The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, a relatively small union known for punching above its weight when it comes to electoral politics, has picked their candidate in the race to replace Council Speaker Chris Quinn: West Side community board chairman Corey Johnson. Josh Gold, HTC’s political director, told Politicker that the race of particular importance to the union due to the growth of hotels there in neighborhoods like Midtown South and the Meatpacking District.
“Corey Johnson has been a community leader on the West Side for over a decade,” Mr. Gold added in a statement. “He has fought for quality jobs, permanent affordable housing, community-minded development and raising the quality of life for residents in the neighborhoods he seeks to represent.”
While the big labor unions and elected officials have mostly stayed mum on the mayoral race so far, the same can’t be said for the citywide race for comptroller. Accordingly, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, currently unopposed, continues to amass endorsement after endorsement in his bid, a long list of which you can view below. The latest arrived today in the form of the influential 1199 SEIU.
“When it comes to fighting to make sure hard working New Yorkers have good paying jobs and access to quality healthcare, Scott has been in the corner of working families throughout his career,” George Gresham, the union’s president, said in a statement. “It is why we enthusiastically support him as the next New York City Comptroller.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to Public Service Commission chairman Garry Brown, urging him to bring together representatives from Con Edison and from Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 in order to end a lockout now reaching its fourth week.
“This lockout has gone on long enough,” Gov. Cuomo wrote. “Elected state and city officials are rightfully concerned. I urge you to bring both parties together to strongly encourage an expeditious resolution, and to emphasize that both Con Ed and the union will be held accountable by the people of the state if their failure to settle the dispute contributes to service disruptions or impacts safety.”
Ed Malloy, a labor powerhouse who was, up until recently, president of the New York City and New York State Building and Construction Trades councils, tragically passed away earlier today.
Accordingly, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and others sent out statements honoring Mr. Malloy, which you can view below:
While Assemblyman Rory Lancman trumpeted the endorsement of SEIU 1999 today and Assemblywoman Grace Meng rolled out a set of South Asian endorsements, a third Democratic candidate in the northeastern Queens congressional race they are all competing in, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, announced an endorsement of her own: Transport Workers Union Local 100.
“We think Elizabeth is going to be a dynamic new voice in Congress for New York’s working families,” the union’s president, John Samuelsen, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be endorsing a person with such a strong union background, and a person who we believe will advocate aggressively for a strong national policy for public transportation.”
When a crane collapsed in Hudson Yards earlier this month, killing one and injuring four, it set off a big battle between the Bloomberg administration and the crane operators union, the Local 14 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.
The administration wanted stricter standards and crane operators to pass a national certification test; the union said that the administration was merely doing the bidding of real estate developers, who wanted to break their hold on construction jobs, and said that New York City was such a unique environment that a national test wouldn’t be appropriate.
Today, it appears as if the administration won.
The three main Democratic candidates for an open congressional seat in northeastern Queens, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, interviewed in front of a panel at District Council 37 last night, which voted overwhelmingly to recommend the union ultimately endorse Mr. Lancman.
Apparently one of the issues at hand, three sources told The Politicker, was confusion about whether Ms. Meng voted for or against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Tier VI proposal, opposed by public employee unions.
Ms. Meng ultimately voted against it, but, as her campaign explained it this evening, there was a procedural moment in the debate where she indicated she was going to vote in favor of the legislation. Video* of the proceeding indeed shows the total being announced with 45 nays while the official tally has 46.
Opposing Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pension plan is about to come to Zuccotti Park.
One of New York’s public employee unions, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is holding a “Tier It Down!” rally tomorrow afternoon against Governor Cuomo’s “Tier 6″ proposal, where new employees would receive scaled down pension benefits in an effort to curb costs.
Earlier today, GOP Congessman Michael Grimm received his first endorsement as he campaigns for his second term in the House — and it came from a more Democratic-leaning group too, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.
“Congressman Grimm has proven to us since his election to the House of Representatives that he is willing and able to stand up for the members of this union,” Jack Kittle, the union’s political director, said in a statement. “Time and again he has voted to protect the rights of workers. In these times of fierce partisanship, he is a breath of fresh air … The members of the IUPAT stand unwaveringly with Congressman Grimm and are ready to do everything we can to make sure that he is sent back to Washington DC.”
The race for the 10th Congressional District got a big more serious today when Assembly member Hakeem Jeffries received the first labor endorsement in the race.
“We are excited and proud to endorse Hakeem Jeffries to be the next Congressman from Brooklyn’s 10th Congressional District,” said Bruce W. Both, President, UFCW 1500. “As a New York State Assemblyman, Hakeem stood side by side with our members and fought on our behalf as we worked to pass the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act in 2010, a bill that provides workers in New York State protections against irresponsible employers who fail to pay their workers. As a member of Congress, our union is confident that Hakeem will bring leadership, innovative thinking and a progressive mind to a legislative body crying out for civility and common sense.”