I think every shop steward should be training someone else and that person can be training someone else too.

~ Maurice Thomas, 32BJ Member, DC/VA/MD

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 Praises Newark Executive Order Calling For A $15 Wage For Workers
32BJ SEIU applauds Newark Mayor Ras Baraka for taking bold action to help airport workers and other low wage workers get what they deserve—a $15 minimum wage. 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 »
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32BJ SEIU Congratulates LD 15 Assembly Winners Gusciora & Muoio
Statement from 32BJ: “Congratulations to Reed Gusciora on his election victory,” said Kevin Brown, 32BJ SEIU Vice President and NJ State Director.  “32BJ members were proud to support him because he has been a... 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 Members Endorse Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley for New Jersey Assembly Seats in LD 20
32BJ SEIU members have announced their support for Democratic candidates Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley in the 20th Legislative District Assembly primary race. 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 »
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Labor, Community And Electeds Rally In Support Of Obama’s Administrative Action
As President Obama makes a historic announcement that will change the lives of millions of immigrant families throughout our nation, 32BJ members, community leaders and Elected Officials will be rallying next to the Federal... 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 »
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32BJ’s Statement on Tedesco’s Victory in Bergen County
"The hardworking members of 32BJ SEIU in New Jersey congratulate Jim Tedesco on his victory. As a union man and a progressive Jim Tedesco will work tirelessly to improve the quality of life of... Read More »
Let’s Elect the Guys Who Aren’t Tired of the Minimum Wage Talk
On November 4th you aren’t just voting for a new elected official to represent you, instead you are voting to raise standards and elect allies that will enter the ring and be ready to... 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 Jim Tedesco for Bergen County Executive
32BJ SEIU, the largest property service workers union in the country, representing office cleaners, residential workers, school cleaners, food service workers and now over 1,700 security officers among various other property sector workers, proudly... Read More »
Petition Push for Earned Sick Leave Spreads to Five N.J. Municipalities
A grassroots coalition of activists and workers delivered thousands of petitions to five New Jersey municipal governments on Tuesday in an attempt to boost the drive to place local ordinances that would guarantee the... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Celebrates Victories in Trenton and Newark
Eric Jackson Mayor of Trenton and Newark Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins should both be commended for their impressive victories tonight. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Congratulates Bonnie Watson Coleman on Her Primary Victory
Tonight, members of 32BJ SEIU congratulate Bonnie Watson Coleman on her hard fought victory in the Democratic Primary for the 12th Congressional District. Read More »
Election of Baraka Points towards a Prosperous Future for Newark
The election of Ras Baraka as Newark’s next mayor heralds an invigorated city with broader opportunities for working families and immigrants. Read More »
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 32BJ: Election of Baraka Points Toward Prosperous Future for Newark
The election of Ras Baraka as Newark’s next mayor heralds an invigorated city with broader opportunities for working families and immigrants, 32BJ SEIU leaders said tonight. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorsements in 2014 Newark Municipal Elections
32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today announced major endorsements in the races for Newark City Council. Read More »
Newark Passes The Country’s Eighth Paid Sick Leave Law
The city council in Newark, New Jersey just passed a paid sick days law, which Mayor Luis Quintana (D) has promised to sign, which will make it the eighth such law passed in the... Read More »
32BJ SEIU Endorses Baraka for Mayor of Newark
The nation's largest property services union today formally endorsed South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka for mayor of Newark. Read More »
Immigration Reform Pilgrimage Targets Rep. Smith’s Freehold Office
Marchers and protesters taped images of broken hearts nearby the entrance to Smith’s office. The hearts were inscribed with the names of family and friends deported or detained due to American immigration laws. Read More »
Time to Pass the “NJ Dream Act”
Making sure all students in New Jersey have access to in-state tuition and sources of financial aid is part of a broader set of reforms to maintain a diverse, educated and highly-skilled workforce to... Read More »
NJ Group Brings 10K Postcards Supporting Paid Sick Leave to Newark City Hall
The group delivered 10,000 postcards from Newark voters supporting an upcoming ordinance establishing mandatory paid sick leave for private sector employees at today's City Council meeting. 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 »
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32BJ SEIU Statement on Election Night in New Jersey
Members of 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union are celebrating a hard-fought victory by Senator Sweeney and Senator Gordon which gives Democrats the control of the State Senate for four more years. We... Read More »
Your Vote Matters!
