Large Building Workers’ Union Supports Quinn

NEW YORK (AP) -

A politically influential building service workers’ union is endorsing New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor in the Democratic primary.

Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ announced Tuesday it’s supporting the Democratic front-runner, giving Quinn her biggest union backing so far.

Union President Hector Figueroa points to Quinn’s role in passing measures requiring many businesses to provide paid sick leave and requiring some companies that get city subsidies to pay what’s known as a “prevailing wage.”

Quinn declined to bring the paid sick time measure to a vote for three years but ultimately backed it this year.

The union is known as 32BJ. It represents 75,000 janitors, doormen and other workers in the city.

The city’s major unions have divided their support among various Democratic mayoral candidates.