Author: David Rolf

President of SEIU Healthcare 775NW; International Vice President, Service Employees International Union

Known nationally as an innovative labor leader, David Rolf is the President of SEIU Healthcare 775NW, the fastest growing union the Northwest representing 43,000 home care and nursing home workers in Washington state and Montana. He also serves as an International Vice President of the Service Employees International Union, the international organization which represents more than 2.1 million workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Thinking Bigger in Local Minimum Wage Campaigns: The Fight for $15 in Seattle

by David Rolf
— In the story of Seattle's $15 an hour minimum wage fight, there is much to be learned. Most notably, momentum shifted when working people were seen as people, not just workers. They’re seen as our neighbors first, not activists. Instead of talking about their jobs, they’ve talked about their lives, their families, their struggles, and their aspirations. The debate became focused not on the workplace itself, but rather on Seattle's communities and economic future. The result has been new perceptions of who low-wage workers are, what they deserve, and whether they matter. Read more