25,000 Member Carpenters Union Endorses Quinn For Mayor

(August 30, 2013) – Today, the 25,000 member New York City District Council of Carpenters endorsed Christine Quinn to be the next Mayor of New York City. In endorsing Quinn, the union pointed out that she is the only progressive in the race who actually delivered for working men and women in New York. The announcement was made on the steps of City Hall where Quinn was joined by New York City District Council of Carpenters Executive Secretary-Treasurer Pro-Tem Steve McInnis. 

“There are a lot of folks in this race who talk about being progressive, but there is only one in the race who has actually delivered progressive results for working New Yorkers,” said McInnis. “Chris embodies everything we look for in a progressive leader –she doesn’t talk about being a progressive, she delivers like a progressive. Whether it was her leadership in ensuring large scale rezonings resulted in prevailing wage jobs or her plan to build 40,000 more middle income housing units, we know Chris is the best choice to move our city forward in the right direction.”

In receiving the union’s endorsement, Quinn stated “I’m honored to have the support of these hardworking members of the District Council of Carpenters. These are the men and women who literally build our homes and keep our ships afloat and they are what makes New York the great city that it is. They recognize that while some people talk out of both sides of their mouth about being progressive, there is one candidate in this race who has actually delivered progressive results that working men and women of this city.”

The Union is comprised of eight local chapters, including Queens Chapter Local 20; Queens Carpenters Local 45; Floorcoverers Local 2287; Brooklyn Chapter 926; Timbermen, Carpenters, Hod Hoist Carpenters, Core Drillers Dockbuilders, Pier Carpenters, Shorers, House Movers, Pile Drivers, Divers, Tenders and Foundation and Marine Constructors Greater New York area Local 1556; Manhattan Local 157; Cabinetmakers and Millworkers Local 2790; and Millwrights Local 740.

Today’s endorsement complements a long list of union support Quinn has received in her campaign for mayor, including the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO (HTC), SEIU 32 BJ, RWDSU, UFCW Local 1500, UAW Region 9, Teamster JC 16, Sanitation Workers Union Local 831. This announcement also comes after Quinn has received support from dozens of local elected officials, local and national organizations and the New York Times, Daily News and New York Post.