NEW YORK – The largest healthcare workers’ union in the nation announced on March 9 that it has chosen to endorse one of New York’s leading advocates for women’s rights, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, to continue her fight in Northwest Queens.
This is the third recent labor endorsement for Simotas, who has made protecting unions and prioritizing working families central to her policy platform. 1199SEIU’s endorsement is a major win for Simotas, further bolstering her strong campaign for re-election. The union’s endorsement comes with unrivalled resources and a highly effective political operation, including thousands of member volunteer hours, door-to-door canvassing and phone banking. 1199SEIU has a strong track record of success in local, state, and national elections.
“1199ers are caregivers and activists, who advocate on behalf of their patients and their communities on a daily basis,” said Gabby Seay, Political Director of 1199SEIU. “The support of elected officials like Aravella Simotas is critical to ensuring that our workers have the tools they need to continue to deliver exceptional care with security and dignity. We are confident that Aravella Simotas will continue to be an effective voice in Albany and build on her success in helping to protect the rights of workers and expanding access to quality healthcare for all.”
1199SEIU represents over 450,000 total members along the East Coast.
“I am so thankful to have the support of 1199SEIU, who has been a tireless champion for working families in Astoria and throughout the state,” said Aravella Simotas, progressive Democrat for New York State Assembly. “It is truly an honor to stand together in the fight for workers’ rights, economic equality, environmental justice, and quality healthcare for all. I am thrilled to continue working with 1199’s incredible members to advance a progressive agenda that puts the needs of our communities first.”
Aravella Simotas currently serves in the New York State Assembly, where she represents western Queens and chairs the Task Force on Women’s Issues. Since taking office, Aravella has continuously fought to combat gender inequality and protect the rights of workers. Her legislative accomplishments include passing a landmark bill making sweeping changes to New York’s employment law to strengthen protections against workplace harassment and discrimination. Aravella lives in Astoria with her husband, John, and daughter, Eleni.
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