NYC Labor Shows our Strength in Primary Elections
As we await the final results of Tuesday’s primary elections, the NYC CLC thanks all of our affiliates, political directors, and activists for participating in our 2021 NYC Labor Votes political program. The New York City labor movement once again showed that by working together, we can support pro-labor candidates across all levels of city government.
As the largest and broadest labor coalition in the City, the NYC CLC engaged thousands of union households through our member-to-member outreach in support of endorsed candidates. With our affiliates, we turned out our members to elect candidates who will work with us to address our recovery from the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis, revive hard-hit industries, protect jobs and critical city services, and grow our economy.
Our program was launched almost a year ago, and included screenings, interviews, and a Labor 101 training for all candidates seeking the NYC CLC’s endorsement. More than 200 candidates participated in this rigorous process, culminating in unified endorsements from the CLC’s Executive Board in 39 City Council races as well as Comptroller, Public Advocate, and two Borough President races.
With your help, the NYC Labor Votes “Get Out The Vote” campaign made 125,000 live phone calls; engaged with 110,000 voters via text; canvassed and completed literature drops at nearly 15,000 doors; and targeted more than 25,000 union households with digital ads over the final weeks before the election.
We will continue to work with all of you to make sure that our voices are heard in all decisions affecting working people in the halls of City government, and to help to build an effective and engaged labor movement. Your role is critical in this effort, and our ongoing success depends on all of us working together. We thank you all once again for being part of this important effort.
New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO