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

Lance Mann: Research Brigader


Lance Mann is 32BJ’s first Research Brigader. A custodian at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Lance worked in the 32BJ Research Department for a few months to gather information that helps the union win organizing campaigns.

Lance, who has been active in the union since he joined three years ago, recently finished a computer certification course but it has not just been his computer skills that have made him a successful Research Brigader.

His colleagues in the research department said it is his enthusiasm and unique perspective on research that made him a great asset for their team. In one instance, when researchers were trying to get some information about a company that wasn’t online, Lance suggested going in person to the company’s office to see if he could get the information by talking to the office staff. It worked!

Lance says his work as a Research Brigader has given him greater appreciation of the work of the union.

“I’m learning about the companies we work for and I’m learning about how the union works for us,” he said. He added that he also gets satisfaction from doing work that helps other union members.

Other members who are interested can apply for the Research Brigade or other brigades at 32BJ.

So what makes a good Research Brigader?

Lance says it’s “anybody that has a general curiosity about how things work.” Strong computer skills are also encouraged and interested members must be able to work out of the 32BJ New York City office every day.

If you’re a 32BJ member activist with a head for details and a heart for workers’ rights, find out more about being a 32BJ Research Brigader contact Suzanna Collerd at 718 844 2000 or scollerd@seiu32bj.org.


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