SEIU endorses Hilary Clinton for president

Stephon Johnson | 12/3/2015, 4:37 p.m.
We’re still 11 months away from the U.S. presidential election, but 32BJ SEIU has gotten ahead of the labor pack ...
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We’re still 11 months away from the U.S. presidential election, but 32BJ SEIU has gotten ahead of the labor pack and endorsed Hilary Clinton for president. The endorsement comes after a several months-long process.

“32BJ members are proud to support Hillary Clinton for president,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa in a statement. “Like all Americans, we want to make sure we’re paid fairly and can take care of our families. While the Republican candidates are fixated on dividing us, Hillary is focused on bringing us together and fighting for working families.”

“Hillary Clinton supports and understands the members of 32BJ,” said Emmanuel Tannis of Brooklyn, a commercial office building cleaner and member of 32BJ, in a statement. “Of all the candidates, she’s the one who is best equipped for the job.”

Union officials believe that Clinton will champion a raise in wages and have pointed to her vocal support of the Fight for $15 as proof of such. “Airport jobs should be good jobs — and together, we can make sure they are,” wrote Clinton to airport workers gathered at a recent national convention Washington.

According to the union, during an August roundtable meeting in Los Angeles with SEIU home care providers, Clinton said, “One of the things I’m trying to do in this campaign is put raising wages at the center. I think your skills deserve a lot more pay and benefits than what’s currently being made available to you.”

“Once elected, Hillary Clinton will have the opportunity to address the epidemic of low wages and poor training standards for our nation’s airport workers, who keep travelers safe and airports clean,” read an SEIU statement.

This endorsement potentially delivers to Clinton votes from a union that’s half women and counts a significant number of ethnic minorities as women. It also represents a turnaround for the union that endorsed Barack Obama over Clinton in 2008.

In October, Clinton received the endorsement of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which is the largest public employee union in the country, with 1.3 million members. She’s also received the endorsement of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.