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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\nPrior to any suggestions from myself (Benefit Funds Manager of the 1115 Benefit Funds) or any other leadership, I am proud to say that our staff took the initiative to raise money and coordinate the...

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\nDesde la Federación Estatal de Trabajadores de Comercio , Hostelería - Turismo y Juego de la Unión General de Trabajadores de España (FECHTJ-UGT) les enviamos nuestros mensajes de solidaridad por lo...

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\nAt a stop work meeting of over 1,000 of our public hospital and health service members held on Wednesday 12th September a minutes silence was observed in honour of those who lost their lives in the...

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Local 1984\nSEIU Local 1984 Joins National Relief Effort To Help Terror Victims CONCORD -- The union representing service employees in New Hampshire is mobilizing members to provide relief for victims...

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32BJ\nWTC Bldg 2, Lobby Worker, 13 months on the job Sal Iraci was living in Italy, a little more than a year ago, when he returned to his native New York to look for work. 'There wasn't any work ther...

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32BJ\nJudy Micheels, 42, has been a maintenance worker at the World Trade Center for four years. She and her 19-year-old daughter, who is a tour guide, both escaped safely. However, Judy's coworker ha...

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2028\nBoth of my brothers are firefighters in New York. My older brother was driving to the scene of the first fire, when he saw that the building was going to come down, and he had to turn the car a...

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32BJ\n'I thought it was a bomb, or maybe an earthquake. The whole building shook for minutes. The impact threw me across the floor,' said John Cretella, who was on the 61st floor of the World Trade Ce...

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32BJ\nIvan Almendarez was a maintenance worker in Building 1 of the World Trade Center. 'I usually work on the concourse, but I was in the basement, charging up my radio and getting some supplies, whe...

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