32BJ endorses James for AG, Hochul for lieutenant governor

Stephon Johnson, Amsterdam News Staff | 5/24/2018, 2:03 p.m.
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The union 32BJ has been busy fighting on the front lines of the labor movement and advocating on behalf of those union officials feel represent them in politics.

This week, the union, along with Communications Workers of America District 1, endorsed Letitia James for New York State Attorney General.

“Tish James is not only an outstanding candidate for attorney general, but a longtime friend of 32BJ and someone who over the years has demonstrated a deep commitment to the working people of our city and state,” said Héctor Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU, in a statement. “Working class and middle class families know they have a champion in Tish James. She will put the law on the side of justice as working families continue to demand their fair shake in our city and our state.”

James has emerged as the favorite among Democrats to win the job on Election Day. The current New York City public advocate, while championing herself as a representative of the working class, isn’t running on the Working Families Party ticket amid reports that New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo allegedly advised her not to because of their endorsement of Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Nevertheless, CWA District One Vice President Dennis Trainor has thrown his support behind James.

“Tish James has been there in every struggle we’ve waged in New York City over the last 15 years—standing with us at Verizon, at Cablevision and, most recently, helping us organize 1,000 film industry parking attendants in New York City,” said Trainor. “She has never let us down and we know she will never let down the working people of New York when she is elected attorney general.”

For lieutenant governor, 32BJ officials have announced their endorsement of Kathy Hochul for re-election. Citing her involvement in progressive victories, Figueroa said that it would behoove his constituents to vote her back in.

“In the past four years in the Cuomo administration, Kathy Hochul has been an important part of a team that has delivered progressive gains for New York’s working families—an increase in the minimum wage for all New Yorkers, and a historic increase in wages for airport workers—and has been a staunch supporter of civil rights issues that matter to our members and everyone in the state,” stated Figueroa. “We look forward to continue working with her to further advance the well-being of all people in our state.”