Mike Fishman - SECRETARY-TREASURER, SEIU
The Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, a position to which he was elected after serving more thirteen years as the President of SEIU Local 32BJ
With 120,000 members in eight states and the District of Columbia, 32BJ is the largest private-sector union in New York State and the largest property services union in the country.
Its members work as cleaners in offices, schools, stadiums, arenas, malls and government institutions; building superintendents, doormen and maintenance workers in residential
Fishman led large-scale organizing drives that more than doubled 32BJ's membership. Among those who joined the union through organizing campaigns under Mike's leadership are: 10,000 security officers in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.; 8,000 office cleaners in New Jersey; and 3,000 office cleaners in northern Virginia.
The organizing success in key industries has helped to increase 32BJ's leverage in bargaining for members. Most recently, in late 2011, Mike led contract negotiations for 60,000 office building workers in seven states. Despite the tough economy, the union won yearly increases in compensation and continued or improved health care coverage at a time when millions of workers are having their wages cut and benefits reduced.
Mike's success as a labor leader is grounded partly in his understanding that labor, business and government can work cooperatively to spur economic growth and create a broadly shared prosperity.