Jeffries Grabs Grocery Worker Union Endorsement

The race for the 10th Congressional District got a big more serious today when Assembly member Hakeem Jeffries received the first labor  endorsement in the race.

“We are excited and proud to endorse Hakeem Jeffries to be the next Congressman from Brooklyn’s 10th Congressional District,” said Bruce W. Both, President, UFCW 1500. “As a New York State Assemblyman, Hakeem stood side by side with our members and fought on our behalf as we worked to pass the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act in 2010, a bill that provides workers in New York State protections against irresponsible employers who fail to pay their workers. As a member of Congress, our union is confident that Hakeem will bring leadership, innovative thinking and a progressive mind to a legislative body crying out for civility and common sense.”

The move is a more than a little surprising considering that it is firstly extremely early–Mr. Jeffries only jumped into the race this weekend–and for that fact that unions invariably try to play it safe and endorse the incumbent.

The seat is currently held by a 15-term incumbent Ed Towns, and the move by the UFCW could be a signal that he is thinking more seriously about retiring.

“It is an honor to have the endorsement of UFCW,” said Mr. Jeffries. “This strong union stands up for all workers in their fight for fair contracts and wages, and the right to a decent quality of life. I am proud to stand with UFCW as a state legislator and I look forward to working with them in Washington to keep improving life for all city residents.”

UFCW says it has 23,000 members in and around the city.



  Jeffries Grabs Grocery Worker Union Endorsement