For Immediate Release: January 30, 2013Contact:
Teamsters Joint Council 16 Endorses Austin Shafran for City Council Primary
First Labor Endorsement Goes to Proven Fighter for Middle Class Families
Queens, NY- The Teamsters Joint Council 16, representing over 120,000 workers from 29 localunions, is proud to announce its endorsement of Austin Shafran, a true champion of workingfamilies, in the Democratic Primary for New York City Council District 19 in Northeast Queens.Teamsters Joint Council 16 is proud to be the first major labor endorsement announced in thisclosely-watched City Council race.
“Austin Shafran is focused on strengthening the middle class and fighting for Queens families.
Born and raised in a union household right here in Northeast Queens, Austin knows first-handthe importance of the labor movement not only to workers and their children, but to the manyclose-knit communities across Council District 19. Austin has a long record of delivering results.Here in Queens and throughout New York, Austin has helped create good jobs, expand economicopportunities, and make government more responsive to the needs of working men and women.Austin's vision, work ethic and experience are truly needed in the New York City Council, andwe look forward to suppor
ting his campaign in the months ahead,” said George Miranda,
President of Teamsters Joint Council 16."Working people need real leaders in the City Council. We need men and women of action in theCity Council who will stand up for the hard working people who keep this city running and willfight back against the anti-middle class efforts to balance the city's budget on the backs of working people. Austin Shafran is the exactly the kind of leader that working families candepend on. I look forward to working with him in the council," stated Harry Nespoli, President,Teamsters Local 831."Austin Shafran is a young, energetic candidate who would be good for people who work for aliving," said Greg Floyd, President, Teamsters Local 237.
“Coming from a labor family, I’m honored to have the support of the Teamsters who have
worked so hard to improve the quality of life for working families. The labor movement hashelped generations of families like mine enter and stay in the middle class, and I promise to
continue their legacy as a strong voice for wage equality, worker dignity, and workplace safety,”said Austin Shafran. “With enormous challenges facing our city, we need new leadership to fight
for the middle class values that make our neighborhoods a special place to live, work, and raise afamily. From stronger schools to safer streets to an economy that creates good-paying jobs, Ihave the real experience to make city government work better for working families and
businesses,” Shafran sa