“They have to be aware that the people who work for them are not just statistics, but we are people. The union has allowed us to show that and use our voices.”

~ Michael Greene, 32BJ Member, New York

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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32BJ SEIU Statement on Senate Healthcare Bill
With this dreadful, shameful, punitive and immoral healthcare bill, Senate Republicans are—once again—teaming up with an administration of the 1% and for the 1% with a clear goal in mind: to take away... Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Laura Curran for Nassau County Executive
32BJ members announced on Monday their endorsement of Laura Curran for Nassau County Executive. Read More »
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NYC Council Passes Landmark Legislation for Fair Work Week & Better Jobs for Fast-Food, Retail Workers
Cashiers, cooks and delivery people are celebrating after the New York City Council passed vital legislation for a fair work week for fast-food and retail workers and a law that will enable fast-food workers... Read More »
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Workers Urge NYC Council to Vote Yes on Package of Bills for Fair Work Week & Better Jobs
The fast-food workers and their allies will rally at 12:30 pm on Wednesday at City Hall to call on the Council to vote yes on the bills for fair work week & better jobs. Read More »
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Haitian TPS Should Be Extended Beyond 6 Months
Granting TPS extension to the 50,000 hardworking, law-abiding Haitian already living peaceful and productive lives among us is the right thing to do for humanitarian and national security reasons. Read More »
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32BJ Applauds Mayor Bill Peduto’s Primary Victory
“We congratulate Mayor Bill Peduto on his primary election win. 32BJ SEIU is committed in supporting Mayor Peduto as he runs in the general election.” Read More »
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Thousands Will Mobilize on May Day for Immigrants Rights in MA
On Thursday, April 13th, immigrant, community and labor advocates of Massachusetts announced plans for a major day of resistance against Trump on May Day—International Workers’ Day—with multiple rallies planned across the Commonwealth thousands will... Read More »
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Juan Vivares Released From ICE Detention, Reuniting with His Family in New York
We are overjoyed to announce that after two weeks of detention, Juan Vivares is home with his family! Juan has received a stay from the Board of Immigration Appeals and was released while his... Read More »
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ICE Shouldn’t Arrest Undocumented Immigrants Victims of Crimes
Arresting undocumented immigrant crime victims undermines trust between immigrant communities and the police, and will also potentially end a practice that has been proven to help make our country safer for all Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Statement on Trump’s Budget
For Trump and his team of cronies the message to America is: you are on your own. Read More »
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32BJ Members Interview City Council Candidates in NYC
Now more than ever, we need to elect officials who will fight for good union jobs and respect. On Thursday March 16th, City Council candidates will come to be interviewed by this group. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Applauds Rabb’s Sanctuary Commonwealth Bill
The following statement can be attributed to Gabe Morgan, Vice President 32BJ SEIU Pennsylvania, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country: State Representative Chris Rabb’s sanctuary commonwealth legislation is a... Read More »
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Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Still Wrong
Trump's cosmetic tweaks to the Muslim ban don't change the fact that banning immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, and blocking entry of asylum-seekers, are horrendous ideas that run counter to our identity as a nation... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Hails Stephanie Hansen Victory
32BJ SEIU—the union representing Delaware commercial office cleaners and property service workers—today celebrated Stephanie Hansen’s election to the DE State Senate. Read More »
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32BJ Celebrates Perkins Win in City Council Special Election
32BJ SEIU members congratulate Bill Perkins on his win in the special election for City Council District 9 in Harlem. Read More »
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Puzder Should Have Never Been Nominated
Fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder should have never been nominated to lead a department once headed by Frances Perkins, a true working-class hero. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Keith Ellison for DNC Chair
As a union representing 163,000 working Americans, we are proud to endorse Keith Ellison for Democratic National Committee Chair. Read More »
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32BJ Statement on the Arrest of DREAMer Daniel Ramirez
The following statement can be attributed to Hector Figueroa President of 32BJ SEIU, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country: Arresting a young DACA recipient with deep roots in our... Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Bill Perkins for City Council
We have endorsed State Senator Bill Perkins in the special election for City Council District 9 based on his record of fighting for good jobs, affordable housing and immigrant rights. Read More »
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We Must Protect Immigrant Families
Here are two ways to support for your immigrant brothers and sisters in this urgent hour. Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Bill Perkins for City Council
32BJ announced today that its members have endorsed State Senator Bill Perkins in the special election for City Council District 9 based on his record of fighting for good jobs, affordable housing and... Read More »
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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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Phil Murphy for Governor!
