Congressman Crowley Endorsed by Two Dozen Labor Unions

April 30, 2018


(Queens, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, received the endorsement of two dozen leading labor unions, including the Hotel Trades Council, New York State AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, 32BJ SEIU, and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.

“Our economy and country are strongest when the men and women who work hardest to build our nation have the support and opportunities they deserve,” said Congressman Crowley. “Having grown up in a neighborhood where nearly every family had a dues-paying union member, I know the immense benefits these organizations bring to working men and women. I’m proud to stand arm-in-arm with my brothers and sisters in labor as we continue the fight for higher-paying jobs, increased benefits, and expanded protections for workers.”

NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said, “Congressman Joe Crowley is a true champion for the cause of all working people with a proven record of standing up for the middle class. From securing health benefits for 9/11 responders and survivors, to fighting for increased access to health care and housing and delivering federal funding to improve the Bronx-Queens community, he has demonstrated his commitment to working families. He clearly understands the values and priorities of all hardworking men and women in this state and across this country which is why we look forward to a grassroots campaign to get our members to the polls to re-elect Joe Crowley to Congress.”

“Joe Crowley has a strong record in support of workers’ benefits, higher wages, immigrants’ rights and making sure working families have the opportunities to build good lives in New York,” said Hector Figueroa, President of 32BJ SEIU. “Joe is the kind of leader we want in Congress representing our families in the Bronx and Queens.”

“Working families need a strong voice in Congress who will stand up for them on the issues that matter most,” said Helen Schaub, 1199SEIU’s New York State Director of Policy & Legislation. “Joe Crowley has been a champion for affordable health care, higher wages, paid family leave and expanding opportunities for all. We are proud to endorse Joe for re-election, and look forward to continuing to stand together to fight for New York’s working men and women.”

“The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO is proud to support Congressman Joseph Crowley for re-election in New York’s 14th District. Throughout his tenure in Congress, Rep. Crowley has demonstrated steadfast support for organized labor, working people, and for the issues affecting their families and communities,” said New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vinny Alvarez. “We look forward to continuing to partner with him to ensure that working New Yorkers have a voice in their workplace and in their collective futures.”

“The Hotel Trades Council is extremely honored to endorse Congressman Joe Crowley for re-election. Congressman Crowley is a passionate and consistent supporter of working people, as well as an effective legislative leader our union knows it can count on,” Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward. “New York’s hospitality workers are proud to have him representing them in Congress and look forward to many more years of his leadership.”

“Joe Crowley is a strong champion for working men and women in Congress. We need leaders like him to ensure that higher wages and worker protections are top priorities for Washington. The Communication Workers of America proudly backs Joe in his re-election bid,” said Robert Master, Communication Workers of America District One Legislative and Political Director.

“In this age of uncertainty, when you don’t know where the next blindside is coming from, when workers and wages and safety are under attack, when the American dream is moving farther and farther out of reach, we need good, solid representatives that understand what working people are now up against,” said Michael J. McGuire, Director, MTDCPAC. “Fortunately we have just such a man in Joe Crowley, who during his time in the House has proven again and again that he is a powerful and effective fighter for our middle class. That said, the Mason Tenders District Council is proud to once again strongly endorse Congressman Joseph Crowley for re-election to the House of Representatives”

“Representative Joseph Crowley has been a champion for New York workers in Congress for two decades. We are proud to endorse him for reelection,” said George Miranda, Teamsters Joint  Council 16 President. “Representative Crowley has fought to create good jobs, protect the social safety net, and defend our immigrant communities. The Teamsters look forward to working with Representative Crowley to take back Congress and protect working people.”

“Joe Crowley is the kind of leader we need in Washington. He speaks up for New York families, whether that is fighting for education funding or protecting New Yorkers on health care or finding ways to create better high-paying jobs,” said Michael Mulgrew, President of the United Federation of Teachers.

“From advocating for higher wages to paid family leave, Joe Crowley has a proven record of standing up for working families,” said Anthony G. Speelman, President of UFCW Local 1500, New York State’s largest grocery worker union. “Joe understands the challenges working New Yorkers face, and will continue to fight to help middle-class families get ahead and stay ahead. He is exactly the kind of champion we need in Congress.”

“Congressman Crowley has been an ally of the working people throughout his career. At a time when the rights of working people are under attack it is more important now than ever to support to those who go to bat for us in Washington,” said Davon Lomax, Political Director for District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

“Congressman Crowley has a track record and a long history of supporting working families and the labor movement,” said District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “As a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, he has worked tirelessly for our city’s fair share of federal funds for education, public housing, and other public services. We will do all that we can to support his re-election campaign so that he can continue his important work.”

“Joe Crowley has always put the needs of children, families and working men and women first. His commitment to serve has helped maintain after-school programs and to clean graffiti in Queens and the Bronx have kept our communities strong,” said Harry Nespoli, President of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, Local 831, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents more than 6,500 active and more than 9,000 retired New York City Department of Sanitation workers. “Just as importantly, his efforts were instrumental in passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act which will continue to provide 9/11 workers with health care. As president of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, it is my great pleasure to endorse Congressman Joseph Crowley for re-election in New York’s 14th Congressional District.”

“Joe Crowley is a true champion for working families in Queens and the Bronx. He is a proven and effective leader who has fought for strong worker protections, higher wages, and better opportunities for families,” said Patrick M Dolan Jr, President, Enterprise Association Steamfitters Local 638. “Local 638 proudly stands with Joe Crowley.”

“The Building Trades are incredibly proud and honored to endorse Rep. Joseph Crowley, one of our strongest allies in Congress, for re-election.  Congressman Crowley has a strong track record of progressive leadership and fights tirelessly day-in and day-out to strengthen middle class families,” said Gary LaBarbera, President Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. “Through his strong advocacy of critically-needed infrastructure investments and good jobs for hardworking New Yorkers, Joe is helping move our city, state and nation forward.”

“Joe Crowley understands and fights for the men and women who keep our country running,” said Larry Hanley, International President of the ATU. “He’s pushed for higher wages and better benefits and protections for unions throughout his entire career. The Amalgamated Transit Union strongly endorse Joe as he fights for Queens and the Bronx.”

“Congressman Crowley has been a friend of labor for his entire career in Congress – fighting for the benefits, rights, and opportunities working men and women deserve,” International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers General President Joe Sellers.  “We strongly stand with him in his campaign to once again represent Queens and the Bronx.”

“Throughout his career in public service Congressman Joe Crowley has been unwavering in his support for all hard-working men and women throughout our great city. He also understands that infrastructure development goes beyond improvements to our subways, highways, bridges, and tunnels. It is more than taller buildings and more efficient buildings. It is about building strong families and great cities. That is why the 20,000 men and women of the New York City Coalition of Operating Engineers are proud to stand together in our support of Joe Crowley,” said Edwin L. Christian, President of the New York Coalition of Operating Engineers.

Congressman Crowley also received endorsements from the TWU Local 100, International Union of Elevator Constructors, Ironworkers Local 361, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, and the Plumbers Local 1.

Congressman Crowley has long advocated and supported policies that benefit the men and women of labor. He recently introduced legislation to ban employers from forcing workers to sign restrictive non-compete agreements and lobbied the Obama administration to include federal contractors in efforts to raise the minimum wage.

New York’s 14th Congressional District includes parts of Queens and the Bronx.