« As the county`s largest real estate union, we are proud of the professional service that the 32BJ members have done for decades, » said union president Mike Fishman. « At the same time, these jobs provide more than 30,000 housing employees and their families with the income, health care and services that working families need to get by in the New York area. » « New York City home builders and workers should be able to live in the city where they work, » says Kyle Bragg, 32BJ`s vice president of housing workers. « Working families are an indispensable part of our economy and neighbourhoods, so we need to ensure that the city remains affordable for all New Yorkers. » As part of this initiative, 32BJ presented its Green Supers program in January 2010, which aims to train 2,200 Supers and Resident Managers across the city to improve energy efficiency through better operation and maintenance to reduce costs and building pollution. The union`s shortman training fund received nearly $3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Green Supers program was supported by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, leader in real estate, Urban Green, the U.S. Green Building Council NY and the Building Performance Institute. Interim agreement between RAB and Local 94. 32BJ increased with effect on January 1, 2019 Courses are offered, for example in the areas of air conditioning and refrigeration, maintenance, plumbing, appliance repair, alarms, building management, budgeting and preventive maintenance, carpentry, cooling tower, detergents and cleaning techniques. , electricity, computer science, CAD, accounting, destruction, fire protection, gardening, soil maintenance, heating, human relations, locksmithing, safety, hoses and watering, window cleaning and much more. Union training of construction workers began in 1921 with the organization of the Chicago Janitors. This organization eventually became a Building Service Employees International Union (BSEIU), under the leadership of William Queese.
The union`s first decade was fraught with pitfalls, with membership roles in the New York and New Jersey chapters without brilliance, but through World War II, after two major strikes in the past decade, chapters had gained more supporters and members. In the late 1960s, the union grown to more than 40,000 members through recruitment and mergers with smaller organizations. Of course, the main idea of SEIU-32BJ`s efforts is the organization of work. There is a great temptation for contractors to hire non-unionized workers, given the differences in wages (about $6 per hour on average instead of $16 per hour) and benefits. SEIU-32BJ strives to protect workers` rights in all buildings – especially non-union buildings – and to encourage them to join the union. Among the most popular objectives for union formation are high-end residential buildings (such as condominiums and co-operatives), as well as commercial and residential buildings in New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut.