Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, D-Brooklyn, recently nabbed an endorsement from Transport Workers Union of America Local 100 in his bid to unseat 15-term-incumbent Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns.
"Hakeem has always stood in solidarity with the working men and women of labor," John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100, said in a statemnt. "His recent vote against the Tier VI pension proposal is evidence of his support for working families and the 99%. We look forward to working with him in Washington to secure more federal funding for New York City's mass transit system."
"I am honored to receive the endorsement of the men and women who keep our great city moving," said Jeffries, in response. "Together we will work to address the urgent needs of our city's bus and transit workers and bring a strong, progressive agenda to Washington that will make a real impact for all working families."
TWU Local 100 represents approximately 64,000 members, who maintain and operate the city’s subway lines and buses, as well as some waterway and ferry service operators.
So far, Assemblyman Jeffries has secured more than a half dozen labor endorsements, including , District 15 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
But Rep. Towns' camp isn't worried about the fact that the incumbent hasn't started campaigning yet, despite the election quickly approaching in June.
Rep. Towns’ spokesperson , “Ed's been doing this for 40 years. He's never lost an election. And he's not planning to lose now.”