Service Employees International Union

Joining by Industry Strengthens Our Bargaining

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Working with SEIU’s President Andy Stern, the president of Local 73 was about to embark on a politically risky but crucial effort to realign the union membership of multiple amalgamated locals into industry-specific locals. All public sector members would end up in one local, all industrial in another and so on. More than half of Local 73’s members would be moved to other locals. This editorial in the union’s quarterly newspaper planted the seeds of this move months before it came before the membership.

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Building a Better Health Care System At UIHC

Friday, January 25th, 2008

This union of 2,000 professionals had only 500 active members, and was entering into negotiations for its second contract. Leaders needed to remind bargaining unit members what the union had accomplished, while also admitting there was much work left to be done, and inspiring people to join.

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