We have to work together so we’re able to keep the things we have, like our health care and other benefits.

~ Jay Etheridge, 32BJ Member, New York

Political Action

Key Issues

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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 Members Endorse Progressive Candidates to Win Back Democratic Majority in New York State Senate
32BJ members on Monday announced endorsements for progressive candidates running for key seats in the New York State Senate. Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Tom Suozzi for Congress
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Tom Suozzi to represent Long Island and Queens in Congress. Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Jamaal Bailey for NY State Senate
32BJ members today announced their endorsement of Jamaal Bailey for New York State Senate to represent District 36 in the Bronx. Read More »
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VAMOS4PR Statement On Opposition To New House Bill To Address Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis
The draft bill released by the U.S. House of Representatives addressing some aspects of Puerto Rico’s public debt crisis fails to meet standards that will protect pensions, workers’ rights and democratic rights of the... Read More »
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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 »
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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 »
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32BJ Celebrates Todd Kaminsky’s Win For Long Island State Senate Seat
Members of SEIU 32BJ celebrated Todd Kaminsky’s win in the special election Tuesday for State Senate in the 9th Congressional District in Long Island. Read More »
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Support Yuh-Line Niou for NY State Assembly
Help Yuh-Line Niou get elected to the NY Assembly by volunteering! Read More »
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Statement from 32BJ President Hector Figueroa on Passing of Mayor de Blasio’s Housing Plan
“We congratulate Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for passing a plan that will create more affordable housing for the city’s working families. This is a victory for hard-working New Yorkers,... Read More »
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Statement from 32BJ President Hector Figueroa on Affordable Housing Plan
We applaud the New York City Council and Mayor de Blasio for coming together on a plan that will create more affordable housing that the city's working families desperately need. Read More »
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32BJ Members Endorse Yuh-Line Niou for State Assembly
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Yuh-Line Niou for State Assembly to represent the 65th District in Lower Manhattan. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Members Endorse Philip K. Stoddard for Mayor of South Miami
Property service workers, represented by 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), announced today its support of Mayor Phillip K. Stoddard for Mayor of South Miami. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Rafael Salamanca For City Council Seat In The Bronx
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Rafael Salamanca for the City Council seat representing the 17th District in the Bronx. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Kaminsky For State Senate In Long Island
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Todd Kaminsky for State Senate in Long Island. Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Keith Wright for US Congress
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Keith Wright for the US House of Representatives representing New York’s 13th District. Read More »
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We Won’t Stop!
We’re teaming up with our SEIU brothers and sisters, fellow labor unions and community allies to send a loud message to Republicans in Albany who want to stop New York workers from getting the... Read More »
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32BJ Applauds Mayor’s Paid Parental Leave Announcement
32BJ SEIU and our 70,000 members in New York applaud Mayor de Blasio and his administration for this important step forward in the continued fight for paid leave for working men and women. Read More »
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SEIU Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
NEW YORK—After members conducted a rigorous endorsement process for the past several months, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, calling her a leader who will stand up for... Read More »
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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 »
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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 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 »
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32BJ Congratulates Steve Bellone and Madeline Singas on their Elections
  Statement from 32BJ: “32BJ congratulates Steve Bellone on his election as the Suffolk County Executive,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa. “Steve has stood up to the bitter anti-immigrant sentiment promoted by a number... Read More »
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32BJ Congratulates Pam Harris and Barry Grodenchik on their Elections
Statement from 32BJ: “32BJ congratulates Pam Harris for her election to the New York State Assembly representing Brooklyn’s 46th District,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa. “Pam has a long history of service in the... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Members Endorse Grace Solares for Miami City Commissioner for District 2
Property services workers, represented by 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), announced today its support of Grace Solares for Miami City Commissioner, District 2. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Announces Endorsements in MA Municipal Elections
Boston – Citing a strong commitment to working families, 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) announced today its list of endorsements for candidates running in municipal elections across Massachusetts. In addition, 32BJ is... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Endorses Mary-Jane Foster For Mayor Of Bridgeport
After holding an interview with Mary-Jane Foster Thursday night, members of 32BJ SEIU voted unanimously to endorse the independent candidate for Mayor of Bridgeport. Read More »
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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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32BJ Endorses Pamela Harris for Assembly and Barry Grodenchik for City Council
32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Pamela Harris for the New York State Assembly seat representing Brooklyn’s 46th District and Barry Grodenchik for the New York City Council seat representing District 23... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa on Speaker Boehner’s Resignation
“Boehner’s resignation follows years of Congressional inaction on commonsense immigration reform that starved our economy and tore families apart. Republicans have a chance to gain the vote of mainstream America and that of the... Read More »
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Power Versus Passion in the Hartford Mayoral Primary
Pedro Segarra will stand on our members’ side and on the side of all the working men and women of Hartford, Connecticut. 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 »
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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 »
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“Hartford Is Not for Sale”: Re-Elect Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra!
Let’s work together to re-elect Pedro Segarra as mayor of Hartford. We need to make sure our local community is led by someone who fully understands and represents the diversity of our community. Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Mayor Segarra For Reelection
32BJ, the nation's largest property services union is endorsing Mayor Pedro Segarra for reelection as Mayor of Hartford. Read More »
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Statement by 32BJ President Hector Figueroa on Gov. Cuomo’s Worker Exploitation Task Force
Governor Cuomo is making clear that there is no room for malpractice among employers in the state, and those who violate the law will be subject to severe consequences. Read More »
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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 »
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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 »
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32BJ Statement on Rent Regulation and 421-a Legislation Proposals
“The Senate's proposals on rent regulation and 421-a renewal are a gift to the 1 percent and an insult to everyone else," said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa. Read More »
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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 »
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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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TPP Is a Disaster for Workers and Our Climate
Today the House votes today on fast-tracking the deal, cutting off any chance of amendments once its contents are public. We're calling on our representatives to listen to the voice of the people and... 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 »
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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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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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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 »
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32BJ’S Figueroa: Hilary Clinton Leads on Critical Issue of Immigration Reform
Hilary Clinton is wise to take the lead on her commitment to make commonsense immigration reform a reality, if elected President. Read More »
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“Raise the Wage!” Say Workers, Elected Officials, Unions & Community as Budget Deadline Looms
New Yorkers gathered on the steps of City Hall this morning to urge Albany to keep a plan to raise the minimum wage in the state budget as negotiations intensify in the final days... Read More »
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32BJ SEIU & SEIU Healthcare PA Endorse Jim Kenney For Mayor
32BJ SEIU and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, who combined represent over 47,000 property service and health care workers in Pennsylvania today announced their endorsement of Jim Kenney for Mayor of Philadelphia. Read More »
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32BJ Endorses Vincent Gentile for Congress and Diana Richardson for State Assembly
New York –32BJ SEIU members today announced their endorsement of Vincent Gentile for Congress representing Staten Island and Brooklyn in the 11th District. 32BJ members voted overwhelmingly to endorse Gentile for the Congressional seat... Read More »