Manny Pastreich was raised in labor movement and now has thirty years working on bargaining, representation and organizing campaigns.
As Secretary Treasurer, Manny will continue to drive campaigns to win the best possible contracts in the property service industry and ensure that we can manage topflight health, retirement, and benefit programs for all 32BJ SEIU members.
Growing up he attended demonstrations, bargaining sessions, and building visits alongside his father who led SEIU healthcare locals in Massachusetts. He had the opportunity to see firsthand the difference unions made in workers’ lives, from pay and benefits to the opportunity to have a voice on the job.
Manny learned what it takes to win campaigns when the bosses are aligned against you during his time as a researcher on SEIU’s Justice for Janitors campaign from 1992-1996. In an unprecedented move that captured the public’s attention and the media spotlight, janitors and others blocked bridges and major arteries in downtown D.C. every day.
“Those days were the culmination of the incredible work of worker leaders, organizers, campaign strategy, and community support all coming together to do what it took to highlight the plight of janitors and D.C. residents.”
Manny also worked as a researcher supporting SEIU’s organizing and bargaining across the country before doing a three-year stint as a research director for AFL-CIO on the United Farm Workers’ strawberry worker organizing campaign. He then completed another three years with the AFL-CIO, coordinating multi-union campaigns in the airline and airport sectors.
Manny joined 32BJ SEIU as a research director from 2002-2004, after which he became director of Collective Bargaining Benefits Fund and currently serves as a Taft-Hartley Benefit Fund trustee covering several pension, health benefit, training and legal funds. Manny previously served as a board member at the Latin American Youth Center and his son’s little league board.