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Two candidates for City Council in the Third District (West Council, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen) recently won dueling union endorsements.
On Feb. 26, Yetta Kurland won the unanimous support of the executive board of the New York Metro Area Postal Union — the largest local in the American Postal Workers Union.
“Yetta Kurland is the kind of person we need to have in elected office,” said the local’s president, Jonathan Smith. “Her experience as a civil rights attorney means that she knows the struggle of the poor, the disenfranchised and the middle class. Yetta fights the good fight with everything she has, and understands the power of working in coalitions with community groups and labor.”
On Tues., March 11, Corey Johnson won the endorsement of SEIU 32BJ, the country’s largest property service union, which represents 70,000 New Yorkers. Johnson was one of 30 City Council candidates endorsed by the union, including Councilmember Rosie Mendez, who is up for re-election to a third term.
“All of these candidates have demonstrated a deep commitment to the working people of our city,” said Hector Figueroa, 32BJ president. “Now more than ever New York City needs real champions of working families who will stand up to special interests who would deny workers good jobs that will bring them solidly into the middle class.”