Aug. 23, 2016
UUP vows to advocate for state AFL-CIO-endorsed candidates
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The New York State AFL-CIO endorsed a bipartisan slate of candidates for November’s election at its union's 33rd Constitutional Convention Aug. 22-23 in New York City.
UUP President Fred Kowal, along with the union’s statewide officers and chapter leaders, took part in the event, where delegates re-elected New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento and Secretary-Treasurer Terrance Melvin to four-year terms.
UUP is an affiliate of the 2.5-million member union, which has pledged to organize a “grassroots campaign” to support the candidates and to get unionists out to vote for them.
“We are proud to support these candidates, who have proven themselves as friends of labor and of working people across the state,” said Kowal, above.
“All of these candidates understand the priorities of working men and women,” said Cilento. “They are committed to fighting hard for issues important to working people, which is why we will fight hard to get them elected.”
Notable endorsements include U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York); Democrat Zephyr Teachout, a former state gubenatorial candidate who is running for Congress; state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx); and state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport).
Delegates waved "Labor for Schumer" signs and cheered loudly when Schumer, speaking, above, made his entrance into the convention. Bachmann-Turner Overdrive's 1974 smash hit "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" blared over the loudspeakers as he walked to the podium.
"I am utterly committed to rebuilding and expanding the American middle class and I know that there is no institution in American history more integral to this effort than the Labor Movement," Schumer said. "From strengthening the NLRB, to making sure we are not ripped off by unfair trade deals, to investing in our infrastructure, to winning laws that protect the right to organize and collectively bargain -- I will be there with you, shoulder-to-shoulder."
Also endorsed were Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), Assembly Committee on Higher Education chair; and Sen. Ken LaValle (R- Port Jefferson), Senate Higher Education Committee chair.
The union issued a number of endorsements earlier this year, including its support for Hillary Clinton for president.
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