“They have to be aware that the people who work for them are not just statistics, but we are people. The union has allowed us to show that and use our voices.”

~ Michael Greene, 32BJ Member, New York

Political Action

Key Issues


To us, workers’ rights go hand-in-hand with immigrants’ and civil rights because they are about the same thing: The fundamental respect that each person deserves.

Today’s broken immigration system hurts all workers. As long as unscrupulous employers are able to exploit undocumented workers, the current two-tiered workforce will continue to drive down wages for all workers.

We are active in defending voting rights and challenging unjust police practices, like New York City’s stop-and-frisk program, that target people of color. These policies threaten the democratic principles we value, and we cannot let them stand.


Why Politics Matter / The American Dream Fund

Whether it’s workplace rights, immigration, healthcare or education, the decisions politicians make affect every aspect of our lives. We need to work together to elect leaders who have the best interests of working families at the top of their agenda. If we don’t, the elections and issues are won by corporations and the rich, who have unlimited resources to influence the political process.

How do we win?

Thousands of us contribute to the American Dream Fund (our PAC or Political Action Committee) to support our goals of electing public officials who care about working families and passing laws that help ensure fairness and opportunity for all. 32BJ members also talk to co-workers at the workplace, make phone calls and knock on doors, to build awareness about issues and mobilize people to vote. And we build alliances with community partners to strengthen our voice on the issues that affect working families. Contribute to the American Dream Fund!

