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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32BJ SEIU Hails Stephanie Hansen Victory
32BJ SEIU—the union representing Delaware commercial office cleaners and property service workers—today celebrated Stephanie Hansen’s election to the DE State Senate. 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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32BJ Endorses Lisa Blunt Rochester for Congress
32BJ SEIU announced today its endorsement of Lisa Blunt Rochester, Democratic candidate for United States Congress. The union represents nearly 10,000 Delaware Valley property service workers including 700 in Delaware. Read More »
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Women workers take a stand against politicians who disrespect women, and those who turn a blind eye
In the wake of fallout over Trump’s sexual assault comments, hundreds of women union members will rally and canvass to elect candidates who support working women’s’ issues including Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty for Senate... 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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32BJ SEIU Endorses Bryan Townsend for Congress
32BJ SEIU—the union representing Delaware commercial office cleaners—today endorsed Bryan Townsend for Congress. 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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SEIU Congratulates Endorsed Candidates on Primary Election Victories
The Pennsylvania State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) congratulates all of our endorsed candidates for their Primary Election victories on Tuesday, as well as all victorious candidates with a proven record... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU & SEIU Healthcare PA Endorse Jim Kenney For Mayor
32BJ SEIU and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, who combined represent over 47,000 property service and health care workers in Pennsylvania today announced their endorsement of Jim Kenney for Mayor of Philadelphia. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Strong Anti-Poverty Council Candidates
32BJ SEIU, the union representing nearly 10,000 Delaware Valley property service workers today announced their endorsement of City Council candidates Isaiah Thomas (At-Large), Kenyatta Johnson (D-2nd), Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez (D-7th), Blondell Reynolds Brown (At-Large)... 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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32BJ SEIU Heralds Senator Robert Marshall’s Re-election as ‘Victory for Low-Wage Workers’
Following the primary victory for Senator Robert Marshall, 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union—the union representing office custodial workers across the state—issued the following statement celebrating his return to the state Senate and... 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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Minimum-Wage Ballot Initiative Seems Like a No-Brainer
Philadelphia is the country’s poorest big city, with almost a third of residents living below the poverty line, according to recent Census figures examined by the Inquirer and Temple University. Read More »
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Group Presses Meehan for Immigration Reform
“Our broken system allows immigrant workers to be exploited,” said Cynthia Peters, an immigrant from Trinidad and a member of the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ. 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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Decent Pay Makes Sense
Too many are trying to support families on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, and they can't do it. Nor should they have to. 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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32BJ SEIU Heralds Millner Re-election as Victory for Immigration Reform
Councilman Millner will provide the leadership Norristown needs to thrive in the 21st Century, Daisy Cruz, 32BJ SEIU Mid-Atlantic Director said today. Read More »
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New Poll Shows Bucks Co. Overwhelmingly Supports Immigration Reform
A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll of PA’s 8th Congressional District shows a strong 77% of voters support immigration reform with an earned path to citizenship. 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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Time Is Now
On Saturday, October 5, hundreds of immigrants and supporters from across eastern Pennsylvania gathered at Love Park to celebrate our diversity and to tell Congress: “Don’t Shutdown Immigration Reform. The Time for A Vote... 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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Philadelphia City Council Votes for Referendum on Extending “Living Wage”
"Subcontracted airport workers are not looking for a handout. We're just asking to not live in poverty if we're working full time." 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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Philadelphia City Council Advances a Living Wage Requirement for Subcontractors
Philadelphia City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a City Charter change that would extend the "living wage" requirements to city subcontractors. Read More »
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Norristown Celebrates Passage of City Council Resolution on Immigration Reform
As President Obama urges House Speaker John Boehner to take up the Senate immigration bill, local immigration reform supporters are celebrating the 6-0 passage of a City Council resolution for federal immigration reform. 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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Bucks County Immigration Reform Supporters to Rally; Call on Rep. Fitzpatrick to Vote on Citizenship for All 11 Million
On Wednesday at 1:00p.m., local immigration reform supporters, union members, Irish-Americans, faith leaders and ‘DREAMers’ will gather at the Lyons Park Gazebo in Bristol for a rally calling for Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick to support... Read More »
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Norristown Demonstrators Call for Immigration Reform
Supporters of comprehensive immigration reform gathered at Los Potrillos Taqueria on the 300 block of Elm Street Wednesday to demonstrate for a better way of life for immigrants in the United States. Read More »
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Immigration Reform Lobbying Intensifies
As lawmakers in Harrisburg and Washington savor what's left of the summer recess, proponents of state and federal immigration reform are intensifying lobbying efforts. Read More »
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Tax Reform Should Help Working Families
Nothing underscores the need for federal tax reform more than corporations struggling to find places to hide piles of cash while working people are struggling. Unpaid corporate taxes could have offered help to working... 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 »