What's a Local?

SEIU has more than 150 local union affiliates. Each is a chartered branch that carries forth the mission and goals of the International Union while representing the specific interests of locally based memberships.

SEIU locals have their own officers, governing bodies, and constitutions and bylaws. Local union members bargain with employers to produce collective bargaining agreements that set workplace rules, benefits and wages.

In addition to local unions, SEIU has more than 15 state councils that represent all SEIU locals in a particular state. These councils work to coordinate and unify the locals' programs and campaigns, such as those that are legislative and political in nature, to meet members' shared goals.

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