Members of 32BJ SEIU are joining their brothers and sisters across the country to declare their resolve to stick together in their union. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a long-expected decision in the Janus case that was backed by anti-worker extremists seeking to divide them, 32BJ SEIU members remain dedicated to sticking together, uniting more working people in unions and holding politicians accountable for creating more good, union jobs.
“When thousands of cleaners in New York public schools were earning much less than others doing the same job, it was coming together in our union that helped us win the equal pay for equal work we deserved,” said Rahn Wade, a 32BJ member who works as a cleaner at PS 197 in Manhattan. “We understand how having our union helps us defend good jobs and good working conditions, and we won’t let anyone keep us from coming together!”
Over the last several years, 20 million workers across the nation have won wages increase as a result of the Fight for $15, a campaign sparked by the bravery of New York City fast-food strikers determined to win respect, $15 an hour and a union.
32BJ SEIU members and workers know that when working men and women join together in union, they gain the power in numbers to raise wages, win affordable healthcare and have a voice on the job. Despite a hostile, anti-worker environment, unions are currently experiencing resurgence. In fact, over the last several years more than 70,000 workers have joined 32BJ SEIU alone.
“This decision is yet another example of how billionaires rig the system against working people, but SEIU members won’t let the extremists behind this case divide us,” said Héctor Figueroa, President of 32BJ SEIU. “We will stay united, help working men and women who are fighting to form unions and call on our elected leaders to do everything in their power to make it easier for working people to join together in unions.”