Everybody should have a union…. It gives us a voice. It gives you the power to change things that need to be changed.

~ Leslie Williams, 32BJ Member, New Jersey

32BJ Congratulates Mayor, Progressive Candidates on Election Victories

Posted 11/8/17 | Filed in

NEW YORK- 32BJ members congratulate Mayor de Blasio, Public Advocate Tish James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and other progressive candidates who won their elections in New York City tonight. Along with the city-wide offices, the union backed a host of borough-wide and city council candidates, including Borough Presidents Eric Adams, Gale Brewer, Ruben Diaz and Melinda Katz and Eric Gonzalez for Brooklyn District Attorney.

Forty-four of the union’s endorsed candidates won their City Council races, including Justin Brannan and Margaret Chin who won tough victories in their districts. 32BJ-endorsed candidate Elizabeth Crowley’s race is too close to call. Besides Crowley, 52 of the 53 union-endorsed candidates won their elections in New York City.

“Today voters said loud and clear that they want to keep our city a progressive place that protects the rights of working people,” said 32BJ President Hector Figueroa. “32BJ members helped get out the vote for the candidates with a history of standing up for workers’ rights, immigrant rights, good public education, affordable housing, criminal justice and police reform. These issues aren’t just important to our members but to all working New Yorkers. We look forward to working with our newly elected city government to keep winning for working families.”

Throughout election season over 4,000 union members knocked on thousands of doors, made calls and hit the streets to elect these candidates. Our get-out-the-vote efforts included mail and phone calls to 65,000 32BJ members living in the five boroughs and in-person contact with tens of thousands of voters in 41 locations throughout the five boroughs in the final three weeks leading up to Election Day.

For a full list of the 32BJ-endorsed NYC candidates, go to: http://www.seiu32bj.org/press-releases/32bj-endorses-slate-of-progressive-leaders-for-re-election-in-nyc-races/

With 163,000 members in eleven states and Washington, D.C., including 80,000 in New York City, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country.
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For More Information

Rachel Cohen, rcohen@seiu32bj.org, 917-370-8464