NYC’s Biggest Union Endorses De Blasio


The biggest labor union in New York City endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor Friday, providing him a prized endorsement from the liberal wing of the Democratic party.

Calling de Blasio “a principled champion of working people,” Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers East awarded what is generally one of the most coveted seals for Democratic campaigns in the city.

The union, often called simply “1199,” represents more than 200,000 nurses and other health workers citywide and is considered a powerful political ally that can turn out fleets of campaign volunteers.

De Blasio pushed vehemently for requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave, a proposal that counted Local 1199 and other unions among supporters.