Political Updates

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32BJ SEIU Statement on Governor McAuliffe Restoring Voting Rights
32BJ members are proud of Governor McAuliffe for ensuring that all men and women have their voices heard on the long list of issues that affect their day-to-day lives. Read More »
Hillary Clinton for President
Your 32BJ Executive Board voted to support the SEIU’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton as the best choice for president. Read More »
32BJ Election Day Victories
Thank you to all the 32BJ members who voted and campaigned for progressive candidates this election. Read More »
Winning the Paid Sick Days Fight
We won paid sick days in Montgomery County, MD, and we need your help to do the same in Pittsburgh. Sign the petition now! Read More »
Montgomery County Joins Other Localities Providing Paid Sick Leave
The Montgomery County Council, heeding a call from the Obama administration, passed paid-sick-leave legislation Tuesday that will enable workers to stay home when they are ill or need to take care of a sick... Read More »
32BJ Statement on Fatal Shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina:
We join all those mourning the horrific shooting that took place at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families and loved ones and all... Read More »
32BJ Statement on Impending Mass Deportations of People of Haitian Descent from the Dominican Republic
The threat of mass deportations, scheduled to begin today , of as many as 200,000 people of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic, where many were born and have spent their whole lives,... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Congratulates Newly Elected Dc Council Members LaRuby May And Brandon Todd On Swearing In
Members of the 32BJ SEIU congratulated LaRuby May and Brandon Todd today on their swearing in for DC Council seats in Wards 8 and 4. Read More »
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SEIU Maryland/DC State Council Endorses Laruby May For Ward 8 Council
Members of the Service Employees International (SEIU) Maryland/DC State Council today announced their endorsement of LaRuby May for the Ward 8 Council seat. Workers were excited by May’s passion to focus support around efforts... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Brandon Todd for Ward 4 Council
Private security officers and commercial office cleaners represented by 32BJ SEIU, today announced their endorsement of Brandon Todd for the Ward 4 Council seat. Read More »
A Huge Step Forward
President Obama changed the lives of millions of working people who can now come out of the shadows and live free of fear. Read More »
Our Work Is Not Done
Working people can make real and substantial change when we come out to vote and come out strong for politics. Read More »
Winning 2014 for Working Families
Heading into the November elections, we need to work even harder so that the issues that matter to working families will have a place on the agenda. Read More »
2014 Election Endorsements
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman State Senate Marilyn Moore (D-22) Delaware US Senate Chris Coons State Treasurer Sean Barney                        Auditor... Read More »
“All Politics Is Local” — Not Too Late to Get Involved
Recent victories have shown us the importance of winning local elections at the city and state level over and over again. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Edward “Smitty” Smith for Attorney General 
Members of 32BJ SEIU today announced their endorsement of Edward “Smitty” Smith for Attorney General, encouraged by his worker-focused career in public service and pledge to strongly enforce wage theft laws. Read More »
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32BJ Praises Governor O’Malley for his Leadership on Protecting Constitutional and Immigrant Rights
32BJ members thanked Governor O’Malley today for his leadership on maintaining the Constitutional rights of Maryland residents. Baltimore City now joins dozens of counties nationwide that have decided that they will no longer honor... Read More »
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SEIU Maryland/DC State Council Praises Governor O’Malley’s Decision To End Discredited “Secure Communities” Program At Baltimore City Facility
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley today directed the State's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to no longer comply with ICE detainers at the state-operated central booking facility in Baltimore City, unless the individual... Read More »
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SEIU Maryland/DC State Council Endorses DC City Council Member Anita Bonds
Members of the Service Employees International (SEIU) Maryland/DC State Council today announced their endorsement of DC At-Large City Council member Anita Bonds. Read More »
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SEIU Maryland/DC State Council Endorses Vincent Gray for DC Mayor
Members of the Service Employees International (SEIU) Maryland/DC State Council announced their endorsement of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray at a press conference today, touting their trust in Gray's ability to continue passing laws that... Read More »
Vincent Gray Picks Up More Labor Endorsements
The D.C./Maryland Council of the Service Employees International Union gave Gray its nod Monday, citing, among other things, his move to hire unionized security officers in city facilities and his support for granting driver’s... Read More »
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SEIU Maryland/DC State Council Endorses Dc City Council Members & Candidate Charles Allen
Members of the Service Employees International (SEIU) Maryland/DC State Council today announced their endorsement of Ward 6 candidate Charles Allen as well as DC City Council members Mary Cheh, Jim Graham and Chairman Phil... Read More »
Occupy Congress for Immigration Reform
On Dec. 12th, 32BJ members took part in a surprise occupation of the offices of US Representatives who are blocking immigration reform. Read More »
Activists Launch Ballot Initiative to Raise DC Minimum Wage
Activists and labor organizers launched an initiative Tuesday to get a referendum on the ballot in 2014 to raise the minimum wage in the nation’s capital to $12.50 an hour, and the hourly rate... Read More »
WPFW Interview on DC Driver’s Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
32BJ spokesperson Julie Karant appeared on WPFW's Community Watch and Comment show to discuss the recently passed DC law that will create a special type of driver’s license for undocumented immigrants. Read More »
Victory for Working Families!
We won on Election Day -- and we won big --  thanks to the great work 32BJ members did during this election season. Read More »
D.C. Approves Driver’s Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
