Gabe Morgan is Vice President and 32BJ PA/DE State Director, which includes 21,000 workers throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware. The districts include: Mid-Atlantic, District 1201 and Western Pennsylvania. He represents hard-working men and women in property service, school districts, security, municipal, water maintenance and airports.
The Chicago native cut his teeth in the labor movement as a 19-year-old parent who tried to organize while working as a construction worker in the Windy City.
Gabe first worked with AFSCME, where he organized group home workers in Illinois. In 1997, Gabe organized with SEIU Local 1, working on campaigns in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Detroit and Baltimore to raise wages and improve conditions for working men and women. He also led Justice for Janitors campaigns throughout the Midwest, and in Minneapolis raised standards for security officers for the first time.
In 2002, Gabe moved with his family to Pittsburgh where he won the highest standard property service workers have obtained in any city between New York and Chicago and helped lead the successful regional program that organized working men and women in Indianapolis, Columbus and Cincinnati. In addition, the Pittsburgh local helped win passage of the broadest service sector prevailing wage legislation in the country, setting livable standards for building service workers in the region. In 2009, Pittsburgh merged into the 32BJ family, and Gabe became the 32BJ PA State Director in 2011.
As PA State Director, Gabe directed District 1201’s successful campaign to keep 3,000 blue-collar Philadelphia public school workers from being laid-off while working across the state of Pennsylvania to prevent further privatization of public education.
Gabe worked with the Mid-Atlantic District to organize 3,000 underpaid security officers, resulting in the largest private-sector organizing win in Philadelphia in two decades and their first-ever union contract with 32BJ. He replicated this victory in Pittsburgh last year when 1,200 security officers won their first-ever contract including decent wages, good benefits, protection on the job and a united voice. Most recently, he led 1,400 subcontracted airport workers at the Philadelphia International Airport to a historic victory as they voted overwhelmingly to join 32BJ.
Under Gabe’s leadership, 32BJ expanded their political program and spearheaded get-out-the-vote efforts which helped elect Mayor Kenney of Philadelphia and Mayor Peduto of Pittsburgh, along with progressive city council members.
Gabe serves as President of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council, the political voice of SEIU in PA. He was one of the founders of Pittsburgh United, a coalition of community, labor, civil rights, religious and environmental groups united in the fight for social justice in Western PA. He is on the National Board of the Working Families Party for PA and on Philadelphia City Council’s Waiver Committee.
Gabe met his wife Jajean in high school. They live in Philadelphia with their youngest daughter Delaney. Their oldest daughter Autumn is an illustrator/activist living in NYC and their son Jami is always on tour with his Grammy-nominated band, Code Orange.