More labor supporters of Christine Quinn’s defeated mayoral campaign are jumping over to Bill de Blasio’s bid for City Hall.
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 have joined SEIU 32BJ in endorsing Mr. de Blasio, sending a not-so-subtle hint to his Democratic rival Bill Thompson, who is waiting to see if he can eke into a runoff election.
Local 372, the union representing more than 25,000 parent coordinators, crossing guards and other school aides has endorsed Cathy Guerriero for public advocate.
“Cathy’s interview was outstanding. I mean, you very rarely get a standing ovation on any screening. So that was the response of the members,” the union’s president, Santos Crespo Jr., told Politicker this afternoon.
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a relatively modest-sized but politically aggressive union, has announced more endorsements for the 2013 election cycle.
The support, which spans City Council races across the five boroughs, was given to a mixture of incumbents and open-seat contenders, and includes candidates who have amassed large labor coalitions like Austin Shafran in Queens and less establishment-oriented hopefuls like John Mancuso in Staten Island. All are Democrats.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg sharply defended the city’s emergency response system today, one day after an outraged City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was compelled to personally call Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for help after an intern fainted in the heat.
“Make no mistake about it: Every call for medical assistance we treat as important. But ambulance dispatching is about prioritizing, so life-threatening emergencies are responded to first,” Mr. Bloomberg told reporters during a press conference today at The New School discussing new measures to encourage people to use the stairs instead of elevators.
After receiving nods from all but one of the city’s major unions thus far, Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James public advocate campaign is continuing to roll out other notable labor endorsements.
Yesterday, Ms. James scored District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal workers’ union, and today, she’s adding UFCW Local 1500, which represents the city’s grocery store workers.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign is expected to land the endorsement of 32BJ SEIU when its executive board votes on Tuesday, three sources familiar with the union’s thinking told Politicker Friday.
The nod would mark the biggest union win for Ms. Quinn, who has also earned endorsements from Teamsters Joint Council 16 and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, among others.
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign got its most significant boost to date this evening with an endorsement from the city’s powerful teachers’ union.
The endorsement, which was officially announced just before 6 p.m. following a vote by the union’s 3,400-member Delegate Assembly, will provide Mr. Thompson with the organizational muscle of the United Federation of Teachers, which boasts a sophisticated voter outreach operation, approximately 170,000 members across the five boroughs and millions of dollars to spend.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has snagged the endorsement of the 120,000-member strong Teamsters Joint Council 16.
“We are proud to support Christine Quinn for mayor, an unmatched advocate of working families in New York,” George Miranda, president of Joint Council 16, which represents 29 local union chapters, said in a statement. “Christine Quinn has laid out an ideas-driven agenda, backed up by a real record of delivering, and her plans for New York are rooted in her middle class background and a vision for New York where working families can continue to live and work here.”
Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral campaign will get the official endorsement from District Council 37, the public employees union with the largest membership in New York City, according to multiple sources familiar with the group’s vote this evening.
Although Politicker’s sources wished to remain anonymous in order to speak freely, a Twitter account claiming to belong to the president of Local 374/DC37 announced the news 30 minutes ago as well.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor got a significant boost Friday, with the endorsement of the city’s largest union: 1199 SEIU.
It is the first major labor endorsement for Mr. de Blasio, who has been aggressively courting unions as he tries position himself as the “progressive alternative” to the race’s early front-runner, Council Speaker Christine Quinn.