The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) began in 1921 as a janitor's union, eventually branching out from building services to include government and health care workers.
Over the years, their success as a union has been attributed to mergers with smaller unions and savvy targeting of unskilled, low-wage labor forces and groups that have not been traditionally courted by labor organizations, such as health care workers. But not all their steps have been good ones. This is a union that has faced:
It all adds up to a significant loss of membership and power – which may make you wonder if this is the group of people you want representing your interests.
The SEIU is a union that’s had its share of challenges – and now, they may be looking to you to help them with their troubles. You need to ask yourself if SEIU is the group you want representing your interests and if their services are worth the cost of dues.