32BJ SEIU WPA District Director
Sam Williamson graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Philosophy degree in History as a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Honors College. He has been a labor organizer for over 15 years and currently serves as the elected Western PA District Leader of the largest property services union in the country, SEIU Local 32BJ (32BJ).
32BJ represents more than 165,000 property service workers in 12 states and Washington, DC. 32BJ is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), an organization of over 2 million members united by a belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide. The union’s fundamental mission is to lift workers out of poverty and under Williamson’s leadership in Western PA the union has thrived.
In the last few years alone, 32BJ has seen significant growth and impressive contract gains in Pittsburgh. In 2015, Williamson led the 32BJ campaign to organize over 1,000 security officers into the union. In the same year, Sam bargained a contract with living wages and full employer-paid health insurance for nearly 1,200 commercial office cleaners, with 12 multinational employers. Williamson has also successfully led campaigns to guarantee wages of $15.00/hour or more for hundreds of food service workers at major universities in the City of Pittsburgh.
Further, Williamson has successfully worked with building owners, corporate employers, developers and community members to move a pro-worker policy agenda in the City of Pittsburgh. Williamson is a leader in the community coalitions that worked to pass The Service Workers Prevailing Wage Act, The Paid Sick Days Act and, the ordinance enabling the creation of The Housing Opportunity Trust Fund for quality, affordable housing creation and maintenance in the City of Pittsburgh.
In 2015, Sam was appointed to the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force and P4 Metrics Committee. Further, Sam serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh United and serves on the Board of Directors for The League of Conservation Voters. Sam is also a member of the Allegheny County Labor Council Executive Board.