The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the fastest-growing labor union in North America. With 1.9 million members in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, SEIU focuses on uniting workers in the service sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide. SEIU is the nation’s largest health care union, the largest property services union, and the second-largest public employees union.
Today, SEIU is building a 21st-century global union to help ensure that workers all around the world, not just corporations and CEOs, benefit from today’s global economy. Through its Global Organizing Partnership division, SEIU works with unions in similar industries in more than 40 countries to raise the standard of living of working people around the world, to challenge multinationals to provide comparable wages and benefits, and to allow workers in every country the freedom to form unions.
With a staff of thirteen based in the U.S. and five countries around the world, SEIU crafts global alliances to take on global employers in order to help workers in both the U.S. and abroad stand up to these employers and to pursue mutual interests. SEIU’s legitimate communications with international labor organizations, global labor federations, and other allies in nations and geographic regions could be targeted under the surveillance program proposed by the United States government.