Yesterday afternoon, the course of the New York State Senate was altered when a faction of the on-paper Democratic majority announced they would instead form a power-sharing agreement with the Republicans, equally splitting control of the chamber in an “unprecedented” fashion. Although labor has been wary of the situation thus far, seemingly preferring Democratic rule, Transport Workers Union Local 100 called the new coalition-style government “the best possible option” for the state. Read More
It had seemed practically every union in New York City had already endorsed in the race for an open congressional seat in northeastern Queens, but that’s not quite the case. Assemblyman Rory Lancman, who has gobbled up the majority of the big unions, announced the American Federation of State, County and Mucipal Employees of New York earlier this afternoon.
In recent weeks, another candidate competing against Mr. Lancman, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, has announced a host of smaller unions, including Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 210 and Local 553, but AFSCME stands out, as with its membership components like DC-37 and and CSEA, it represents over 150,000 workers in New York City (but a smaller number in the Congressional District in question, of course). Read More