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The Second-Largest Workers Union in the US Sets Budget Cuts Under Trump’s Presidency

The 20-percent budget cut is set to take place by Jan. 1, 2018, but a 10-percent budget cut is effective immediately
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Budget cuts could have a dramatic effect on the Fight for $15 campaign.

The Service Employees International Union, the country’s second-largest union that represents almost 2 million workers, is preparing for budget cuts over the next year under Donald Trump’s presidency.

With Republicans controlling Washington, the SEIU has planned a 30-percent cut from impending threats to the union, such as minimized health-care spending, according to an international memo reviewed by Bloomberg Businessweek.

“Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of working people to join together in unions,” Mary Kay Henry, president of SEIU, wrote in an internal memo dated Dec. 14.

“These threats require us to make tough decisions that allow us to resist these attacks and to fight forward despite dramatically reduced resources.”

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Although the union’s budget has been reduced, its Fight for $15 campaign is still advocating for livable wages. California and New York already passed $15 minimum wages this year.