32BJ SEIU members have endorsed Democratic candidate Phil Murphy for Governor of New Jersey. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Phil Murphy for Governor of New Jersey
Newark—32BJ SEIU, the largest property services union in the country, is supporting Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy.  32BJ SEIU Vice President and New Jersey State Director Kevin Brown made the announcement today on behalf... 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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Toomey Has Rhetoric and Fear, Katie McGinty Has Actual Plans to Make Our Lives Better
Building a better economy and a better society should be about breaking down barriers to opportunity for our children, not building walls. We are better than fear-mongering. Pennsylvania’s deserve better, and that’s Katie McGinty. Read More »
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Change Begins at Home
Voters in the Hudson Valley appalled by Trump now have a chance to send a message that could reverberate nationally, not just by rejecting the head of the ticket, but also by electing Senate... Read More »
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Our Vote Is Not Just for Issues, But Also for Respect
In this important election, we’re not just choosing policymakers. We need to elect candidates who will see us as full people, who understand our needs and can empathize with our challenges. Candidates who show... 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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Five Reasons to Support Katie McGinty for the US Senate
Here are five reasons to make sure you turn out and vote for Katie McGinty on November 8 in the crucial US Senate race for Pennsylvania. Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Lisa Blunt Rochester for Congress
32BJ SEIU announced today its endorsement of Lisa Blunt Rochester, Democratic candidate for United States Congress. The union represents nearly 10,000 Delaware Valley property service workers including 700 in Delaware. Read More »
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We had so much fun!
by Betty Asbury SEIU 32BJ Florida Member There’s a true sense of being able to make a real difference when you join with your co-workers to win something important. If you’ve ever been to a... Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Rep. Theresa Conroy for Reelection
32BJ members today announced their endorsement of Representative Theresa Conroy for re-election to the Connecticut State General Assembly as part of their push to win a higher minimum wage and more full-time hours for... Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Tim Bowles for Election to State Senate
32BJ members today announced their endorsement of Tim Bowles for election to the Connecticut State Senate in the 18th District, which includes the towns of Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, and... Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Danté Bartolomeo for Re-Election to State Senate
32BJ members today announced their endorsement of Danté Bartolomeo for election to the Connecticut State Senate in the 13th District, which includes the towns of Meriden, Cheshire, Middlefield, Middletown and Rockfall. Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Ryan Henowitz for State Senate
32BJ members today announced their endorsement of Ryan Henowitz for election to the Connecticut State Senate in the 20th District, which includes the city of New London. Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Ken Gucker, Jeff Tomchik and Rep. Bob Godfrey for Election in November
32BJ members today announced their endorsement of Ken Gucker for election to Connecticut Senate in the 24th District and of Jeff Tomchik for election to the Connecticut House of Representatives in the 138th District,... Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Saud Anwar, Tim Curtis and Russ Morin for Election to State House
Members of 32BJ SEIU today announced their endorsement of Dr. Saud Anwar and Tim Curtis for election in the 14th and 60th House Districts in the Connecticut General Assembly, and Representative Russ Morin for... Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Rep. Betty Boukus for Re-election
32BJ members today announced their endorsement of Representative Betty Boukus for re-election to the Connecticut State General Assembly in the 22nd House District, as part of their push to win a higher minimum wage... Read More »
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Women workers take a stand against politicians who disrespect women, and those who turn a blind eye
In the wake of fallout over Trump’s sexual assault comments, hundreds of women union members will rally and canvass to elect candidates who support working women’s’ issues including Hillary Clinton, Katie McGinty for Senate... Read More »
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32BJ District 615 Weekend Warriors!
Join your co-workers to hold candidates accountable this election year! We need to elect candidates who listen and understand your demand for respect in and beyond the workplace. Fill out the form below to... Read More »
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Join Us on October 15!
Join your co-workers on October 15 to fight for $15+ respect! We're coming out with our families to make a difference for our communities. Read More »
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32BJ Endorsements for 2016 Elections in Connecticut
United States Senate Richard Blumenthal United States House of Representatives Congressional District 1 John Larson Congressional District 2 Joe Courtney Congressional District 3 Rosa DeLauro Congressional District 5 Elizabeth Esty Connecticut State Senate Senate... 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 SEIU Endorses Bryan Townsend for Congress
32BJ SEIU—the union representing Delaware commercial office cleaners—today endorsed Bryan Townsend for Congress. Read More »
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32BJ Endorsements for Massachusetts 2016 Primary Elections
Massachusetts State House of Representatives: 16th Essex District            Marcos Devers 4th Middlesex District     Danielle Gregoire 3rd Berkshire District      Tricia Farley-Bouvier 18th Middlesex District   Rady Mom... 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 SEIU Endorses Christine Peters in the Westchester County Legislature Special Election on Aug 9
Members of 32BJ SEIU, the nation's largest property services union, have spent the past week knocking on doors for Democrat Christine Peters, whom they endorsed last week in the Westchester County Legislature special... Read More »