SEIU 32BJ, which represents about 13,000 members in New Jersey, has endorsed Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) for re-election to a fourth term in Congress.
“I am proud to continue to stand with the members of the SEIU 32BJ and I’m grateful for their support in this Democratic Primary,” said Watson Coleman. “So many members have been on the frontlines during this global pandemic and the critically important work they have done here in New Jersey providing essential services makes them nothing less than heroes.”
As a congresswoman, Watson Coleman is a sponsor of the Essential Pay for Essential Workers Act to pay workers providing essential services an additional $15 an hour on top of their regular pay during the coronavirus pandemic.
The largest property services union in the U.S., SEIU 32BJ members work as residential porters, doormen and women, office cleaners, security officers, airport wheelchair attendants, school food service workers and other building service jobs.
“As New Jersey residents, like all Americans, face unprecedented challenges to our health, our economic well-being and the very principles we choose to uphold to organize our society, our members are focused on candidates who have proven their commitment to safeguarding and improving the lives of working people in our state, including raising wages, ensuring meaningful healthcare coverage for low-wage workers, and centering and elevating Black, brown, and immigrant communities in our state,” SEIU 32BJ Vice President and New Jersey Director, Kevin Brown.
Watson Coleman, a former Assembly Majority Leader and Democratic State Chair, was elected to Congress in 2014. She faces perennial candidate Lisa McCormick in the 12th district Democratic primary.