The SEIU represents hundreds of thousands of health care workers and is now encouraging them to march alongside fast-food strikers, according to the New York Times.
Union officials also want home-care aides to join protests in six cities – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Seattle. Union leaders say the hope is to expand to more cities in future strikes.
For The Record says: According to a study commissioned by the agency overseeing home caregivers in Michigan, 75 percent of those home-care aid workers the SEIU is urging to strike are taking care of a relative or close friend.
Might we see this sign among picketers: “Mom – get yourself up those stairs. I’m on strike!”
Note: These home caregivers around the country were formerly forcibly unionized by the SEIU. That ended this summer when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled these types of workers could not be considered public employees subject to unionization.