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.
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.
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.