Kyle Bragg became 32BJ’s president in July of 2019 after the sudden death of Hector Figueroa. He previously served as Secretary-Treasurer prior to becoming president. 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.
As Secretary Treasurer Kyle grew 32BJ’s Residential Division to 35,000 members in New York City, Westchester County, Long Island and New Jersey. Under his leadership 32BJ scored a big victory with the 2014 residential contract where 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.
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 a member of the executive board of the National African-American Caucus of SEIU and serves on the international union’s first Racial Justice Task Force. He is a member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, 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.