SEIU Local 1 represents more than 36,000 members in the building services industry – including more than 6,000 residential workers; however, a portion of this industry does not enjoy the benefits of a union. We must build our strength by showing these workers how their lives can improve with the Union Difference. We are currently working to organize residential workers throughout Chicago.

Local 1 has made great strides in representing residential workers throughout its history. We have been representing workers in the building services industry for MORE THAN 100 years. Our history enables us to be at the forefront of the industry and to provide our current and future members the best representation possible.

The SEIU Local 1 residential contract is strong. Among other items it provides security in:

  • Wages
  • Benefits
  • Job retention

It allows members to be part of a stable workforce, and creates opportunity by providing training and advancement for janitors to increase their skills and promote to maintenance workers.

To learn more, contact: Efrain Elias at: 877-233-8880.


Congratulations CRE Graduates!

Last week, 20 Local 1 building engineers, representing six different management companies, were the first group to graduate from the one-year Certified Residential Engineers training program! The training program, a partnership between labor and management, is aimed at improving the lives of Local 1 members and the residents they serve in their buildings. Congrats CRE graduates!

Check out video from the event and hear from the graduates:

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When it comes to contract negotiations, SEIU Local 1 Residential members mean business

                SEIU Local 1 Residential Division engineers, janitors, and maintenance workers have spent weeks, tirelessly working on negotiating a strong, new contract. When Local 1 members came together and kicked off their campaign to protect their health benefits, win good raises, and secure their retirement programs, they also wanted to let Chicago contractors know: We mean business!

United in the fight, janitors, maintenance workers, and engineers have rallied for the past few weeks, and their strength continues to grow! Each residential rally is bigger than the last with future rallies planned in the coming weeks.

Despite our efforts to build a better future for our families, contract negotiations broke down with ABOMA last week. ABOMA has refused to budge on important issues to Local 1 residential members and their families but Local 1 members will not go down without a fight! We will continue to stand united as we face obstacles in negotiations.

Together, we are showing ABOMA AND non-union contractors throughout Chicago that we fight hard and don’t back down. We won’t back down because this is about what our families and what our great city deserves. We’re fighting to raise standards for ALL working people in Chicago. Local 1 members will keep up the pressure until they win the financial security they need to support their families.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Coming Together for a Better Residential Contract

4.5.2017 Training Fund Pic

Coming Together for a Better

Residential Contract

More than 40 SEIU Local 1 Chief Engineers, Assistant Engineers, Maintenance Mechanics and Residential Janitors came together to start  their campaign for a better contract and higher wages. Local 1 members came together to discuss better bargaining strategies in preparation for the start of contract negotiations on July 11th.

With our contract set to expire on November 30th, it’s important we stand together and get involved to win at the bargaining table. We can win the raises we need and a more secure retirement if EVERYONE participates.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, we want to hear your voice! Click here and let us know what you want to see out of your new contract.  

And mark your calendars: Don’t forget attend our campaign kickoff on June 28th, 1340 W. Washington, Chicago 5PM!  

Efrain Elias
Residential Division Director
SEIU Local 1

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Building Power: Residential Workers

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