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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...
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...
Abstract Subjects include: SEIU local history; wages; collective bargaining; industry surveys; benefits
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...