History

BRIEF HISTORY

Prior to the creation of 200United, much of Upstate NY was divided into smaller locals; we were originally Local 200 A, B, C & D. In 2000, when Service Employee International Union (SEIU) announced an effort to build industry-focused locals on a state-wide basis (New Strength Unity), it was logical to tap SEIU Local 200B, to provide the core union voice for working families in Upstate New York. SEIU Local 200United was chartered in June of 2001 by combining area local unions into one core Upstate Union of Building and Public Service workers. The merger created a strong union designated to unify and raise the standard of living for its members and their families. President of Local 200B, Jerry Dennis, was elected President of the newly merged SEIU Local 200United; he has since retired. Scott Phillipson took the helm as president in May 2013. With a united membership and the leadership of Jerry Dennis, the union has been able to be a strong and united voice for workers across many diverse professions throughout Upstate New York. The Union that was once built on pennies, is now a strong union built on financial security.

ABOUT US

Over the past 10 years, SEIU Local 200United has successfully increased its membership by 3,700. Today, SEIU Local 200United union serves nearly 15,000 public & private sector workers in the Upstate New York region. We are affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), an organization with 2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico. We are the largest and fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers—not just corporations and CEOs—benefit from today’s global economy. We are proud to be an amalgamated union, comprised of many different and diverse groups. We are direct care workers and nurses, administrative assistants and secretaries, teaching assistants, food service workers, bus drivers, EMS professionals, municipal workers, security guards, janitors, buildings and grounds keepers, maintenance workers, ticket takers and ushers, cemetery workers, parking attendants and many more.

WHERE WE WORK

From the Hudson Valley to Syracuse, Buffalo to Saranac Lake, we span the state: human service agencies like ARCs, the United Way, and Unity House, private colleges and universities including Syracuse University, University of Rochester, and Bennington College, schools and districts and private bus companies, EMS companies, VA medical centers, towns and cities from the Village of Avon, to the City of Oswego, to the Town of Yates, janitorial facilities and companies like Janitronics, Government facilities, sports and entertainment facilities including NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse and the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, different cemeteries, and parking lots and garages in Rochester and Syracuse.

Office locations include Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo, Kingston and Rochester.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Organizing

• Ulster-Greene ARC, the largest in 200United history
• ABC Head Start Rochester, the largest in Rochester in the last 5 years
• Nazareth College, 70+ Food Service Workers
• Colgate University, residual unit
• Gateway Longview absorbed Hopevale, increasing membership
• Baker Victory, absorbed Cantalician, increasing membership

Representational

• Syracuse University campaigns
– Successfully changed University wage schedule to make wages on campus livable
– Faculty-Labor Fairness Coalition (FLFC)
– No Subcontracting
• 2 University Senate seats for Union members Canisius College – successful Contract campaign to raise historically low standards
• Bard student labor group
• Rural Metro city contract campaign – Rochester was going to drop Rural Metro as its ambulance service and go with a non-Union company; we stopped that from happening
• Various other campaigns

Political & Community

• New York State Funding initiative for human services recruitment and retention, $5 million
• Syracuse City living wage campaign
• Helped to elect Governor Andrew Cuomo
• Helped to elect Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
• Healthcare Reform
– Up to age 26 now covered
– New rules on pre-existing conditions
– Reining in profits

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