District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal workers’ union with 121,000 members and 50,000 retirees, has released its list of endorsements for the public advocate’s race, several borough presidency battles and a plethora of City Council contests across the city, providing a nice boost as their candidates race towards the September 10 Democratic primary. Read More
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.” Read More
The influential 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers Union weighed in on two City Council races today, boosting Brooklyn’s Carlos Menchaca and the Bronx’s Ritchie Torres, in their bid for office this year.
“Carlos Menchaca has the background, experience, and judgment working people need in the City Council,” Kevin Finnegan, 1199′s political director, said in a statement. “A product of Bronx public housing and Bronx public schools, Ritchie Torres reflects the community he is running to represent in City Hall,” he said in another Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Last night, the labor-backed Working Families Party announced their support in a host of races across the city, beginning with Tish James for public advocate and working their way down to open-seat council campaigns.
The endorsement for Ms. James, a Brooklyn councilwoman, is particularly notable because, with a less sizable campaign war chest than her top rivals, Ms. James’ strategy relies on unifying union forces. There are two other citywide races this year, but without a strong labor consensus for mayor and a virtually uncontested race for comptroller, the public advocate competition is relatively unique. Read More