Earlier today, two powerful labor unions, NY—1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and 32BJ SEIU, released a joint statement announcing their endorsement of state Senate candidate Gustavo Rivera, who is running against State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr.
“With high membership density in the 33rd, both 1199 and 32BJ are making this race top priority for the primary and general elections,” the statement said. “Both unions will soon be starting with direct mail, live phone calls and ground troops to mobilize union members on Rivera's behalf.”
“Albany needs leaders who put the interests of working New Yorkers ahead of politics and power plays,” said 32BJ President Mike Fishman in the statement. “As someone who pledges to uphold the high standards we should expect from our public servants, we are proud to support Gustavo Rivera.”
Added George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU: “Throughout his career, Gustavo has stood for integrity and the kind of progressive values that our members share. This district deserves honest leadership, and we believe Gustavo Rivera will be a true voice for reform rather than an obstacle for change.”
Union support is seen as critical if Rivera is unseat Espada.