June 08, 2007

Support The Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

It is a fundamental of advocacy for Universal Design that the failure to implement UD puts travelers at disabilities at risk -- as well as those who serve us. It is very encouraging to read that the Service Employees International Union is ready to make common cause with us and work together for the growth on Inclusive Travel. I encourage you to take the action step requested by the union and contact Kevin Rudiger. I have.

The following notice comes via the Justice for All Network:

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) represents thousands of passenger service workers at airports around California. As you may know, these workers provide many important services, including wheelchair and aisle-chair services and other forms of assistance for passengers with disabilities.

Many workers have long complained that they have not received
sufficient training to provide the levels of service expected.

The Union seeks support for providing assistance to passengers with
disabilities.

An SEIU survey indicates that many of these workers are not receiving
training that includes: how to safely operate a wheelchair; how to
provide services to persons with disabilities; how to distinguish
the different abilities of individuals with disabilities; and how
long a person can be kept waiting in a wheelchair unattended. That
is, at many airlines and airports, these training standards are
not being met. As such, workers are currently gathering
information for a possible complaint with the Department of
Transportation.


Action Step:
You are encouraged to send your needs and
perspectives as a passenger with disabilities to SEIU. Please
contact Kevin Rudiger at (213)673-2246 or via email
rudigerk@seiulocal1877.org

Posted by rollingrains at June 8, 2007 12:38 AM