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Aug. 15, 2014

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NYSUT endorses midterm election candidates


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NYSUT has endorsed a bi-partisan slate of nearly 200 statewide, legislative, and congressional candidates for the November election.

The 600,000-member education and health care union made its endorsements public Aug. 14. NYSUT did not endorse a gubernatorial candidate. It decided to back state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at a May board meeting.

“UUP supports NYSUT’s endorsements and we stand ready to support and aid those candidates in the November election,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. "We need to elect candidates we can depend on.”

Kowal video statement

Kowal will issue a video statement about the endorsements and UUP’s Fall 2014 Election campaign following the New York State AFL-CIO COPE Convention Aug. 18. The video will be posted on UUP's website.

UUP's officers and members will take part in the New York City endorsement meeting, where delegates will vote to back candidates for statewide offices, U.S. Congress, and the state Senate and Assembly. UUP is an AFL-CIO affiliate.

NYSUT President Karen Magee said candidates endorsed by NYSUT deserve the union’s backing.

“Those who earn endorsements are friends of public education and labor,” she said. “Over the last two years, they earned our support by advocating effectively for our public schools, colleges and health care institutions; listening intently to the concerns and aspirations of our members, and voting consistently the right way."

UUP takes part

As a union, UUP does not endorse candidates. However, UUPers played an instrumental role, joining with NYSUT members Aug. 12 at NYSUT’s annual Presidents’ Conference on Endorsements to discuss and recommend candidates for NYSUT’s endorsement. UUP is a NYSUT local.

A NYSUT endorsement can—and often does—make a difference in an election. Thousands of union members go door-to-door to speak to voters, attend rallies and campaign events and make phone calls from the state’s largest phone-banking operation. Candidates supported by NYSUT also receive financial support from voluntary contributions through VOTE-COPE.

At the conference, NYSUT Executive Vice President Andrew Pallotta noted that 90 percent of NYSUT-endorsed candidates were winners in the 2012 midterm election. That enabled NYSUT to achieve several “major victories,” including the Legislature’s rejection of a proposal that could have led to the privatization of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.


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