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NYC's Biggest Union Picks de Blasio in Mayor's Race

by Associated Press
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Local 1199 Says He's a Champion of Working Families

The biggest labor union in New York City has weighed in on the mayor's race. Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union is providing a prized endorsement for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in the competitive Democratic primary.

President George Gresham said Friday the health care workers' union sees de Blasio as a champion of working families.

The union represents more than 200,000 workers citywide. It's considered a powerful political ally that can turn out fleets of campaign volunteers.

De Blasio is presenting himself as one of the most liberal Democratic contenders. He pushed for requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave, which unions supported. The City Council recently passed a version of the idea.

Campaign manager Bill Hyers says the endorsement validates de Blasio's progressive standing.

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