The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a Washington, D.C.-based international labor union that represents a broad range of workers including those in the health care, property services (including janitors and security officers) and public services (government employees). The largest segment is health care workers, which make up 1.1 million of its more than 2.1 million members.
According to the union’s 2017 labor organization’s annual report, the SEIU had $315 million in revenue, with $281 million of that amount coming from member’s annual dues, called “per capita tax.” The union spent $246 million in “representational activities”, $33 million in “political activities and lobbying” and $46 million in “overhead” and “administration.”
The SEIU International president is Mary Kay Henry.
Faculty Forward is a campaign by SEIU to build membership among graduate assistants and part-time faculty at colleges and universities. According to Faculty Forward, the union represents 54,000 faculty and graduate students, which is approximately 2.6 percent of the total SEIU membership.
The Faculty Forward name is associated with the SEIU higher education effort and is not the actual name of the union. The union identified on the election petition and that seeks to represent faculty members is “SEIU Workers United Southern Region.” That union is headquartered at 4405 Mall Blvd., in Union City, Georgia, and has locals in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The union’s website is at: www.workersunited.org/southern-regional-joint-board.
Faculty at very few colleges and universities in the South have adopted SEIU representation. In North Carolina, Duke University is the only other university that has agreed to the union, with adjunct faculty there voting in favor of an SEIU union in 2016 and then 18 months later ratifying a new contract.