Who We Are

Who We Are

SEIU Local 26 is Minnesota’s Property Services Union. We are janitors, security officers and window cleaners, more than 6,000 strong in the Twin Cities metro area. Across North America, SEIU unites 225,000 members in property services.

The Service Employees International Union is an organization of 2 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and families and creating a more just and humane society.

Our Staff

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SEIU Local 26 Staff

SEIU Local 26 Leadership Team (From left to right: Abraham, Cynthia, Sara, Iris, Greg, Monica, Fred, & Alisha)

SEIU Local 26 Leadership Team
(From left to right: Abraham, Cynthia, Sara, Iris, Greg, Monica, Fred, & Alisha)

 

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Iris Altamirano

Iris Altamirano (President) Iris is the proud daughter of an immigrant janitor. Her mother migrated from Mexico and met her father, a 5th generation Tejano, who served in the Army. At age 9, Iris began to work in the hot Texas fields, pulling weeds out of the cotton, to help make ends meet. Iris recalls a conversation with her mother in the fields. Her mother said, “This is what awaits you if you do not study, mi’ja.” Iris responded “I will study, mami.” With laser-like focus to make it to “a good school,” Iris graduated from an Cornell University with a degree in City and Regional Planning in 2002. This trajectory, inspired a lifetime dedicated to justice, including many years experience in leading fights at SEIU Local 26 including serving as a Representative in the Member Resource Center, Union Organizer, and Political Director.

Iris made it back to the local in 2018 after taking some time off to focus on her two beautiful children and husband. Iris is incredibly honored to serve our strong diverse membership as President beginning June 2019.


Greg Nammacher

Greg Nammacher

Greg Nammacher (Secretary Treasurer ) was born and raised in Minneapolis, Greg has over 22 years of professional organizing experience for racial and economic justice: in churches, mosques, community organizations, and since 2006, at SEIU Local 26.  He has co-chaired bargaining, and served in many staff and elected roles, but none more important then helping to lead the many strikes our members have won.


Belinda 'Monica' Mendez

Belinda ‘Monica’ Mendez

Belinda Monica Mendez (Member Resources Director) has been at Local 26  since 2004, and is our most seasoned staff member. Monica started out a Local 26 member, then came on staff as a receptionist before moving to work in the Member Resource Center. She brings her incredible knowledge of the past practice, and willingness to fight till it is done right.


Sara Lopez

Sara Lopez

Sara is the Political Director of SEIU Local 26. Previously, she worked as a Senior Policy Aide for two City of Minneapolis Council Vice-Presidents, CM Elizabeth Glidden and CM Andrea Jenkins. In her role as Political Director, Sara facilitates public policy initiatives and leads the development of policymaker-union relations. With a background in community organizing and economic development, Sara builds partnerships with organizations, businesses and government entities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Carleton College and is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Abraham Misgina

Abraham Misgina

Abraham Misgina (Airport Organizing Lead) was part of the freedom movement for Eritrean independence in east Africa and now works for Airport workers rights. Abraham has been a part of struggles for justice on two continents.  He was a janitor and Local 26 member for many years before joining the staff as an organizer in 2014, where he led the organizing of over 1000 new members there.


Fred Anthony

Fred Anthony

Fred Anthony (Security Organizing Lead) was a member of the first generation of Security officers at Local 26 who went out on two rounds of strikes to win one of the best security contracts in the country.  He brings the experience of being a union organizer for numerous years at two different locals.

 

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