Everybody should have a union…. It gives us a voice. It gives you the power to change things that need to be changed.

~ Leslie Williams, 32BJ Member, New Jersey

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

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 Statement on Gov. Cuomo’s Plan to Raise the Minimum Wage for State Workers
This well-deserved raise is great news for state workers and demonstrates the power of the Governor's office to lift up those among us who struggle the most. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Congratulates Ken Jenkins and Virginia Perez on Primary Victories for Westchester County Board of Legislators
Westchester Legislators Ken Jenkins (District 17) and Virginia Perez (District 16) emerged victorious yesterday against rivals in the Democratic Party primary for the Westchester County Board of Legislators. 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 »
NY Stands Up for Fast-Food Workers
Sign the petition NOW to tell the NY Wage Board to set a minimum wage for fast food workers of $15/hour! 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 »
Why the 2014 Elections Matter
Elections that don’t involve choosing the President can seem unimportant and irrelevant to daily life. But sometimes, like this year, elections for local politicians can be the most crucial ones. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Congratulates Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul
The members of 32BJ SEIU congratulate Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul on their victories in the Democratic primary Tuesday. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Eric Schneiderman and Thomas DiNapoli
The executive board of 32BJ SEIU has voted to endorse Eric Schneiderman for New York State Attorney General and Thomas DiNapoli for New York State Comptroller. Both candidates have a strong record of fighting... Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Cuomo and Hochul
The executive board of 32BJ SEIU has voted to endorse Andrew Cuomo for New York State Governor and Kathy Hochul for Lieutenant Governor. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Justin Wagner
32BJ SEIU has voted to endorse Justin Wagner for State Senator in the 40th Senate District which covers parts of Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties. Read More »
Legislation Gives Some Relief to Property Service Workers
Alejandro Sanchez lost his job five years ago when the building where he worked was sold to a new owner. “I had been the super of the building for 18 years, but that didn’t... 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 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 »
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 »
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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Elected Officials, Contracted Con Ed Workers, 32BJ SEIU Urge Lawmakers To Include Utilities In Prevailing Wage Law
A coalition of labor officials, lawmakers, workers, advocates and supporters rallied in Albany today to urge the Legislature to pass bills that would include utilities and their service contractors in the state’s prevailing... Read More »
Citizenship Path Is Common Sense
At our rally in White Plains, 32BJ member María Ramírez talked about the grueling process to legalization for her and her family. For over 20 years, she and her husband lived in fear of... Read More »
Immigration Reform: What’s Next?
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have introduced an immigration reform bill this week. What's in the bill, and what are our next steps? Read More »
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Thousands in White Plains Call for Commonsense Immigration Reform
As the bipartisan Senate committee announces that their proposed immigration bill may be finalized this week, hundreds of immigrants, supporters and elected officials converged today in White Plains to call for a bill that includes an accessible path... Read More »
Taking Action on Immigration
Across the country, we are putting pressure on Congress for commonsense immigration reform. Read More »
Why Immigration Reform Matters
Today’s broken immigration system hurts all workers. We must make sure that all workers can work out of the shadows and share in the wealth they help create with their hard work. Read More »
Immigration Reform Is On the Line!
From March 12 to March 14, join 32BJ members in making 1 Million Calls to Congress to tell them we support immigration reform! Read More »
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Westchester County Committee Hears Public Testimony on Displaced Worker Bill
The Westchester Board of Legislators heard public testimony today to consider legislation ensuring that vulnerable, low-wage cleaning workers have some job protections when a building is sold or a new cleaning contractor is brought... Read More »
Westchester Legislators Look at Controversial Job Security Bill
The Westchester County Board of Legislators is considering what promises to be controversial bill that would give more job security to service workers when their buildings come under new ownership, and to Bee-Line bus... Read More »
Assembly Higher Education Committee Approves New York DREAM Act
"The New York State DREAM Act is an important step on the road to common sense immigration reform across our state -- and our nation as a whole," said Hector Figueroa, president, 32BJ SEIU.... Read More »
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32BJ Applauds Governor on Campaign Finance Reform, Utility Regulation, Minimum Wage
ALBANY, NY – The President of 32BJ SEIU, the state’s largest private-sector union, said today that Governor Cuomo deserves credit for announcing his support for many important initiatives in his State-of-the-State speech, particularly the... Read More »
Leading by Example
The American Dream Fund makes all our political work possible. Here, a few top ADF recruiters talk about their experiences taking political action with the union and share what ADF means to them. Read More »
WE WON! You worked incredibly hard for many months to help reelect President Obama and other champions for working people, and we are finally able to celebrate! Read More »
Fighting For Every Vote
32BJ members are working hard to get out the vote for President Obama in November. Read More »
A Timeline of Progress
President Obama promised and delivered “change we can believe in.” Here's a list of his top accomplishments. Read More »
Will You Leave the Door Open for Your Children?
By Mike Fishman This week I was honored to represent 32BJ at the Democratic National Convention, and witnessed first-hand the stark differences between the two parties. Let me tell you — there’s a lot... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Applauds President Obama’s ‘Dreamers Plan’
The following statement can be attributed to Héctor Figueroa, Secretary-Treasurer of 32BJ, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country: “As hundreds of thousands of highly motivated Dreamers, and future scientist... Read More »
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32BJ Holds Republican State Senators Accountable For Failing To Help Middle-Class And Working Families
32BJ today announced endorsements in the New York legislative races that showed the union is holding current GOP state senators to account for failing to help middle-class and working families. “Unlike state Republicans in... Read More »
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Real Winners Are the Millions of Americans Who Are Uninsured
The following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act can be attributed to 32BJ President Mike Fishman: “The real winners here are the tens of millions of Americans with no... Read More »
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SB 1070 and Racial Profiling Should Have No Place in Our Democracy
The following statement should be attributed to Héctor Figueroa, Secretary-Treasurer of 32BJ SEIU, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country: “While the Supreme Court rejected some horrendous aspects of Arizona’s... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Applauds President Obama’s Decision for Dreamers
The following statement can be attributed to Héctor Figueroa, Secretary-Treasurer of 32BJ, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the country: “The Obama administration deserves praise for this plan to stop the... Read More »
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“Secure Communities” Deportation Program Will Not Make New York Secure
The following statement can be attributed to Héctor Figueroa, Secretary Treasurer of 32BJ SEIU: “Secure Communities, the flawed Bush-era deportation program built on cowboy justice, runs against everything our state represents. This is not... Read More »
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No Reason Not To Pass The Dream Act In New York
The following statement can be attributed to Héctor Figueroa, Secretary Treasurer of 32BJ SEIU: “Making sure that all students in New York have access to sources of financial aid is part of a broader... Read More »