I have been a member of SEIU Local 73 for over 29 years, serving as a Union steward for nearly 14 years at the University of Illinois Hospitals prior to becoming a Union Representative.
I began working for the Union in October of 2005. Although I'm employed by the Union now, I still work very closely with all the members at the University of Illinois in my role as a Union representative.
In my experience as a union representative, I have represented members in pre-dis hearings, filed grievances, taken cases to arbitration and won. I have also been the chief negotiator for the following contracts:
- UIC Service and Maintenance
- Chicago State University
- Chartwell UIC
- Flik Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- Sodexo IIT
- City Colleges of Chicago
It has been and is a rewarding experience to negotiate greater wages and better benefits and working conditions for our many members.
The Union Stewards and I work collaboratively as a team. It has been a tremendous pleasure to serve in my current capacity as a Union Representative. I have learned a lot from the people who I have been fortunate to work with over these years.
I look forward to moving the Union in a new direction and having a member lead Union. As the Secretary-Treasurer our members dues are extremely important, and it is our responsibility to use care and consideration regarding those dues.