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Workers United SEIU affiliate endorses Espaillat for Congress

Stephon Johnson | 4/24/2014, 2:29 p.m.
An affiliate of Workers United SEIU has endorsed Adriano Espaillat for Congress.
Adriano Espaillat for Congress

An affiliate of Workers United SEIU has endorsed Adriano Espaillat for Congress.

The Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, an affiliate of Workers United SEIU, announced their support for Espaillat in New York’s 13th Congressional District primary a week after Bronx County Democrats announced their support for Espaillat’s challenger, Rep. Charlie Rangel. It’s the second major union to endorse Espaillat’s run. Transporter Workers United Local 100 endorsed him last month.  

“I am proud to share our union’s endorsement of Adriano Espaillat for Congress today,” said Wilfredo Larancuent, leader of the Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board workers affiliate of Workers United SEIU, in a statement. “Adriano has been a strong voice for union families in the Senate, and I know he will be just as tenacious in Congress. He has shown his support for Clean NYC, the campaign to end the exploitation of vulnerable workers in industrial laundries in our city, and we are proud to join his diverse coalition of support today.

“United, we will bring Adriano to victory. We are ready to work with him in Congress to fight for fair pay, the right to unionize and for the health and safety of working families.”

The Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board represents 8,000 workers in New York City and its industrial suburbs.

Espaillat can add this endorsement to the plethora he’s already received. He’s already obtained major endorsements from not only TWU Local 100 and the Bronx County Democrats, but also New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York State Assembly Members Carl Heastie and Karim Camara, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Democratic Club of El Barrio/East Harlem.

Espaillat didn’t mind adding another group of potential voters to his ranks.

“I am thrilled to have the support of Workers United’s Laundry and Distribution worker affiliate,” Espaillat said in a statement. “Working families are the fabric of our city; ensuring their safety in the workplace, the right to unionize and that they can earn a living wage is essential to our success as a society. I am proud to have been a voice on these and so many other issues union workers face in the state Senate, and I look forward to continue working with Workers United SEIU members in Congress.”