Praising his integrity, energy and proven record, I.A.T.S.E Local One, the country’s premier stagehand union and the oldest Entertainment Local in the United States, today endorsed former City Councilmember Robert Jackson for State Senate, District 31, becoming the first union to endorse any candidate in this race. The District is now represented by IDC member Marisol Alcantara.
“When it comes to standing up and fighting for working men and women, we know we can trust Robert Jackson to be there fighting side-by-side with us,” said IATSE Local One President James Claffey. “He understands our issues and concerns because he was a union representative for more than twenty years. He has fought for jobs and better working conditions, affordable housing and accessible health care and has been tireless in fighting for every child to receive a good public school education.
NYC Stagehands PAC Co-Chairman,Toby McDonough added, “He shares our values and with Robert we never have to worry which side he’s on or him changing sides. We are excited to endorse Robert Jackson and our members will work hard to make sure he wins.”
“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of IATSE Local One, the first union to endorse in this campaign. I thank them for their support and the work they do to make our city better,” said Robert Jackson. “We are building this campaign the right way with small donors, neighborhood volunteers and working men and women. This endorsement is another sign of the momentum we are building as people join this campaign because we need a real Democratic Senator, who they can count on to be there for them, putting the people first. I look forward to working with IATSE Local One to win this campaign. Together, we can make a difference for families today, and for generations to come."
Jackson has previously been endorsed by Comptroller Scott Stringer, Mayor David Dinkins, Congressman Charles Rangel, former Manhattan Borough Presidents Ruth Messinger and C. Virginia Fields, Manhattan County Leader Keith Wright, Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Inez E. Dickens, Al Taylor and former Assemblymember Denny Farrell, County Leader Keith Wright, former State Senator Franz Leichter, Councilmember Bill Perkins and former City Councilmembers Ronnie Eldridge and Rosie Mendez, Former Pres, NOW-NYS and founder, National Dominican Women's Caucus Zenaida Mendez, President of the NAACP NYS, Hazel Dukes, Tenants PAC, Daily Kos, Working Families Party, 20 District Leaders, 10 District Democratic Clubs, and more than 60 activist group.