Mayor hopeful Eric Adams on Thursday won the backing of the powerful building workers union — while fellow frontrunner Andrew Yang picked up his first labor endorsement.
Adams scored the backing of Local 32 BJ of the Service Employees International, which represents 85,000 members in New York City –and is the third major union secured by the current Brooklyn borough president and former cop.
Adams also has received the backing of the Hotel Trades Council and District Council 37, the union representing the lion’s share of the city’s municipal workforce.
“Adams has the leadership, experience and vision to move us forward as a city,” said Kyle Bragg, 32BJ SEIU President.
“He is committed to our union’s core issues of responsible economic development, strong public schools, equitable City contracts, protecting NYC’s immigrant community and creating real police accountability while keeping our City safe. He has stood with thousands of 32BJ members in the past, and he is committed to a worker led recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Elsewhere in the race, the freelancers union did something unusual Thursday: it co-endorsed Andrew Yang and Maya Wiley.
“Both candidates have listened to our concerns and worked to come up with smart plans to address issues at the forefront for independent workers, which include health care, retirement, and wage security,” said Freelance Union head Rafael Espinal, a former Brooklyn councilman.
The backing from the freelancers is the first labor union endorsement for former presidential candidate turned mayoral wannabe Yang.
Wiley also has the backing of the potent health care workers union, Local 1199 SEIU.
A recent survey found Yang is the frontrunner in the race.
Yang was the top pick to lead the Big Apple for 32 percent of the 644 likely Democratic voters who responded to a WPIX-TV/NewsNation/Emerson College poll that was released Monday.
Adams was the second top candidate, garnering 19 percent of the likely voters.
Wiley notched 9 percent support and city Comptroller Scott Stringer garnered 6 percent the poll said.