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Long Island Federation of Labor endorses Islip Town Democratic candidates

For Immediate Release: July 30, 2019

Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL/CIO
Endorses Democrat Thomas Murray for Islip Town Supervisor
Jorge Guadron and Leigh-Ann Barde for Town Council
& Joseph Fritz for Town Clerk
The Democratic Slate’s Commitment to Creating Good Jobs for Working Families
Clinched the Endorsement Says One of the Largest Labor Federations in Nation

Islip, NY – In a move intended to help create more good paying jobs for working families, the Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, one of the largest labor organizations in the nation, has endorsed the Democratic slate of Thomas Murray for Islip Town Supervisor, Leigh-Ann Barde and Jorge Guadron for Islip Town Council and Joseph Fritz for Town Clerk.

“Our support for your campaign is based on your commitment to working families,” said Long Island Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO President John Durso. “We are confident that you share with us a common vision about the future for Long Island – good jobs with decent pay and benefits.”

“I am proud to receive the backing of the Long Island Fed, because they are creating much needed middle class jobs for the working people in our region,” said Murray. “I will stand with the Fed in fighting to strengthen the middle class through job growth.”

If all are elected, Murray, Guadron and Barde will hold the majority on the Town Board. They are committed to fighting for union jobs. As Supervisor, Murray plans to establish an independent Islip IDA board, which unlike now, would be separate from the Town Council and would include a Labor representative. In addition, he is committed to pushing for Project Labor Agreements (PLA) between developers and unions on all large-scale developments, beginning with Heartland Town Square, Phase One of which the current town board has already approved. The Suffolk County Planning Commission recommended the change of zone for this project on the condition that apprenticeship conditions apply, but the current town board refused to pass that recommendation.

“The massive Heartland project could help build community wealth, and put Long Island’s skilled trade unionists to work for the next 25 years,” said Murray. “As a town with one of the densest populations of union members anywhere in Suffolk, it’s critical that the jobs generated by Heartland go to local residents, trained to work safely, rather than the lowest bidder often employing workers from out of state,” said Murray.

Murray is campaigning on a platform demanding zoning policies that take greater consideration of how large and mid-sized construction projects taken as a whole will impact traffic, school districts, the environment and the historic character of hamlet communities in the town. “Not every project is going to be appropriate for our communities,” said Murray. “But those that are approved must do a better job of employing local workers in good paying jobs.

According to Murray, the current supervisor and GOP-controlled town board have a record of favoring developers over strong community protest and are known to accept campaign contributions from developers who do business with Islip Town. Carpenter alone has accepted more than $10,000 in contributions from developers. Murray has vowed to reject all campaign contributions from developers who have business with the town. “When an elected official accepts campaign contributions from developers, it’s hard to convince me that official is putting the best interest of working families first,” said Murray.

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