SEIU 32BJ represents about 21,000 metro-area workers, from airport workers to commercial office cleaners, federal contracted workers, workers who maintain area universities, doing the landscaping, cleaning the dorms and so on. Union City caught up with 32BJ Area Director Jaime Contreras the other day to see how his members are coping with the COVID-19 crisis.
“One of the things a lot of workers have said, especially at the airport where we have active organizing campaigns, is that this is one of the reasons why all workers in the United States need a union to speak for them in a time of crisis like this,” said Contreras. “We have about 125,000 contracted workers at airports, who don't necessarily work directly for the airlines. If it wasn't for the union, these workers would have been left out of the deal that made it to Congress. And our organizing campaigns continue.”
- Chris Garlock