SEIU – Dereck UnionOn February 2, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
I tell everybody that the work that our members do is God’s work. They’re angels without wings. My name is Dereck Smith and I’m an executive vice president for Local 2015. As a union, we fight for those that can’t fight for themselves. Twenty- three years ago when I started working for the union workers made a little over three dollars an hour. Twenty years later one of the things this union will have been able to do is fight to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. We are the second largest union in the United States. We represent over 385,000 workers. It’s a force to be reckoned with. This union and the members that we have, it’s a powerful organization. We just need for our members to be able to stand in their power and stand in their greatness because everything the staff does and the officer does, we do it on their behalf and we do it alongside them.