No longer operating under same political party, unions forge alliance in upcoming city races

December 15, 2020 | Reposted from Politico.com

New York City’s public and private unions are joining forces to influence the makeup of the next City Council — a new association that’s formed in lieu of their previous involvement in the Working Families Party.

Five unions that comprise more than 360,000 employees are announcing a partnership called #LaborStrong2021 on Tuesday. In the coming weeks, they will roll out 26 Council endorsements — enough to influence the speaker’s race if they’re successful at the polls.

The organization includes building service workers union 32BJ SEIU; the relatively small but influential Hotel Trades Council; the city’s largest public union, District Council 37; the New York State Nurses Association; and the District 1 branch of the Communications Workers of America.

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