Kyle Bragg, Secretary-Treasurer, heads 32BJ’s Residential Division, which has 35,000 members in New York City, Westchester County, Long Island and New Jersey. Residential members work in apartment, condo and co-op buildings as superintendents, resident managers, doorpersons, concierges, handypersons and porters.
As division head, Kyle develops strategies for 32BJ to maintain and build its representation in residential buildings across the New York region. He also leads efforts to increase the number of residential members who are active in the union’s work representing members, organizing nonunion workers, or volunteering on political campaigns.
Under Kyle’s leadership, 32BJ scored a big victory with the 2014 residential contract. Members won raises of more than 11 percent over four years, with increased pension contributions from employers and no givebacks. Similarly, Bronx residential members had a big victory at the bargaining table in 2015 as they won raises, maintained benefits and won the a new 401k contribution from employers that starts in the second year of the contract. These victories in the residential division set a strong foundation for the union’s 2015 contract negotiations for commercial office cleaners.
A member of 32BJ for more than 30 years, Kyle serves as trustee of several 32BJ funds and as chair of the union’s social and economic justice committee. In 2001, he led the merger with Local 32E, bringing 9,000 Bronx and Westchester members into 32BJ.
Kyle also serves on the Security Guard Council of New York State, and is a board member of Community Board 13 in Queens. He is Vice President of the New York Chapter of the African-American Caucus of SEIU; delegate to the New York City Central Labor Council; and a member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. Kyle also sits on the Board of Directors of the Southern Queens Park Association, and is the founder of the Mount Zion Youth Literacy and Sports Program in Queens, an organization that builds literacy and introduces underprivileged young people to golf, tennis and other sports that are normally cost-prohibitive.
Kyle grew up in the labor movement. His father was an organizer and vice president of 1199 SEIU from the 1960s through the early 1980s. Kyle began his union activism as a member and shop steward of 1199 while he was a student at York College of City University. He lives in Queens with his wife and three children.