The union is only as strong as we are. If we don’t get up and fight things stay the same with the 99% and the 1%.

~ Kim Squirrel, 32BJ Member, Western Pennsylvania

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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NYC Fast Food Workers, City Council, Allies Denounce ‘Antilabor Secretary’ Nominee
New York –In the run up to the Senate confirmation hearing of fast-food mogul Andy Puzder as U.S. Secretary of Labor, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other council members joined cooks... Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Mayor Bill de Blasio for Re-election
32BJ SEIU members announced today that they have endorsed NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for re-election based on his record of commitment to working families and making the city stronger and fairer for all. Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Teachout, Throne-Holst and Other Progressive Candidates for Congress
32BJ members today announced their support for Zephyr Teachout, Anna Throne-Holst and other progressive candidates running for Congress in New York as the fractious Presidential Election has brought new opportunities to Democratic candidates and... Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Ali Boak for New York State Senate
32BJ members today announced their endorsement of Ali Boak for New York State Senate as part of their push to win back a Democratic majority in Albany. 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 Calls on S.J. Jung to Remove Photo of Union President Hector Figueroa from Campaign Literature
32BJ SEIU today called on S.J. Jung to remove a photo of union president Hector Figueroa from the candidate's campaign literature. 32BJ members have endorsed Jung's opponent, State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky in the... Read More »
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32BJ Endorsements for New York 2016 Primary Elections
NY State Senate: SD10     James Sanders – (Parts of Queens, Jamaica, the Rockaways) SD16     Toby Ann Stavisky – (Parts of Queens, Flushing, Forest Hills) SD18     Martin Dilan – (Parts of Brooklyn, Bushwick, Williamsburg) SD19     Roxanne Persaud – (Parts... Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Progressive Candidates to Win Back Democratic Majority in New York State Senate
32BJ members on Monday announced endorsements for progressive candidates running for key seats in the New York State Senate. Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Tom Suozzi for Congress
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Tom Suozzi to represent Long Island and Queens in Congress. Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Jamaal Bailey for NY State Senate
32BJ members today announced their endorsement of Jamaal Bailey for New York State Senate to represent District 36 in the Bronx. Read More »
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32BJ Celebrates Todd Kaminsky’s Win For Long Island State Senate Seat
Members of SEIU 32BJ celebrated Todd Kaminsky’s win in the special election Tuesday for State Senate in the 9th Congressional District in Long Island. Read More »
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Support Yuh-Line Niou for NY State Assembly
Help Yuh-Line Niou get elected to the NY Assembly by volunteering! Read More »
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Statement from 32BJ President Hector Figueroa on Passing of Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Plan
“We congratulate Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for passing a plan that will create more affordable housing for the city’s working families. This is a victory for hard-working New Yorkers,... Read More »
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Statement from 32BJ President Hector Figueroa on Affordable Housing Plan
We applaud the New York City Council and Mayor de Blasio for coming together on a plan that will create more affordable housing that the city's working families desperately need. Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Yuh-Line Niou for State Assembly
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Yuh-Line Niou for State Assembly to represent the 65th District in Lower Manhattan. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Rafael Salamanca For City Council Seat In The Bronx
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Rafael Salamanca for the City Council seat representing the 17th District in the Bronx. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Kaminsky For State Senate In Long Island
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Todd Kaminsky for State Senate in Long Island. Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Keith Wright for US Congress
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Keith Wright for the US House of Representatives representing New York’s 13th District. Read More »
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We Won’t Stop!
