Big Election Victories for CWA and a New Day in Albany

With the Republicans and the IDC blocking any progressive legislation for the last 8 years, it's been a tough road. That changes now.

Following big wins in Tuesday's election, including a number of CWA-backed NYS Assembly and NYS Senate candidates,  there is now a 39-24 seat pro-labor majority in the NYS Senate. That puts us in a much better position to win much needed legislation that will help working people across New York.

In Local 1101's footprint we worked hard to help Alessandra Biaggi win the Democratic primary against IDC leader Jeff Klein. Biaggi won 73% of the vote Tuesday night, and will be a strong voice in the NYS Senate for working families. Her district (34th Senate District) includes parts of the Bronx, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and Pelham. In the general election 1101 members canvassed and phone-banked for candidates in nearby areas, including Brooklyn, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

For a roundup of CWA backed winning candidates in NY and CT, check out Dennis Trainor's letter below. Great job everyone!

Keith Purce, President CWA Local 1101

Letter from Dennis Trainor, CWA District 1 Vice President

Across New York, New Jersey, and New England, CWA and the region's working people won big Tuesday night, and it’s thanks in large part to the incredible work by our members.

Some of our victories in key races include:

Andrew Cuomo, NY Governor
Tish James, NY Attorney General
Tom DiNapoli, NY Comptroller
Max Rose, U.S. Congress, NY11
Antonio Delgado, U.S. Congress, NY19
Anthony Brindisi, U.S. Congress, NY22
Monica Martinez, NY State Senate, SD3
Jim Gaughran, NY State Senate, SD5
Anna Kaplan, NY State Senate, SD7
John Brooks, NY State Senate, SD8
Andrew Gounardes, NY State Senate, SD22
James Skoufis, NY State Senate, SD39
Jen Metzger, NY State Senate, SD42
Pat Burke, NY Assembly, AD142
Ned Lamont, CT Governor
Jahana Hayes, U.S. Congress, CT5
Mary Abrams, CT State Senate, SD13
Jorge Cabera, CT State Senate, SD17
Julie Kushner, CT State Senate, SD24

Our members volunteered in record numbers and helped deliver the change that we need. Time and again those in power at the State and Federal levels have voted against workers and blocked critical, pro-labor legislation. But last night we delivered several huge victories for candidates committed to fighting for workers who will change the political dynamic and strengthen the power of our union.

We've seen unprecedented attacks on unions in recent months, but our political program has been on point and more strategic than ever. Our ground game in this election was amazing, with members turning out in record numbers to volunteer. On our GOTV Day of Action alone we had over 100 volunteers knocking on thousands of doors throughout New York and Connecticut to talk to voters about the election.

This is a huge shift for working people. Several longtime incumbents who have betrayed us again and again lost their seats to fresh faces who are committed to fighting for us, at all levels of government. This is the start of something huge, and we can’t wait to see the waves we’ll make in the coming year.

In solidarity,
Dennis Trainor