'We Need A Mayor That's Going To Stand Up For Us Every Day'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Democratic New York City mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio was joined by union leaders and members Friday evening at a Get Out The Vote rally.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, members of organized labor packed the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, saying a de Blasio victory on Tuesday will bring about positive big changes.

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“To provide a mandate so that there’s overwhelming power behind the most daring and ambitious of de Blasio’s ideas,” one speaker said.

“We need a mayor that’s going to stand up for us every day and ain’t gonna back down,” another union member added.

De Blasio rallied the labor base heading into the final weekend of the campaign against Republican challenger Joe Lhota.

“We are 100 hours away from the polls closing,” said the Democrat.

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De Blasio touched on his usual campaign themes of affordable housing, ending stop-and-frisk and keeping hospitals open.

But he also promised to protect public sector labor, Smith reported.

That, de Blasio said, would usher in a change from the last 12 years.

“I will start by actually liking the people who do the work,” said de Blasio.

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