Supporting People, Supporting Communities
The Service Employees International Union is the fastest-growing union in North America, focused on uniting workers in the key service sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide. The 2.2 million members united in SEIU across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico work in three key service industries: healthcare, public services and property services. In Califiornia, over 700,000 people have united with SEIU.
Nationally, the SEIU program of Supporting People, Supporting Communities is dedicated to uniting mental health and developmental disability professionals with advocates and the individuals we serve to realize our shared vision for well-funded, high quality human services.
Over 250,000 SEIU members are committed to supporting people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities so they can live fulfilling lives as part of their communities in ways that they choose. We believe the well-being of workers and the people we support are inextricably linked. This principle informs our values and our actions.
As the backbone of human service delivery, SEIU members work side by side with disability and mental health advocates to preserve and increase needed funding for critical services.
Along with advocates, SEIU members have been a leading voice to advance the most progressive models of service delivery to maximize individual control over their lives – including the supports and treatments they receive.
We also believe high quality supports and services depend on ensuring decent wages and benefits to attract and retain experienced human service professionals.
By uniting in Supporting People, Supporting Communities, we can work toward our shared belief in justice for all. That means full human and civil rights for everyone in our communities, improved funding for the supports and services we need, and better jobs to keep skilled human service workers in the profession.