Boston city workers’ union endorses Annissa Essaibi-George

A collection of unions representing city workers is endorsing City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, choosing her over their current boss, Acting Mayor Kim Janey.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 93, which represents about 1,700 city workers, chose the city councilor.

“As an organization whose membership is made up of those doing critical work for the City of Boston, we know how important it is to elect a mayor who has our backs — and Annissa is and will be that leader,” said Christopher “Tiger” Stockbridge, president of Local 1631 and co-chair of the AFSCME Boston Presidents’ Committee.

AFSCME is one of the larger unions in the city in terms of number of workers, and the collection of locals includes people in public works, the Boston Transportation Department and parks workers.

This comes after the Herald reported last week on the exodus from City Hall during and after the mayoral transition, as now-Labor Secretary Martin Walsh left and Janey, the city council president, was elevated to acting mayor in March.

“Over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic our public service employees have proven just how invaluable they are to our community,” Essaibi-George said in a statement. “They are, and have always been, the backbone of local government, and this will continue under an Essaibi George Administration.”

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