Christine Quinn Lands Retail Workers Endorsement

Christine Quinn and Stu Appelbaum (Photo: RWDSU)

Christine Quinn and Stu Appelbaum (Photo: RWDSU)

She may not have announced her bid yet, but Council Speaker Christine Quinn has started to collect support from key labor allies as she campaigns for City Hall. To wit, the politically active Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union gave Ms. Quinn their official seal of approval tonight, with RWDSU President Stu Appelbaum offering especially effusive praise in the process.

“Throughout her career, Chris Quinn has consistently fought to make life better for vulnerable and marginalized residents of our city, including low-wage workers, immigrants, people of color, the undocumented, the homeless, the unemployed, and LGBT New Yorkers,” Mr. Appelbaum said in a lengthy statement. “We are a progressive, activist union that represents and organizes the most vulnerable and marginalized workers in our city today. We believe Chris Quinn will be a progressive, activist mayor for those workers and their families.”

Although Ms. Quinn has stymied the paid sick day bill–one of the RWDSU’s priorities–she backed several other labor goals, including the living wage bill and standing against Walmart, both of which were cited by Mr. Appelbaum tonight.

“Chris will be our first living wage mayor, implementing the most robust living wage legislation and policy framework in the country. This is a game-changer that will give thousands of struggling residents every year access to living wage jobs,” he contended. “She will also be our first progressive mayor of a Walmart-free New York City, because of her years of work keeping the nation’s biggest job destroyer out of the five boroughs.

Labor support for Ms. Quinn will undoubtedly be helpful as she aims to defeat several Democrats running to her left on economic issues, including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu and former Comptroller Bill Thompson. Ms. Quinn was previously endorsed by UFCW Local 1500.

View Mr. Appelbaum’s full, eight-paragraph endorsement below:

“The biggest challenge our city faces is the growing number of people struggling to survive. Chris Quinn’s progressive record of results and leadership shows that she is best prepared to address this challenge as mayor, and that’s why we are endorsing her,” 

“Throughout her career, Chris Quinn has consistently fought to make life better for vulnerable and marginalized residents of our city, including low-wage workers, immigrants, people of color, the undocumented, the homeless, the unemployed, and LGBT New Yorkers. We know she will continue to build on that record as mayor,”

“We are a progressive, activist union that represents and organizes the most vulnerable and marginalized workers in our city today. We believe Chris Quinn will be a progressive, activist mayor for those workers and their families, a strong, determined mayor who will help make the American dream a reality for many New Yorkers struggling to survive,”

“She has made city government more responsive and attuned to underserved communities and to people who feel invisible and forgotten. She will continue to do that as mayor. She will fight hard to reduce income inequality and slow the alarming growth of the working poor,” 

“Recognizing the fragile future so many New Yorkers face, Chris is committed to expanding the scope of what government does to support and strengthen working people. She has proven she knows how to use the levers of government to get it done,”

“Chris will be our first living wage mayor, implementing the most robust living wage legislation and policy framework in the country. This is a game-changer that will give thousands of struggling residents every year access to living wage jobs,” 

“She will also be our first progressive mayor of a Walmart-free New York City, because of her years of work keeping the nation’s biggest job destroyer out of the five boroughs. She will continue to focus on using economic development to attract high-road pro-union employers that want to create good jobs for New Yorkers,” 

“Chris Quinn will be a transformative mayor—our first mayor with her record of leadership to make the city a stronger and better place.”