RWDSU ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR 2013 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES
NEW YORK, NY
Today, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is announcing sixadditional endorsements of candidates for New York City Council in the 2013 elections.The endorsements are as follows:District 8
Melissa Mark-ViveritoDistrict 22
Costa ConstantinidesDistrict 24
Rory LancmanDistrict 31
Donovan RichardsDistrict 33
Steve LevinDistrict 34
Antonio ReynosoRWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum issued the following statement regarding the RWDSU'sendorsements:"Income inequality has reached immoral levels in this city. Far too many working families are struggling just to survive. Working people need elected officials at every level who are committed to progressiveideals. We need council members who will fight for all New Yorkers - including low wage workers."The individuals we are endorsing today have fought for New York City's working people -
from taking astand against Wal-Mart to spearheading groundbreaking living wage legislation, responsibledevelopment, workers rights, immigrant rights, the car wash workers campaign, and fair contract fights.
These candidates are champions for working families, and the RWDSU is proud to stand with them.”
Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito
-- District 8
As a member of the city council, Melissa Mark-Viverito has worked closely with the RWDSU - fromlending support to the organizing campaign for car wash workers to advocating for the passage of theliving wage law. She is the lead sponsor of the Car Wash Accountability Act, which requires car washesto be licensed by the Department of Consumer Affairs and would ensure greater review of this
industry’s labor and environmental practices.