SEIU Members Discuss Future of Union

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Local service union members are looking ahead, after splitting with the country's largest labor federation Monday.

Tuesday night, members of the Service Employees International Union gathered for a statewide nurses meeting in Madison.

There are some 3,500 SEIU members in Wisconsin, at least 2,000 in Madison alone.

Local members say the AFL/CIO wasn't recognizing the changing priorities of organized workers, and had been consistently losing membership. Officials hope the split benefits local SEIU members.

"Local union members will have the same contracts that they've had before. The SEIU in Wisconsin will grow even stronger from this as we will realign some of the dues that members have paid towards the AFL/CIO and put them into our priorities," says Ann Louise Tetreault with SEIU 1199 WI.

Officials say those priorities include working with other community bases -- like the Alzehiemer's Association, food pantries, and diversity groups.

SEIU hopes to hold a fall convention to bring delegates together.

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