Raising the standard for good working conditions is like a chain reaction. More people will see their work life can be better.

~ Clara Vargas, 32BJ Member, Florida

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 Election Day Victories
Thank you to all the 32BJ members who voted and campaigned for progressive candidates this election. Read More »
Vote for the PA 3: Dougherty, Wecht and Donohue
Elected officials make a difference: for our contracts, for labor laws, and for our ability to support our families. We need a PA Supreme Court that stands with working families or all of our... Read More »
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Paid Sick Days Bill Passes in Pittsburgh
City Council has voted to enact legislation making Pittsburgh the nineteenth city in the nation to pass paid sick days legislation. 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 »
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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SEIU Congratulates Endorsed Candidates on Primary Election Victories
The Pennsylvania State Council of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) congratulates all of our endorsed candidates for their Primary Election victories on Tuesday, as well as all victorious candidates with a proven record... Read More »
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Rally for a Safer, Securer Pittsburgh
Legislation was introduced in City Council today calling for the universal training of security officers throughout Pittsburgh on campuses, residential communities, and businesses. 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 »
Making History in Pennsylvania
Gov. Tom Corbett will make history by becoming Pennsylvania's first sitting governor to lose his re-election race. His loss will be well deserved. Read More »
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SEIU Announces Endorsement of Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Wolf
***Click here for photos*** Philadelphia, PA – Citing his strong support of pro-working family policies and his commitment to growing an economy that works for all Pennsylvanians, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Service... Read More »
The Revolt of the Cities
During the past 20 years, immigrants and young people have transformed the demographics of urban America. Now, they’re transforming its politics and mapping the future of liberalism. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU and SEIU Healthcare PA Announce Strong Endorsement for Rep. Erin Molchany
After racking up a long list of endorsements including Mayor Bill Peduto and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Rep. Erin Molchany gained even more momentum on Saturday with the endorsement of two major local unions. Read More »
Labor Unions Pack Pa. Capital Over Paycheck Bill
Labor unions packed the Pennsylvania Capitol for a raucous rally Tuesday as they widened their fight over legislation that aims to prevent the state, school districts and local governments from deducting union dues and... Read More »
Would-Be Democratic Pa. Governors Lace into Corbett
Five of the eight Democrats seeking to unseat Gov. Corbett next year lobbied for the limelight and lit into the incumbent Saturday at a candidate forum that exposed few gaps between them on policy... 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 Celebrates Election of “Public Education Champions” Terry Dawson and Don Rugola to Uniontown Area School District
32BJ SEIU today celebrated the victory of two endorsed Uniontown Area School Board candidates, Terry Dawson and Don Rugola. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Proclaims New Era for Pittsburgh’s Working Families
“By choosing Bill Peduto, voters sent a message that they want a mayor who will stand up for working people and fight for an economy that works for everyone.” Read More »
Don’t Forget to Vote in Pittsburgh!
Don’t forget to vote tomorrow for Bill Peduto for Mayor and 32BJ-endorsed Council candidates! And be sure to tell your friends and neighbors to get to the polls. 32BJ SEIU has endorsed the following... Read More »
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Pittsburgh Business, Immigrant and Labor Organizations Resume Fight for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
With the shutdown crisis resolved for the time being, local labor, business and immigration groups are ramping up pressure on local members of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. 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 »
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Pittsburgh Congregations Join National Day for Dignity and Respect for All Immigrants; Faith Community Will Not Allow Immigration Reform to be “Shutdown” by Congress
A coalition of faith groups and immigration supporters Friday will gather at the Community of Reconciliation Church at noon to announce a renewed effort to win immigration reform with a path to citizenship this... Read More »
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Pittsburgh Activists Arrested for Protesting House’s Inaction on Immigration Reform
Approximately 100 women were arrested this morning after blockading the intersection outside the House of Representatives to protest the House’s inaction on comprehensive immigration reform that treats women and children fairly. Read More »
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Immigration Reform Advocates Greeted with Police Presence at Rep. Tim Murphy’s Office
On Thursday at 11:00a.m., while singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in English and in Spanish, immigrants, faith leaders and ‘DREAMers’ will deliver a semi-circular half of a cake to local Representatives Tim Murphy and Keith Rothfus... 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 »
Voices for Undocumented Immigrants Lobbying Washington
A range of groups — from farmers to unions to Silicon Valley’s biggest players — are mounting pressure on Washington to pass an immigration reform package. They have power. They have a voice. But... 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 »
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Senator Toomey Reveals True Colors with Vote Against Bipartisan Immigration Reform
Today, Senator Pat Toomey was in the minority of Senators opposing the passage of the landmark Senate immigration reform bill (Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013). The bill cleared the... 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 »
Pittsburgh Needs Immigration Reform
Thanks to the growing sectors of advanced manufacturing, energy, financial services, health and life sciences and information technology, Pittsburgh is in the middle of an economic rebound that may become the envy of cities... Read More »
Peduto Wins Democratic Nod for Pittsburgh Mayoral Race
With a convincing win for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Pittsburgh Tuesday, Bill Peduto was on the threshold of capturing the office he's sought in three campaigns and one that he pledged to... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Heralds City Council Victories as “Clean Sweep for Working Families”
Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today celebrated an across-the-board primary victory for all four of its endorsed Pittsburgh City Council candidates. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Hails Peduto Win as New Era for Pittsburgh’s Working Families
Bill Peduto’s primary election marks a victory for working families and will usher in a new era of good governance, Gabe Morgan 32BJ SEIU Pennsylvania State Director said today. Read More »
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Labor, Environmental Alliance Rally: “From Shovel to Broom, Peduto Stands for Clean Development and Good Jobs”
Just four days before the election, a diverse alliance of labor, community and environmental groups rallied today in support of Bill Peduto. 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 »
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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Council Candidates Receive Endorsements from SEIU Locals
Pittsburgh—Today, the three major local unions of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - SEIU Local 32BJ, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania and SEIU Local 668 -- representing over 58,000 property service, healthcare, and public service... Read More »
Peduto Announces Union Nods
As promised, Bill Peduto’s mayoral campaign announced some union endorsments today from SEIU and three laborers groups. “The leaders of the service and building trades movement understand that Pittsburgh needs new leadership and they... 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 »