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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The current commercial building agreement between the owners and managers of commercial buildings and Local 32BJ, Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, which was scheduled to expire at midnight on December 31--as it has every three years--will now expire three months earlier, on midnight September 30.
The Service Employees International Union, one of the nation's largest organizers of immigrant workers, set aside the day to commemorate a Los Angeles police attack against striking janitors 11 years ago and to call for immigration reform.
"Politicians are selling off government services - and eliminating government itself," says Bob Lathrop, Michigan political director of the Service Employees International Union. "Engler, for example, is shirking his responsibility to govern at the same time that he's trying to make government as small as possible."
The Service Employees International Union Local 503, which represents more than 18,000 state employees, announced their endorsement after months of interviews with the candidates and an analysis of their positions, union officials said.
The service, developed and distributed by Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, provides shareholders and analysts with details about select Boston Properties' projects and corporate transactions.
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