Peter Ward, president of the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council.
While many elected officials talk about supporting workers’ rights, de Blasio has taken action. He was one of the first to push for a $15 minimum wage for all workers, and he has supported economic development policies that help keep hotels — our factories — open and providing well-paying jobs for working families.
And when de Blasio championed the expansion of mandatory paid sick leave to ensure that 3.5 million workers wouldn’t have to choose between losing their job and taking time off for illness, religious observances, bereavement or to be with a sick family member, he helped raise the bar on a new national standard even higher.
I know de Blasio is up for the job of president because I’ve seen him run the biggest city in the country. If you’re a two-shower-a-day worker like we are, there’s no question: Bill de Blasio is the leader you want fighting by your side.