Published: May 31, 2024

SEIU 503 elected delegates to SEIU International Union’s Convention traveled to Philadelphia this month to take part in the International Union’s (IU) Convention, held every four years, to consider and pass resolutions that guide SEIU and local state unions into the future.

At this year’s convention delegates from across the continental US, Puerto Rico, and Canada passed resolutions that, among other things, committed our international union to build strong partnerships with other labor organizations (including the national AFL-CIO), build a cross-racial, multi-generational, and multi-lingual labor movement that will allow us to organize one million workers in the next ten years.

During the Convention’s elections, 503’s executive director, Melissa Unger, was elected to serve her second four-term on the IU board. Members elected the first ever black president of the IU, longtime union leader April Verrett (who will speak to 503 members at General Council this summer).

On the last day of the event, vice-president Kamala Harris paid tribute to caregivers in a rousing and powerful keynote speech.