Public Advocate and Attorney General candidate Letitia (Tish) James today received her sweetest, yet low-calorie endorsement yet.
That after the United Food and Commercial Worker Local 2013 whole-heartedly backed her bid to be the state’s top barrister. UFCW Local 2013 represents over 16,000 workers city-wide and is based in Brooklyn.
In 2016, the union took a hard hit when the Sweet N’ Low factory based in Fort Greene was shuttered, laying off more than 300 workers at the time. James became a forefront fighter in the protest against the closing, that moved manufacturing of the artificial sweetener to a different state.
“Working people need a fighter in the attorney general’s office and we know we can count on Tish James,” said UFCW Local 2013 President Louis Mark Carotenuto.
“Tish understands that attacks on working families must be met with fierce resistance. She has the passion, experience, and values to make an incredible attorney general. Tish will take on Trump and stand up for the rights of working people. We are proud to endorse Tish James for attorney general,” he added.
James announced her candidacy in May and has the strong backing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and nearly all of Brooklyn’s elected officials, making her the person to beat in the AG race. And in remembering her roots of sticking up for the Brooklyn workers, she gratefully accepted their endorsement.
“UFCW Local 2013 represents some of the hardest working people in New York and I am honored to earn their endorsement. Throughout my career I’ve fought for good wages and benefits for working men and women in New York. As attorney general, I will continue to stand up for labor in every corner of our state and take on any force that tries to harm workers,” she said.
Some other top union endorsements already under the charismatic Brooklynite’s belt include 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York , Construction Workers of America (CWA) District One, CWA Local 1180 and TWU Local 100 amongst others.
The primary is slated for September 13, and the General Election for Nov. 6.