SEIU’s International Executive Board met in Miami to review strategic plans to build a wider movement and stronger union in the 21st century. The week-long conference included a host of committee meetings that examined a wide range of issues including racial, immigrant and environmental justice. Local unions, including SEIU Local 1991, also had the chance to showcase their work at a reception at the Hyatt in downtown Miami. SEIU Local 1991 President and RN Martha Baker, Dr. Dave Woolsey and other Board Members led a presentation about SEIU’s Together We Rise principles and how SEIU Local 1991 has achieved success implementing them in a Right to Work state.
The reception included presentations on a host of other TWR principles and goals. SEIU Local 1991 Treasurer Magalie Pena Vancol, a Social Worker at JHS, shared her experiences and goals in the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Florida and other states. She also discussed her political activism and the work she has done as a Member Political Organizer. Other Florida union locals gave presentations about organizing, community work and state and local political strategies.
Elected officials also attended the event. Among them, Miami-Dade Commissioners Daniella Levine-Cava and Jean Monestime.