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DC 9 Painters Endorse Letitia James for Public Advocate

By Colby Hamilton on July 8, 2013 2:22pm 

 Councilwoman Letitia James urged the City Council to hold Cablevision accountable for alleged labor violations Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. 'This is about job security. This is about respecting the right to organize,' she said. 'We give tax breaks to his company. All we're asking for is to respect the right to organize.'
Councilwoman Letitia James urged the City Council to hold Cablevision accountable for alleged labor violations Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. 'This is about job security. This is about respecting the right to organize,' she said. 'We give tax breaks to his company. All we're asking for is to respect the right to organize.'
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CITY HALL -- City Councilwoman Letitia James, who's running for Public Advocate, has been endorsed by the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT) DC 9, sources tell DNAinfo.

The 8,000 active member union joins a number of other labor groups backing the Brooklyn Democrat, including the city's largest public employee's union DC37, the property services woker's SEIU Local 32BJ and the Transportation Workers Union.

“We are proud to endorse Councilwoman Letitia “Tish” James for New York City Public Advocate. She has proven over the years that she is a leader and a voice for the working class,” Jack Kittle, the political director for DC9, said in a statement.

Labor's rally around the James campaign is one of the few shows of citywide unity in this year's citywide elections. The city's unions are splintered among the leading mayoral candidates, despite early calls for unity.

“I am honored to earn the support of DC 9 in our campaign for Public Advocate because it’s working men and women, like members of DC 9, who make our city strong,” James said in a statement.

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