The Hotel Trades Council, Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ and District Council 37 collectively represent more than 300,000 workers who are counting on the next generation of city leaders as New York City recovers from the pandemic. At such a critical and defining moment in the future of our city, it is imperative that we elect a mayor who prioritizes the well-being of workers and black and brown people.
Eric Adams is that leader, and we are determined to see him elected as the blue-collar mayor of New York City.
Eric has a long history of fighting for working people and defending the rights of union members. He stood with fast-food workers on strike for better pay. He has been steadfast in the fight for responsible hotel development and good jobs for hotel workers. He was one of the first leaders to stand up for the city’s essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is common for candidates to say that they support working people during elections. However, Eric has a track record for standing up and showing tangible, achievable policy goals.
Eric’s personal story relates to many. He grew up with the odds stacked against him: poor, black and betrayed by the system. Born in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and raised in Jamaica, Queens, Eric was raised by a single mother who cleaned houses to support her six children.
He grew up with a clear understanding of housing and food insecurity. At the age of 15, she was unjustly and badly beaten up by the police. His lived experiences gave him a deep understanding of how our systems should be improved.
Despite the odds, Eric used his smarts and determination to seize any opportunity – to rise above himself and dedicate his life to public service. His story is one of struggle and hardship, but also of hope and perseverance.
Membership of our unions includes New Yorkers playing essential roles in our city, including hospitality workers, building cleaners, doormen and maintenance workers, clerical workers, security officers, window cleaners, building engineers, bartenders, cooks and more. Our members care for the sick, our children, parents and grandparents. They provide essential services during good and bad times. Their labor turns the gears of our city’s economy. We are truly the backbone of New York City.
These same New Yorkers have faced enormous hardship during the pandemic – many having lost loved ones and many still struggling to preserve their livelihoods. Our unions collectively lost hundreds of members to the COVID-19 virus. We cannot afford to treat this election as just another contest. Our next mayor must share our moral imperative to fight for worker justice despite the enormous financial power exerted by employers.
On our members’ core issues, Eric is as solid as they come. He is an unrelenting supporter of unions and collective bargaining. Eric also has the most authentic and effective proposals on other key issues such as development, economic justice and police reform.
Eric knows that new development should come with real benefits for city residents, not just benefits for real-estate developers and their lobbyists. He understands how to actually act on these principles, not just how to talk about them. He knows the inside and outside of the development process of the city. He knows how to ensure accountability to New York City tenants and how to stand up against destructive civilization.
Eric has outlined aggressive objectives when it comes to promoting economic justice in our city. He supports shifting the tax burden toward the wealthiest New Yorkers. It will stand against the interests of the wealthy and advance the construction of more affordable housing in wealthy areas. He has a bold plan to provide subsidized child care to the people of New York who need it most.
Eric is genuine, determined and committed to the issues that matter most to everyday New Yorkers. They have a deep understanding of the struggles, needs and values of the communities they serve. His commitment to fighting alongside union members and on behalf of poor and working class New Yorkers is evident.
To us and our more than 300,000 members, it’s clear: Eric Adams is our No. 1 choice.
Henry A. Garrido is the executive director of DC 37, Kyle Bragg is the president of SEIU 32BJ, and Rich Marocco is the president of the Hotel Trades Council.