Chris Receives Endorsement from NY State Laborers Union

 Today, the 40,000 member strong New York State Chapter of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), which is comprised of 36 local unions and five district councils, announced their endorsement for Chris Quinn for Mayor of the City of New York. Citing Quinn’s leadership as Speaker of the City Council and her proven record of fighting for the middle class - specifically her work to create more good paying jobs, ensuring the passage of the living and prevailing wage legislation, and helping protect and grow small businesses - LIUNA agreed that Chris is the most qualified and best person to lead New York City forward.

LIUNA has 25,000 members in New York City that are currently working on such projects as the Second Avenue Subway, East Side Access, and One World Trade Center. The organization is made up of local unions and district councils including the Concrete Workers District Council, Plasterers and Drillers Local 29, Sandhogs Local 147, Excavators Local 731 and Rammers and Pavers Local 101. LIUNA also includes the Mason Tenders District Council which is comprised of New York City based Asbestos, Lead and Hazardous Waste Local 78, Construction and General Laborers Local 79 and Recycling Laborers Local 108.

Laborers International Union of North America General President Terence M. O’Sullivan stated, “As a leader since 1998, and Speaker for the last eight years, Chris Quinn perfected the skills needed to run a great city like New York. In a town where seemingly nothing happens easily, someone smart, strategic and tough, like Chris Quinn, is needed to keep New York New York in the right direction.”

In receiving the endorsement, Quinn said “LIUNA’s membership reflects the diversity and strong work ethic that make New York City so great -- they build our homes and businesses, manufacture goods we use each day and keep our hospitals running. I’m proud to accept the endorsement of this hard working union and will ensure that once elected mayor, I continue to fight for the middle class and those striving to make into the middle class once elected mayor.”

“Christine Quinn is that rare public official who not only says what she means, but means what she says, and does what she says she will do,” said LIUNA Vice President and Eastern Region Manager Raymond M. Pocino. “Throughout her career, as a community activist, City Council Member, and for the last eight years as Speaker, Christine Quinn has poured her heart and soul into making this City a better place for all the working men and women who live and work here.  And that’s why for the next four months we are all going to pour our hearts and souls into making sure that she is elected Mayor.”

“It's time we have a Mayor of New York that has worked in the trenches of city government, a Mayor who is a proven fighter for middle class New Yorkers,” proclaimed Armand E. Sabitoni, LIUNA’s General Secretary and New England Regional Manager. “Therefore, it is my distinct pleasure to endorse Christine Quinn for Mayor of New York City. Quinn's extensive experience on the City Council (since 1999) and as Speaker (since 2006) will be invaluable as the next Mayor of New York. Her progressive agenda has proven to be a great benefit to New York Workers already: passing a living wage law on city funded developments; supporting green initiatives that created thousands of new jobs; ending double taxation for small businesses, and persuading manufacturing and tech companies to return to the city. Quinn has always maintained that dealing with city government should be transparent, fair and expedient for every citizen and every company, large or small. Her plan includes developing a targeted plan for economic development that works to build upon the vitality of our neighborhoods while strengthening our infrastructure, roads and transit hubs. This development will be key to insuring that New York maintains its status as one of the world's greatest cities. The one 
candidate in this race who has the in-depth knowledge and the solid work ethic to get the job done right is Christine Quinn.” 

The LIUNA endorsement complements other impressive recent endorsements Chris received for 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 and dozens of local elected officials.