The folllowing statement is attributable to Kyle Bragg, President of 32BJ SEIU.
“The people of New York–including 90,000 members of 32BJ SEIU–have spoken, and they want to see Albany continue to fight for economic and social justice for all New Yorkers. COVID has laid bare extreme inequities for Black and brown communities, and has deepened the divide between those who have access to good jobs, health care, paid sick days and quality education and those who are falling further behind due to the pandemic. By voting for a supermajority that supports working people, New Yorkers made it clear that they want real solutions to the problems facing our state.
“The fight for progressive leadership in the NY State Senate was long and hard, but workers and advocates, including 32BJ members who contacted thousands of voters in support of Senate Democrats, helped make this a reality. Now Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and members of the Senate can continue to lead the way on workers’ rights, voting rights, racial justice, police and criminal justice reform, protections for immigrants, and climate justice. As the nation turns to the new administration in Washington to undo the damage of the last four years, New York State can provide a leading example for a worker-led recovery that leaves no one behind.”
With over 175,000 members in eleven states and Washington, D.C., 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.