Teamsters Joint Council 16 represents 120,000 New York workers from both the public and private sectors, including the New York City Department of Santation, the New York City Housing Authority, and freight drivers from America’s most iconic brands such as Coca-Cola, UPS, and Frito-Lay.
Today, Teamsters Joint Council 16 announced its endorsements for the New York City Council. As one of New York City’s biggest unions, the Teamsters plan to mobilize members and resources in competitive races to elect progressive candidates who will fight for working families.
“Over the past four years, New York City has taken major steps to protect workers and advance our progressive ideals, but there is still much work to be done,” said George Miranda, President of Teamsters Joint Council 16. “These are the candidates who will keep up the fight for working families. The Teamsters plan to put boots on the ground in the most competitive districts to get these candidates elected.”
The union endorsed candidates in five open seats, including Carlina Rivera in District 2, Diana Ayala in District 8, Marjorie Velazquez in District 13, Francisco Moya in District 21, and Justin Brannan in District 43.
The Teamsters also endorsed Marvin Holland in District 9, Hettie Powell in District 28, and Joe Borelli in District 51.
The union has an active political and public policy program. Legislative and policy accomplishments in the current City Council and Mayoral term include the creation of a commercial waste zone policy, land use changes to support manufacturing, labor peace at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal, protection of the horse carriage industry, infrastructure funding at Hunts Point Market, pay equity for school safety agents, and the creation of truck routes for 50 foot trucks.
Teamsters Joint Council 16 represents 120,000 workers in the greater New York area, in transportation, warehousing, public sector, deliveries, school buses, airlines, construction, parking, and many other industries.
For a full list of candidates being endorsed, please visit their website.