The Bronx, NY – 32BJ SEIU endorsed Congresswoman Grace Meng and Assembly Member Michael Blake to serve as Vice Chairs of the Democratic National Committee. This endorsement for Blake follows those from fellow labor leaders such as 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East, UFCW Vice President Steven M. Powell, Teamsters Local 237 President Gregory Floyd, Local 372 AFL-CIO President Shaun D. Francois I. and RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum and continues the support of national and state leadership including Vice Chair R.T. Rybak, state party chairs in Michigan, Ohio, New York and New Mexico and Vermont Vice Chair Tim Jerman.
On the endorsement, 32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa stated:
“We are aware there are many qualified candidates who share our concerns and embrace our values — that alone represents a positive development for a much needed realignment of the Democratic Party with the needs of working families. We wish the Republican Party would also align itself with the majority of Americans instead of being the party of the privileged few. Our country’s political system is in dire need of profound changes to facilitate and encourage the participation of eligible voters in the electoral process. Democrats are by no means the only ones who can contribute to that end but it would greatly benefit working families to have a DNC leadership committed to progressive political change, social, climate and economic justice and the expansion of our democracy.”
This is the first time the union is making endorsements in the DNC leadership race.
Responding to this endorsement, Assembly Member Michael Blake said “I am honored to receive this historic endorsement from 32BJ SEIU. For many years, our brothers and sisters in organized labor have fought on the front lines for the progressive values and investments that are critical to putting families and communities on a path to opportunity and economic success. As a member of the New York State Assembly, I know that the victories we have won for workers in the fight for $15, demanding justice for Airport Workers and in enacting the most comprehensive paid family leave program in the nation would not have been possible without their commitment. As we look to define the next generation of leadership for the Democratic party, I am thankful for their participation and their support.”