BlueGreen Alliance

Good Jobs, Clean Environment, Green Economy

Service Employees International Union

"Thanks to the Blue Green Alliance, the healthcare industry is getting awakened and thinking about the waste it generates and what our front line environmental service workers can do to green hospitals."

Mary Kay Henry, President, Service Employees International Union

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the fastest-growing union in North America. Focused on uniting workers in three sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide, SEIU is the largest healthcare union, largest property services union, and second largest public services union in the country.

SEIU joined the BlueGreen Alliance in December of 2008 because protecting the environment and public health are essential ingredients in building a better economic future for working people in the United States.

With over 1.1 million members in the healthcare field, 225,000 members in the property services industry, and over 1 million in the public sector union, SEIU’s members share a common goal of creating a better economic and environmental future for our nation, with a special interest in improving public health and safety on the job, creating job opportunities in the maintenance of energy-efficient commercial buildings, and greening America’s healthcare system to benefit patients and healthcare workers.

In its 2008 resolution on jobs and the environment, the SEIU stated, “As healthcare, public service, and property service workers, SEIU members have an opportunity to make a direct contribution to promoting quality green jobs by working with management to make changes that address climate change and environmental health.” The union resolved to strongly support and press for policies that promote major new investment in quality “green jobs.” SEIU resolved to advocate for the elimination of toxins in our workplaces, support the increased development of and training for green building maintenance practices, and redouble efforts to make homes more energy efficient.

Find out more about the BlueGreen Alliance’s efforts on curbing the use of toxics chemicals and increasing recycling.