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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\nIn the case of history, there are times of world peace then political warfare. We are frozen in time, in one of the darkest hours. Folks listening to the news, awe-struck Never realizing That a thin...

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\n'I heard a big thump like a construction grate hitting the ground,' said Gabriel Torres, a 29-year-old security person at the World Trade Center. 'All of the sudden, people were running all over....

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\nJosé Santos was raking the leaves in front of his Woodhaven home when his neighbor rushed outside to tell him that a plane hit the World Trade Center. José, who worked as a starter in the building,...

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\nAnaldo Lopez was in Building 2 when the attack occurred. He directed people to leave, helping them to avoid the falling debris on the plaza. He saw seven people hit the ground after they jumped to...

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\nArturo Griffith was in a freight elevator when the building was attacked. The elevator dropped to B1 (the basement level), fell below the landing. He was trapped in the elevator beneath debris and u...

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\nDaria Coard was at work in Building 1 of the World Trade Center when the first plane hit. She was in an elevator with 30 other people on the 88th floor. Only nine passengers managed to exit the elev...

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1199\nA BETTER HOME This battle is not a war to be won by human haste. This battle is not our race. God, has already stated this case. Our Deliverer, and Creator, Our Lord and Savior, He will see us...

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\nMy prayers go out to everyone that has been afected by this terrible tragedy. The day after the attack I started making red, white, and blue ribbons to wear on your lapel (I call them freedom ribbon...

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1199NY\nIt is of paramaount importance that we in the labor movement use our strong and respected voice not only to aid and inspire our members, but to act as a calming influence. Our country is very...

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