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WFP's Nixon Gamble Puts Future on Line As Unions Walk Away

Posted 4/20/18

The Working Families Party, which over its 20-year history has depended heavily on union support—both financially and in the voting booths—for its candidates and agenda, seems likely to go its separate way after two key unions withdrew from membership in a dispute over the party’s endorsement of Cynthia Nixon for Governor.

Most of the left-of-center unions that have had working relationships with the WFP are expected to support Governor Cuomo’s re-election, particularly after he signed a bill earlier this month that figures to limit the potential damage to public-employee unions should the U.S. Supreme Court rule later this spring that agency-shop fees violate the Constitution.

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