One of the largest and most politically active labor unions in New York endorsed on Wednesday Gov. Kathy Hochul and her running mate, Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado.
Hochul and Delgado were endorsed by 1199SEIU, a union composed of 450,000 members in the health care sector.
“At a time when access to health care is under attack across the nation, I will continue to ensure our frontline heroes have the support they deserve,” Hochul said. “We’re not going backward in New York. Together, we’re investing in our healthcare workforce, boosting wages, strengthening worker protections, and building a new day for our state. I am honored to earn this endorsement.”
Hochul is seeking a full term this year after she was elevated to the governor's office in August. Since then, she has received backing from major labor groups and key unions in the state.
“Our members have spent the past two-and-a-half years facing unimaginable challenges on the frontlines of the pandemic, and know the importance of leadership that recognizes the need for quality, accessible healthcare for all and honors the frontline workers who deliver care," said 1199 President George Gresham. "At a time when right-wing forces across the country are stripping away the rights of women, people of color, and workers of all backgrounds, it is also vitally important that New York be a bulwark for progressive values and human rights. We are ready to do whatever it takes to bring home victory for New York's working families by electing Gov. Hochul and Lt. Gov. Delgado in November.”