Service Employees International Union Stories

Among the thousands directly affected by the attacks were members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) who worked at or near the World Trade Center and Pentagon as janitors, porters, security guards, public employees, building engineers, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters. In the days and weeks that followed the tragedy, several recounted their stories -- how they escaped the buildings, how they helped others to safety, and how they struggle with grief, emotional difficulties, and financial hardship. This collection contains more than fifty of these stories.

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\nOrganization Name: ver di Dear Andrew L. Stern, It is with unbelievable horror and great sadness that i learned about the terrorist attack agaisnt the people in your country. It is incomprehensible...

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\nHistadrut - General Federation of Labour in Israel Dear Andrew, It is now a day after the terrible tragedy in New York, Washington, and Pittsburgh. We in Israel understand what the families and fr...

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lynnwood\nwe are 11 years old and we wanted to help, so my 6th grade class at lynnwood intermediat did a fund rasier called coins for caring to rasie money for the red cross. \n...

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Local 503, member\nI am a MOC who recently came on staff with Local 503. The commitment I see from the members is such a confirmation of why I so strongly believe in unions. Unions are so fundememtal...

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1199NY DELEGATE\nSINCE 9/11/01 I HAVE BEEN HOPING THAT WE AS A WHOLE WILL COME UNITED AND NOT LET WHAT HAPPEND 9/11. AS A UNION DELEGATE, WE ALWAYS TELL OUR MEMBERS THAT WORKERS WHO ARE UNITED WILL NE...

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\nSEIU Staff member I wrote the following as I was trying to come to grips with the feelings I had regarding the events of September 11, 2001. Passing through HellNo warningMelting SteelBreaking Hea...

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Local 668 staffer, retired\nI was not directly affected but my family was, but it has a happy ending. I retired three years ago as a staff person with Local 668, SEIU, PSSU. My nephew, Alex Sabol, Jr....

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\nI work at SEIU Headquarters in DC, but I was at a conference in NYC on the day of the attacks. I felt the hurt and sadness all around me in the city for the day and a half that I was stranded there....

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1000\nMy cousin is a firefighter, my father is a retired police officer, my sister is a federal worker, and I am a state employee. This incident could have easily happened to mi familia. On Tuesday,...

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