Shirley Ranz June 3, 2016
1199 SEIU President George Gresham
1199 Healthcare Workers East
310 W 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
Dear President Gresham,
As a former long-time member and delegate of 1199 and as the daughter of elderly and disabled parents who receive care from home attendants, I was shocked and disappointed to learn about the union’s anti –worker position in the case of the Chinese workers, who rightly sued the Chinese American Planning Council for non-payment of overtime for over 6 years. Home care workers are grossly underpaid, receive no overtime pay, and should have the right to go to court for just compensation.
That 1199 supports mandatory arbitration and a cut in wages is incomprehensible. Historically 1199 has fought for the rights of workers. This position must be continued.