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Service Employees International Union

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Duration: 1921 - current (Africa solidarity work known in the 1980s and early 1990s)
Location: Washington, DC, United States


The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was formed in 1921 at the Building Services Employees Union (BSEU). In 1968 it renamed itself Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  In the early 1980s SEIU Locals 509 and 385 supported the successful campaign to get the state of Massachusetts to pass legislation divesting state pension funds from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. In the 1980s Local 250 formed a Southern African Liberation Committee. In 1986 the Local 250 Southern Africa Liberation Committee was involved in organizing the West Coast Conference in Solidarity with the National Liberation Movements of South Africa (ANC) and Namibia (SWAPO). In the 1990s SEIU in California support the Stop Apartheid’s Violence Campaign conducting teach-ins and distributing material to its members. United Public Employees Local 790 of SEIU produced a button in solidarity with the South African Municipal Workers Union.  (Source: SIU website accessed June 25, 2014; SEIU button on this website; the SEIU description on Wikipedia at accessed June 25, 2014; and documents on this website including: Make It in Massachusetts, Not in South Africa: How We Won Divestment Legislation, Massachusetts Coalition for Divestment from South Africa (MASS Divest), March 1983; [Dear Anti-Apartheid Supporters, The Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid will be coordinating the Washington State effort to attend the West Coast Conference in Solidarity with the National Liberation of South Africa (ANC) and Namibia (SWAPO)…], Maryamu Eltayeb, Seattle Coalition Against Apartheid, April 23, 1986; WEST COAST CONFERENCE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE NATIONAL LIBERATION MOVEMENTS OF SOUTH AFRICA (ANC) AND NAMIBIA (SWAPO), Bay Area Free South Africa Movement et al, March 18, 1986; [Dear Friends, The Stop the Violence Campaign is spreading very fast] by Dumisani Kumalo, The Africa Fund, March 18, 1992; and Stop Apartheid's Violence Campaign Launched in 20 States, The Africa Fund, April 2, 1992.)