Leslie Frane was elected Executive Vice President of SEIU in May 2016 after having served as director of SEIU Healthcare, the healthcare arm of the Service Employees International. SEIU Healthcare represents more than 1 million healthcare workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, including approximately 500,000 home care workers and 500,000 workers in hospitals, nursing homes and health centers.
In over 28 years of experience as a union leader, advocacy strategist and coalition builder, Frane has coordinated the union’s efforts to organize nonunion healthcare workers, to raise wage and benefit standards for all healthcare workers, and to expand access to high quality, affordable healthcare for everyone in our communities. She oversees SEIU’s efforts to shape and implement healthcare reform in the United States and to strengthen the voice of workers in public policy decisions that influence all aspects of the healthcare delivery system.
Prior to becoming director of SEIU Healthcare, Frane served as executive director of SEIU Local 503 in Oregon. During her nine-year tenure, the local union nearly doubled in membership to 45,000 members and became a respected voice for working families and for the essential healthcare and public services that Oregonians rely upon.
She also served as vice president of New England Healthcare Employees Union, District 1199NE SEIU, where she led the local’s nursing home division.