SEIU 32BJ and Hotel Trades Council endorse Team Bhalla in Hoboken municipal elections

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SEIU 32BJ and the Hotel Trades Council have endorsed Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and his council-at-large slate in the non-partisan November 2nd municipal elections.

Members of SEIU 32BJ campaigning with Team Bhalla in Hoboken last week. Twitter photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Mayor Bhalla continues to be at the forefront of creating worker protection for service workers in Hoboken. He has worked diligently in bettering worker’s conditions in Hoboken for black, brown, and working class people in the city, with the support of his City Council team. He has demonstrated time and time again his commitment and support for workers and union members who are the heart of this city,” SEIU 32BJ Executive Vice President and NJ State Director Kevin Brown said in a statement.

“We know that when reelected, he will continue to prioritize building a Hoboken that works for all – not just the wealthy few. And he can do this best, if we elect his whole team. We are proud to support the Team Bhalla City Council slate – Jim Doyle, Joe Quintero and Emily Jabbour – in the campaign — and we look forward to their continued service to Hoboken.”

Both unions had previously expressed support to back Bhalla’s re-election bid, where he is running unopposed, and are now backing the entire slate.

“Mayor Bhalla and his team have been consistent champions of hospitality workers in Hoboken. Even in the face of the deep challenges posed by COVID-19, we have seen them work diligently to protect working people,” Hotel Trades Council President Rich Maroko.

“We know we can count on Team Bhalla to continue to protect workers and residents alike through the remainder of this pandemic. On the Council, Jim Doyle, Emily Jabbour, and Joe Quintero will stand up for working people and Hoboken’s most vulnerable residents. Together with Mayor Bhalla, we are confident they are the best team to lead Hoboken forward.”

While the mayor’s seat is not being contested in the Mile Square City, there are 10 candidates competing for three council-at-large seats.

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