Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries picked up yet another union endorsement this morning, this time it’s the Transport Workers Union of America Local 100.
The endorsement, first reported by Crain’s Insider, landed on top of a big pile of labor support, including SEIU 32BJ, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 and Communication Workers of America District 1. Most notably, he’s also been endorsed by the Working Families Party, a group that could theoretically provide a general election ballot line in addition to troops on the ground.
“Hakeem has always stood in solidarity with the working men and women of labor,” the president of TWU Local 100, John Samuelsen, said in a statement. “His recent vote against the Tier VI pension proposal is evidence of his support for working families and the 99%. Hakeem is a champion of transit issues.”
Mr. Jeffries, along with Councilman Charles Barron, is seeking to topple veteran Congressman Ed Towns in the Democratic Primary.
If this labor backing translates into organizational support, it could make a significant difference in what is destined to be a low turnout affair. Congressional primary races this year are going to be the only item on the ballot on June 26th, and the only voters who turn out in this district will be showing up specifically to vote in this campaign.