Service Employees International Union
Found in 47 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract Local 32B, located in New York, NY, was founded on April 19, 1934 and within months the young union was on strike in the garment district; within days the union won rights to a closed shop and gained a substantial number of new members. Local 32J had been charted in 1936 and was composed largely of women building service workers. The two unions merged in 1977, and the new 32B-32J had over 46,000 members. Part I of this collection is comprised entirely of correspondence from the members of the...
Dates: 1961 - 1994; Majority of material found within 1986 - 1994
Abstract With a history spanning from 1937 to the present, Local 79 is the second oldest and longest running SEIU local in Michigan. The local organizes a range of health care employees, maintenance workers, and stadium employees, amongst others. It is based in Detroit, but has members throughout the state. The SEIU Local 79 Records comprise files of Richard Cordtz, Paul Policicchio, staff, contract negotiations, employers, organizing drives, various Local 79 units, other labor organizations, amongst...
Dates: 1952 - 1992; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1990
Abstract The Wayne County Sheriff Employee Local 502 was founded in 1960 by Graten Little Jr. It became one of Michigan’s largest unions and was based out of Livonia, MI. The collection contains material from the Local 502 up until its affiliation around 2009 with the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM). It comprises arbitration and grievance records, office files, and photographs.
Dates: 1960 - 2008
Abstract Two SEIU Michigan locals, Local 517M and Local 591, created the materials found within this collection. Local 591 represented multiple school districts within the state of Michigan and in January 2005, Local 591 merged into Local 517M. Local 517M primarily represented public employees working for the state of Michigan and previously merged with Local 31M in 2002. Local 517M is still active today, and as such, this collection will likely continue to grow. Materials in this collection...
Dates: 1976 - 2011; Majority of material found within 1980 - 2005
Abstract The formation of SEIU Local 535 began when members of the Social Workers Action Committee of #434, SEIU united with the Social Workers Standards Committee in Los Angeles, California. In 1964, these Los Angeles County social workers led a successful strike against the county, the result of which was SEIU chartering Local 535 as the social workers union. As more California public employees continued to strike and join Local 535, the union grew. Eventually Local 535 helped pass the...
Dates: 1967 - 2007; Majority of material found within 1995 - 2006
Abstract The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was founded in 1921 as a union of flat janitors. Over the years it has grown in size and scope, and now comprises three divisions: healthcare, property services, and public services. Mr. Morton H. Shapiro was a rank-and-file member within SEIU. Over the years he collected an assortment of political campaign bumper stickers and posters generated by CSEA-SEIU Local 1000, which are the materials found within this collection.
Dates: 1976 - 2004
Abstract The 1980s was a difficult time for American Labor. The American economy was in recession and national politics were not hospitable to organized labor. Yet, SEIU grew by 500,000 members. By 1992, SEIU reached the million-member mark. The membership achievements of SEIU can be largely credited to the efforts of its Organizing Department. The primary responsibility of the SEIU Organizing Department was to organize the unorganized. The SEIU Organizing Department sought to gain new membership for...
Dates: 1970 - 1994; Majority of material found within 1985 - 1992
Abstract A collection of photographic prints spanning the union’s long history, the SEIU Photograph Collection is the culmination of decades of photographic work produced or compiled by SEIU’s international headquarters staff. The images document a wide range of individuals, organizations, events, and topics related to SEIU. The majority of these materials come from their Communications Department, who utilized the images in various types of print materials. Amateur photography by SEIU members of...
Abstract The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was founded in 1921 as a union of flat janitors. Over the years it has grown in size and scope, now comprising three divisions: healthcare, property services, and public services. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, SEIU utilized the services of media consultants Abernathy and Associates for public relations and communication work. The collection consists of materials generated by Abernathy and Associates for SEIU, as well as source materials created...
Dates: 1978 - 2003; Majority of material found within 1983 - 1995
Abstract SEIU Publications is primarily comprised of serials created by the International, Locals, Joint Councils, and Conferences. Included in the collection are International convention proceedings dating back to the official inception of SEIU, constitutions and bylaws, and serials published at the International level. However, the bulk of the materials are serials created by SEIU Locals, Joint Councils, and Conferences, documenting member concerns and plights, as well as important events and issues...
