Wednesday, January 24, 2007

SEIU Local 32BJ Endorses Craig Johnson for State Senate

Adding to a string of endorsements, 32BJ has endorsed Craig Johnson (D-WFP) for State Senate. Here's the press release:

Citing his support for working families, Local 32BJ today announced its decision to endorse Democrat Craig Johnson for the New York State Senate seat (District 7) left vacant by the departure of Michael Balboni. The formal announcement, made by Local 32BJ President Mike Fishman, follows a screening of both candidates by union members on Long Island.

"By helping to pass a minimum wage bill in Nassau County, Craig Johnson has shown himself to be a strong supporter of Long Island's working families" said Mike Fishman, Local 32BJ President. "We look forward to working with him in Albany to raise standards for all New York's working families."

Last year, the Nassau County Legislature passed a living wage law that will raise minimum wages for workers contracted by the county to $9.50 an hour beginning in 2007. The minimum hourly pay rate will increase to $10.50 an hour in 2008, and again in 2010 to $12.50 an hour.

"I am proud to be endorsed by the men and women of Local 32BJ who work hard to keep our buildings clean and safe," said Craig Johnson. "With 32BJ's powerful support, I am confident we can win and together take back our state government on behalf of New York's working families."

Local 32BJ has come out in strong support of the Governor's efforts to move aggressively to reform state government.

With more than 85,000 members, including 60,000 in New York, Local 32BJ is the largest private sector union in New York and the largest property service workers union in the United States.
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