The New York State AFL-CIO has endorsed a slate of more than 200 candidates for statewide, legislative, and congressional seats in November’s midterm election.
The powerful federation, which represents 2.5 million workers and retirees from public and private sector and building trades unions across New York, declined to issue an endorsement for the state’s gubernatorial race at its Aug. 18 endorsement convention. NYSUT has also passed on backing a candidate for governor in November.
UUP and NYSUT are affiliated with the New York State AFL-CIO.
“Our members want a state that prioritizes the creation of good, long-term jobs and strong investment in the public services all New Yorkers rely on,” said federation President Mario Cliento. “ But that only happens if we elect the right candidates to office. Union members from throughout the state will work together in a coordinated effort to ensure that our endorsed candidates, and in turn an agenda that puts workers and their families first, are successful on election day.”
As a union, UUP does not endorse candidates. However, UUP’s statewide officers and more than 20 UUP members were part of a delegation of more than 400 NYSUT members that participated in the endorsement convention, and voted for candidates to endorse.
“We approve of the list of candidates that the New York State AFL-CIO has chosen to endorse, and UUP will work to support those candidates,” said UUP President Fred Kowal.
The federation is backing two statewide candidates, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. It endorsed 26 Congressional candidates, 63 state Senate candidates and 147 candidates for state Assembly; it will review endorsements for three Assembly seats after September primaries.
To support candidates, the federation will contact members at home through member mailings, flyers, phone bank operations, and a “labor-to-neighbor” program, where union members visit area members to talk about specific races.
View complete list of 2014 NYS AFL-CIO endorsements for state Assembly and Senate
View complete list of 2014 NYS AFL-CIO endorsements for Congress