Who is ULU Local 100?

Local 100’s mission is to organize and represent unorganized service sector workers in the middle south states of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas, and allow our members to create a vehicle to allow them a clear voice and real power in their workplace and their communities.  After more than 25 years as an SEIU local, in October 2009 Local 100 became independent again. Please become a fan on of Local 100 ULU on Facebook!

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Local 100 Welcomes New Members from Hartman Middle School PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 December 2016 19:55

Local 100 Organizer Alain Cisneros (green shirt) welcoming three new Local 100 members into our Local from Hartman Middle School HISD.

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Kashmere Gardens PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 December 2016 19:51

Entire kitchen staff at Kashmere Gardens are Local 100 members. They are fighting for dignity and respect from the Principle who is a bully!!!

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Senator Royce West stiffs Local 100. Drivers and Monitors call for Walk out PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 October 2016 19:08

Twenty four Local 100 Dallas County School Bus drivers and Monitors ; some terminated but most still employed, met Saturday, 10/29/16, in the hopes of appealing their terminations and to ask for State Senator Royce West’s help to stop Dallas County’s continuing unfair terminations and suspensions.

Their hope quickly turned into anger and frustration when West called us to say he had another meeting and couldn’t come to ours, despite our having confirmed his attendance two days earlier. There were calls to Walk Out and Sick Out and the Drivers and Monitors immediately began strategizing the best time to do it. The State student testing day was picked as the day when DCS and the 13 school districts it provides student transportation for would be the most vulnerable to a Sick Out or walk Out.

                  In the end, cooler heads prevailed and the plan became to write a letter listing our issues which are:

1. Terminations and Suspensions because of red light camera tickets that go back three years and which we were never informed of until DCS needed a scapegoat to cover up their failure,

2. poorly trained Drivers,

3. Overloaded buses,

4. Unsafe buses,

5. DCS doesn’t follow its own policy.

And our demands which are:

1. Reinstate drivers who made the alleged violations,

2. Suspend the supervisors whose mis-management caused the problems.

3. Lift Driver suspensions or show proof.

4. Reimburse our lost wages,

5. Give us the right to face our accusers and send this letter to the Board members at DCS and all the school districts it serves.

6. And set up  informational picket

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Community organizers oppose ballot issue on economic development PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 October 2016 16:36

Copy of Article from Arkansas News.

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By John Lyon / Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Community Organizations said Thursday it opposes Issue 3 on the state ballot, saying the measures would sanction unlimited “corporate welfare.”

A ballot question committee formed to support the measure said it would help Arkansas compete with neighboring states for jobs.

In a news conference across the street from an early voting location in downtown Little Rock, the grass-roots community-organizing group said it is urging Arkansans to vote against the multi-part ballot issue, which was referred to the ballot by the state Legislature in 2015 and has been endorsed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the state Chamber of Commerce and numerous local chambers.

Jim Lynch and Toney Orr, both of Little Rock, told reporters they believe the measure is in part a response to a Pulaski County circuit judge’s 2015 ruling that Little Rock and North Little Rock had to stop providing taxpayer dollars to local chambers of commerce because the practice violated the state constitution. Lynch and Orr were plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to the ruling.

“So what the chamber did, they did an end run” around the judge’s ruling,” Orr said, noting that Issue 3 would amend the state constitution to allow cities and counties to appropriate funds to private entities like chambers of commerce that promote economic development.

The public funds that would go to private entities if Issue 3 is approved would be diverted from the traditional beneficiaries of public money, such as schools, the group said.

Neil Sealy of Little Rock, the group’s executive director, said there is limited transparency for such projects. He said that in August, when he requested information from the Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County about applications it received from businesses for state-funded incentives, he was told that some of the information was exempt from the state Freedom of Information Act.

“Shouldn’t taxpayers have access to all of the records regarding a company’s plans for development using taxpayer dollars?” Sealy said in an email after the news conference.

Issue 3 also would would remove a cap on bonds the state can issue for large projects, or “super projects.” The current cap is 5 percent of the state’s general revenue from the most recent fiscal year.

Without a limit, the Legislature could “put the public treasury into poverty. It’s a bad, bad idea — nothing but corporate welfare,” Lynch said.

Jobs for Arkansas, a ballot question committee that supports Issue 3, said in a statement Thursday, “Right now, our state is at a disadvantage when competing with our neighbors for major economic development projects. Issue 3 will enable our cities and counties to fully participate in efforts to bring employers to our communities. It will also enhance the state’s ability to recruit the kind of large-scale projects we all want in our backyard — the kind that creates hundreds of good-quality, high-paying jobs for Arkansans.”

The committee said Hutchinson and dozens of other individuals, organizations and communities across the state “have endorsed Issue 3 because they know it will move our state forward and help create more and better jobs for Arkansas.”

