32BJ Endorses Bill de Blasio as Runoff Limbo Continues

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

The executive board of 32BJ voted tonight to endorse Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in the Democratic primary for mayor, dealing a serious blow to Bill Thompson, who is still holding out hope for a runoff.

The union, which is one of the city’s largest, had previously backed Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a distant third place finisher in the race.

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SEIU 32BJ Endorses Christine Quinn for Mayor

Christine Quinn receiving the endorsement.
Christine Quinn today.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn scored the endorsement of 32BJ SEIU this afternoon, boosting her mayoral campaign with its biggest union nod to date.

The support, which was announced a little after 2 p.m. at a press conference at the union’s headquarters, will lend Ms. Quinn’s campaign a powerful and heavily-Latino union that represents tens of thousands of building services workers across the city.

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Morning Read: Strikes Averted and Looming; Cash for Seabrook; Pardon Time

Despite being under federal indictment for stealing member item funds, Larry Seabrook was still given $350,000 to dole out by Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Life expectancy for city residents is 80.6 years, outpacing the rest of the nation. The Bloomberg administration is crediting their public health initiatives.

The Independent Democratic Caucus may be involved in primaries to help grow their number, leader Jeff Klein tells the T-U.

22,000 office cleaners are threatening to go on strike if a new contract isn’t reached by Jan 1. Continue reading “Morning Read: Strikes Averted and Looming; Cash for Seabrook; Pardon Time”

32BJ Goes On The Air Against Building Owners [Video]

 32BJ Goes On The Air Against Building Owners [Video]The office cleaners of 32BJ SEIU are unveiling their first ever television ad buy as their contract deadline approaches.

The ad, set to air on majo cable television stations in the region, shows a handful of man on the street style interviewees discussing whether or not it is possible to raise a family on $47,000 a year.

That figure is the salary that the city’s 22,000 unionized office workers make in year. The union and its supporters have noted that building owners are asking them to take a cut even as the city’s commercial real estate market has boomed.

If a deal is not reached by January 1, the union is preparing to go on strike, which would affect some 1,500 buildings in the metro area.

The full ad can be seen below:


Rafael Espinal Nets 32BJ

espinal Rafael Espinal Nets 32BJA union source told The Politicker that 32BJ, the powerful property services union, is prepared to endorse Rafael Espinal for the 54th Assembly District.

The endorsement would give Espinal significant Get-Out-The-Vote forces on election day, slated for September 13.

The endorsement is not yet official, and Espinal declined comment. Continue reading “Rafael Espinal Nets 32BJ”