We are not fighting just for ourselves but we’re fighting for all working families.

~ Anna Dziubek, 32BJ Member, New York

Political Action

Key Issues

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To us, workers’ rights go hand-in-hand with immigrants’ and civil rights because they are about the same thing: The fundamental respect that each person deserves.

Today’s broken immigration system hurts all workers. As long as unscrupulous employers are able to exploit undocumented workers, the current two-tiered workforce will continue to drive down wages for all workers.

We are active in defending voting rights and challenging unjust police practices, like New York City’s stop-and-frisk program, that target people of color. These policies threaten the democratic principles we value, and we cannot let them stand.

   

Why Politics Matter / The American Dream Fund

Whether it’s workplace rights, immigration, healthcare or education, the decisions politicians make affect every aspect of our lives. We need to work together to elect leaders who have the best interests of working families at the top of their agenda. If we don’t, the elections and issues are won by corporations and the rich, who have unlimited resources to influence the political process.

How do we win?

Thousands of us contribute to the American Dream Fund (our PAC or Political Action Committee) to support our goals of electing public officials who care about working families and passing laws that help ensure fairness and opportunity for all. 32BJ members also talk to co-workers at the workplace, make phone calls and knock on doors, to build awareness about issues and mobilize people to vote. And we build alliances with community partners to strengthen our voice on the issues that affect working families. Contribute to the American Dream Fund!

