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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32BJ\nNagjija Gjidija, a 53-year-old elevator operator, worked at the World Trade Center for 30 years. 'The World Trade Center was my second home. The people were my second family. I loved it there,'...

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32BJ\nAs told by another 32BJ member: 'So many people were lost. Some were young, some old. It's so very sad. I can't tell you how bad I feel,' said Gashi Naxhija, a 40-year-old World Trade Center wor...

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1199 in New Jersey\nIn viewing our website for the first time, I could not help but fill up when I saw the Justice for Janitors logo. I immediately thought of the window-washers on the 102nd floor....

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32BJ\nLocal 32BJ member and Shop Steward Arlene Charles was on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center when terrorists crashed a plane into the building. 'It got dark and smoky. I couldn't see nothin...

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\nMy name is Ann and I work for a hearing aid manufacturer in Norcross, GA. I would like to encourage our company to participate in relief efforts and I would like to propose to our management that yo...

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\nLike so many immigrants to the United States, Nafija Lekic works hard as a maintenance worker who cleans offices. Until the day of the attack on the World Trade Center, she worked at the 225 Libert...

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32BJ\nAs told by another 32BJ member: Carmen Griffith, an elevator operator at the World Trade Center, was on an elevator that morning of the tragedy. Having just dropped off six people at Cantor Fitz...

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32BJ\nAs told by a fellow 32BJ member: Robert Leary is a 53-year-old who worked in the Amex building across the street from WTC. He had just finished moving boxes on the 35th floor of the building wh...

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1199 NATIONAL\nI WISH I wish my love was in perfect alignment with the Earth,Moon, and Stars. I Wish it was inifinite, with no beginning and no ending. Like the universe; I wish it was endless ! I wis...

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