Mike Fishman is Executive Vice President of the Service Employees International Union, a position to which he was elected after serving more than thirteen years as President of 32BJ SEIU. With 145,000 members in eleven states and the District of Columbia, 32BJ is the largest property service workers union in the country. Its members work as cleaners in offices, schools, stadiums, arenas, malls and government institutions, and also includes building superintendents, doorpeople and maintenance workers in residential buildings, as well as security officers, food service workers and other property service jobs.
Mike, a union leader for more than 30 years, was elected four times as President of 32BJ. Known as a “savvy strategist,” Fishman led large-scale organizing drives that more than doubled 32BJ’s membership during his tenure. 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.
Successful organizing 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. In spite of a tough economy, the union won yearly increases in compensation and continued or improved health care coverage at a time when millions of workers across the country are having their wages cut and benefits reduced.