Labor Unions Endorse Margaret Chin For Re-Election

File photo; Margaret Chin at a kickoff event for her 2013 campaign.
Margaret Chin announced her re-election campaign May 5 at Independence Plaza.
Margaret Chin announced her re-election campaign May 5 at Independence Plaza.

City Council member Margaret Chin today announced she’s won the endorsements of several large labor unions, including 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, 32 BJ SEIU (the property service workers)  and District Council 37 (the municipal public employees union).

In a prepared statement, Kevin Flanagan of the healthcare workers union said, “he 220,000 nurses and caregivers of 1199 SEIU in New York City strongly endorse Council Member Margaret Chin for re-election because she is a passionate advocate for quality healthcare and working people. We share her progressive vision for the future of our city, which includes immigrant rights and effective policing that respects civil rights.”  Flanagan noted that Chin was a co-sponsor of sick-leave legislation in the Council.

The Hotel Trades Council highlighted Chin’s support of legislation to end employment discrimination against the unemployed and to prohibit the use of credit histories as a factor of hiring.

A press release from the Chin campaign listed numerous other endorsements, including those from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Council Member Rosie Mendez, Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, Communications Workers of America Local 1180, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 237, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94, Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the United Sanitationmen’s Association Local 831.

Chin is a first-term Council member representing the Lower East Side and most of Lower Manhattan.  She faces a primary challenge from Jenifer Rajkumar, an attorney and community activist.