Cuomo Vows to Support Organized Labor in NY

WASHINGTON (AP) -
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers remarks Tuesday at the North America Building Trades Union’s Legislative Conference in Washington. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Gov. Cuomo)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers remarks Tuesday at the North America Building Trades Union’s Legislative Conference in Washington. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Gov. Cuomo)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he believes in the labor movement, telling union construction workers in Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning that he won’t sign legislation in New York that’s not fair to organized labor.

Addressing a North America’s Building Trades Unions conference, Cuomo says unions built the middle class in America and protect it, and that there’s a growing anti-union movement in the country.

The second-term Democrat was considered a pro-business centrist until after his reelection in 2014. He now tells the unionists that every state construction project in New York “is going to be built by organized labor, period.”

While he supports further affordable housing programs for New York, Cuomo criticized proposals to make government-subsidized construction projects open shops where workers don’t have to join a union.

Cuomo and NABTU have both endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. She was scheduled to address the conference later Tuesday.