Endorsing Bill de Blasio was a move fraught with risk in May.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the vaunted front-runner in the mayor’s race, according to the polls. It was widely assumed that former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the only black candidate in the race, would consolidate the minority vote.
But the influential healthcare workers’ union went with Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, who now stands as the all-but-assured Democratic nominee for mayor. Mr. de Blasio repaid their faith by making potential hospital closures a centerpiece of his campaign: in July, he was even arrested for protesting the closures of two Brooklyn hospitals, a move that gave him needed publicity.
More labor supporters of Christine Quinn’s defeated mayoral campaign are jumping over to Bill de Blasio’s bid for City Hall.
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 have joined SEIU 32BJ in endorsing Mr. de Blasio, sending a not-so-subtle hint to his Democratic rival Bill Thompson, who is waiting to see if he can eke into a runoff election.
In the one of the stranger election years of the last half century, Norman Seabrook’s labor endorsements still manage to stand out.
Take, for example, Comptroller John Liu.
The bombastic president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association is convinced Mr. Liu, mired in fifth place in the polls and bereft of millions in matching funds following a federal investigation that uncovered fund-raising fraud, will be a 21st century David Dinkins and surge to the top of the heap on Election Day.
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Head Wikileaker and house arrestee Julian Assange has been pondering a run for the Australian Senate. Before you even quirk an eyebrow at the prospect of a “Senator Assange,” note that a recent survey by Australian Labor Party pollsters indicates Mr. Assange could garner nearly 25% of the vote. Agence France-Presse reports members of “the left-wing Greens party were most likely to be pro-Assange, with 39 percent saying they would vote for him.”
Nearly a month after the contract between Sotheby’s and its art handlers’ union, Teamsters Local 814, expired, the two sides have yet to reach a deal on a new agreement. Union leaders have floated the possibility of a strike, but are holding back on acting on that threat for now.
The Teamsters union has demanded Read More
When discussing Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker, Eliot Spitzer sounds a little like Andrew Cuomo.
Spitzer, around the 5:50 mark:
“I disagree with Governor Walker…the right to bargain together is one of those fundamental rights we all believe individuals across the society should have. I agree with him that the givebacks are Read More
NYC School’s Deputy Chancellor John White sent this memo to a handful of concerned parties, outlining some amendments to the State Senate bill looking to change teacher seniority rules that is at the heart of the Read More
City Comptroller John Liu is slated to appear at a public forum entitled “Why Are We Funding Low-Wage Jobs” at the Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education this afternoon that labor and progressive groups hope kicks off a major effort to create a living wage standard for city projects.
Earlier this week, Christine Quinn announced Read More
Bloomberg weighs in on the national labor fight taking place in Wisconsin, with his middle-of-the-way approach:
If contract terms or labor laws from years past no longer make sense, we the people should renegotiate — or legislate — changes. Benefits agreed to 35 years ago that now are unaffordable should be Read More
A writeup in this week’s New York characterizes newsman John Stossel as “anxious.” But if there’s one thing he’s not worried about, it’s the ethics of unpaid internships!
“Now the government says you can’t have unpaid interns, that it’s exploitation. Can you believe that?” he says. “I built my career on unpaid Read More