Union representing 6,000 Immigrant Workers in Virginia Pushes for Democratic Sweep

Julie Karant: 646-584-9001, jkarant@seiu32bj.org

Union representing 6,000 Immigrant Workers in Virginia Pushes for Democratic Sweep

Union Janitors and Security Officers Spent a Month Turning out Votes/Knocked on Thousands of Doors

 

Leesburg, Va. – 32BJ SEIU, which represents 6,000 immigrant office cleaners and airport service workers in Northern Virginia are part of a major push to help Democrats flip Virginia, after a month-long GOTV effort by team of over a dozen member volunteers who knocked on doors for John Bell (SD-13), Dan Helmer (HD-40), Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31), Hala Ayala (HD-51), Kathleen Murphy (HD-34) and Lee Carter (HD-50). A dozen 32BJ SEIU janitors and security officers, spent all-day, nearly every day knocking on hundreds of doors per week leading up to Election Day, engaging approximately 12,000 voters.

 

Many of these men and women helped play a role in turning Virginia from red to blue during previous election cycles on behalf of statewide, federal and presidential candidates. As low-wage workers and immigrants, 32BJ members know first-hand how much of an impact Democratic control will have on their communities, from a $15 minimum wage to vital immigrant rights and protections.

 

32BJ members shared common ground with the voters they encountered who were inspired by candidates’ support for affordable health care. “I know too many people without healthcare and who can’t afford medication, but no one should be denied health care,” said Sade Pryce, a 32BJ member who works as security officer. “We’re making a difference by talking to people getting them out, especially those who don’t know when Election Day is or what candidates stand for.”

 

“Canvassing is a very important way to engage with people because they want someone to hear their views on what’s going on in the world,” said Darius Collins, a 32BJ member who works as a security officer. “When black and Latino communities see likeminded people running for office and knocking on doors, they will be inspired and say ‘he can do it, I can do it too,’ and minorities will make a difference on Election Day.”

 

Endorsed winners include:

Arlington County Board At-Large Christian Dorsey
Arlington County Board At-Large Katie Cristol
Arlington County Commonwealth Atty Parisa Dehghani-Tafti
Prince William County Sheriff Josh King
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Jeff McKay
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Braddock James Walkinshaw
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors HunterMill Walter Alcorn
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Lee Rodney Lusk
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Providence Dalia Palchik
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Springfield Linda Sperling
Senate 35 Dick Saslaw
Senate 31 Barbara Favola
Senate 33 Jennifer Boysko
Senate 30 Adam Ebbin
Senate 34 Chap Petersen
Senate 36 Scott Surovell
Senate 13 John Bell
House of Delegates 31 Elizabeth Guzman
House of Delegates 49 Alfonso Lopez
House of Delegates 34 Kathleen Murphy
House of Delegates 37 David Bulova
House of Delegates 2 Jennifer Carroll Foy
House of Delegates 50 Lee Carter
House of Delegates 46 Charnelle Herring
House of Delegates 38 Andres Jimenez
House of Delegates 38 Kaye Kory
House of Delegates 13 Danica Roem
House of Delegates 41 Eileen Filler-Corn
House of Delegates 42 Kathy Tran
House of Delegates 51 Hala Ayala
House of Delegates 40 Dan Helmer
House of Delegates 100 Phil Hernandez

 

With more than 175,000 members in 11 states, including 20,000 in the D.C. area and Baltimore, MD, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.

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