Last week, community leaders delivered letters to the CEO of Family Services Foundation(FSF) and Innovative Life Solutions(ILS) declaring their support for employees to form a union to improve their pay and the services they provide.
Workers at ILS and FSF were joined by Casa de Maryland, Jobs with Justice, Grace Episcopal Church, Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the D.C. Employment Justice Center.
In their letters of support, they urged Mr. Carrington and Mr. Claxton to follow the law by respecting our free choice to form a union and by paying the living wage workers should already be earning according to D.C. law.
The workers at ILS and FSF are facing a tough fight ahead to win union recognition. Both agencies have hired high paid consultants to discourage workers from freely forming a union.
Can you take 2 minutes to send a fax to David Carrington, the Executive Director of ILS, and Robert Claxton, the CEO of FSF, asking them to respect our rights to form a union?
Organizations and Individuals who have signed letters to Letters to Letters to ILS CEO David Carrington andLetters to FSF Executive Director Robert Claxton, asking them to respect their workers’ rights to form a union include:
“Uniting workers is good for FSF employees because our wage victory is long overdue; and we can improve the living conditions of the clients we serve.” Andrew Jallah, FSF Employee
Earlier this month, me and my co-workers at Family Services Foundation, Inc(FSF) a group home agency in MD, filed for an election to join SEIU Local 500. But we are not alone in our fight for a voice at the work place. Workers at Innovative Life Solutions(ILS), a Group Home agency in DC also filed this month for an election.
“I support the union to win the respect of my employer, the pay I’m entitled to and respect for the job I do here” Russell Cosby, ILS employee
Here at FSF and at ILS, we are facing a tough fight to win union recognition. The bosses have hired high paid consultants to try to discourage and scare us. We are already being forced to attend mandatory meetings with management where they bend the truth.
Earlier today, religious, labor and community leaders joined us to send a message to our employers that they must respect our freedom to form a union. We also delivered dozens of letters from the community calling on ILS and FSF to respect our rights to form a union. But we need to keep the pressure on them to show that the community is watching and wants them to do the right thing.
Thanks for showing your support to our colleagues at ILS and FSF. We look forward to winning our elections and joining the members of SEIU local 500.