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CSEA SEIU Local 2001
CSEA May 19, 2024
CSEA Members Travel to Philly for SEIU Convention
by Drew Stoner

The 2024 SEIU International Convention, held last month in Philadelphia, marked a historic moment for America’s service workforce. As we approach the 2024 Presidential Election, SEIU members gathered to debate and vote on resolutions that will shape our Union’s direction for the next four years. The event was a powerful demonstration of worker solidarity and the continuing fight for better conditions and benefits.

The convention began with opening remarks from Mayor Cherelle Parker, setting an optimistic tone for the proceedings. Among the notable attendees were our very own members: Travis Woodward, Patrice Peterson, Warren Packer, Diane Murphy, Patricia Gaskin, and Tanya Jackson, plus Executive Director, David Glidden. 

A pivotal moment of the convention was the election of April Verrett as the new SEIU president. Verrett, who replaces Mary Kay Henry, makes history as the first Black president of SEIU. Henry’s 14-year tenure saw numerous victories for workers' rights, and her retirement was celebrated with heartfelt tributes. Patrice Peterson, Vice President of Council 400 Retirees and a member of the Union Forever Workgroup, ensured Henry’s legacy was honored by organizing a special card-signing event.

The convention wasn’t confined to the walls of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. On Sunday, approximately 4,000 SEIU members marched from the Convention Center to Independence Mall, showcasing their unity and strength. They chanted and rallied for higher standards and new rules to benefit workers across all industries. “Workers today, they know they have power, and they're willing to use it,” said April Verrett, the newly elected President.

The Unions for All March concluded at Independence National Historical Park, where elected officials, including Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes and U.S. Senator Bob Casey, expressed their support. Senator Casey praised the delegates, saying, “As members and as leaders of SEIU, for all that you do, the dignity of your work, the value of your work, how you help the most vulnerable among us, we're grateful for that work. It has never been more important.”



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