Service Employees International Union

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Service Employees International Union

(SEIU), labor union representing U.S. and Canadian workers in health care (doctors, nurses, health technicians), public services (government workers, school employees), building services (janitors, elevator operators, security officers) and other areas. Founded in Chicago in 1921 as the Building Service Employees International Union to represent largely immigrant janitors, it expanded during the 1930s to include hospital workers and public employees and was renamed in 1968. By the early 21st cent. the SEIU had more than 1.8 million active members, and was the largest and most rapidly growing union in North America. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., the SEIU has more than 300 local affiliates and 25 state councils. From 1980 to 1995 its president was John J. SweeneySweeney, John Joseph,
1934–, U.S. labor leader, b. New York City. An official of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) from 1960, he became president of the SEIU in 1980.
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, who left to head the AFL-CIO. In 1996 he was succeeded by Andrew SternStern, Andrew L.,
1950–, American labor leader, b. West Orange, N.J., grad., Univ. of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1971). A charismatic and frequently controversial reformer, he became a significant figure in the labor union movement.
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, who nine years later led the SEIU to disaffiliate from the AFL-CIO and, with several other unions, form the Change to Win FederationChange to Win Federation,
coalition of seven labor unions representing primarily American workers. It was founded in 2005 as the Change to Win Coalition by five American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations unions that had united to make changes in the
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. In 2009 Workers United, a union descended from the former International Ladies Garment Workers UnionInternational Ladies Garment Workers Union
(ILGWU), former U.S. labor union, formed in 1900 by the amalgamation of seven local unions. At the turn of the century most of the workers in the garment industry were Jewish immigrants, whose attempts at organization were hampered by
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, formally affiliated with the SEIU. Mary Kay Henry succeeded Stern as president in 2010.
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At that time, a five-story commercial building owned and tenanted by the Building Service Employees International Union, occupied the site.
In January 1940, the columnist, Westbrook Pegler exposed the criminal past and organized crime connections of George Scalise, the President of the Building Service Employees International Union (BSEIU).
The man I mean is George Scalese [sic], a Brooklyn racketeer who has become president of the Building Service Employees International Union.
When that venture failed, Scalise arranged for Schwartz to get a charter for a window cleaners loca l from the Building Service Employees International Union (BSEIU).
Padway to George Scalise, January 21, 1940, enclosed with Beth Pitt to Westbrook Pegler, June 18, 1944, Box 82, Folder: Building Service Employees International Union, 1944, Box 82, Pegler Papers.
The Service Employees International Union began in 1921 organizing janitors as the Building Service Employees International Union.

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