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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Arkansas News PDF Print E-mail

Arkansas State Representatives Stephanie Flowers and David Raney met with SEIU Local 100 members about issues concerning employees of the Arkansas Department Of Correction and the Jefferson County Children and Families Services.

On October 10, 2007 Arkansas Department of Correction will pay employees for all hours worked. Officer Andrea Coleman, who works at Arkansas Department Of Correction Cummins Unit in Grady, AR, received a promotion. The department will also start Merit Pay Increases.

Representative Flowers sponsored a bill- “Requesting the House Interim Committee on Public Health, Welfare And Labor Study Regional Disparity In the Salaries Of Arkansas State Employees.” Our SEIU Local 100 members made the calls and the bill passed. Northwest Arkansas state employees make at least $5,000.00 more than those in Pulaski County.

Local 100 Attendance High at Little Rock Labor Day Picnic PDF Print E-mail

Mom DaughterLocal 100 members took part in the Central Arkansas Labor Council's Labor Day celebration in Little Rock, AR.

Over 600 Union members from across Arkansas gathered to socialize, eat and talk to Democratic candidates for office. They discussed what they think are the most pressing issues to American labor -- health insurance and wages.

"We're working harder but getting less," said Lindsay Brown, president of the Council. "It makes it harder to raise a family."

Local 100's delegation was led by organizer Bessie Fowler. Members attending were O'b Ware, Mary Ann Thomas, Johnnie Floyd, Coretha Floyd, Carla Williams, Diane Holiday, Tom Karson, Christine Sanders and Linda Lee. Many brought their families.

"We all had a great time," said Fowler. "We were all together there as one, and our members got a chance to meet quite a few politicians."

Edwards speaks on poverty in Delta PDF Print E-mail

The following is a news story by Jill Zeman in the Biloxi Sun Herald about presidential candidate John Edwards' visit to West Helena, AR:

LITTLE ROCK -- Presidential candidates who visit the Mississippi Delta need to bring ideas, not just smiles for the cameras, members of a grassroots group representing the region said Thursday.

"Don't come to our region and use us as a photo op," said Lee Powell, executive director of the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus.

Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina visited Helena-West Helena this month to focus on poverty, but local leaders have been critical, saying Edwards should have spent more time in the region. The former senator spent less than 30 minutes there on his anti-poverty tour.

But Edwards supporters, including the director of Service Employees International Union Local 100, said the former senator was gracious and willing to listen.

"Alleviating poverty in America is the cause of John Edwards' life, and the truth is that no one in this race has focused more on poverty, and no one will do more as president to address poverty than John Edwards," said Colleen Murray, a spokeswoman for Edwards.

Edwards Impresses Local 100 Members in Arkansas PDF Print E-mail

Presidential candidate John Edwards speaks to SEIU Local 100 members in West Helena, Arkansas on July 16, 2007, about increasing the minimum wage to $9.50 and health insurance for all Americans. He also support paid sick leave and bringing the troops home from Iraq.

For more information about Edwards go to www.johnedwards.com/media/ .

Fight for the Future Becomes Personal for Local 100 Organizer PDF Print E-mail

Local 100 joined with the Arkansas State Electoral Coalition in an effort to register voters for the 2004 presidential election. Thanks to the cooperation of labor, community groups, and grassroots organizations, residents have a renewed sense of responsibility and hope that perhaps their vote truly makes a difference.
In Pulaski County Arkansas, voter registration has nearly doubled since 2000. Most newly registered voters are young -- in the 18-25 age groups -- and represent a potentially powerful force in the upcoming election. Many residents feel that this election is critical, and don't want to miss the opportunity to voice their opinion.
Local 100 Organizer Bessie Fowler donated her spare time to contribute to the cause. In one month working a few hours on nights and weekends, she registered 500 people to vote.
"I really want to win this thing," said Fowler.
Observing the enthusiasm that neighboring SEIU, ACORN and Project Vote workers and volunteers reflect has inspired other groups to join the voter registration effort. The race is on as both Democratic and Republican organizations compete to win the support of undecided voters.
SEIU aims to encourage voters to make the right choice for a President who supports working families. Employment is decreasing, jobs are being outsourced to foreign nations, and health care premiums have risen to the degree that many workers cannot afford insurance for their families. Children are not receiving the education they deserve.  Workers fundamental rights to a forty hour work week and overtime pay have come under fire.
The Bush Administration has lost over half a million American jobs in the last four years – making it the first time in 50 years that any president has seen American jobs suffer an net decrease. The national deficit now stands at $7,419,244,676,835.[1] the largest in history.
SEIU's fight for the future is a nationwide campaign to elect a president who supports working families. Find out more about the issues at: http://www.fightforthefuture.org/issues/

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