Dates: 1936 - 2008; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1995
Abstract The SEIU Research Department was established in 1942 as the Research and Education Department. It was created mainly to help prepare negotiators at the bargaining table during World War II. Its main purpose was to gather data and information from the locals. The department would analyze the data, synthesize it and distribute reports throughout the organization. The department was expanded in 1945. Additional responsibilities grew to include analyzing new labor trends and organizational methods,...
Dates: 1930 - 1995; Majority of material found within 1946 - 1994
Abstract The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was founded in 1921 as a union of flat janitors. Over the years it has grown in size and scope, now comprising three divisions: healthcare, property services, and public services. With the number of retired SEIU members growing, SEIU developed a series of four workshops to address the needs of this population. The creation of the Retired Members Department soon followed. The Retired Members Department Records provide insight into these initial...
Dates: 979 - 1989; Majority of material found within 1979 - 1980
Abstract Founded as the Building Service Employees International Union in 1921 with a core of janitors, window washers and elevator operators, the modern SEIU grew to become the largest health care union and second largest public employee union in North America by the late-1980s. Chartered affiliates operate throughout North America. This collection contains information about executive affairs, officer appointments and elections, and membership activity at the local union, joint council, and state...
Dates: 1967 - 1987
Abstract The Service Employees International Union was established in 1921 as the Chicago-based Building Service Employees International Union, an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and largely organized what were then called flat janitors. Eventually, it grew to include non-professional employees working in private and public institutions employed as clerical workers, technicians, janitors and maintenance workers, health care workers, guards, doormen, and attendants of stadiums,...
Dates: 1920 - 2002; Majority of material found within 1940 - 1985
Abstract The International Executive Board (I. E. B.) is the final authority and the highest governing body of the union. Some of its duties include: hearing and ruling on appeals of affiliates and their members or officers, protecting the rights and privileges of its members, adopting, repealing and amending policies and procedures for the union, establishing and approving financial transactions, taking legal action to protect or otherwise advance the interests of the union, commenting on matters of...
Dates: 1921 - 1996
Abstract Richard Cordtz’s affiliation with SEIU spanned nearly 50 years, beginning in the late 1940s as a member of Local 102 while he worked at the Del Mar Racetrack, and ending in 1996 as President of the International. During his journey from member to president, Cordtz held a variety of positions within SEIU including union organizer, Local 79 President, Joint Council 35 President, Central States Conference President, and Secretary-Treasurer of the International. Cordtz was also active in the...
Dates: 1920 - 1995; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1992
Abstract The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was founded in 1921 as a union of flat janitors. Over the years it has grown in size and scope, now comprising three divisions: healthcare, property services, and public services. SEIU’s Secretary-Treasurer’s Office: Subject File Records document the everyday dealings of the Secretary Treasurer’s Office, including interactions with the United States and Canadian governments, unions, federations (particularly the AFL-CIO), and internal SEIU...
Dates: 1943 - 1985; Majority of material found within 1975 - 1984
Abstract The SEIU conducted an oral history program with officers and members, primarily between 1973 and 1988, with additions in 2002-2005. The collections consists of 31 interviews. Transcripts exist for all but the Andy Stern interview. Audio recordings exist for all but the following interviews: Cooper, Eliaser, Glenn (UCLA), Hannon, Levey (individual), Liebes, Neal, and Smiley. The Pat Ford interview conducted on Hi8 videotape. Interviewees discuss their entry into the labor movement and SEIU,...
Dates: 1951 - 2005; Majority of material found within 1973 - 2005
Abstract Thomas (Tom) Reilly Donahue was an influential figure in both the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. He served as the executive assistant to David Sullivan, the first vice president of SEIU, the executive assistant to George Meany, the secretary-treasurer of AFL-CIO, and as the president of AFL-CIO.The papers document a portion of Donahue's time as the executive assistant to David Sullivan and as the...
Dates: 1962 - 1973
Abstract In the 1970s, the Program on Women and Work, a unit of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (ILIR), a jointly administered body of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, coordinated an oral history project to document the lives and work of women active in the labor movement from 1900 through 1970. Joyce L. Kornbluh of ILIR served as project director. Many interviewers conducted interviews with participants across the United State. This project, "The Twentieth...
Dates: 1971 - 1979; Majority of material found within 1975 - 1979
Abstract The Vertical Files Collection is comprised of newspaper clippings, articles, pamphlets, public relations materials, and other ephemera related to the Reuther Library’s urban affairs and labor collections.
Dates: 1920 - 2011; Majority of material found within 1960 - 2000