Hotel Trades Council Endorses Chris for NYC Mayor

Citing her lifelong commitment to standing up for working families, the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO (HTC) today voted to endorse New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the race for mayor. The union, which represents 50,000-plus members and retirees, and is known for its highly sophisticated political operation, plans an aggressive field program to communicate with its members throughout the city to recruit volunteers for the campaign.

"In a strong field of mayoral candidates, Christine Quinn is the clear choice to stand up for working people in New York City," said Peter Ward, President of the Hotel Trades Council. "As an organizer, community activist, City Council Member and Speaker, Christine Quinn has fought for the issues that matter to working and middle class New Yorkers, and she has a proven track record of delivering real results. We have no doubt that she will be an outstanding mayor. That's why in every borough of New York City, we are prepared to activate our resources and man-power to ensure Chris is elected Mayor this fall."

"The men and women of the Hotel Trades Council represent the core of New York City's middle class - they reflect the diversity, strength and resilience that makes this city so great. I am absolutely honored to have earned the endorsement of this incredible group of New Yorkers. You can count on me to stand up for the hardworking housekeepers, maintenance workers, security guards, dining employees and every working New Yorker who fight to ensure that our city is the envy of the world," said Christine Quinn.

HTC's endorsement was based on Quinn's proven track record in the City Council and her commitment to issues of importance to the union's membership, including quality jobs, public education, affordable housing, responsible development, public safety, and economic justice.

With a diverse union represents approximately 50,000 workers and retirees, including 32,000 current non-managerial employees working in all departments of over 3oo hotels, HTC has a strong presence in every borough of New York City, particularly in Queens. HTC's members come from many nations and backgrounds and speak more than 50 languages.

HTC has a long track record of employing its sophisticated field operation to win competitive elections, including recent victories of Congresswoman Grace Meng and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic last year in Queens. HTC's members include 33,000 registered Democrats in households throughout the City.