June 5, 2020

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New York State AFL-CIO, SEIU Local 1199, UFCW Local 1500 back Gordon in NY-02

BABYLON, NY— Today, Lieutenant Colonel Jackie Gordon, candidate for New York’s Second Congressional District announced that she has received the endorsement of SEIU Local 1199, UFCW Local 1500, and the New York State AFL-CIO ahead of the June 23rd primary.

“The New York State AFL-CIO is proud to support Jackie Gordon to represent the 2nd Congressional District. As a former educator and union member, she understands the priorities of working men and women. We need someone in Washington who will protect our health care, create more jobs, fight for fair wages and make workplace safety a priority. We look forward to educating and engaging our members to ensure a victory for Jackie Gordon on primary day,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO.

A member of the New York State United Teachers, Gordon has been a union member for 32 years. The NY State AFL-CIO, SEIU Local 1199, and UFCW Local 1500 endorsements are the latest in a series of key labor endorsements that Gordon has received this year. Previous endorsements include NYSUT, the New York State Nurses Association, the UAW, the New York State Council of Machinists, the Amalgamated Transit Union, and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen.

“It means so much to receive the endorsements of these labor organizations, particularly at this critical time when so many of our brothers and sisters in the labor movement are serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gordon said. “It is an honor to have the AFL-CIO, UFCW, and SEIU place their trust in me as their next representative.”

This growing coalition of health care professionals, educators, retail workers, and working families across Long Island is indicative of the groundswell of grassroots support that Gordon has received, and it demonstrates that she is well positioned to flip this highly competitive seat in November.

NY-02 is an open seat following the announcement that Rep. Pete King will retire at the end of this term. At the beginning of the year, Gordon was one of the first candidates added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue program.