We’re teaming up with our SEIU brothers and sisters, fellow labor unions and community allies to send a loud message to Republicans in Albany who want to stop New York workers from getting the... Read More »
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32BJ Applauds Mayor’s Paid Parental Leave Announcement
32BJ SEIU and our 70,000 members in New York applaud Mayor de Blasio and his administration for this important step forward in the continued fight for paid leave for working men and women. 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 Statement on Gov. Cuomo’s Plan to Raise the Minimum Wage for State Workers
This well-deserved raise is great news for state workers and demonstrates the power of the Governor's office to lift up those among us who struggle the most. 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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32BJ Congratulates Steve Bellone and Madeline Singas on their Elections
  Statement from 32BJ: “32BJ congratulates Steve Bellone on his election as the Suffolk County Executive,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa. “Steve has stood up to the bitter anti-immigrant sentiment promoted by a number... Read More »
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32BJ Congratulates Pam Harris and Barry Grodenchik on their Elections
Statement from 32BJ: “32BJ congratulates Pam Harris for her election to the New York State Assembly representing Brooklyn’s 46th District,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa. “Pam has a long history of service in the... Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Pamela Harris for Assembly and Barry Grodenchik for City Council
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Pamela Harris for the New York State Assembly seat representing Brooklyn’s 46th District and Barry Grodenchik for the New York City Council seat representing District 23... Read More »
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Statement by 32BJ President Hector Figueroa on Gov. Cuomo’s Worker Exploitation Task Force
Governor Cuomo is making clear that there is no room for malpractice among employers in the state, and those who violate the law will be subject to severe consequences. Read More »
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32BJ Statement on Rent Regulation and 421-a Legislation Proposals
“The Senate's proposals on rent regulation and 421-a renewal are a gift to the 1 percent and an insult to everyone else," said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa. 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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NY Stands Up for Fast-Food Workers
Sign the petition NOW to tell the NY Wage Board to set a minimum wage for fast food workers of $15/hour! Read More »
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“Raise the Wage!” Say Workers, Elected Officials, Unions & Community as Budget Deadline Looms
New Yorkers gathered on the steps of City Hall this morning to urge Albany to keep a plan to raise the minimum wage in the state budget as negotiations intensify in the final days... Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Vincent Gentile for Congress and Diana Richardson for State Assembly
New York –32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Vincent Gentile for Congress representing Staten Island and Brooklyn in the 11th District. 32BJ members voted overwhelmingly to endorse Gentile for the Congressional seat... Read More »
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Stand With 32BJ School Cleaners
NYC schools cleaners were out there in the snowstorm this week, and many still aren’t getting paid the same as others who do the same job. Read More »
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Statement from 32BJ on Governor’s Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage
We welcome the governor's proposal to raise New York State's minimum wage. The current minimum wage fails to lift low-wage workers out of poverty and this proposal will help over a million workers who... Read More »
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Undocumented Immigrants and Advocates Welcome Obama’s Executive Action at Viewing Party
Stacked boxes of pizza, handmade signs and American flags gave a viewing party for President Barack Obama’s immigration speech held by New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform the distinct vibe of election night, albeit... 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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Climate March and Beyond
A worldwide action by the people for climate change showed what we can do. Let’s keep moving, marching, organizing, voting, and winning. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Congratulates Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul
The members of 32BJ SEIU congratulate Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul on their victories in the Democratic primary Tuesday. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Eric Schneiderman and Thomas DiNapoli
The executive board of 32BJ SEIU has voted to endorse Eric Schneiderman for New York State Attorney General and Thomas DiNapoli for New York State Comptroller. Both candidates have a strong record of fighting... Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Cuomo and Hochul
The executive board of 32BJ SEIU has voted to endorse Andrew Cuomo for New York State Governor and Kathy Hochul for Lieutenant Governor. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Guillermo Linares
32BJ SEIU has endorsed Guillermo Linares for State Assembly. He is running for an open seat in the 72ND District, which includes Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU MAKES ENDORSEMENTS IN SENATE AND ASSEMBLY
32BJ SEIU has made endorsements in 37 New York State Senate races and 105 Assembly races. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU ENDORSES SEN. JEFF KLEIN
32BJ SEIU has endorsed Jeff Klein in the 34th state Senate district, which includes parts of the Bronx and Westchester. The union’s leadership body decided to remain neutral in the Democratic primary contest for... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Domenic Recchia And Kathleen Rice
The executive board of 32BJ SEIU has endorsed Domenic Recchia and Kathleen Rice for Congress. Recchia is running in the 11th district, which includes Staten Island and part of South Brooklyn. Rice is running... Read More »