On January 27th, City Council candidate Sandra Ung was endorsed by Labor Strong 2021, a coalition of labor unions that includes SEIU 32BJ, Communications Workers of America District 1, District Council 37, the Hotel Trades Council and the New York State Nurses Association. Collectively, these unions represent over half a million New Yorkers.
With this endorsement, Sandra Ung established herself as the candidate with the largest coalition of organized labor, community groups and advocacy groups in District 20. The unions represent workers from across the economy, including many frontline workers and healthcare workers who put their lives on the line to keep New Yorkers safe through the pandemic.
Upon receiving the endorsement, Sandra Ung said, "I am honored and proud to have received the support of SEIU 32BJ, CWA, DC37, HTC and NYSNA. These unions represent many of the workers who form the backbone of our city - essential workers that kept New York running through the pandemic. Organized labor has been at the forefront of uplifting women leaders and I look forward to partnering with them, their members and local community residents to deliver a just recovery for working families.”
Dennis Trainor, Vice President of Communications Workers of America District 1 which represents 65,000 working men and women in New York State, said “New York's working families have gone through hell and back over the past year, and while there's light at the end of the tunnel, we need strong leadership in New York City to ensure that we put working people first as we rebuild our economy. CWA District 1 is proud to endorse Sandra Ung for City Council, because she embodies the commitment to this City and our communities that we need right now. She's a longtime advocate for the people of Queens, and we know she will fight for our members and all of NYC's workers!”
New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 42,000 registered nurses in New York State. "NYSNA is proud to endorse Sandra Ung for New York City Council District 20," said NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN. "Sandra has dedicated her life to advocating for working families and underserved communities in Queens. For Queens residents, she understands the importance of accessible health initiatives for multi-generational and multi-lingual homes to close the health equity gap. Throughout the pandemic, Sandra has joined alongside COVID nurse heroes at H+H/ Elmhurst Hospital, once the epicenter of the pandemic, to ensure the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share. Sandra has stood on the side of nurses, their patients, and their families and we know she will keep up the fight."
SEIU 32BJ is the largest building services union in the country and represents 175,000 members, including 85,000 in New York. The Hotel Trades Council (HTC) represents New York’s 40,000 hotel and casino workers. DC37, New York City's largest public employee union, represents about 150,000 members and 50,000 retirees.
Sandra Ung is a candidate for City Council in New York’s 20th Council District, including Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Auburndale, Mitchell-Linden, Murray Hill and Queensboro Hill. She has worked in government for 15 years, including in Congresswoman Grace Meng’s District Office. Previously, she was a nonprofit attorney representing victims of domestic violence.