Elected officials are shoring up endorsements from labor unions hoping it will push them over the edge.
SEIU 32BJ officials announced its endorsement of New York City Council Member Vanessa Gibson for Bronx borough president. Union president Kyle Bragg said that her track record of fighting for the downtrodden was enough to sway their endorsements.
“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,” said Bragg. “We are proud to endorse her for Bronx borough president.”
Gibson stated that she wants to be the leader who resurrects the Bronx from the COVID-19 pandemic into a healthier and stronger borough. She said she planned on addressing health disparities and development that creates “sustainable” jobs and careers. Gibson also cited her support for fast food workers, airport workers and car washers via creating legislation to protect them and workers’ rights overall.
“32BJ workers are the essential, unsung heroes of our borough and our city, and it’s such an honor to have their endorsement. I’m running for Bronx borough president to invest in our communities, strengthen our families and provide real opportunities for working class residents.”
The union recently endorsed New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson for New York City comptroller, Eric Adams for New York City mayor and Alvin Bragg for Manhattan district attorney.
In other news, Laborers’ Local 79, the union representing thousands of construction laborers across the city, endorsed both Adolfo Abreu (District 14 in the Bronx) and Michael Hollingsworth (District 35 in Brooklyn) in their respective elections.
Mike Prohaska, business manager of Laborers’ Local 79, said that both Abreu and Hollingsworth have the power of the people and grassroots energy. He also said that the candidates have “grit” and “vision” on their side.
“We’ve seen Adolfo and Michael consistently fight for our communities as tough, fearless organizers,” stated Prohaska. “We know they will be highly effective leaders in the New York City Council. For us and our members, it’s about supporting candidates committed to delivering for the working-class New Yorkers who will build the future of this city. Adolfo and Michael are the real deal. They will help ensure development projects are truly affordable, built by union laborers, and part of a larger effort to advance an equitable economic recovery after COVID.”