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Brannan Leads Labor Endorsements in NYC Council 43rd District

August 30, 2017

By Stephanie West


Brooklyn, NY – Justin Brannan, Democratic candidate for the 43rd District’s City Council seat, picks up an additional three union endorsements, adding to his impressive union support.
Brannan is now favored to win with only a few weeks until the September 12th primary election. In the past month, he has earned the support of Teamsters Joint Council 16, Hotels Trade Council, Uniform Fire Officers Association, Professional Staff Congress, 32BJ and the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union. Clearly, Brannan leads the field with organized labor.

32BJ President Hector Figueroa stated, “It is more important than ever to have local leaders who will stand up for working people. Our city and our state must focus on protecting the most vulnerable among us. Justin Brannan has a history of standing up for working people, immigrant rights, good public education, affordable housing, criminal justice, police reform and other issues that are important to our members and their families. That’s why our members decided to endorse them.”

“I’m honored to have the largest coalition of labor support. I have experienced the power and importance of labor unions firsthand during my time at WNEW. It is humbling to be able to once again experience the collective strength of working people and I would be proud to fight for them as your next City Councilmember,” said Brannan.

City unions are now behind Brannan because of his long history of working closely with unions and addressing their issues. Justin was instrumental in passing the first legislation in the country that prevents employers from discriminating against unemployed applicants. Brannan’s endorsements represent a wide variety of industries from service workers at hotels and restaurants, to college professors and school faculty. In addition to these most recent endorsements, Brannan’s coalition of labor support includes Sanitation Workers Local 831, Central Labor Council, DC 37, Doctors Council, Working Families Party, the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators, Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, United Federation of Teachers, Transport Workers Union, United Food and Commercial Workers, Communications Workers of America, and the Associated Musicians of Greater New York Local 802.

The 43rd district includes the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst.

August 30, 2017

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