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CWA endorses Espaillat

6/5/2014, 1:46 p.m.
Adriano Espaillat

Another day, another union endorsement for New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

This week, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 announced its support of Espaillat’s primary challenge to Rep. Charlie Rangel for New York’s 13th congressional seat. CWA’s announcement comes off the heels of the Working Families Party endorsing the state senator, along with recent endorsements from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, DC 9 and the United Federation of Teachers.

Christopher Shelton, vice president of CWA District 1, cited Espaillat’s history as the reason for his support.

“Nothing is more important to Adriano than the well-being of the families in his community,” said Shelton in a statement. “We know he will be a uniting voice in the district for affordable housing, immigration reform and smart economic development. We believe that he is committed not only to bringing more jobs to the district, but ensuring those jobs provide fair, long-term contracts so that families have greater income security. We are excited to begin working with him to bring opportunity for all.”

As part of the CWA’s announcement, the union proclaims that Espaillat will champion more affordable housing, immigration reform and better economic opportunities if he finds his way to Washington, D.C.

Espaillat was happy to accept the endorsement.

“I am honored to have the support of CWA District 1 and its 175,000 hardworking members,” said Espaillat in a statement. “CWA members keep our city and state governments moving, our cable networks and phone lines running, newspapers on time and our economy thriving, to name only a few industries they serve in. Their support is crucial to bringing strong, middle-class jobs, affordable housing and immigration reform to our community. In Congress, I will work to do just that.

“I am thrilled to have the support of CWA District 1. Together, I know we can bring change and opportunity for all to the district.”

CWA District 1 represents 175,000 workers in 327 local unions throughout New York, New Jersey, New England and eastern Canada.

Espaillat’s first scheduled debate will take place at Channel 7 studios this Friday afternoon.