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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 08:47 PM

NYC Mayor: Dianne Morales refuses her staff union's demands [View all]

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Dianne Morales, once a rising New York City mayoral candidate, refused her newly formed staff unions’ demands on Friday, likely extending an impasse that has mired her campaign in internecine drama just weeks before the June 22 Democratic primary election.

Highlighting the impact of the labor dispute, the Working Families Party, the influential progressive organization, told its supporters on Friday to rank Maya Wiley no. 1 in ranked-choice voting. The WFP had previously co-endorsed Morales and Wiley, but a spokesperson for the party told City & State that its support for Morales had been “suspended” while she is “at an impasse with her campaign workers and their union.”

A group of more than four dozen staffers calling themselves the Mayorales Union sent a letter to Morales on Thursday morning detailing specific demands, including a salary floor of $25 per hour and severance packages worth two weeks of pay for staffers who leave the campaign “voluntarily or involuntarily.” As of the last filing deadline on May 17, Morales’ campaign had nearly $3.8 million on hand. The letter also requested that Morales not spend her campaign funds on the “same old political tactics,” but rather on events such as community grocery giveaways and multilingual teach-ins on ranked-choice voting.

Thursday’s letter came after a tumultuous 10 days in the Morales campaign that included the resignation of her campaign manager Whitney Hu, among other senior staffers, and the firing of four staffers, all of whom the union claims were terminated in retaliation for organizing the staff union. About 40 staffers and volunteers participated in a work stoppage after that, and even marched on Morales’ campaign office in Midtown Manhattan on May 28 to protest the firings, poor working conditions and Morales’ slow response to terminate two other former staffers who had been accused of creating a hostile work environment.

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