32BJ SEIU Endorses Corey Johnson for New York City Comptroller
Building service union of 85,000 NY members to back Johnson, and Bragg for Manhattan District Attorney, and Gibson for Bronx Borough President
NEW YORK— The largest building service union in New York announced that it is endorsing Corey Johnson for New York City Comptroller today.
“Our members are proud to endorse Corey Johnson for City Comptroller,” said SEIU 32BJ President Kyle Bragg. “As City Council Speaker, Corey has a strong record putting workers first, leading on measures such as placing caps on shared ride licenses, protections for fast food workers including ensuring fair work schedules, and applying prevailing wage rates to building service workers in affordable housing. We are confident he will continue to lead on policies and practices to strengthen protections and service to improve the lives of New York workers.”
Johnson’s endorsement follows the union’s endorsement of Eric Adams for Mayor, and of scores of candidates for City Council and other city offices, after a thorough vetting process led by union members.
The union also announced its endorsements of Alvin Bragg for Manhattan District Attorney and Vanessa Gibson for Bronx Borough President.
“Alvin Bragg has a demonstrated deep commitment to defending the rights of New Yorkers in the areas that affect their everyday lives, including tenant rights, civil rights and human rights, which we expect he will carry over to his service as Manhattan District Attorney,” said President Bragg (no relation to the candidate).
“As a City Council member, we have seen Vanessa Gibson fight for strong school budgets, criminal justice reform, more affordable housing with good jobs, as well as expanded paid sick leave,” added President Bragg. “We are proud to endorse her for Bronx Borough President.”
In New York, SEIU 32BJ represents 85,000 essential workers who are a majority Black, Brown and immigrant, including airport workers, security officers, building cleaners, doorpersons and school cleaners who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for a year.
The union’s members have been hit hard during the pandemic with thousands living in the city’s highest concentrations of COVID-19, while serving the city’s most prominent businesses. Thousands were laid off and the union reports over 150 deaths.
With 175,000 members in 11 states and Washington DC, including more than 85,000 New York City, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.