CWA District 1 Endorses Austin Shafran for City Council
Shafran continues to build strongest labor coalition of any candidate in the raceQueens, NY
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 today announced itsendorsement of Austin Shafran for City Council. CWA District 1, which represents 175,000workers in the Northeastern United States and Canada, marks another major endorsement for Shafran from one of the city’s most prominent and politically active labor unions.Shafran has far outpaced all opponents in building the strongest and broadest coalition of supportfrom labor unions and progressive organizations, having already secured endorsements from the
Working Families Party
Hotel Trades Council
New York CityCentral Labor Council
Teamsters Joint Council 16
. The addition of
CWA District 1
further builds on Shafran’s robust campaign operation and demonstrates that his progressivemiddle-class-first agenda is the clear choice of working families across the city.“Austin Shafran is a tough fighter and a real friend of working people,” said
Chris Shelton, VicePresident of Communications Workers of America District 1
. “From his years of publicservice and strong union background, it’s clear Austin has the experience and progressive valuesto finally put working families at the heart of City Hall’s agenda. We’re proud to endorse Austinfor City Council, and will do whatever it takes to help him win.”“With enormous challenges threatening the middle class, our campaign has always been aboutfighting for good jobs, secure benefits and a fair deal for working families,” said
AustinShafran, candidate for City Council (CD-19).
“Every day, our movement to strengthen themiddle class is growing, and I am honored to have the support of CWA District 1 as another key partner in our grassroots campaign to make New York work better for working families.”In addition to the endorsement by CWA District 1, a full list of union endorsements can be foundat:http://www.austin4council.com/endorsements.Throughout his career in public service over the past decade, Shafran has worked in the city,state, and federal levels of government, helping enact policies and legislation to improve thelives of seniors, children, women, working families and businesses.Shafran most recently served in Governor Cuomo’s Administration as Vice President of PublicAffairs for the state’s economic development agency, where he played a significant role inexecuting the Governor’s aggressive job growth and small business development agenda. In thiscapacity, Shafran helped to foster the growth of tens of thousands of new jobs and local businesses, while helping reduce the tax burden on middle-class families to its lowest rate inalmost 60 years through fair share tax reform.