WHITE PLAINS, NY – The New York state AFL-CIO, a federation of 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout the state, representing 2.5 million members, retirees and their families has endorsed State Senator Terrence Murphy for re-election. Senator Murphy’s dedication to his blue collar roots earned him the nod once again and comes on the heels of news that his Senate seat is considered a “Safe Republican” seat by two major state political forecasters.

AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said, “The New York State AFL-CIO is proud to support Senator Terence Murphy. As the son of a longtime union member and labor leader, Senator Murphy understands the values and priorities of working men and women. He has demonstrated his commitment to issues important to the labor movement by sponsoring a “public works” bill, a priority of the state federation that would ensure workers are properly paid and basic labor standards are followed. Senator Murphy has fought hard for workers and we look forward to working hard for him by engaging and educating our members to re-elect Terence Murphy to the 40th Senate District.”

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“For too long, workers have been left behind by politicians in Washington and Albany who give out corporate welfare tax-breaks to multinational corporations, as they automate and offshore jobs to make a quick buck,” Senator Murphy said. “As the son of a labor leader, that will never, ever be me. This is one of, if not the most significant endorsements a candidate can earn, and I’m proud to stand with the State AFL-CIO, the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation and the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body as we work together to keep workplaces safe, protect worker’s wellbeing and their ability to make a living for themselves and their families.”

One of the AFL-CIO’s top priorities, to bring state reciprocity for debarments under federal David Bacon, was authored and passed into law by Senator Murphy this year. He voted for paid family leave, and is also the sponsor of the bill that would finally define “public work” which would ensure workers are properly paid based on their assigned project.

Thomas Carey, President of the Westchester-Putnam Central Labor Body AFL-CIO said, “We are more than happy to support Senator Murphy because he is a true friend of labor. He has never forgotten where he came from and has been an incredible advocate for the hardworking men and women of Westchester, Putnam and all of New York State.”

Ron Diaz, President of Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation AFL-CIO and Business Manager of UA21 said, “Under Senator Terrence Murphy, District 40, he has delivered real change for working and middle class families. Mr. Murphy worked tirelessly on a bill that defined Public Works. This November, we proudly support State Senator Murphy in his re-election.”

Billy Riccardo, President of the CSEA Southern Region and Executive Vice President of the Hudson Valley AFL-CIO added, “Labor is proud to stand with Senator Murphy, who has a proven record as a staunch advocate and partner of working men and women in our state since being elected to the New York State Senate in 2014.”

The AFL-CIO joins over a dozen other organizations that have already endorsed Senator Murphy who recognize that he has earned a third term and is likely to be re-elected. Last week, the Albany Times Union called Murphy’s 40th Senate District seat “safe.” The publication City & State has also rated Murphy’s seat as “safe Republican.”

Nonetheless, Murphy says that as a candidate, he is not resting on his laurels. He ran as an underdog in 2014 yet earned the majority of union endorsements through his work as a local councilman in Yorktown. He won by 14 points in a race that most predicted would be paper thin. He followed up in 2016 by garnering almost every union endorsement possible and went on to win by a staggering 20 point margin.

“I plan to continue working just as hard as ever before but it will be a lot easier with the hundreds of AFL-CIO volunteers that will be helping us in the weeks ahead,” Murphy added. “My Dad always said show me your friends and I’ll tell you the kind of person you are. Well, he would be damn proud to see the AFL-CIO standing behind me.”

Race ratings are based on a number of factors, including electoral history, polling, candidate quality, modeling, and reporting. A forecast of “safe Republican” or “safe Democratic” means the election of that political party’s candidate is almost certain.

Senator Murphy has already garnered numerous endorsements including:

  • Asbestos Workers Local 91
  • Bricklayers & Allied Crafts Local 5
  • Bridge & Structural Steel Painter’s Local 806
  • New England Regional Council of Carpenters
  • United Cement Masons’ Uion Local 780
  • Dockbuildes Local 1456
  • IBEW Local 3
  • IBEW Local 363
  • Elevator Constructors Local 1
  • Glaziers Local Union 1087
  • Iron Workers Local 40
  • Iron Workers Local 417
  • Building Laborers’ Local 235
  • Road Laborers LIUNA Local 60
  • Metallic Lathers and Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 46
  • Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A
  • Millrights local 740
  • IUOE Local 30
  • IUOE Local 15
  • Painters District Council 9
  • Operative Plasterers’ Local 262
  • UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 21
  • Resillient Floor Coverers Local 2287
  • Derrickmen and Riggers Local 197
  • Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
  • Roofers & Waterproofers Local 8
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 38 JATC
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 137
  • Teamsters Local 813
  • Teamsters Local 814
  • Title, Marble & Terrazzo Local 7
  • The MTA PBA
  • The Detective’s Endowment Association
  • Police Conference of New York
  • CSEA
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York State Troopers
  • Westchester County PBA
  • Yonkers PBA
  • The Affiliated Police Associations of Westchester
  • The Uniformed Fire Officers Association
  • New York State Pipe Trades
  • Utility Workers of America Local 1-2
  • Boilermakers Local 5
  • Lake Mohegan Professional Firefighters
  • IUOE Local 137
  • Teamsters Local 456