Fonds RC0716 - Service Employees International Union fonds

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Service Employees International Union fonds

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  • 1944-1989 (Creation)

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20 m of textual records

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The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a major international union that represents a wide spectrum of service employees, health care workers forming the largest component of its membership. After abortive attempts at organizing in 1941, the Building Service Employees International Union (BSEIU) granted its first Canadian charter to Vancouver office cleaners in 1943 (Local 244). The Union made its appearance in Eastern Canada on July 6, 1944 when Toronto department store workers, elevator operators, and package handlers were chartered as Local 204. This local quickly became a leader in the union's Canadian expansion. The BSEIU grew rapidly throughout the next two decades and by 1970 was arguably the largest service workers' union in Canada. In 1968, the BSEIU dropped "Building" from its name and became the SEIU.

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There have been four accruals, beginning in 1976. The fonds was obtained from the Service Employees International Union office in Toronto.


There have been four accruals which have been combined into one. The fonds is arranged into eight series:

  1. Collective, expired, and defunct union agreements.
  2. Minute books from general and executive meetings.
  3. Proceedings of the Select Committee on Labour Relations.
  4. Albert G. Hearn correspondence.
  5. Service Employees International Union (Local 204) correspondence.
  6. Financial records.
  7. Arbitration proceedings.
  8. Newspaper clippings.

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Further accruals are expected.

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This fonds originally contained routine financial records such as cancelled cheques, invoices, bills, and petty cash statements that were discarded. The SEIU was contacted before disposal.

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