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

32BJ SEIU Members Endorse Grace Solares for Miami City Commissioner for District 2

Posted 11/2/15 | Filed in

(Miami)— Property services workers, represented by 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU), announced today its support of Grace Solares for Miami City Commissioner, District 2.

“Grace Solares is one of the strongest advocates for working men and women in Miami. In a city that ranks 4th in the nation in income inequality, we need elected leaders who will promote increased access to truly affordable health care, local hiring, and a $15 minimum wage,” said Helen O’Brien, Florida Director for 32BJ SEIU. “We know Grace will fight for good jobs and strong communities.”

32BJ SEIU, whose members include security officers, janitors, and maintenance workers, has been fighting for full access to quality, affordable health care, responsible contracting, full-time employment, and a $15 minimum wage. Solares strong stance on these issues earned her the workers’ support.

“As a mother of two, I know what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet,” said Cornelia Baker, a 32BJ security officer who is volunteering for Solares’ campaign. “Grace understands, from experience, the challenges that working parents face. I know she will fight for better access to the American Dream for all of her constituents.”

Over 10,000 voters across District 2 have been receiving mailings as part of the union’s public information campaign in Florida. The series of mailings have described Solares’ commitment to fighting for responsible contractors, as well as demanding that companies that serve as economic anchors in their local communities raise standards for hard-working men and women.

32BJ SEIU members and volunteers are also working to mobilize thousands of households and likely voters by canvassing targeted voters’ as the November 3rd election nears.

SEIU represents 2.1 million members nationwide, including over 55,000 retired and active members who provide vital services across Florida in the Building Service, Health Care, Public Service sectors. With 145,000 members in eleven states, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.

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For More Information

Ana Tinsly, amtinsly @seiu32bj.org, 646-331-4765