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.
The key to the future of our communities is good jobs. One of our national priorities must be public policies that promote economic development that creates jobs that pay a decent wage and provide secure benefits and safe working conditions.
There’s so much work that needs doing in America today: Our infrastructure is in desperate need of repair and upgrading. And our buildings urgently need improvements to make them much more energy efficient. Green jobs can at once make better use of the earth’s precious resources and fuel economic activity.
Good jobs are about establishing decent standards. We push for laws that require contractors and private developers receiving public dollars to pay fair wages and benefits. Our efforts have helped pass such laws in Jersey City, New York City, and Pittsburgh. And we have helped pass similar statewide laws in Connecticut and New Jersey.
We’re now working on passing laws in Montgomery County, Maryland, and Westchester County, New York, that will protect building service workers from displacement when the building where they work is sold or the contractor changes. We have passed similar laws in New York City, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
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!