 
Dallas Local 100 Fights for Justice for School Bus Drivers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 October 2016 22:27




On October 22nd, Dallas Local 100 members took the message to the people. Union members (Doris Humphrey, Cassandra Fletcher,  Robert Strahn of AISD and Vernon Johnson) were interviewed on KNON 89.3 FM about the unfair terminations and suspensions of the drivers by Dallas County Schools. 483 camera violations were posted against bus driven by DCS employees between 1/1/2014 and August of 2016.  These tickets were sent to DCS, the owners of the vehicles, and without the drivers knowledge and paid by DCS. When NBC 5 investigated DCS they found multiple checks issued to cover the fines, a total exceeding $80,000.  The drivers were not told at the time and any violations that occurred during that period were allowed to accumulate.  After the NBC 5 expose DCS demoted the 2 supervisory personnel in charge of informing the drivers and recouping the fines from the drivers, however the drivers involved were suspended (5 to 9 days without pay) or terminated.  Local 100 has been helping the involved drivers by assisting them with their grievances and representing them at their appeals.  Local 100 has also begun organizing the drivers in the Arlington ISD where a chronic shortage of drivers (40 short presently) has resulted in mechanics driving  creating a greater backlog of busses needing servicing and repairs. The lines were busy and hosts Bonnie Mathias and Gene Lantz of the Workers Beat were happy to spread the word about workers in DFW. Local 100 will keep the pressure on next week with the monthly membership meeting on October 29th with State Senator Royce West coming and listening to the issues of the workers who were unfairly terminated and suspended as well as ongoing management problems.  Senator West plays a key role as over 50% of the monies that school districts receives come from the state.People pictured in photo are:  Vernon Johnson fired driver, Gene Lantz- co-host of Workers Beat, Bonnie Mathias-co-host of Workers Beat, Cassandra Fletcher current driver with DCS, Doris Humphrey fired driver, Kenneth Stretcher organizer Dallas office, Robert Strahn-driver Arlington ISD.
 
Houston Local 100 on KHOU 11 News About Lead in Schools PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 August 2016 17:42

Safety is every parent's wish when they send their kids off to school.

"We want them to be safe," said Carmen Thomas. But Thomas is worried about what may be in the water at her daughter's HISD school.

"If it's not safe for them to drink, I wouldn't want them to drink it," said Thomas.

At Thursday night's board meeting, she'll ask HISD to provide bottled water for drinking at nearly every school in the district, while Texas' largest district tests the water at its 283 schools for lead.

"The sooner the better," said Thomas.

Orell Fitzsimmons is field director for Texas United Employees Union, Local 100. He says 101 of HISD's 180 elementary schools were built before federal regulations banned lead in 1986. Those are the schools he's most concerned about.

Related: Testing finds high lead levels inside HISD high school

"Every school is not going to have lead, but we don't know which ones do," said Thomas. "Unless you know it's safe, you shouldn't be exposing children to it once they get exposed. It's irreversible damage."

HISD tells KHOU 11 that five schools - Wharton Dual Language Academy, Hogg Middle School, Henderson Elementary School, Mickey Leland College Preparatory Academy for Young Men, and McReynolds Middle School - were all randomly tested for lead in March. All lead levels at those campuses were found to be within acceptable standards. So at this point, HISD says there's no need to provide bottled water.

That's not good enough for Fitzsimmons.

"I would like to invite the new superintendent to come out to Cornelius Elementary with me and let's have a glass of water and see how he feels about it," said Fitzsimmons.

Thomas says this is about protecting children and after watching the water crisis unfold in Flint. She believes it's better to be safe than sorry.

"I would hope my city takes responsibility and not let the situation get to that point like what happened in Flint," said Thomas. "I'm just trusting the district that they'll take care of the situation."

 
More on Local 100's Victory in Houston to Save Children and Workers from Lead Poisoning PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2016 15:25

HISD Reverses Course, Will Test All Schools for Lead in Water

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Copy of Article in Houston Press

After initially planning to only test nine schools this summer for lead contamination in its water outlets, the Houston Independent School District reversed its policy Wednesday evening and will now test all of its 153 elementary schools this year, following questions by the Houston Press about lead testing to HISD officials.

In interviews Wednesday, before the changed policy was announced, School Board Trustee Harvin Moore and United Labor Unions Local 100 Field Director Orell Fitzsimmons said HISD officials had previously told them they planned to test only nine schools for lead each year. When asked about this plan, HISD spokeswoman Lila Hollin said Wednesday, “As far as how many and which ones, that hasn't been decided yet.”

At a rate of only nine schools per year, with 283 schools to test, the district wouldn't have finished its tests for more than 30 years.

Yet around 6 p.m. Wednesday, after the Press spoke with Hollin and called numerous HISD employees that day with questions about the district's lead testing policy, Board of Education trustees received a one-paragraph email from HISD Interim Superintendent Ken Huewitt. That email said something very different.

“While we have tested a number of our schools in HISD, we have decided to take a much more proactive and aggressive approach,” Huewitt wrote in the email. “I have asked the facilities team to test all elementary schools this year. All middle schools will be tested in the 2017-2018 school year. Finally, any remaining high schools that have not been completed with the bond program will be tested in the 2018-2019 school year.”

“Results for each facility will be posted on the HISD website as well as a schedule outlining when testing will occur,” Huewitt added.

Fitzsimmons first took an interest in HISD's lead testing policies after watching the water crisis unfold in Flint, Mich. He submitted multiple public information requests asking about HISD's records and practices regarding testing for lead contamination, and spoke at the June 9 Board of Education meeting about the district's need to test all of its schools for lead, starting with elementary schools – the age group most at risk for lead poisoning.

 
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