SEIU Local 1 Stands with the People of South Africa and the World as We Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela, a Man Who Showed the World that We Can Make Historic Changes for the Better.


Nell McNamara,, 206-852-5934


SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff Greets Nelson  in 1993.

SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff Greets Nelson in 1993.

The following is a statement regarding Nelson Mandela’s death by SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff:

“When I met Nelson Mandela in 1993, we discussed the power of people working together to make real strides toward a better world. He believed that ‘poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.’

One of the most powerful ways we can work to remove poverty is by joining together to improve the wages, benefits and working conditions of working people. Together, we can make the impossible possible and win a better future for our children.

SEIU Local 1 will continue its work to build a fair and just economy, inspired by Nelson Mandela’s legacy of pursuing radical change for economic justice.”

Mr. Balanoff had a private meeting in 1993 during Mr. Mandela’s trip to Chicago to visit with community and labor leaders. He is available for comments and interviews.

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