We have to work together so we’re able to keep the things we have, like our health care and other benefits.

~ Jay Etheridge, 32BJ Member, New York

Political Action

Key Issues


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

press releases
32BJ SEIU Endorsements in 2014 Newark Municipal Elections
32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced major endorsements in the races for Newark City Council. Read More »
Newark Passes The Country’s Eighth Paid Sick Leave Law
The city council in Newark, New Jersey just passed a paid sick days law, which Mayor Luis Quintana (D) has promised to sign, which will make it the eighth such law passed in the... Read More »
32BJ SEIU Endorses Baraka for Mayor of Newark
The nation's largest property services union today formally endorsed South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka for mayor of Newark. Read More »
Immigration Reform Pilgrimage Targets Rep. Smith’s Freehold Office
Marchers and protesters taped images of broken hearts nearby the entrance to Smith’s office. The hearts were inscribed with the names of family and friends deported or detained due to American immigration laws. Read More »
Time to Pass the “NJ Dream Act”
Making sure all students in New Jersey have access to in-state tuition and sources of financial aid is part of a broader set of reforms to maintain a diverse, educated and highly-skilled workforce to... Read More »
NJ Group Brings 10K Postcards Supporting Paid Sick Leave to Newark City Hall
The group delivered 10,000 postcards from Newark voters supporting an upcoming ordinance establishing mandatory paid sick leave for private sector employees at today's City Council meeting. Read More »
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 »
press releases
32BJ SEIU Statement on Election Night in New Jersey
Members of 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union are celebrating a hard-fought victory by Senator Sweeney and Senator Gordon which gives Democrats the control of the State Senate for four more years. We... Read More »
Your Vote Matters!
Tuesday is Election Day and we’re making a final push to get out the vote for candidates who support working families. Read More »
At Newark City Hall, Support Builds for Paid Sick Time
The march toward mandatory paid sick leave in New Jersey's largest city took a step forward tonight, when the City Council voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance that would require Newark businesses to pay... Read More »