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Seven Major Unions Add Names to County Executive Laura Curran’s Growing List of Campaign Endorsements

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March 10, 2021
Contact: Shelby Wiltz; [email protected]; 540-533-8550

Seven Major Unions Add Names to County Executive Laura Curran’s Growing List of Campaign Endorsements

Long Island unions throw support behind Curran, calling her the leader who can help Nassau make a full recovery from the pandemic

(BALDWIN, NY) - Today, County Executive Laura Curran’s campaign announced the endorsement of seven service employees and trade unions, employing thousands of workers on Long Island. The endorsements follow a wave of eight building and construction trades endorsements announced earlier this month, showing County Executive Curran’s support across the labor community. Unions noted her leadership and advocacy for workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Endorsing unions include 1199 SEIU, United Healthworkers East, Local 32BJ, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/United Food and Commercial Workers Local 338, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1102, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, International Alliance of the Theatrical Stage Employees Local 1, and SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers. After formally endorsing County Executive Curran for re-election, each organization released the following statements:

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, members of 1199 SEIU have been on the frontline everyday as essential workers caring for the most vulnerable members of our community,” said 1199 SEIU Political Director Onika Shepherd. When we need support we know Laura Curran is someone we can trust. County Executive Curran has always been there for us ensuring adequate PPE, prioritizing vaccine distribution and advocating for workers. We know she is the leader working families need for another four years. 1199 proudly endorses Laura Curran as our candidate for Nassau County Executive.”

“County Executive Curran has supported our members throughout the toughest hardship we have faced in decades,” said 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg “SEIU Local 32BJ is composed of frontline service employees that have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. County Executive Curran was there for us throughout the pandemic whether it was making sure our members had PPE or coordinating vaccine efforts. SEIU Local 32BJ enthusiastically endorses Laura Curran for her re-election of Nassau County Executive.”

“The last year has been tremendously difficult for Nassau County’s working families, but under County Executive Laura Curran’s leadership, we have been able to navigate one of the worst crises our County has seen in decades” said RWDSU Local 338 President John Durso. “As a union that represents essential workers, she has reaffirmed her commitment to working people and is partnering with us and others in the labor union to ensure the safety of front line workers through PPE distributions and streamlining access to vaccinations. We have a long working relationship with the County Executive and over the years have seen first-hand how hard and how often she’s championed the cause of working people. Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW is proud to endorse Laura Curran for re-election.” “Throughout her career, Laura Curran has made her mark as a trusted advocate and leader who delivers for workers across Nassau County,” said RWDSU Local 1102 President Alvin Ramnarain. Now more than ever, we need elected leaders who understand the needs of workers and families. Local 1102 is proud to endorse Laura Curran for re-election because we know she will stand up for those who have been hurt by the ongoing pandemic and economic crisis.”

"Laura Curran has a proven record as a leader who delivers for workers and families throughout Nassau County,” said RWDSU President, Stuart Appelbaum. The RWDSU was proud to endorse Laura for County Executive in 2017 and we are delighted to do the same again in 2021. Laura has been a determined advocate for our members and delivered on important initiatives such as strengthening living wage laws, delivering early childhood and workforce development programs, and creating good union jobs through improvements in transportation and infrastructure. RWDSU members throughout Nassau County will, once again, be working hard to help secure her re-election."

“The overwhelming majority of stage, Television and shop crew workers of Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have been unemployed since more than a year ago,” said Local One’s Treasurer Toby McDonough. “Laura Curran has been a vocal supporter and advocate to reopen our economy safely so that our members can get back to work. We are thrilled to endorse her re-election for Nassau County Executive.”

“County Executive Curran has been a tremendous supporter of employees at MTA LIRR, understanding that safe, reliable train service is the key to both economic and recreational success on Long Island,” said SMART General Chairman Anthony Simon. “She has held the

MTA to task in ensuring that constituents are well served and the train stations in Nassau are inviting and safe for neighboring communities. County Executive Curran also prioritized protecting at risk workers, providing hundreds of vaccines for our Nassau members. I know she is the right choice to continue to lead Nassau County into the future. Laura Curran is running for re-election to continue fighting for working families, making vaccines accessible and reopening the economy safely. The County Executive responded to the endorsements in a statement: “Nassau workers have been the backbone of our community throughout the pandemic. It is an honor to have their support and to be a partner with them in our recovery. I will continue to work hard as an advocate for workers and their families.”

Posted on March 26, 2021.