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

NY Schools

Welcome to 32BJ SEIU NY Schools

We are the 5,000 women and men who clean and maintain the New York City public schools that 1 million children attend. We’re in a tough fight for a new contract, but our commitment to making each school a decent environment where kids can learn never wavers.


We are powerful because people like you have stepped up to join the fight. We need your help leading contract campaigns, organizing non-union workers, and taking political action. If you’re interested in joining the fight and getting important union updates, fill out the contact information below:


Custodian of the Arts
This time of year, Israel Reyes, 57, the senior handyman and longtime boiler operator at Public School 69X Journey Prep in the Soundview section... Read More »
NYC Schools Cleaners and Handypersons Demand Equal Pay for Equal Work
Hundreds of 32BJ members who work as cleaners and handypersons in New York public schools gathered this week on the steps of City Hall... Read More »

Our Opinion

The Mayor said YES!
Our fight for Equal Pay for Equal Work got a big boost when Mayor Bill de Blasio told us he supports our goal. Read More »
The City Council Heard Us
Our campaign for Equal Pay for Equal Work intensified as NY schools members testified to the City Council about the effects of the pay disparity among our membership. Read More »
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 »
Our Fight Continues
NYC school cleaners and handypersons employed by custodian engineers of Local 891: we’ve won a contract, but there’s more to do. Read More »