Building bonds between the African-American church and the labor movement: Part 2 (36475)

Last week, 32BJ announced that its president was elected to serve as executive vice president of the union’s parent body, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Mike Fishman now takes over a union that has over 2 million members spanning the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The vote took place at SEIU’s national convention in Denver, with the majority of 1,800 SEIU delegates voting in favor of Fishman.

Fishman was appreciative of the support.

“I’m honored by the trust SEIU’s member delegates have placed in me,” said Fishman in a statement. “I will bring with me the spirit and energy of 32BJ. We take pride in having built an incredible leadership team, and the union has never been stronger. I am confident the union and its members will continue to remain powerful and united.”

Under Fishman, 32BJ became the largest union of property service workers in America, almost tripling its size to 120,000 workers in eight states and Washington, D.C. One recent victory for Fishman and 32BJ involved winning a contract fight last year for 60,000 commercial building workers in seven states.

Fishman will continue to serve as president of 32BJ until a new one is elected and takes office in October.

He will be part of an SEIU team headed by President Mary Kay Henry.

“I am thrilled that SEIU member delegates elected Mike Fishman to join the International Union’s leadership,” stated Henry. “Mike is an incredible leader and a fierce fighter who, for decades, has gone to the mat for working people, many of whom never imagined that joining together in a union could ever be possible. The officer team and I look forward to Mike bringing the many lessons he has learned leading 32BJ to help set the course of the entire union.”