the virtual meeting: http://bit.ly/whatisCOPE

Internal Healthcare Updates

Coalition of KP Unions

Our Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions has released a documentary detailing our historic strike last year.  Relive the moments of our 2023 Contract Campaign when we made history and watch this video featuring SEIU Local 105’s very own, Justice Wilson!

 

Check it out below!

 

WellPower

As we continue to navigate the merger between WellPower and Jefferson Center for Mental Health, WellPower members are staying in contact with worker at both companies.  Last month, members at WellPower hosted a meet and greet with workers from JCMH to discuss, collaborate, & learn more about their upcoming merger.

 

We’re dedicated to fostering a strong partnership with workers at JCMH to guarantee top-notch care for our communities.

 

Please use our form at this link to let us know if you have any questions about the merger or know anyone at JCMH!

Do you know anyone who works at Jefferson Center (JCMH), a mental health provider on the Front Range? If so, please put us in touch!

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Our healthcare heroes at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains have started bargaining for a new contract. It’s no secret that their very ability to work in their field has been under attack, so we’re urging everyone to be on the lookout for actions and ways to stand with these workers who provide essential care to our communities across the Mountain West.

Urban Peak

Last year, workers at Urban Peak, a shelter for unhoused youth in Denver, made history by becoming the first group of workers at a shelter for the unhoused in Colorado to form a union. Now, they’re currently negotiating their contract and fighting hard to win the wages, benefits, and working conditions they need to stay in their jobs and provide essential services to our community. Please stand with these workers and be ready to join any actions that are needed to FIGHT and WIN a strong contract!

Internal Property Services Updates

Master Contract

As our janitors gear up for our historic 2024 master contract campaign, with bargaining set to start on June 17th, we’ll be taking to the streets and marching together through Downtown Denver to demand Justice for Janitors!

The future of the industry is in OUR hands and this Justice for Janitors Day we’ll be demanding livable wages, safer working conditions, and dignity for every janitor in Colorado


Join our 105 janitors in Solidarity! We will also be joined by community groups and elected officials!

WHEN: Monday, June 17th at 10:30 AM

WHERE: Union Station, on Wynkoop St. between 17th and 18th

Click here for more details and RSVP!

New Wage Theft Protections

Janitors from across the city joined the Denver City Council today as they voted to pass greater protections against wage theft in our city!

City Council unanimously passed a bill granting subpoena power to the Denver Auditor’s Office, which will allow staff to more aggressively go after wage theft.
 
We are proud to stand with the Auditors Office, Denver Labor, and our labor family to win this important victory for workers in our community!
 
Check out the photos from the press conference below!
 

 
 

Telenovelas

To better inform fellow members (and provide some laughs), worker leaders from our janitors recently took part in a project to film informational telenovela style videos to highlight important provisions from their contract. Take a second to watch one of our favorites, highlighting vacation time!

External Healthcare Updates

Tax Credit for Care Workers

Thanks to the powerful testimony and dedication of care workers from across Colorado, the State Income Tax Credit for Care Workers (HB24-1312) has been passed and signed into law!

We still have so much to fight for, but this is a huge step forward in making sure care workers across Colorado can make ends meet! Stay tuned for more details on eligibility!

Direct Care Workforce Stabilization Board

Last year, Colorado’s Direct Care Workers made history by passing the Direct Care Workforce Stabilization Board through our state legislature.

For the first time, these Care Workers, the essential workers who provide in-home and direct care to our communities most vulnerable, elderly, and disabled, have a seat at the table in how their industry is run. Now, this board is meeting around the state, and care workers are raising their voice!

 

The Direct Care Workforce Stabilization board is hard at work gearing up to make recommendations to help transform the care industry into one that works for everyone!

Mental Health Partners

Workers at Mental Health Partners’ Walk-in Clinic and crisis center in Boulder WON BIG and have voted to join our union! MHP workers are a lifeline for so many in our community, and we’re excited for these workers to join us in creating a better Colorado for all!

 

Support these workers’ by sharing their victory on social media!

 

 

 

CCH Workers United

Last month, social workers at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless announced their intent to unionize with SEIU Local 105. These courageous workers, who serve our community every day, are fighting for the ability to provide better services and stay in the jobs they love. Learn more about their effort: https://www.seiu105.org/cch/

External Property Services Updates

Organizing Security Officers

Are you interested in helping our external organizing campaign with security officers across Denver? Security officers keep us safe at work and in our community every day, and we’re fighting hard to help them win with UNION POWER! If you’re interested, please let us know by using our organizing support sign-up form!

 

Other Organizing Opportunities

Members are working together to make sure more workers are the right of union at work! Are you interested in joining our organizing campaigns? Reach out to a steward and learn how you can support!

Internal Airport Updates

Justice for Janitors at the Airport!

It’s time to show our UNION POWER! As we head into bargaining at the airport, we’ll be rallying at the Westin Plaza to demand Justice for Janitors at DEN!

Every day, employees at FLiK, ABM, and FLAGSHIP, keep our airport clean and safe, and we deserve liveable wages, benefits, and respect and dignity at work. The future of our industry and our airport is in OUR hands!

Join us, on Monday June 17th from 1-3PM at the Westin Plaza and stand up for workers with special guest speakers and labor champions! 

 

Click this link to find more information RSVP for the rally!

FLIK Bargaining

It’s finally time to bargain a new contract at FLIK! After months of hearing priorities from members and holding bargaining team nominations, our first bargaining dates have been set and our message is clear: WE ARE READY! Airport workers at FLIK are standing united and fighting for higher wages, better benefits, seniority rights, and respect on the job.

 

Flik members are ready to do whatever it takes to win a strong contract!

 

Parking Attendants

Earlier this month, DIA workers joined the Denver City Council this week, urging our local leaders to hold airport contractors like LAZ accountable.

 

Airport parking workers are standing strong to demand respect, fair wages, affordable healthcare, and the time off they’ve earned to spend with their families.

We are taking action to ensure that our jobs and our lives are secure to do the best possible work at the airport!

Check out our photos on social media!