Leslie Frane was elected Executive Vice President of SEIU in May 2016 after having served as Director of SEIU’s Public and Healthcare Divisions.
Leslie currently serves as Managing Executive Vice President, focusing her leadership on developing strategy and driving strategic alignment and integration across the Union’s work, particularly in the areas of organizing, politics, and member leader development. She leads the SEIU Home Care Council and coordinates the union’s work to enable the two million in-home caregivers in the US to earn fair wages and live with dignity. She also oversees SEIU’s efforts to shape and implement healthcare reform in the United States and to strengthen the voice of workers in advocating to expand access to high quality, affordable healthcare for everyone in our communities.
Leslie has 30 years of experience as an organizer, union leader, political strategist, and coalition builder. From 2002 to 2010, she served as Executive Director of SEIU Local 503 in Oregon. During her tenure, the local union nearly doubled in membership to 45,000 members and became a respected voice for working families and for the essential healthcare and public services that Oregonians rely upon. While in Oregon, Leslie spearheaded an initiative that lifted staffing requirements throughout Oregon’s nursing homes, improving care for nursing home residents, and resulting in thousands of nursing home workers gaining a collective voice by unionizing.
Leslie first joined SEIU in Connecticut, at the New England Healthcare Employees Union, District 1199NE SEIU, where she served as Vice President. In that role, she organized healthcare workers, bargained contracts that raised healthcare wages, benefits, and staffing levels, and ran successful strikes, including a statewide nursing home workers’ strike in 2001.