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

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Bridgeport, CT, Becomes Latest to Convene Wage Board, Hear Testimony on Raising Wage Floor to Boost Economy
As the movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour continues to grow, the Connecticut Low Wage Employer Advisory Board will convene a hearing in Bridgeport on the impact of low... Read More »
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Airport Worker Unrest Makes for Extreme Turbulence at Philadelphia International Airport
Tensions ran high today at the Philadelphia International Airport as hundreds of airport workers walked off the job to join a 1,000 person demonstration which poured into the street in front of the terminals. Read More »
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Philadelphia Airport Workers Vote to Strike During DNC, Demand $15 and a Union
PHILADELPHIA- Hundreds of security workers, baggage handlers and cabin cleaners working for American’s subcontractors PrimeFlight, Prospect and McGinn who have been fighting for $15 and a union Tuesday voted to go on strike during the DNC... Read More »
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Jackson Heights Community Leaders To Hold Jetblues Town Hall
Community leaders will gather on Monday night to discuss ways to demand that JetBlue treat New Yorkers and their communities right. Read More »
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32BJ SEIU Statement Regarding TTF/Jet Fuel Tax Bill
By closing the jet tax loophole, we can bring in much needed revenue for airport upgrades—a burden that now falls on taxpayers Read More »
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Supreme Court Decision on Immigration Action Fails Millions of U.S. Families
“We are sorely disappointed in this Supreme Court ruling, which prolongs hardship for so many families in the U.S. who only want to improve their lives through work and study,” said 32BJ President Hector... Read More »
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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 SEIU Statement on the Philadelphia Soda Tax
The soda tax make a critical investment in early childhood education and will put Philadelphians to work rebuilding rec centers and infrastructure. Read More »
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MIA Airport Workers Testify at Commission; Expose Sweatshop Working Conditions
MIA Airport workers, including ramp workers, baggage handlers, and cabin cleaners will testify at the Miami Dade County Trade and Tourism Commission meeting on Thursday about the sweatshop-like working conditions at the airport. Read More »
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Workers Rally for Justice and Good Jobs
Elected officials in Jersey City stood with hundreds of security officers, janitors and other hardworking men and women as they commemorated Justice for Janitors Day Read More »
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Hundreds to Rally for Good Jobs at Logan Airport
On Wednesday, June 15th at 12:30PM Logan airport workers and supporters will hold a rally to commemorate Justice for Janitors Day—marking that historic day 26 years ago when a when a group of janitors... Read More »
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Elected Officials in New York and New Jersey Introduce Twin Bills to Raise Airline Jet Fuel Taxes
Elected officials in New York and New Jersey have introduced legislation that would close a loophole that has allowed airlines to avoid tens of millions of dollars in jet fuel taxes. Read More »
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Blue Collar School District Employees Reach Tentative Agreement with the School District of Philadelphia
Members of 32BJ SEIU reached a tentative four-year agreement with the School District of Philadelphia Thursday night months before the current contract’s expiration. Read More »
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Logan Airport Workers to Join Global Day of Action Protesting Declining Standards
Airport workers across the globe will take action on June 1 to draw attention to the fact that those who have helped the industry earn record profits are being underpaid, overworked, and overlooked. Read More »
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Part Of Puerto Rico’s $72B Public Debt May Be Unconstitutional, New Report Says
Members of VAMOS4PR, a network of stateside organizations and individuals taking a stand for a fair economy for all Puerto Ricans, will release the results of a report by Puerto Rico’s Debt Audit Commission,... Read More »
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JFK Workers to Join First-Ever Airports Global Day of Action, Pledge to Uphold Airport Security in the Wake of Hightened Concerns
As corporate executives of the world’s airlines gather in Dublin on June 1-2 for the International Air Transport Association’s annual general meeting and World Air Transport Summit, airport workers around the world will engage... 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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Forum on Creating a Pittsburgh that Works for Working People
A panel featuring economists, community leaders, and elected officials discussed solutions for issues impacting Pittsburghers this afternoon at the August Wilson Center. 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 the Death of Chris Trakimas
We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our member, Chris Trakimas. Chris was a devoted father, grandfather and a long-time, school district mechanic. His death is a horrifying reminder that budget cuts... Read More »
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Commercial Office Cleaners, Security Officers and Blue Collar School District Workers Lobby for the Soda Tax
PHILADELPHIA-Members of 32BJ SEIU, part of the growing Philadelphians for a Fair Future coalition, Thursday will lobby City Council to support the Mayor’s budget proposals, including a soda tax to fund pre-k, community schools... Read More »
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New York Security Officers Settle Contract
New York security officers avoided a potential strike last week when they reached a tentative deal with their employers that raises their wages and benefits for the next four years. Read More »
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NY and NJ Airport Workers Begin Historic Contract Negotiations
This morning 7,000 airport workers in New York and New Jersey begin bargaining a first union contract for subcontracted airport workers in the region— baggage handlers, security officers, sky caps, cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners,... Read More »
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Cambridge Higher Ed and Biotech Workers Rally Wednesday
