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Influential Health-Care Union Endorses Wiley for NYC Mayor

  • 1199SEIU vows to engage in large voter drive for Wiley
  • Endorsement could help narrow crowded field of candidates
Maya Wiley 

Maya Wiley 

Photographer: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The New York Women's Foundation

One of the city’s most influential and powerful unions endorsed Maya Wiley for New York City mayor on Friday, helping set the civil rights lawyer apart in a crowded field of candidates.

The labor organization, 1199SEIU is the largest U.S. health-care union, with about half of its national membership of more than 400,000 people located in the city and Long Island. Its support was crucial to launching Mayor Bill de Blasio to victory in 2013, when he wasn’t an obvious front-runner in the race.