Citing Their Commitment To ‘Standing Up For Working People,’ The Western New York Area Labor Federation Announces Its Endorsed Candidates For the 2014 Elections
(WESTERN NEW YORK) – Just Before Primary Tuesday, The Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) - Which Serves as the Labor Umbrella Organization That Oversees the Five Central Labor Councils Across Western New York and More Than 100,000 Union-Represented Workers - Has Released its List of Endorsed Candidates Who are Running for Public Office in the 2014 Federal, State and Local Elections:
- U.S. Congress 23rd: Martha Robertson
- U.S. Congress 26th: Brian Higgins
- NY Senate 57th: Cathy Young
- NY Senate 61st: Elaine Altman
- NY Senate 63rd: Tim Kennedy
- NY Assembly 141st: Crystal Peoples‐Stokes
- NY Assembly 145th: John Ceretto
- NY Assembly 146th: Steve Meyer
- NY Assembly 149th: Sean Ryan
- NY Assembly 150th: Barrie Yochim
- NY Comptroller: Thomas DiNapoli
- NY Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman
- Supreme Court (Five Seats): Kevin Carter; Donna Siwek; Jeanette Ogden; Dennis Glascott; and Debra Givens.
- Cheektowaga Town Justice: Melissa Reese
- Buffalo City Court: Barbara Johnson-Lee
The Above Candidates for State and Federal Office Were Endorsed by Area Union Delegates to the Statewide COPE Convention That Took Place in August and Following Recommendations Made by the WNYALF.
The Endorsed Judicial Candidates Were Nominated by a Committee of Labor Lawyers, Based On Evaluation of Their Perceived Strong Belief in Working Class Values, Openness to Labor Law Issues and Overall Qualifications for Judicial Office.
After the Elections, WNYALF President Richard Lipsitz said His Labor Organization “Looks Forward to Working With Our WNY Delegation in Washington and Albany to Advance the Priorities of Working Families.” “These Priorities Include Raising the Minimum Wage, Holding Corporations That Receive Taxpayer Subsidies Accountable, Making Our Hospitals Safer for Patients and Staff, Strengthening Public Education and Ensuring Public Infrastructure Projects in New York Use American-Made Steel,” Lipsitz added.
The WNYALF Oversees Five Central Labor Councils in Buffalo, Niagara-Orleans, Dunkirk, Jamestown and Cattaraugus-Allegany, Which Combine to Represent More Than 100,000 Union-Represented Workers. The Mission of the WNYALF, Which Works Collectively With Those Labor Councils to Advance and Strengthen the Labor Movement Across Western New York, is to Improve the Lives and Increase the Power of Working Families, Bring Fairness and Dignity to the Workplace and Secure Social Equity.