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


Welcome to 32BJ SEIU Schools

Nearly 10,000 of us work in public schools, as well as colleges and universities, as cleaners, building engineers, maintenance workers, school bus drivers, aides, and food service workers. The 2,700 members of District 1201 working for the School District of Philadelphia just voted for a contract that saves jobs and keeps schools safe and clean. The 5,000 public school members of the New York Metro District are fighting for a new contract.


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:


Flying Kites at Every Chance
Like many children growing up in Grenada, Shawn Thomas learned at an early age how to make a kite using a traditional Caribbean folk... Read More »
Union Outraged over Flemington-Raritan Custodial Contract
A union representing custodial workers in the Flemington-Raritan School District has expressed outrage over the board's decision to cut the night staff to a... Read More »

Our Opinion

School Cleaners and Handypersons Win New Contract
I am excited to share the news about the new contract for over 4,200 school cleaners that provides an immediate 8.5% raise, a bonus and protects our benefits. Read More »
Taking Our Fight for Equal Pay for Equal Work to City Hall
Thanks to the efforts of 32BJ members, we are getting closer to winning Equal Pay for Equal Work. So far, 36 council members have committed to support legislation which would allow school cleaners and handypersons employed by Custodian Engineers to earn the prevailing wage as mandated by the city's Living Wage law. Read More »
Our Fight For Equal Pay For Equal Work Continues
Thanks to the many school cleaners and handypersons who lobbied this summer, the majority of council members we’ve visited so far have pledged to support and vote YES to the Equal Pay for Equal Work legislation in the New York City Council. This is a huge step towards victory but we need everyone... Read More »
Giving Thanks and Support
From 32BJ President Héctor Figueroa As I think about all the things I am thankful for this year, you are at the top of my list. I am so thankful for all of the hard work and solidarity of every 32BJ member that makes our union strong. Together, we’ve raised our voices and will continue to... Read More »