New York, NY – The New York State Laborers’ Political Action Committee comprised of 24 local unions and 5 district councils endorsed New York City Council Member Ben Kallos for Manhattan Borough President. Early in his career, Kallos represented the LiUNA! affiliates including the Mason Tenders District Council as a union-side labor lawyer.
“Ben Kallos is the real deal when it comes to workers’ rights. His law to track construction safety incidents is making daily life safer for Laborers,” said Robert Bonanza, Business Manager, Mason Tenders District Council, LiUNA Eastern Region.
“When it’s time for a tough battle, Ben Kallos is always ready to fight on the side of working families. Kallos has the tenacity we need in the next Manhattan Borough President,” said John Hutchings, Executive Director and Treasurer, New York State Laborers' Political Action Committee.
“Our Laborers pave our streets and build our tunnels to get New Yorkers where they are going, protect our families from asbestos and hazardous waste, and do the construction work that makes our city great,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “I started my career representing Laborers and it would be my honor to continue representing them and working families throughout our city.”
An affiliate of Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), the New York State Laborers Union represents 40,000 workers statewide in the construction industry and other fields. Nine Laborers local unions and three district councils are based in New York City.
New York City district councils:
- Mason Tenders District Council
- Pavers & Roadbuilders District Council
- New York Concrete Workers’ District Council
New York City locals:
- Laborers' Local 6A (Concrete Workers)
- Laborers' Local 18A (Concrete Workers)
- Laborers' Local 20 (Concrete Workers)
- Laborers' Local 78 (Asbestos Abatement and Hazardous Waste)
- Laborers' Local 79 (Mason Tenders/Demolition)
- Laborers' Local 108 (Waste Transfer)
- Laborers' Local 147 (Tunnel Workers)
- Laborers' Local 731 (Excavators)
- Laborers' Local 1010 (Rammers and Pavers)
Ben Kallos, is a Democrat and Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus who has distinguished in his unwavering support for working families who have organized into labor unions. As a legislator, Kallos authored the law to count every injury and life lost on a construction site with steep fines for disreputable contractors that would hide injuries on the job (Local Law 78 of 2017). He was also a co-prime sponsor of laws to require site safety supervisors and safety training on construction sites. Kallos has also carried legislation to require prevailing wage, training, and apprenticeship on city-subsidized construction projects as well as to offer private sector workers to an auto-IRA retirement savings plan.
New York State district councils:
4. New York Laborers’ District Council
5. Upstate New York Laborers District Council
New York State locals:
- Laborers' Local 17
- Laborers' Local 60
- Laborers' Local 66
- Laborers' Local 91
- Laborers' Local 157
- Laborers' Local 190
- Laborers' Local 210
- Laborers' Local 235
- Laborers' Local 435
- Laborers' Local 621
- Laborers' Local 633
- Laborers' Local 754
- Laborers' Local 785
- Laborers' Local 1298
- Laborers' Local 1822
Kallos’ campaign previously announced the endorsement of 13 unions representing nurses, engineers, communication workers, and many more. Following the endorsement from New York State Laborers, Kallos has been endorsed by 42 New York State and 25 New York City based local unions and district councils.