Shafran announced that he has the backing of both the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA).
"Austin Shafran knows how to organize communities to fight for what they need, whether a living wage or paid family leave,” said UFT president Micheal Mulgrew. “Our city needs dedicated officials like him to help rebuild New York City."
What makes the endorsements particularly important is that the two unions collectively have more active members and retirees in District 19, which includes Bayside, Whitestone, College Point, North Flushing and Douglaston, than other unions by a wide margin.
In fact, UFT alone has more active and retired members living in the district than any other union.
“Coming from a family of teachers, there is no greater honor than to have the support of the educators that work so hard to give our children the tools they need to succeed,” said Shafran. “Every step along the way a teacher made a difference in my life, and now as the parent of two young sons, it’s amazing to see the daily heroism that our educators have demonstrated during the pandemic.
Both UFT and CSA have pledged comprehensive outreach to members who are registered Democrats urging them to vote in the June primary for Shafran.
“We know that Mr. Shafran will bring the same leadership and dedication that he has brought to his Bayside community and working families throughout his impressive career in public service,” said CSA president Mark Cannizzaro. “Having been raised by educators and having attended Queens public schools, he clearly knows how vital it is to invest in public education, and we look forward to fighting alongside him to win valuable resources for our schools."
Shafran has already secured the endorsements of the New York City Central Labor Council, 32BJ, Hotel Trades Council (HTC) District Council 37, NYS Nurses Association (NYSNA), Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1, and Teamsters Local 237, 817 and 831.
He also received the endorsement of the Queens Democratic Primary.
Shafran faces five other challengers in the Democratic Primary, none of which has received a single endorsement from a union, which Shafran called an unprecedented show of solidarity for his campaign among organized labor.
“As a proud third-generation member of a labor family, I can’t think of a greater honor and responsibility than to have their support and give them all of mine,” he said. “In a competitive and crowded race like this one, having the biggest and most active unions put the full force of their unified support and political operations behind our campaign is a game-changer.”