On Wednesday at 3:30 PM service workers from across Cambridge will join together for good jobs in a rally and march from the plaza outside the Kendall Square T station to Technology Square. Read More »
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32BJ Condemns Car Fire at Tufts & Promises Assistance
32BJ SEIU District 615 strongly condemns the violent actions at Tufts University this morning in which a car was set on fire and a bomb threat was made. Read More »
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TEVA Executives Flushed After Confronted with, “$10 Toilet Cleaning Challenge”
Joined by Congressman Bob Brady (D-CD-1) and Rabbi Avi Winokur of Society Hill Synagogue, janitors and security officers—members of 32BJ SEIU—today tried to gain access to the Eyeforpharma conference to challenge TEVA Pharmaceutical executives... Read More »
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Hundreds of Security Officers Rally at Bryant Park
On April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day, nearly 1,000 security officers and their supporters rallied at Bryant Park for a fair contract. Read More »
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NY Security Officers’ Contract Expiration Rally
32BJ security officers protect some of the city’s most iconic sites, including the 9/11 Memorial, The New York Public Library, Time Warner Center and hundreds of other office, university and infrastructure buildings across the... Read More »
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DC Security Officers Ratify New Four-Year Contract
32BJ SEIU DC commercial security officers have ratified a new four-year agreement with the city’s largest security contractors, covering nearly 3,000 commercial security officers. The contract includes fair wage increases and maintains benefits at... 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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DC Commercial Security Officers Reach a Tentative Agreement with Employers
32BJ SEIU DC commercial security officers have secured a tentative, four-year agreement with the city’s largest security contractors—affecting 3,000 commercial security officers—that includes fair wage increases and maintains benefits at their current level. Read More »
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Janitors & Groundskeepers at Nova University Demand Fair Contract
Nova University subcontracted janitors and groundskeepers will rally for good jobs on Wednesday, April 6 at 4pm. Read More »
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Hundreds of NYC Security Officers March for a New Contract
With the contract deadline fast approaching on April 30, hundreds of security officers—members of 32BJ SEIU—marched through downtown Manhattan Monday, April 4 at 4 pm to demand a fair contract. Read More »
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Union Leadership Meets with Steelers Front Office Over Termination of Union Security Contractor
Union leadership from 32BJ SEIU and Councilman Robert Lavelle (D-6th) today met with representatives of the Steelers concerning the termination of the Heinz Field security contractor, U.S. Security. Read More »
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Logan Cleaners Strike in Coordination with Airport Workers Nationwide for Better, Safer Airports
Logan terminal cleaners employed by Lima went on strike last night and rallied at the Blue Line Airport MBTA stop this morning, in protest of their employer’s labor practices and conditions. Read More »
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Airport Workers Employed by PrimeFlight and McGinn Security to Walk Off the Jobs Starting Tonight
As the Philadelphia International Airport begins an unusually busy spring break season, subcontracted airport workers will go on strike tonight at 9:00pm in protest of unfair labor practices by their employers Read More »
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Hundreds of JFK Airport Workers to Join National Strike to Protest Illegal Intimidation and Security Concerns
Hundreds of underpaid cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and wheelchair attendants employed by JetBlue’s subcontractors Roma, Ultimate and Pax at JFK Airport will walk off the job tonight in protest of illegal intimidation. Read More »
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Strike at Newark Airport and 8 Other Major Hubs
Underpaid cabin cleaners employed by United Airlines contractor PrimeFlight Aviation Services at Newark Airport will be striking beginning Wednesday night, March 30th. Read More »
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FLL Airport Workers Join National Strike; Walk off Job Tonight for 24 Hours
Fort Lauderdale airport workers for Eulen America and Rio, service contractors for Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, United, and others will walk off the job tonight at 5:00pm to protest safety and health concerns, sweatshop-like working... Read More »
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Logan Airport Workers Rally at State House for $15 An Hour and A Safe Airport
Logan Airport workers and their allies gathered today on the steps of the State House to speak about the importance of a safe airport that compensates workers fairly, conditions promoted by the $15 Airport... Read More »
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JFK Airport Workers Postpone National Strike Following Brussels Terrorist Attacks
(New York, NY)— Hundreds of cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and wheelchair attendants at JFK Airport decided to postpone a strike they had planned in light of the horrific tragedy which unfolded today at the... Read More »
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FLL Workers and Nine Other U.S. Airports Postpone National Strike Following Brussels Terrorist Attacks
Cabin cleaners, skycaps, wheelchair agents, customer service agents, ramp workers and baggage handlers who were set to strike Tuesday and Wednesday decided to postpone the planned work stoppage in light of the horrific... 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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Elected Officials, Clergy & PrimeFlight Workers Demand Safe Working Conditions at Newark Airport
Stop putting airport workers at risk! That was the message elected officials, clergy, PrimeFlight Newark airport workers and supporters brought to PrimeFlight’s doorstep today after an OSHA investigation into PrimeFlight at Newark International Airport... 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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Building Service Workers Call on City Council to Stop Owners Cutting Costs on Backs of Working People
Hundreds of building service workers will call on the New York City Council to help them fight back against building owners and tenants who want to threaten their job security, and drive down wages... Read More »
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