Politicker may be over-analyzing this a little, but a new mailer sent on behalf of mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio appears to strike a revolutionary note.
The mailer, courtesy of the Communications Workers of America, Local 1, features the image of a stoic and red-tinged Mr. de Blasio super-imposed on an iconic star-burst design.
Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s campaign rumbles on.
This morning, he announced the endorsement of Communications Workers of America Local 1182, based in the northeastern Queens Congressional District he is campaigning for. In a statement, Local 1182 President James Huntley said his decision was based off of Mr. Lancman’s time in the State Assembly.
At a raucous Martyin Luther King, Jr., Day rally yesterday, elected officials and union leaders slammed Cablevision and its CEO, James Dolan, for their anti-union policies. Their complaints stem from Cablevision’s efforts to dissuade its Brooklyn employees from unionizing with Communications Workers of America, including requiring employees to attend anti-union meetings. The speakers, standing before Madison Square Garden where the Dolan-owned Knicks were playing, largely connected the Cablevision unionization efforts to Dr. King’s efforts on behalf of civil rights.
“Dr. King, he fought side by side with workers, raising his voice in unity with theirs. Dr. King was a passionate advocate for workers’ rights all over the country,” said Dominique Sharpton, reading a statement from her father, Reverend Al Sharpton, off her phone. “Today, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s memory by standing with the workers of Cablevision, who are demanding respect and dignity and the right to join a union.”
Multiple candidates for citywide office in 2013, including possible mayoral contender Public Advocate Bill De Blasio, spoke at the event.