The head of a union for 20,000 city workers says he may fight back against proposals to trim union pay and benefits by running for mayor in 2013.
Gregory Floyd, head of Teamsters Local 237, told the Daily News he's talking with other union heads and some business leaders about running as the candidate representing the poor and middle class. "What could create the opening is what's going on in Wisconsin," Floyd said. "It may be time for a labor candidate."
Floyd said pols from here to Wisconsin are trying to balance their budgets on hourly workers rather than the Wall Street investors and bankers whose recklessness caused the crash.
"We have not gotten our fair share, with the millionaire's tax being eliminated, CEOs escaping the tax burden and the entire financial crisis falling on working men and women," Floyd said.
Floyd, 48, would face a crowded field in 2013: Contenders include former Controller William Thompson, Rep. Anthony Weiner, Controller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.
Given that big business owns so many of the names on the list of potential mayoral candidates, it would be nice to see somebody representing working and middle class people who wouldn't reflexively demonize union members.