Jeff Klein Snags Teamsters Endorsement

State Senator Jeff Klein. (Photo: Getty)

State Senator Jeff Klein. (Photo: Getty)

State Senator Jeff Klein, who is facing a Democratic primary challenge, is set to snag the endorsement of the teamsters union later this morning–marking one of his largest union nods so far.

Mr. Klein leads the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway faction of Democrats who lead the chamber with Senate Republicans. The arrangement has infuriated many mainline Democrats, including former City Councilman Oliver Koppell, who officially announced his challenge against Mr. Klein yesterday.

The Teamsters Joint Council 16 represents 120,000 workers in the New York area, and its nod, combined with the support of other labor forces, suggests that Mr. Koppell may face an uphill battle in unseating Mr. Klein.

“Jeff Klein is a leader that has always been there for the Teamsters, whether we needed him fighting for workers in Albany or standing with us on the picket line,” Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda told the Observer in a statement. “Klein understands the issues that are important to our members, like universal Pre-Kindergarten, expanding opportunities for immigrants, and raising wages for workers living in poverty.”

Mr. Klein has also earned the backing of the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, among other unions.

See the full release from the union, set to go out later this morning, below:

Teamsters Joint Council 16 Endorses State Senate Co-Leader Klein

State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein on Tuesday received the backing of the powerful Teamsters Joint Council 16. The Teamsters represent 120,000 workers in the New York area.
“Jeff Klein is a leader that has always been there for the Teamsters, whether we needed him fighting for workers in Albany or standing with us on the picket line,” said Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda. “Klein understands the issues that are important to our members, like universal Pre-Kindergarten, expanding opportunities for immigrants, and raising wages for workers living in poverty.”

Klein said, “I am pleased to have the support of Teamsters Joint Council 16 and will continue to work hard in the State Senate to keep New York affordable for hardworking families.”

Teamsters Joint Council 16 joins a long list of unions supporting Klein, who has received endorsements from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union, the Transportation Workers Union Local 100, the Plumbers Union Local 1 and the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York.