Union Highlights Constantinides’s Work Fighting to Protect the Rights of Workers


(NEW YORK, NY) – Today, President Stuart Appelbaum of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced the union’s endorsement of Costa Constantinides in his bid for Queens Borough President in this Special Election.


“Costa Constantinides knows firsthand what it’s like to work in retail and the benefits of having a union – one of his first jobs was at one of our grocery stores. But more importantly, he has not forgotten about the experience and has been guided by it in his years in office. He has demonstrated a commitment to lifting up working people and has consistently supported our efforts to advance workers’ rights,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU). “Working people need someone in Queens who has the strength and self-determination to speak out for the concerns of working people. He proved that when he stood up to Amazon despite their money and power. We need someone who is not controlled by big money donors but is willing to provide a fresh and independent voice for the community. The RWDSU is proud to endorse Costa for Queens Borough President and we look forward to continuing our work together in the coming years.”


“As someone who put himself through school by working in retail, I am so excited, honored, and humbled to have the support of the RWDSU,” said Costa Constantinides. “We have fought together to protect our retail workers, especially warehouse workers who've been exploited by Amazon in Queens and throughout our City. I look forward to this partnership with Stuart Appelbaum and the RWDSU continuing as Queens Borough President, where I'll never stop fighting for good jobs that provide fair wages, benefits, and a pathway to the middle class.”