"We applaud the Council for allowing aspiring Americans to legally and safely drive their kids to school, buy groceries, go to church and to the doctor," said Jaime Contreras. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Praises Election of Terry McAuliffe to Governor’s Mansion in Virginia
“Terry McAuliffe will be an important advocate for the men and women who work hard to keep Virginia running but struggle to get by. He understands that immigrant workers strengthen our communities and are... Read More »
New Coalition in D.C. Seeks Increase in Minimum Wage, Campaign Finance Reform
A new coalition of labor unions and other liberal groups has launched in the District, promising to move elected officials toward a significant increase in the minimum wage and comprehensive campaign finance reforms. Read More »
Immigration Reform Now!
The movement for immigration reform is strong and growing and our members are leading the fight. Read More »
Thousands Rally for Immigration Reform in Nation’s Capital, Legislators Arrested
After members of Congress from both parties spoke of the need to pass immigration reform, about 200 political and religious leaders led the crowd to the nation’s Capitol and blocked traffic in an act... Read More »
Thousands Rally Nationwide in Support of an Immigration Overhaul
Thousands of supporters of an immigration overhaul held rallies on Saturday at more than 150 sites in 40 states, trying to pressure Congress, despite the partisan turmoil in Washington, to focus on passing a... Read More »
Maryland-DC Council of SEIU Backs Brown-Ulman Ticket
SEIU backed Brown for his work on health care reform, worker training and increasing the state’s minimum wage, Jaime Contreras, president of the Maryland-DC council, said. Read More »
March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect
On October 5 and October 8, we will return to the streets to press for dignity and respect for immigrant families. Read More »
DREAMer Pleads Against Dad’s Deportation; Groups Announce Major Immigration Events
“It’s not who we are as Americans to relegate men and women into a second-class group of people”, said labor leader Jaime Contreras, vice-president and capital area director for 32BJ SEIU. Read More »
On Women’s Equality Day, a Push for a More Inclusive Immigration Reform Policy
Chants of “Si se puede” filled a Two Amigos restaurant in Virginia as women’s rights activists called for a more inclusive immigration reform bill. Read More »
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Rep. Gutierrez, Virginia Service Providers & Immigrants Discuss Impact of the Immigration Crisis on Women and Girls at Women’s Equality Day Event
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL-4) joined immigrants and service providers from Northern Virginia in exploring the particularly harmful impact of the immigration crisis on women and girls at a panel discussion held today in Chantilly,... Read More »
32BJ at the 50th Anniversary March on Washington
32BJ members joined thousands in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington on August 24th. Read More »
Give Us A Vote!
A message to members of Congress at home for the August recess: do your job and pass real immigration reform into law! Read More »
Wolf at the Door: Immigrant Rights Issue Follows Lawmakers Home
Five dozen immigration rights activists picketed outside Rep. Frank R. Wolf’s Herndon office Wednesday, demanding he vote for a bill that would extend citizenship rights to 11 million illegal immigrants — a scene that... Read More »
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Immigrants to Protest Outside Rep. Wolf’s Herndon Office, Delivering 10th CD Petition Urging Vote on Reform with a Path to Citizenship
On Wednesday, August 7th, immigrants and supporters will protest outside of Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf’s District office and deliver a petition, urging him to support a path to citizenship, a demand supported by a... Read More »
Fight For Immigration Reform Follows Virginia Republicans To District Offices
"They're going to have a rude awakening because everywhere they go on vacation in their district offices, we're going to be there," says Jaime Contreras, vice president of a local chapter of the SEIU. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Reacts to Cuccinelli Remarks on Immigration
32BJ SEIU Vice President and Capital Area Director, Jaime Contreras reacted to today’s Huffington Post article revealing Virginia attorney general and GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s remarks about U.S. immigration policies during a... Read More »
Immigrants, 32BJ SEIU Applaud D.C. Council’s Passage of REAL ID, Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain a Driver’s License or ID Card
The D.C. City Council passed historic legislation making District residents eligible for a driver’s license or D.C. identification card regardless of citizenship or immigration status, making the District safer and giving residents greater economic... Read More »
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Over a Thousand Rallied Outside of the U.S. Capitol During House GOP Caucus Meeting, Urging a Vote for Citizenship
More than a thousand immigration advocates, including hundreds of families and aspiring Americans, rallied outside of the House GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol today, urging leaders to answer mainstream America's call... Read More »
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Senators Cardin, Mikulski, Kane and Warner Cast Historic Votes for Commonsense Immigration Reform
Today, Maryland’s Sen. Ben Cardin and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, along with Virginia’s Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Tim Kane all cast critical votes to pass historic immigration reform legislation. The bill cleared the... Read More »
Immigration Reform Is in Sight!
The U.S. Senate passed the historic immigration reform bill on a 68-32 vote. Thank you for all your hard work, now let’s get this bill through the House! Read More »
The American Dream
Three 32BJ members talk about what the American Dream means to them and why they are fighting for immigration reform. Read More »
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Immigrants, 32BJ SEIU Vice President Testify at D.C. Council Hearing on Driver’s License Bill, Touting Benefits and Suggesting Improvements
Historic legislation that would make District residents eligible for a driver’s license or DC identification card regardless of citizenship or immigration status would make the District safer and give residents greater economic opportunity, an... Read More »
Rebuilding the Middle Class
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley joined 32BJ President Héctor Figueroa to speak about the important role that state governments can play in strengthening the middle class. Read More »