Tuesday is Election Day and we’re making a final push to get out the vote for candidates who support working families. Read More »
At Newark City Hall, Support Builds for Paid Sick Time
The march toward mandatory paid sick leave in New Jersey's largest city took a step forward tonight, when the City Council voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance that would require Newark businesses to pay... Read More »
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In LoBiondo’s District, New Poll Shows Public Moved By Immigration Reform Votes
New Public Policy Polling (PPP) polls of eight congressional districts, including New Jersey's 2nd District show that Republican House members can begin to rebuild the damage to their popularity caused by the government shutdown... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorsements For NJ State Senate And Assembly
32BJ SEIU , one of the largest private sector unions in New Jersey with nearly 10,000 members in the Garden State alone, endorsed NJ State Senate Candidate for the 18th District Peter Barnes and... Read More »
Jersey City Mayor Signs Sick-Leave Legislation
Joining a movement that is gaining traction nationwide, Jersey City is now the first city in the state to require businesses to give employees sick time. Read More »
Immigration Reform Now!
The movement for immigration reform is strong and growing and our members are leading the fight. Read More »
Immigration Reform March Seeks House Action
A 6-year-old girl stood on the steps of the Monmouth County Hall of Records before a crowd gathered to support immigration reform, and shouted that no child should have their parents taken away. 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 »
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Joining National Day of Action, NJ Immigrants and Advocates Will March to Move DC Logjam on Immigration Reform
On Saturday, October 5, hundreds of immigrants and activists will march to the Latino Festival of Monmouth County in Freehold to celebrate our diversity and to tell Congress: “The Time for A Vote on... Read More »
Jersey City Council Passes Bill to Require Paid Sick Leave
Security worker James Burks said the legislation means he no longer has to worry about losing pay or getting fired if he needs to take time off when his daughter gets sick. 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 »
In Newark, Letting Sick Workers Stay Home
In Newark, 38,000 workers must go to work ill because they can’t afford to lose a day’s pay when they are barely able to make ends meet and support their families. Read More »
Newark Pursuing Plan to Require Sick Pay for Some Workers
Just a week after Jersey City announced a push to require paid sick time for employees of city businesses, Newark officials say they will pursue similar legislation in October. Read More »
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Vetoing Prevailing Wage Provision in the Economic Opportunity Bill, Slap in the Face of Working New Jerseyans
Vetoing the prevailing wage provision in the Economic Opportunity Act is a slap in the face of the nearly 400,000 working New Jerseyans on food stamps who desperately need family-sustaining jobs. Read More »
Jersey City May Require Paid Sick Leave
Calling it a matter of “basic human dignity,” the mayor of Jersey City wants to require all but the smallest businesses to provide their employees paid sick days. Read More »
Immigration Reform March Marks Labor Day in Plainfield
More than 70 immigrants and supporters, including Assemblyman Jerry Green and Democrat candidate for Mayor Adrian Mapp, gathered at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church on Watchung Avenue in Plainfield to commemorate Labor Day, and demand... Read More »
NJ Union Members Rally to Mark 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Members of the SEIU local 1199 and 32BJ gathered at Lincoln Park in Newark on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington Read More »
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U.S. Senator Menendez, NJ Immigrants and Supporters Celebrate MLK’s Legacy with Rally for Immigration Reform
US Senator Bob Menendez, who helped advance immigration reform legislation as a member of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan Gang of 8, joined hundreds of New Jersey’s immigrants and supporters today at Newark's Lincoln Park... 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 »
Illegal Immigrants ‘Workers, Not Criminals,’ Protester Says at Reform Rally
More than two dozen protesters shouted for immigration reform outside Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's office Wednesday. Read More »
Crowd to Protest for Immigration Reform in Morristown
On Wednesday, immigrants and supporters will protest outside Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen’s office in Morristown to demand a vote on immigration reform. Read More »
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Immigrants and Supporters Welcome Rep. Frelinghuysen Back to Morristown, Demand Vote on Reform with a Path to Citizenship
On Wednesday, immigrants and supporters will protest outside Rep. Frelinghuysen’s office in Morristown, to demand a vote on immigration reform and remind him that a majority of Americans support common sense reform with a... Read More »