Known nationally as an innovative labor leader, David Rolf is the President of SEIU 775, the fastest growing union in the Northwest representing home care and nursing home workers in Washington state and Montana.
He has led some of the largest organizing efforts since the 1930s. From 1995-1999 he led the successful organization of 75,000 home care aides in Los Angeles, the largest union organizing campaign since the 1940’s. He led the historic campaigns to win a $15 living wage ordinance in Seatac in 2013 and for a citywide $15 minimum wage in Seattle in 2014. The American Prospect calls him “the most successful union organizer of the last 15 years.”
Since founding SEIU 775 in 2002, he has led its growth from 1600 to 44,000 members through new organizing, helped double the pay of its low-wage members, and bargained contracts that have created health, dental, vision, mileage, PTO, and other benefits for a previously minimum-wage, invisible workforce excluded from most labor and employment law protections.
He is the founder and Chair of the SEIU Healthcare Training Partnership, a 501 (c) (3) school that enrolls 40,000 students a year in basic and continuing education programs leading to the Certified Home Care Aide credential as well as advanced apprenticeship programs; it is the largest long-term care sector workforce development institution in the country. He was also founder and Chair of the SEIU 775 Health Benefits Trust, which provides health benefits to tens of thousands of home care aides in Washington State and Montana.
Rolf also serves as an International Vice President of the Service Employees International Union, the international union which represents more than 2.1 million workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. He serves on the SEIU Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Organizing Committee, and Health Care Board. He is chair of the SEIU Home Care Council, representing half a million home care workers throughout the U.S. and Canada, and led the International union’s efforts to include state incentives for expanded home and community based services in the Affordable Care Act.
Rolf has served on numerous governmental boards, committees and advisory bodies as an appointed advisor to Washington Governors Chris Gregoire and Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.
He is the author of recent articles on the need for labor innovation that have appeared in Democracy Journal, the American Prospect, Spotlight on Poverty and Prosperity, the Aspen Journal of Ideas, and the Nation. His work and campaigns have been widely covered in the U.S. media including by every major news network, many major-market daily papers, and the progressive press.
David was born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, graduated from Bard College, and lives in Seattle with his wife Kylie.