Powerful and influential labor union goes all in for Jeffries


March 15, 2012 - Brooklyn, NY - Jeffries for Congress today announced that the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, AFL-CIO (HTC), one of the largest and most influential labor unions in the city, has endorsed Hakeem Jeffries for Congress.

HTC is known for its political operation and its ability to mobilize thousands of members on behalf of its endorsed candidates.


"Assembly Member Jeffries has shown consistently that he stands up for progressive values and working men and women. He is the type of progressive champion we need in Congress," said Peter Ward, President of the Hotel Trades Council. "Hakeem has helped transform Albany through innovative legislation, negotiation and relentless effort. Now we need him to help change Congress."

"It is a great privilege to receive the support of an organization such as the Hotel Trades Council," said Jeffries. "Founded on the principles of ensuring justice and human dignity for its workers, I look forward to working with HTC in Washington to protect the working men and women in our city's hotel industry."


The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council represents over 30,000 men and women who work in the city's hospitality industry. Earlier this month, HTC blazed a trail for other unions to follow when they negotiated a groundbreaking contract that includes protections for immigrant workers and safeguards undocumented employees from ruthless employers that intimidate workers, threaten deportation or bully them against unionization.

Hakeem Jeffries has represented Brooklyn's 57th district in the New York State Assembly since 2007. During his time in the legislature, Assemblyman Jeffries has emerged as a champion for working families. He has successfully advanced a progressive agenda that has made a real impact throughout Brooklyn, including legislation to strengthen tenant regulations, protect the civil liberties of law-abiding New Yorkers during police encounters, reform state government in Albany, and facilitate the successful re-entry of formerly incarcerated individuals. For more information on Hakeem's candidacy, visit






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