Political Updates

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32BJ SEIU Applauds Rabb’s Sanctuary Commonwealth Bill
The following statement can be attributed to Gabe Morgan, Vice President 32BJ SEIU Pennsylvania, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country: State Representative Chris Rabb’s sanctuary commonwealth legislation is a... Read More »
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Toomey Has Rhetoric and Fear, Katie McGinty Has Actual Plans to Make Our Lives Better
Building a better economy and a better society should be about breaking down barriers to opportunity for our children, not building walls. We are better than fear-mongering. Pennsylvania’s deserve better, and that’s Katie McGinty. Read More »
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Five Reasons to Support Katie McGinty for the US Senate
Here are five reasons to make sure you turn out and vote for Katie McGinty on November 8 in the crucial US Senate race for Pennsylvania. Read More »
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You Deserve Respect
When you stand together with your co-workers, you have the power to force politicians to listen to you, respect you, and do what’s right. Read More »
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Hillary Clinton for President
Your 32BJ Executive Board voted to support the SEIU’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton as the best choice for president. Read More »
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32BJ Election Day Victories
Thank you to all the 32BJ members who voted and campaigned for progressive candidates this election. Read More »
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Vote for the PA 3: Dougherty, Wecht and Donohue
Elected officials make a difference: for our contracts, for labor laws, and for our ability to support our families. We need a PA Supreme Court that stands with working families or all of our... Read More »
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32BJ Statement on Fatal Shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina:
We join all those mourning the horrific shooting that took place at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families and loved ones and all... Read More »
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32BJ Statement on Impending Mass Deportations of People of Haitian Descent from the Dominican Republic
The threat of mass deportations, scheduled to begin today , of as many as 200,000 people of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic, where many were born and have spent their whole lives,... Read More »
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A Huge Step Forward
President Obama changed the lives of millions of working people who can now come out of the shadows and live free of fear. Read More »
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Our Work Is Not Done
Working people can make real and substantial change when we come out to vote and come out strong for politics. Read More »
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Winning 2014 for Working Families
Heading into the November elections, we need to work even harder so that the issues that matter to working families will have a place on the agenda. Read More »
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2014 Election Endorsements
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman State Senate Marilyn Moore (D-22) Delaware US Senate Chris Coons State Treasurer Sean Barney                        Auditor... Read More »
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“All Politics Is Local” — Not Too Late to Get Involved
Recent victories have shown us the importance of winning local elections at the city and state level over and over again. Read More »
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Why the 2014 Elections Matter
Elections that don’t involve choosing the President can seem unimportant and irrelevant to daily life. But sometimes, like this year, elections for local politicians can be the most crucial ones. Read More »
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SEIU and PA Working Families Coalition Rally with Tom Wolf to Kick off Largest Voter Outreach Effort in Philadelphia
Just one month out from Election Day, hundreds of volunteers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the newly-formed coalition PA Working Families will gather on Saturday, October 4, 10:30 am at Miller... Read More »
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Making History in Pennsylvania
Gov. Tom Corbett will make history by becoming Pennsylvania's first sitting governor to lose his re-election race. His loss will be well deserved. Read More »
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SEIU Announces Endorsement of Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Wolf
***Click here for photos*** Philadelphia, PA – Citing his strong support of pro-working family policies and his commitment to growing an economy that works for all Pennsylvanians, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Service... Read More »
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Philadelphia City Council Stands against Dark Money Attacks on Teachers, Nurses, Social Workers and Public Safety Workers
On the heels of a mass mobilization of workers at the state Capitol, City Council today passed a resolution against a politically-motivated state legislative attempt to silence working families and weaken unions. Read More »
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Labor Unions Pack Pa. Capital Over Paycheck Bill
Labor unions packed the Pennsylvania Capitol for a raucous rally Tuesday as they widened their fight over legislation that aims to prevent the state, school districts and local governments from deducting union dues and... Read More »
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Would-Be Democratic Pa. Governors Lace into Corbett
Five of the eight Democrats seeking to unseat Gov. Corbett next year lobbied for the limelight and lit into the incumbent Saturday at a candidate forum that exposed few gaps between them on policy... Read More »
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Victory for Working Families!
We won on Election Day -- and we won big --  thanks to the great work 32BJ members did during this election season. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU: Butkovitz Re-election Important to Holding the Line Against Governor Corbett’s Attacks on Public Education
“It’s more important than ever that Philadelphia re-elects bold leaders like Alan Butkovitz who will hold the line against Governor Corbett’s relentless attacks on Philadelphia public schools." Read More »
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Immigration Reform Now!
The movement for immigration reform is strong and growing and our members are leading the fight. Read More »
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Thousands Rally Nationwide in Support of an Immigration Overhaul
Thousands of supporters of an immigration overhaul held rallies on Saturday at more than 150 sites in 40 states, trying to pressure Congress, despite the partisan turmoil in Washington, to focus on passing a... Read More »
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March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect
On October 5 and October 8, we will return to the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families. Read More »
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Immigration Reform Supporters Call for Fitzpatrick to Support Immigration Reform
Immigration reform isn’t about being white, black or Latino. It’s about keeping families together and making the nation’s economy stronger, supporters said at a Wednesday rally. Read More »
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Give Us A Vote!
A message to members of Congress at home for the August recess: do your job and pass real immigration reform into law! Read More »
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Immigration Reform Is in Sight!
The U.S. Senate passed the historic immigration reform bill on a 68-32 vote. Thank you for all your hard work, now let’s get this bill through the House! Read More »
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Senator Toomey Reveals True Colors with Vote Against Bipartisan Immigration Reform
Today, Senator Pat Toomey was in the minority of Senators opposing the passage of the landmark Senate immigration reform bill (Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013). The bill cleared the... Read More »
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The American Dream
Three 32BJ members talk about what the American Dream means to them and why they are fighting for immigration reform. Read More »
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Immigration Reform: What’s Next?
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have introduced an immigration reform bill this week. What's in the bill, and what are our next steps? Read More »
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Hundreds to Rally for Immigration Reform Saturday in Norristown, 11:00 a.m.
NORRISTOWN– Hundreds of immigrants and supporters are expected to converge at Norristown’s St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. for a rally and march in support of commonsense federal immigration reform.  ... Read More »
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Taking Action on Immigration
Across the country, we are putting pressure on Congress for commonsense immigration reform. Read More »
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Why Immigration Reform Matters
Today’s broken immigration system hurts all workers. We must make sure that all workers can work out of the shadows and share in the wealth they help create with their hard work. Read More »
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Philly City Council Passes Earned Sick Days Bill
Philadelphia 32BJ members are celebrating the passage of historic earned sick days legislation today. City Council members voted to pass the Healthy Families and Workplaces Bill on Thursday morning, taking the next critical... Read More »
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Immigration Reform Is On the Line!
From March 12 to March 14, join 32BJ members in making 1 Million Calls to Congress to tell them we support immigration reform! Read More »
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Leading by Example
The American Dream Fund makes all our political work possible. Here, a few top ADF recruiters talk about their experiences taking political action with the union and share what ADF means to them. Read More »
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Victory!
WE WON! You worked incredibly hard for many months to help reelect President Obama and other champions for working people, and we are finally able to celebrate! Read More »
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Fighting For Every Vote
32BJ members are working hard to get out the vote for President Obama in November. Read More »
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A Timeline of Progress
President Obama promised and delivered “change we can believe in.” Here's a list of his top accomplishments. Read More »
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Will You Leave the Door Open for Your Children?
By Mike Fishman This week I was honored to represent 32BJ at the Democratic National Convention, and witnessed first-hand the stark differences between the two parties. Let me tell you — there’s a lot... Read More »
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Charter schools drain much needed funds
IN PHILADELPHIA, 2,700 blue-collar workers recently agreed to contribute more than $100 million from their own pockets to save the city’s schools and help close the school district’s budget shortfall. For these men and... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Applauds President Obama’s ‘Dreamers Plan’
The following statement can be attributed to Héctor Figueroa, Secretary-Treasurer of 32BJ, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country: “As hundreds of thousands of highly motivated Dreamers, and future scientist... Read More »
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Real Winners Are the Millions of Americans Who Are Uninsured
The following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act can be attributed to 32BJ President Mike Fishman: “The real winners here are the tens of millions of Americans with no... Read More »
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SB 1070 and Racial Profiling Should Have No Place in Our Democracy
The following statement should be attributed to Héctor Figueroa, Secretary-Treasurer of 32BJ SEIU, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country: “While the Supreme Court rejected some horrendous aspects of Arizona’s... Read More »
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Galloway’s Mandatory E-Verify Plan for PA Makes Matters Worse
The following statement can be attributed to Gabe Morgan, 32BJ SEIU Pennsylvania State Director: “State Rep. John Galloway’s plan to impose the deeply flawed and bureaucratic E-Verify system on construction businesses in Pennsylvania will... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Applauds President Obama’s Decision for Dreamers
The following statement can be attributed to Héctor Figueroa, Secretary-Treasurer of 32BJ, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country: “The Obama administration deserves praise for this plan to stop the... Read More »
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Philadelphia City Council Members Vote To Hold SRC Budget Until Job-Saving Deal Is Reached
Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia City Council members today passed Resolution 120500, which would prevent the City Council from advancing any proposed School Reform Commission budget plan until an agreement is reached between 32BJ of the... Read More »
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14 Arrested At Demonstration To Save Philadelphia Public Schools
Philadelphia, PA – Fourteen people were arrested today at a mass protest to save Philadelphia’s public schools after the marchers sat in the middle of Broad Street a few blocks from the Philadelphia School District... Read More »